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IEEFA Update: How Will Westmoreland Coal’s Deepening Spiral End?

IEEFA Update: How Will Westmoreland Coal’s Deepening Spiral End?

Disappearing Market Capitalization and Unsustainable Debt

We’ve just published a research brief of interest to any person, community, business, or investor with ties to Westmoreland Coal Co. The brief—“Westmoreland Coal Is in Trouble”—lays out how the company, which produces coal for electricity generation, is hobbled by debt, is losing customers, has suffered a catastrophic drop in stock price, and appears to […]

February 16, 2018 Read More →
IEEFA India: Tamil Nadu, Population 72 Million, Emerges as a National Transition Model

IEEFA India: Tamil Nadu, Population 72 Million, Emerges as a National Transition Model

A Potential Doubling in Wind Power by 2027 and Six-Fold Increase in Solar

Feb. 7, 2018 (IEEFA) — New modelling by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) finds the Indian state of Tamil Nadu capable of doubling its wind energy capacity by 2027 and increasing its solar capacity six-fold. In a report published this week—“Electricity Transformation in India: A Case Study of Tamil Nadu”—IEEFA sees […]

February 7, 2018 Read More →
IEEFA Arizona: Fast-Track Opportunities Now in Navajo Community-Driven Solar Electricity Generation

IEEFA Arizona: Fast-Track Opportunities Now in Navajo Community-Driven Solar Electricity Generation

Strategically Situated Tribal Lands at the Heart of the American Sunbelt Hold Crucial Market Advantages; Prudent Development Strategies Will Benefit, Protect, and Profit Local People

Jan. 3, 2017 — Locally owned utility-scale solar electricity generation offers Navajo communities an immediate generational economic-development opportunity, concludes a research brief published by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) and DinéHózhó. The report— “Window of Opportunity: Navajo Solar—A Fast-Track Community-Driven Development Approach” — details how transformative changes in the U.S. electric utility […]

December 22, 2017 Read More →
IEEFA Report: Endesa’s Plan to Upgrade Aging Spanish Coal Plants Puts €400 Million in Shareholder Wealth at Risk

IEEFA Report: Endesa’s Plan to Upgrade Aging Spanish Coal Plants Puts €400 Million in Shareholder Wealth at Risk

New Emissions Rules Loom Large Across EU; Gas-Fired Generation and Renewables Present Better Investment Opportunities; Major Utilities Are Out of Step With Markets

October 25, 2017 (IEEFA.org) — A research paper published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis finds that plans by Enel Group’s Spanish-subsidiary Endesa to sink €400 million into upgrading three aging coal-fired plants is a likely loss-making proposition under new European Union emission-control rules. The report—“How European Utilities Can Capitalize on […]

October 26, 2017 Read More →
IEEFA Brief: U.K. Government at Risk in Over-Budget Nuclear Project That Stands Incomplete

IEEFA Brief: U.K. Government at Risk in Over-Budget Nuclear Project That Stands Incomplete

A Sensible ‘Plan B’ for Hinkley Point C Project in Somerset Would Avoid Extending Public Loan Guarantees

Oct. 16, 2017 (IEEFA.org) — A research brief published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis cautions the U.K. government against investing further in an unfinished nuclear project on the Bristol Channel in southwest England. The brief — “A Half-Built, High-Priced Nuclear White Elephant: How Should the U.K. Proceed With This Troubled […]

October 16, 2017 Read More →
IEEFA Texas: Latest U.S. Coal Plant Shutdown Stems From a Saga in Which Investors Failed to See Change Coming

IEEFA Texas: Latest U.S. Coal Plant Shutdown Stems From a Saga in Which Investors Failed to See Change Coming

Markets Rendered a Harsh Judgment on a Bad Private-Equity Deal, Cheap Natural Gas, and the Rise of Wind-Powered Electricity

[First of two parts.] Last week Luminant and its new parent company, Vistra, announced the imminent closure of the 1,800-megawatts Monticello Power Plant in North Texas, near the Arkansas and Oklahoma state lines. It’s been a long time coming. The plant has operated at a loss for years, having failed to compete with low natural […]

IEEFA Report: Renewable Energy Opportunity Now for Norway’s $976 Billion Pension Fund as Global Institutional Capital Migrates Out of Fossil Fuels

IEEFA Report: Renewable Energy Opportunity Now for Norway’s $976 Billion Pension Fund as Global Institutional Capital Migrates Out of Fossil Fuels

35% of Assets Reallocated Can Go Into High-Growth Sector; Risks Can Be Responsibly Managed; Possibilities Include Stocks, Index Funds and Infrastructure

Aug. 30, 2017  (IEEFA.org) – The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) today published a report urging Norway to allocate more of its Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) assets to the fast-growing global renewable energy market. The report — “How Renewable Energy Holdings Can Contribute to the Growth of Norway’s Pension Fund in […]

August 30, 2017 Read More →
Why Navajo Generating Station Is No Longer Commercially Viable

Why Navajo Generating Station Is No Longer Commercially Viable

The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) has done extensive research into the difficult circumstances facing Navajo Generation Station. Key findings: Declining energy market prices and rising production costs have made power produced by the plant more expensive than competing sources. Market trends are not likely to change, leaving the plant’s financial viability […]

August 16, 2017 Read More →
IEEFA Indonesia: A Potential Overcommitment to Coal-Fired Electricity Puts a Nation at Risk

IEEFA Indonesia: A Potential Overcommitment to Coal-Fired Electricity Puts a Nation at Risk

Out of Step With a Global Shift in the Energy Economy

We’ve just published a report that calls into serious question Indonesia’s plans to expand its commitment to coal-fired electricity generation. The report—“Overpaid and Underutilized: How Capacity Payments Could Lock Indonesia Into a High-Cost Electricity Future”—analyzes Indonesia’s 2017-26 national energy blueprint and shows how long-term coal power contracts that the country is contemplating will not just […]

August 10, 2017 Read More →
IEEFA Report: Kayenta Mine Is Unlikely to Find  New Customers Once Navajo Generating Station Closes

IEEFA Report: Kayenta Mine Is Unlikely to Find New Customers Once Navajo Generating Station Closes

A ‘Buyer Beware’ on Peabody Energy Property; Regional Demand for Coal Is in Decline; Export-Market Possibilities Are Bleak; Previous Recent Mine Deals Have Failed

June 29, 2017 (IEEFA.org) — The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) published a report today concluding that Peabody Energy’s Kayenta mine in northeast Arizona is not likely to find new customers or markets once its sole customer, Navajo Generating Station, closes. The Navajo Nation Council voted this week to approve a deal with […]

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6.7-Million-Customer Michigan Utility Announces Coal Phaseout

AP: Consumers Energy will phase out electricity production from coal by 2040 to slash emissions of heat-trapping gases that cause global warming, the Michigan utility’s president and CEO told The Associated Press. The utility plans to generate 40% of its power from renewable sources such as wind and solar energy by then, Patti Poppe said […]

February 20, 2018 Read More →

U.S. Coal: ‘Fewer and Fewer Customers’

Bloomberg News: The big problem for Cloud Peak and fellow miners is there are fewer and fewer customers. Between the end of 2011 and 2017, America’s coal-fired power plants lost 15 percent of their generating capacity, from 306 gigawatts to 261 gigawatts. Another 12.5 gigawatts of plants are scheduled to close this year, making 2018 […]

February 20, 2018 Read More →

Uber and Airbnb Seen as Models for Fast-Changing Electricity Economy

S&P Global Market Intelligence: Arshad Mansoor, senior vice president of research and development at the Electric Power Research Institute, made a case for a shared-economy model, in line with the Uber and Airbnb business model, to enter the utility space. Rooftop solar, microgrids and other technologies individuals and communities are going to need to be […]

February 19, 2018 Read More →
IEEFA Update: How Will Westmoreland Coal’s Deepening Spiral End?

IEEFA Update: How Will Westmoreland Coal’s Deepening Spiral End?

Disappearing Market Capitalization and Unsustainable Debt

We’ve just published a research brief of interest to any person, community, business, or investor with ties to Westmoreland Coal Co. The brief—“Westmoreland Coal Is in Trouble”—lays out how the company, which produces coal for electricity generation, is hobbled by debt, is losing customers, has suffered a catastrophic drop in stock price, and appears to […]

February 16, 2018 Read More →

Dire Conditions Persist Across U.S. Coal Industry

S&P Global Market Intelligence: The average number of U.S. coal mine employees and coal production fell in the fourth quarter of 2017 despite positive market indicators and support from the White House. Coal production fell 1.6% and average mining employment fell 2.3% in the fourth quarter compared to the prior period, according to an S&P […]

February 16, 2018 Read More →

U.S. Regulatory Panel Votes for More Grid Battery Storage

National Law Review: On February 15, 2018 the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued a Final Rule addressing participation of energy storage resources in electricity markets operated by Regional Transmission Organizations (“RTOs”) and Independent System Operators (“ISOs”).  Largely adopting the proposal issued in November 2016, the Final Rule seeks to remove barriers for energy storage participation in […]

February 16, 2018 Read More →

Study: Wind and Solar Won’t Break the Grid

Energy Collective: A new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) shows that major power systems are able to cope quite well with increasing shares of intermittent renewables, if the right measures are taken. The study says that increased generation of these renewables does not make the grid less reliable or […]

February 16, 2018 Read More →
IEEFA Update: A Brave New World Is Taking Hold in the Grid Integration of Renewables

IEEFA Update: A Brave New World Is Taking Hold in the Grid Integration of Renewables

Debunking Myths Around Energy Security and the Supposed Need for Subsidizing Outdated Electricity-Generation Plants

Important regional electricity markets and whole countries are blowing past old record levels of wind and solar power by taking a variety of simple, practical steps to improve grid flexibility. Current trends make a mockery of doubts peddled by system incumbents who keep promoting new subsidies (like capacity payments) for old-school gas and nuclear power […]

February 15, 2018 Read More →

Owner of Troubled Mississippi Plant Tells Supplier to Stop Coal Deliveries

S&P Global Market Intelligence: Mississippi Power Co. informed Liberty Fuels Co. LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of North American Coal Corp., to permanently cease all mining and delivery of lignite as part of the utility’s decision to suspend the coal gasification portion of its controversial generation project in Kemper County, Miss. Liberty Fuels was the […]

February 15, 2018 Read More →

Report: U.S Renewables Sector ‘Neck and Neck’ With Nuclear Generation

Washington Examiner: Renewable energy for the first time is generating nearly as much electricity as the nation’s entire complement of 99 nuclear power plant reactors, a new report issued by a business group said on Thursday. “The surge further establishes renewables’ critical role in the U.S. power mix — renewable technologies now contribute nearly as […]

February 15, 2018 Read More →