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IEEFA report: Coal-fired power generation collapsing across Southeast U.S., longtime bastion of the industry

IEEFA report: Coal-fired power generation collapsing across Southeast U.S., longtime bastion of the industry

Decade-long influx of cheap gas started regional transition; solar expected to finish it

Oct. 1, 2019 (IEEFA U.S.) – Abundant gas supplies have transformed the electricity-generation sector in the traditionally coal-dominated Southeast U.S. Planned new solar construction in the region will add momentum to the energy transition and likely lead to the zeroing out of all coal generation in a number of states in the near future, finds […]

Georgia Power’s Aging Plant Hammond Should Be Retired

Georgia Power’s Aging Plant Hammond Should Be Retired

Hobbled by Outdated Coal-Burning Technology, Poor Operating Performance and High Production Costs

We’ve published a paper today that explains why Georgia Power should retire Plant Hammond, an outdated coal-fired electricity plant in northwest Georgia. The report, posted here, details how the 840-megawatt plant, whose four units are from 44 to 61 years old, has grown increasingly expensive to ratepayers in recent years. Plant Hammond’s high costs are […]

November 17, 2015 Read More →

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RWE unit starts work on its largest U.S solar-plus-storage project, in Georgia

Energy Storage News: Work has begun on a 195.5MW solar farm in Georgia, US, co-located with 40MW/80MWh of battery storage for RWE Renewables, subsidiary of Germany-headquartered multinational energy company RWE Group. RWE Renewables and utility company Georgia Power signed a 30-year power purchase agreement (PPA) deal for the utility to off-take energy generated by the […]

November 19, 2020 Read More →
IEEFA U.S.: Georgia solar+hydro electricity output tops in-state coal generation during first half of 2020
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IEEFA U.S.: Georgia solar+hydro electricity output tops in-state coal generation during first half of 2020

Bowen and Scherer, the two largest coal-fired power plants in the U.S., lost out to cheaper—and greener—alternatives

Fresh data from the Energy Information Administration points to the monumental nature of the transition under way in the U.S. utility sector and localizes it dramatically in Georgia, where utility-scale solar and hydropower for the first time generated more electricity than coal during the first half of the year.  This is of special note because […]

and September 10, 2020 Read More →

Florida utilities agree to close 848MW unit at Plant Scherer, U.S.’ largest coal-fired generator

Utility Dive: Plant Scherer in Georgia — for years, the highest capacity coal-fired plant in the U.S. — will lose one of its four units to retirement, a sign that even the largest coal power plants are not immune to the economic pressures driving down coal’s standing in the U.S. generation mix. On Friday the […]

June 30, 2020 Read More →

Fitch projects 110GW of new solar capacity in Southeast U.S. by 2029

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): The Southeast U.S. could see about 110 GW of solar capacity additions from 2020 through 2029, even as federal tax subsidies for solar projects phase out, according to Fitch Solutions Macro Research. And the potential exists for even more solar in the long run, Fitch Solutions analysts wrote in a […]

January 14, 2020 Read More →

IEEFA U.S.: PacifiCorp’s transition to renewables and battery storage sets a new industry pace

Forward-looking template is one that lagging utilities like Duke Energy and Southern Company can follow

PacifiCorp’s announcement last week that it will build thousands of megawatts of new wind, solar and battery storage capacity in its transition away from coal will reshape electricity markets across the West over the next 10 years. Its impact will be felt nationally, too, perhaps nowhere as much as in the Southeast. The reason behind […]

October 10, 2019 Read More →
IEEFA report: Coal-fired power generation collapsing across Southeast U.S., longtime bastion of the industry
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IEEFA report: Coal-fired power generation collapsing across Southeast U.S., longtime bastion of the industry

Decade-long influx of cheap gas started regional transition; solar expected to finish it

Oct. 1, 2019 (IEEFA U.S.) – Abundant gas supplies have transformed the electricity-generation sector in the traditionally coal-dominated Southeast U.S. Planned new solar construction in the region will add momentum to the energy transition and likely lead to the zeroing out of all coal generation in a number of states in the near future, finds […]

State regulators tell Georgia Power to add 2,210MW of new solar by 2024

Atlanta Journal Constitution: Georgia will rely more on the sun to generate electricity as it retreats from its once overwhelming reliance on coal. The state Public Service Commission’s five members — all Republicans — unanimously directed Georgia Power to make its biggest increase ever in renewables, nearly doubling the solar capacity of the state’s largest […]

July 17, 2019 Read More →

Soon-to-close Georgia coal plant could host new solar power demonstration project

Rome News-Tribune: If the Georgia Public Service Commission approves Georgia Power’s plan, Plant Hammond would be taken out of service as soon as the order is signed. A hearing schedule established by the PSC indicates that could happen as early as August. Georgia Power has planned to decertify Hammond for years and, in fact, committed […]

February 11, 2019 Read More →

Georgia Power proposes closing Hammond, McIntosh coal plants

Atlanta Business Chronicle: Georgia Power Co. will continue reducing its reliance on coal during the next two decades while stepping up its investments in renewable power and energy efficiency, according to a plan the Atlanta-based utility submitted Thursday. The 2019 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) would keep Georgia Power moving toward the goals the company committed […]

February 1, 2019 Read More →

IEEFA Georgia: The diminishing importance of coal-fired power generation

Southern Co. offers a case study in the growing momentum behind market-driven electricity-sector transition

IEEFA released a report in November 2015 calling for Southern Co. and its subsidiary Georgia Power—out of respect for investors and ratepayers—to retire the four-unit Plant Hammond coal-fired power station. The report pointed out how flat demand had diminished the need for the plant’s generation capacity and that its electric output was being priced out […]

December 14, 2018 Read More →