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IEEFA U.S.: FERC neglects energy needs in pipeline decisions

IEEFA urges reevaluation of federal guidelines for new construction

May 25, 2021 (IEEFA)—The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis is urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to reevaluate its pipeline certification guidelines. In their current form, commission guidelines allow it to rely solely on the existence of applicants’ business contracts to certify the necessity of constructing new interstate gas pipelines, disregarding the […]

IEEFA: Consultants poised to make more than $1 billion from bankrupt Puerto Rico utility

IEEFA: Consultants poised to make more than $1 billion from bankrupt Puerto Rico utility

Huge consulting fees highlight systemic problems with reform of island utility

April 29, 2021 (IEEFA) ⎼ The transformation and financial restructuring of Puerto Rico’s bankrupt electric power authority have generated more than $440 million in consulting contracts during the last seven years and could cost island residents more than $1 billion before completion, according to a study released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and […]

IEEFA: Consultores listos para ganar más de $1,000 millones de la corporación de servicios públicos de Puerto Rico en bancarrota

Las enormes comisiones de consultoría ponen de relieve los problemas sistémicos con la reforma de la utilidad de la isla

29 de abril de 2021 (IEEFA) – La transformación y reestructuración financiera de la Autoridad de Energía Eléctrica de Puerto Rico en bancarrota ha generado más de $440 millones en contratos de consultoría durante los últimos siete años y podría costar a los residentes de la isla más de $1,000 millones antes de su finalización, […]

IEEFA U.S.: Energy transition to renewables likely to accelerate over next two to three years

IEEFA U.S.: Energy transition to renewables likely to accelerate over next two to three years

Coal, gas set to become biggest losers as renewable generation climbs quickly

March 31, 2021 (IEEFA) — The speed and scope of the energy transition to renewables will pick up pace over the next two to three years, according to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis’ U.S. Power Sector Outlook 2021. Solar and battery storage adoption is enjoying almost exponential growth, and wind and solar […]

IEEFA U.S.: Financial rationale for Mountain Valley Pipeline has evaporated in changing market

IEEFA U.S.: Financial rationale for Mountain Valley Pipeline has evaporated in changing market

Falling demand, legal and regulatory challenges spell financial peril for pipeline project

March 8, 2021 (IEEFA) — A 303-mile pipeline that would move natural gas from the Appalachian Basin to markets in the eastern and southern U.S. is in financial jeopardy because of reduced demand projections and legal challenges, according to a report released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The Mountain […]

IEEFA U.S.: Duke IRPs focus on new gas-fired generation, creating serious stranded-asset risks

IEEFA U.S.: Duke IRPs focus on new gas-fired generation, creating serious stranded-asset risks

Combined-cycle plants would be forced to retire well before end of operating life to meet 2050 net-zero goal

January 26, 2021 (IEEFA) — A pair of integrated resource plans (IRPs) for Duke Energy’s two North Carolina utilities rely heavily on the construction of gas-fired power plants that would have to be retired long before the end of their life span, according to a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial […]

IEEFA U.S.: FERC gives blank check approval to pipeline builders, while investors and consumers pick up costs

IEEFA U.S.: FERC gives blank check approval to pipeline builders, while investors and consumers pick up costs

Commission’s 21-year-old pipeline policy puts contracts ahead of utility customers

December 17, 2020 (IEEFA) — The federal agency responsible for approving interstate gas pipeline projects is basing its decisions on contracts rather than on today’s consumer energy needs or the public interest, according to a report released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The report—FERC’s Failure to Analyze Energy Market Forces—details […]

IEEFA U.S.: Colorado electric wholesaler is alienating cost-conscious co-ops with its fossil commitments

IEEFA U.S.: Colorado electric wholesaler is alienating cost-conscious co-ops with its fossil commitments

Tri-State currently plans using coal through 2050 and expanding into gas; projected rate increases of 55% by 2050

Nov. 17, 2020 (IEEFA) — One of the biggest power suppliers to rural electric co-ops in the U.S. is putting its business model at risk as members clamor for better access to renewable energy, more affordable rates, and more say in how they buy or produce power, concludes a report released today by the Institute […]

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IEEFA: LUMA Energy deal paves way for Puerto Rico regulators to repeat past mistakes

IEEFA: LUMA Energy deal paves way for Puerto Rico regulators to repeat past mistakes

Multiple issues in contract likely to contribute to failure of safe, reliable and resilient grid

October 12, 2020 (IEEFA) ‒ A major contract signed with the LUMA Energy consortium may prevent Puerto Rico from building a safe, reliable and resilient electrical system, according to a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The deal to operate the island’s grid came in the wake of a series […]

IEEFA: Acuerdo de LUMA Energy allana camino para que los reguladores de Puerto Rico repitan errores pasados

Múltiples problemas en el contrato que pueden contribuir al fracaso de una red segura, confiable y resiliente

12 de octubre de 2020 (IEEFA) – Un importante contrato firmado con el consorcio LUMA Energy puede impedir que Puerto Rico construya un sistema eléctrico seguro, confiable y resiliente,  según un nuevo informe del Instituto de Economía Energética y Análisis Financiero. El acuerdo para operar la red de la isla se produjo a raíz de […]

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IEEFA U.S.: Federal appeals court tosses out FERC approval for Spire STL Pipeline

Court rejects FERC acceptance of affiliate contract as evidence of public need

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia made a precedent-setting ruling on Monday, in a pivotal case challenging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approval of the Spire STL pipeline that would transport gas from Illinois to Missouri. The ruling is important for two reasons. First, it rejected FERC’s decision to base […]

Appeals court rejects FERC authorization of Spire STL pipeline

Reuters:  A federal appeals court on Tuesday threw out 2018 authorizations by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) allowing Spire STL to build a roughly $285 million natural gas pipeline near St. Louis, Missouri that is now operational, in a rare victory against the regulator by environmentalists who sued. A unanimous panel of the U.S. […]

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North Carolina GOP legislation offers something to offend everyone

Canary Media: After months of closed-door negotiations, Republican lawmakers in North Carolina have unveiled a long-awaited clean energy bill that would set utility Duke Energy on a path to close its coal-fired power plants by 2030 and expand the scope of solar development in the state. But that’s about all in the bill that’s pleasing […]

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IEEFA: Keystone XL project became another pipeline to nowhere
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IEEFA: Keystone XL project became another pipeline to nowhere

Demise of Keystone XL should spur regulators, investors to reconsider massive pipeline projects

As the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) reviews the public comments it recently received on its proposal to reconsider how it determines whether a gas pipeline should be granted a certificate of public convenience and necessity, it would do well to consider the cautionary tale of a massive fossil fuel infrastructure project, the Keystone XL […]

EPA suggests FERC consider gas pipelines as potential stranded assets

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency staked out a new position on federal reviews of interstate natural gas pipelines, advising the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to weigh the potential for “carbon lock-in” and the “costly irreversibility” of building such infrastructure. The EPA, as a representative of the Biden administration, has the […]

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IEEFA U.S.: FERC neglects energy needs in pipeline decisions

IEEFA urges reevaluation of federal guidelines for new construction

May 25, 2021 (IEEFA)—The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis is urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to reevaluate its pipeline certification guidelines. In their current form, commission guidelines allow it to rely solely on the existence of applicants’ business contracts to certify the necessity of constructing new interstate gas pipelines, disregarding the […]

NextEra battling clean energy competition from Canada hydropower

Bloomberg ($): A major new transmission line intended to pipe carbon-free hydropower from Canada into the U.S. Northeast has met a powerful opponent: the world’s largest provider of renewable energy. The 145-mile (233-kilometer), nearly $1 billion transmission line, known as New England Clean Energy Connect, broke ground in February after nearly three years of review […]

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FERC policy update likely to make new pipeline projects more difficult

S&P Global ($): The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s effort to update its permitting policy for natural gas infrastructure could result in a process that makes it more difficult to build pipelines, requiring developers to go further to show their projects will be needed and will not cause excessive impacts to people and the climate, according […]

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FERC issues compromise order on pipeline construction complaints

E&E News ($): Following pressure from pipeline companies and landowner groups, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has modified an order that prevents energy companies from doing construction work for pipelines and natural gas export projects until objections have been resolved. The original order last June aimed to ensure that landowners’ protests against energy projects were […]

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FERC focus under Biden shifts to climate risk, environmental justice

S&P Global Platts ($): US President Joe Biden’s first 100 days have brought a shift at a key independent regulator with oversight over energy markets and interstate gas pipelines, thrusting a Democrat with a strong interest in climate into a leadership position. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Richard Glick has sought to smooth tensions with […]

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