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IEEFA U.S.: Texas confronts decline in oil and gas industry

IEEFA U.S.: Texas confronts decline in oil and gas industry

Analysis of long-term trends indicates slower growth, fewer jobs and lower tax contributions

July 28, 2021 (IEEFA) ⎼ Texas policymakers, regulators and public opinion have long held that “what’s good for oil is good for Texas.” But Texas’s economy has become more broad-based and the oil and gas sector’s proportionate contribution has declined. State leaders face a new set of facts on the ground about the future of […]

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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 →

Entergy Arkansas to close White Bluff and Independence coal plants

Arkansas Democrat Gazette: Entergy Arkansas plans to stop burning coal at the state’s two largest coal-fired power plants and close one fueled by natural gas by 2030. In the interim, the utility plans to focus on new power-generation sources, mostly renewable energy, the utility said Friday. Entergy Arkansas’ planned phaseout is in accordance with a […]

November 19, 2018 Read More →

Arkansas utilities agree: ‘No new coal’

Arkansas Business: King Coal isn’t dead, but it’s being dethroned as the top fuel source for creating electric power in Arkansas. “Out of favor is probably a good term” for coal’s status, Entergy Arkansas’ Kurt Castleberry said this month, noting market forces and growing environmental awareness among consumers that have made lower-emission natural gas-fueled generation […]

September 24, 2018 Read More →

Arkansas farmers tout economic benefits of solar

Magnolia Reporter: Fields across Arkansas seem to be sprouting solar panels as multiple growers take advantage of the one thing they can count on: the sun. Solar energy is catching on with Arkansas farmers, which is a trend that is very promising for the state, said Rick Cartwright, head of the Cooperative Extension Service for […]

July 5, 2018 Read More →

$4.5 Billion Wind Catcher Project Moves a Step Closer to Construction

Enid News & Eagle: Officials announced Tuesday that the Wind Catcher Energy Connection Project was approved by Arkansas Public Service Commission. The announcement was made by Southwestern Electric Power Co. Wind Catcher Energy Connection is a joint effort between SWEPCO and Public Service Co. of Oklahoma, and is a $4.5 billion project that involves building […]

May 9, 2018 Read More →

Mississippi and Louisiana Follow Arkansas Model in Expanding Energy Efficiency Mandates

Southeast Energy News: Two states in the Southeast U.S. are moving to step up their energy efficiency mandates by taking lessons from programs in Arkansas. Widely believed to be the first initiative in the Southeast to decouple utility revenues from power sales, Arkansas’ success to date is serving as proof that such regulations can benefit […]

June 26, 2017 Read More →
Wind in the Wires, and More on the Way

Wind in the Wires, and More on the Way

30 States Have Projects Under Construction or in Advanced Development

Wind power is a rapidly growing source of electricity in the U.S., doubling its share of generation in just five years, to 4.9 percent in 2015. The declining cost of wind power, along with cheap natural gas, has put tremendous financial pressure on both coal-fired and nuclear power plants, and is changing the mix of fuels […]

September 16, 2016 Read More →

On the Blogs: Electric Cooperatives in Southern U.S. ‘Frozen in the 1950s’

From Looking at all available information on 313 cooperatives and their governance and representation structure in the twelve-state southern region, the Rural Power Project found that time had stopped and the leadership structure of many of rural electric cooperatives seemed “frozen in the fifties.” The report examined available documents revealing governance and representation patterns […]

May 10, 2016 Read More →

How Can These 15 States Comply with EPA’s Clean Power Plan? (Hint: Modernizing Their Renewable-Energy Programs Might Help)

Fighting Pollution Rules While Lagging on Wind and Solar

States that seem most staunchly opposed to the EPA’s Clean Power Plan tend to be the same ones that underachieve on renewable-energy initiatives. The 15 attorneys general formally opposing the new pollution-control rules come from states that have some of the country’s least ambitious renewable portfolio standards and the weakest renewable-energy goals in America. Which […]

September 24, 2015 Read More →