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IEEFA Update: A Rush to Subsidies as Power Plants in Europe Face an Existential Threat

IEEFA Update: A Rush to Subsidies as Power Plants in Europe Face an Existential Threat

Paying Producers for Electricity They Might Never Generate

  So-called capacity markets are driving what appears to be a major new trend in energy policy across Europe: More public subsidies for electric utilities. Utilities may get—but not necessarily need or deserve—high-level government support for a variety of reasons, including for their role in equity markets, where they supply returns and dividends for pension […]

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Berkshire Exec: Renewable Energy Is a Job Creator

Annalee Armstrong for SNL: A Berkshire Hathaway Energy executive said the renewable energy industry has done exactly what President Donald Trump pledged to do during his campaign: create jobs. Jonathan Weisgall, vice president for government relations at Berkshire Hathaway, said the wind industry has created about 100,000 jobs nationwide, with about 7,000 in Iowa alone where […]

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Analysts See Little Risk to U.S. Wind and Solar Incentives

Peter Maloney for Utility Dive: According to analyst Neel Mitra at Tudor Pickering Holt, “it is doubtful the Trump administration will take any action to modify or eliminate the Investment Tax Credits (ITC) and/or Production Tax Credits (PTC).” In fact, during his confirmation hearings Trump’s new Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, said he supported keeping the […]

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State Report Encourages Enactment of a Cap-and-Trade Program in Oregon

Peter Danko for Portland Business Journal: Depending on exactly how it is designed, a program in Oregon could place new emissions restrictions on around 100 big carbon emitters in Oregon — several Metro area tech companies, including Intel, among them. But the effects on statewide economic output would likely be small, coming in at “slightly […]

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Governors of Both Parties Question Trump Administration’s Resistance to Renewables

Joe Ryan for Bloomberg News: A group of governors from both ends of the political spectrum are urging President Donald Trump to support renewable energy, saying the wind and solar industries are crucial economic engines for impoverished rural regions. The Governor’s Wind & Solar Energy Coalition is seeking increased federal funding to modernize local power […]

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Editorial: D.C.’s Strange Love for Coal

From the Virginia Pilot: Coal is ascendant in Washington, D.C. at the moment. It’s about the only place where its future is bright. “We’ll unleash the full power of American energy, ending the job-killing restrictions on shale oil, natural gas and clean, beautiful coal,” President Donald Trump said last month. It’s of a kind with […]

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‘He Can’t Bring Coal Back in Any Way Unless He Is Capable of Inventing a Time Machine’

Jane C. Timm for NBC News: While regulation sped the shuttering of older coal mines in the last decade, experts say it was natural gas that turned the screws on the industry. Cleaner and cheaper, the natural gas market share is growing rapidly and putting as much — if not more — pressure on the […]

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Little Coal Industry Relief Seen in Reversal of Stream Protection Rule

Taylor Kuykendall for SNL: While the coal industry awaits the signature of President Donald Trump to upend years of agency effort to craft a Stream Protection Rule, just how much benefit is in store for the sector is unclear. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., warned of the “possible elimination of thousands of jobs,” while House Speaker […]

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Goldman Sachs: Trump’s Border-Tax Plan Would Give Natural Gas Further Advantages Over Coal

Dan Murtaugh for Bloomberg News: The impact of a border tax plan would more immediately be felt on coal prices, where a higher portion of production costs are in local currencies. The wild card there, Goldman said, would be China, the world’s largest coal producer. Goldman expects China will let its currency depreciate to make […]

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IEEFA Update: Elections Have Consequences, but Perhaps Few That Can Save Coal

IEEFA Update: Elections Have Consequences, but Perhaps Few That Can Save Coal

Market Forces Are What Matter Above All

We didn’t make it this year to the Coaltrans USA conference last week in Miami, but we heard tell of some smart talk at the event by two of the industry’s CEOs, Bob Murray of Murray Energy and Kevin Crutchfield of Contura Energy, né Alpha Natural Resources.    The conference, where executives and analysts gather […]

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Renewable Energy Markets ‘Will Trump Trump’

Martin Wright for the Guardian: The answer to the Trump question? Precious little impact at all. The sheer strength of the renewables sector – driven by plummeting costs and a growing appetite among consumers and business alike – means it will continue to thrive despite the new administration’s doubts. That was the near-unanimous view of […]

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