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IEEFA Report: A Renewables Path to Japanese Energy Security in a Post-Nuclear Era

IEEFA Report: A Renewables Path to Japanese Energy Security in a Post-Nuclear Era

Eliminating High-Risk Dependence on Imported Fuels; Exploiting Domestic Technology Advantages; Avoiding Stranded Assets in Misguided Coal Projects

We’ve just published a report that details how Japan’s post-nuclear electricity-generation economy can be viably retooled around renewable energy. Our report—“Japan: Greater Energy Security Through Renewables: Electricity Transformation in a Post-Nuclear Economy”—emphasizes the potential for national energy security through renewables, most especially wind and solar. This report documents how government policies adopted in the wake […]

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IEEFA Report: A U.K. Electricity Transformation Under Way, But in Need of Better Direction

IEEFA Report: A U.K. Electricity Transformation Under Way, But in Need of Better Direction

Grid Proves Resilient in Face of 60% Drop in Coal Use in 2016; New Renewables and Interconnection Are the Future; Capacity Market Has Failed to Incentivize Modernization; More Targeted Auctions Would Help

The U.K.’s capacity market is the weak link in the country’s ongoing transition toward a resilient, low-carbon grid. That is one of the core findings in a  report—“Electricity-Grid Transition in the U.K.: As Coal-Fired Generation Recedes, Renewables and Reliable Generation Can Fill the Gap —we published today. The report finds that the U.K. grid is coping […]

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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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On the Blogs: Trump Seeks Evisceration of Coal-Community Investment Initiatives

Center for American Progress: Trump campaigned on promises to revitalize the U.S. coal industry and bring back coal mining jobs. On March 28, he signed an executive order that began the process of rolling back key federal efforts, including the Environmental Protection Agency’s, or EPA’s, Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon pollution from the U.S. […]

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Editorial: Kentuckians Want Change

Lexington Herald Leader: Plenty of Kentuckians want to diversify the state’s energy mix to save money and create jobs. The latest example comes from Kentuckians for the Commonwealth which which has more than 11,000 members and decided that since our elected officials were not planning for the coming energy revolution, they would. With the help […]

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Industry Intensifies U.S. ‘Clean Coal’ Campaign

SNL: A broad coalition of energy industry leaders are urging President Donald Trump and Congress to include carbon capture and sequestration projects and CO2 pipelines in a national infrastructure initiative. “The expansion of carbon capture from industrial facilities and power plants can enable use of America’s abundant coal, oil and natural gas resources while reducing […]

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What’s the Fastest-Growing Occupation in America?

Washington Post: The fastest-growing occupation in the United States — by a long shot, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics — might surprise you: wind turbine technician. The number of workers maintaining wind turbines, a job with a median pay of about $51,000 a year, is set to more than double between 2014 and […]

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Kentucky, ‘Sentimental About Our Attachment to Coal,’ Now Faces In-State Demand for Renewables

NPR: Kevin Butt’s job is to find cleaner ways to power Toyota. One of the hardest places to do that is at the automaker’s sprawling plant in central Kentucky, a state where nearly 90 percent of energy still comes from coal. Butt points out a new engine assembly line, where a conveyor belt moves in […]

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Op-Ed: ‘A Career in Coal Geology Tells Me West Virginia Must Bank on New Industries’

Charleston Gazette: I am a retired geologist who has invested most of my professional career to the study of coal geology in Appalachia. These studies included, but were not limited to, geologic controls on the origin of coal and coal-bearing strata; geological and chemical characteristics of coal that effect coal cleaning; and mineral and chemical […]

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Montana Proceeds With Plan for Colstrip Bailout

SNL: A bill giving Talen Energy Corp. the chance to seek up to $10 million per year in loans for five years to pay for operations and maintenance of the Colstrip power plant in Montana is on its way to Gov. Steve Bullock. The state Senate on April 13 voted 31-19 in favor of House […]

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Campaign to Keep Navajo Generating Station Open Runs Up Against Market Forces

Bloomberg News: For more than four decades, the Navajo Generating Station in the dusty Four Corners area of Arizona has been the region’s economic engine, generating jobs and vital government revenue along with 2,250 megawatts of power. Now its utility owners want to start the process of closing the plant as early as July. Their […]

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On the Blogs: After Coal?

Syracuse.com: Coal is here for a good long while. The Unites States generates roughly 30 percent of its power from coal, and that won’t disappear overnight. But its role will diminish regardless of any policy rollbacks that the Trump administration puts forth. Market forces are at work. Consider Duke Energy, one of the nation’s largest […]

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U.S. Bureau of Land Management Changes Its Web Page From Green to Black

Washington Post: It is a tale of two photographs, one light and airy, the other kind of, well, dark. On Wednesday, the feature photograph on the Bureau of Land Management’s homepage was an idyllic shot of what appears to be a sunrise over pretty green bluff, witnessed by a pair of backpackers. But seemingly overnight, […]

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