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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 […]

LEFT IN THE DARK: How the Alabama Public Service Commission Makes Customers Pay Billions of Dollars for Alabama Power Investments without Any Meaningful Public Review or Involvement

LEFT IN THE DARK: How the Alabama Public Service Commission Makes Customers Pay Billions of Dollars for Alabama Power Investments without Any Meaningful Public Review or Involvement

LEFT IN THE DARK: How the Alabama Public Service Commission Makes Customers Pay Billions of Dollars for Alabama Power Investments without Any Meaningful Public Review or Involvement (pdf) By David Schlissel, Director of Resource Planning Analysis, Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis

February 26, 2015 Read More →
Report- Weak PSC oversight benefits Alabama Power at customers’ expense

Report- Weak PSC oversight benefits Alabama Power at customers’ expense

Report: Weak PSC oversight benefits Alabama Power at customers’ expense (pdf).

March 1, 2013 Read More →

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Offshore wind giant Ørsted takes aim at U.S. solar, storage markets

Greentech Media: Ørsted, a developer synonymous with offshore wind, will have a novel experience in 2021: All of the new power plants it completes will be onshore, and most will involve solar panels. Since building the world’s first offshore wind project 30 years ago off the coast of Denmark, no other company has played a […]

September 3, 2020 Read More →

Coal generation falls to just 12% of Tennessee Valley Authority’s power supply in first quarter

Chattanooga Times Free Press: For the first time in more than six decades, the Tennessee Valley Authority got more power from renewable sources than from burning coal during the first three months of 2020. With electricity sales down due to the mild weather and COVID-19 virus shutdowns, TVA used its coal-fired power plants to generate […]

May 7, 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 update: Data shows U.S. shift away from coal-fired generation is intensifying

IEEFA update: Data shows U.S. shift away from coal-fired generation is intensifying

Plants are retiring at a faster rate per month than last year as utilities switch to gas and build renewables

New data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) indicates that the shift away from coal-fired power generation has accelerated this year in the United States. In August, utilities generated 18 percent less power from coal than in August of last year, marking the sixth month in 2019 with a decline of more than 10 percent. […]

November 5, 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 […]

Utility-scale solar is surging across the southeast

S&P Global Platts: After climbing 15% in 2018, utility-scale solar capacity in the southeastern US is expected to surge another 25% this year, but the geographic concentration of such growth is driven more by policy than by the quality of the sunshine, S&P Global Platts analysis shows. S&P Global Platts Analytics data show the region […]

July 30, 2019 Read More →

Alabama municipal utility moves forward with 100MW solar farm

Montgomery Advertiser: In Montgomery County, 800 rural acres will soon be home to a massive 350,000-panel solar array. The project, a partnership between local utility company Alabama Municipal Electric Authority and Lightsource BP, will bring a large-scale, utility-sized solar development to the River Region. Utility leaders say several recent factors have made solar power a […]

May 30, 2019 Read More →

Pushback among landowners in 15 states over pipeline eminent domain

AP: There have been more than 200 instances of courts granting pipeline companies immediate possession of land, while at the same time deferring the issue of how much the property owners will be paid for it, said Robert McNamara, an attorney for the Institute for Justice, a libertarian public interest law firm based in Arlington […]

May 3, 2019 Read More →

Alabama utility to bill customers $740 million for environmental upgrades at closing coal plant

AL.com: The William Crawford Gorgas Electric Generating Plant near Parrish is set to be retired in April, but Alabama Power customers will be repaying about $740 million in costs related to the Walker County coal power plant long after it closes, according to documents the company filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Alabama Power’s […]

March 4, 2019 Read More →

Alabama utility to close Gorgas coal plant in April

AL.com: Alabama Power Company announced Wednesday that it was permanently retiring the William Crawford Gorgas Electric Generating Plant in Walker County due to “federally driven environmental mandates.” The facility, usually just called Plant Gorgas, has generated electricity since 1917 on the banks of the Black Warrior River near the town of Parrish, and is currently […]

February 21, 2019 Read More →