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IEEFA Report: Costly and Unreliable, Two Multibillion-Dollar American Coal-Gasification Experiments Prove the Case Against Such Projects

IEEFA Report: Costly and Unreliable, Two Multibillion-Dollar American Coal-Gasification Experiments Prove the Case Against Such Projects

‘Important and Painful Lessons’ in Southern Company’s Kemper Failure in Mississippi and Duke Energy’s Edwardsport Experiment in Indiana

Sept. 7, 2017 (IEEFA.org) — The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) today published a report describing how coal-to-gasification technology for electricity-generation purposes remains commercially unviable. The report—“Using Coal Gasification to Generate Electricity: A Multibillion-Dollar Failure”—concludes that two long-running marquee American Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC), projects, Duke Energy’s Edwardsport plant in Indiana […]

September 7, 2017 Read More →

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IEEFA Report: Costly and Unreliable, Two Multibillion-Dollar American Coal-Gasification Experiments Prove the Case Against Such Projects

IEEFA Report: Costly and Unreliable, Two Multibillion-Dollar American Coal-Gasification Experiments Prove the Case Against Such Projects

‘Important and Painful Lessons’ in Southern Company’s Kemper Failure in Mississippi and Duke Energy’s Edwardsport Experiment in Indiana

Sept. 7, 2017 (IEEFA.org) — The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) today published a report describing how coal-to-gasification technology for electricity-generation purposes remains commercially unviable. The report—“Using Coal Gasification to Generate Electricity: A Multibillion-Dollar Failure”—concludes that two long-running marquee American Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC), projects, Duke Energy’s Edwardsport plant in Indiana […]

September 7, 2017 Read More →

IEEFA Update: Failed ‘Clean Coal’ Experiments Have Wasted Billions of Dollars

Mississippi Regulators Say Enough is Enough; Kemper Plant is One of Long Line to Chase the Clean Coal Myth

Long overdue news broke last week that that the Southern Company will no longer burn coal at the Kemper County “clean coal” plant.  Mississippi regulators had told the company they would no longer allow a blank electricity ratepayer check for construction of the plant. In chasing the myth that any new coal-fired power could become […]

IEEFA Update: Kemper, Edwardsport, and ‘Clean Coal’

Construction Delays and Budget Overruns; Productivity Problems; High Operating Costs

If the “clean coal” integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) technology promoted at home and abroad by the U.S. utility industry sounds too good to be true, it’s because it is. That’s why Moody’s Investors Services warned the other day that it might downgrade the credit of Mississippi Power Company because of the declining competitiveness of […]

February 28, 2017 Read More →

Montana and Wyoming Governors Float Untested ‘Carbon Capture’ Projects

Tom Lutey for the Billings Gazette: Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead joined Bullock in listing the carbon capture opportunities of the dual state project, which is included in a 14-state report listing carbon capture opportunities. “Capture of CO2 from power plants for use in enhanced oil recovery can provide economic, environmental and national security benefits long […]

December 5, 2016 Read More →

Ruling Against Duke Energy in Litigation Over High Cost of Edwardsport IGCC Plant

Matthew Bandyk for SNL: Arbitrators have found for General Electric Co. and Bechtel Corp. on all claims in a dispute with Duke Energy Indiana Inc. regarding the construction of the 618-MW Edwardsport integrated gasification combined-cycle facility, one of the most expensive power plants ever built by Duke Energy Corp. This information came in what the […]

July 2, 2015 Read More →

Indiana Ratepayers May Be Stuck With Bill for Underperforming New Edwardsport Plant

John Russell in the Indianapolis Star: The plant, heralded by Duke Energy as a technological marvel and a producer of reliable, low-cost energy, has faced a string of construction, operating and maintenance setbacks. Now, a good chunk of the repair costs could be passed along to Duke Energy’s 790,000 customers in Indiana, who already are […]

June 15, 2015 Read More →
If Edwardsport Is the Future of Coal-Fired Power, It’s Not a Very Bright Future

If Edwardsport Is the Future of Coal-Fired Power, It’s Not a Very Bright Future

Back in the early 2000s, integrated gasification combined cycle power plants—IGCC—were touted by proponents as the future of coal-fired electricity generation. The theory was that while IGCC would be more expensive to build than traditional coal plants, those costs would be offset by gains in efficiency and by IGCC’s purported advantage in capturing and sequestering […]

February 17, 2015 Read More →

Duke Seeks Ratepayer Subsidy for Edwardsport Cost Overruns

Duke Energy’s Edwardsport, Indiana, power plant, “one of the most expensive projects in Indiana history,” gets front-page treatment today in the Indianapolis Star, which notes that Duke is pushing state regulators to let it pass “tens of millions of dollars” in cost overruns onto customers. The article, by John Russell, coincides with a regulatory hearing […]

February 4, 2015 Read More →

Duke, not customers, should pay more for Ind. IGCC plant, group argues

By Matthew Bandyk, SNL Financial – “Opponents of Duke Energy Corp.’s first-of-its-kind Edwardsport coal gasification plant made a motion with state regulators March 6 that could lead to Duke Energy Indiana Inc. eating substantially more of the costs of the more-than-$3 billion plant instead of having its customers pay for it. The Citizens Action Coalition, […]

March 11, 2014 Read More →
Duke’s Edwardsport IGCC still dealing with technical problems

Duke’s Edwardsport IGCC still dealing with technical problems

Although Duke Energy Indiana Inc. officially brought its Edwardsport integrated gasification combined-cycle plant into commercial service in June, it will take possibly more than a year before the first-of-its-kind power plant is operating at its full availability, according to a spokeswoman for the Duke Energy Corp. subsidiary. Less than two months after the start of commercial service, the plant is gasifying […]

August 2, 2013 Read More →