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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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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 →
IEEFA U.S.: The gathering solar wave
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IEEFA U.S.: The gathering solar wave

Sleeping giant of a market is waking up

Announcing last week that it would create the largest regulated utility-scale solar footprint in the world, Florida Power & Light signaled its intentions to nudge the Sunshine State away from its ironically dubious reputation as a renewable-energy laggard. The initiative will add 30 million solar panels, five times the state’s current solar capacity, easing its […]

and January 24, 2019 Read More →

Google to get 300MW of new TVA solar for Alabama, Tennessee data centers

Times Free Press: The world’s biggest solar producer will build Alabama’s biggest solar farm in Hollywood, Alabama, in the next two years to supply renewable energy for the $600 million data center Google is building on TVA’s former Widows Creek coal plant site. NextEra Energy Resources will build the new 150-megawatt solar farm near the […]

January 17, 2019 Read More →
IEEFA U.S.: A sea change in American offshore wind
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IEEFA U.S.: A sea change in American offshore wind

Up and down the East Coast, initiatives to develop a massive and largely untapped market

The big lease sales ($405 million) last month in coastal waters off Massachusetts for three federally owned tracts that didn’t sell at an auction in 2015 signal a sea change in how U.S. offshore wind generation potential is now perceived. The winners of that auction, who emerged after 32 rounds of bidding over two days, […]

and January 9, 2019 Read More →

TVA to build 377MW of solar to power new Facebook facility

Times Free Press: The Tennessee Valley Authority has contracted with two of the nation’s biggest solar power developers to build the largest solar installations ever built in Tennessee and Alabama to power Facebook’s new data center in Huntsville, Alabama with 100 percent renewable energy. TVA said First Solar will erect a 227-megawatt solar farm in […]

November 5, 2018 Read More →

Walmart Mega-Solar Park Seen as a Force in Driving Down Electricity Rates in Alabama

The Boss Magazine: Walmart is known as a retail giant with a mission to offer low prices and, in the last decade or so, lead the path to sustainability. “Walmart envisions a world where people do not have to choose between electricity they can afford and renewable electricity that is good for communities and the […]

March 28, 2018 Read More →