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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: Duke Energy’s North Carolina gas IRPs fail to consider battery storage as viable option

IEEFA: Duke Energy’s North Carolina gas IRPs fail to consider battery storage as viable option

Utility claims natural gas is cheaper than battery storage

February 18, 2021 (IEEFA) — Duke Energy’s plans for its two utilities in the Carolinas rely on outdated cost estimates to avoid expanding battery storage capacity, according to a new study by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). In their latest integrated resource plans (IRPs), Duke Energy Progress and Duke Energy Carolinas […]

IEEFA U.S.: Utah bailout of bankrupt California coal-export project likely to fail

Markets, distance, and community opposition pose obstacles - proposal lacks private sector backers

August 19, 2020 (IEEFA) —A proposed $20 million state investment in a bankrupt California coal-export project would most likely result in a loss to the state, concludes a research brief published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The brief—Utah Bailout of Bankrupt California Coal-Export Project Would Likely Fail—describes how weak export […]

IEEFA U.S.: As oil and gas wane, Texas wind industry ascends

IEEFA U.S.: As oil and gas wane, Texas wind industry ascends

Case study Nolan County: Strengthening jobs, economic development, tax base

August 10, 2020 (IEEFA) — The wind industry in West Texas continues to create jobs, increase local tax revenues and drive economic development in an area known historically for its boom-and-bust oil cycles, concludes a report published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA).  The report—As Oil and Gas Wane, Texas […]

IEEFA report: Utility-scale solar remains off-limits on most of more than 100 million federally-owned acres across solar-rich Southwest U.S.

IEEFA report: Utility-scale solar remains off-limits on most of more than 100 million federally-owned acres across solar-rich Southwest U.S.

Outdated policies and byzantine processes at Bureau of Land Management hinder energy transition

June 16, 2020 (IEEFA U.S.) ‒ The largest property owner in the U.S.—the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)—has acreage set aside for utility-scale solar development on only 0.03% of the roughly 100 million acres it manages across the sun-rich Southwest, finds a report published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The […]

IEEFA: Renewables continue to break records despite COVID-19

IEEFA: Renewables continue to break records despite COVID-19

Solar costs continue to decline

8 June 2020 (IEEFA Australia): Despite the devastating impact of COVID-19, during the months of April and May, renewable energy continued to break records, according to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA).  Most strikingly, April 2020 saw the Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC) award a 1.5 gigawatt (GW) solar tender to […]

IEEFA report: California Schemin’

IEEFA report: California Schemin’

What did Occidental Petroleum know about cleanup liabilities before the CRC spin-off?

February 6, 2020 (IEEFA U.S.) ‒ California Resources Corporation (CRC), a company spun off from U.S. oil giant Occidental Petroleum six years ago, faces an elevated risk of bankruptcy that could pose significant financial risks to the state of California, according to a report released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis […]

IEEFA India: Grid, storage, policy, and regulation: Areas of new focus to meet India’s ambitious renewable energy targets

Variable renewable energy is the least cost source of new Indian electricity capacity. The challenge is now on grid integration, and the need to leverage the lessons of other transition leaders.

5 September 2019 (IEEFA India): Finding the right pricing signals to drive technology adoption to solve the integration of an ever increasing share of variable renewable energy into India’s grid is becoming a central new challenge for policy makers and regulators, critical to enabling the ongoing transition away from coal to meet India’s ambitious renewable […]

IEEFA report: Risk factors multiply for GE as California power plant shutters—20 years early

IEEFA report: Risk factors multiply for GE as California power plant shutters—20 years early

Lackluster demand for natural gas may continue to dampen revenues

July 25, 2018 (IEEFA U.S.) – The closure of a $1 billion natural gas power plant in southern California, only 10 years into its planned 30-year life cycle, spells trouble for GE, according to a report released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The report, New Risk Factors Emerge as […]

IEEFA report: Advances in electricity storage suggest rapid disruption of U.S. electricity sector

IEEFA report: Advances in electricity storage suggest rapid disruption of U.S. electricity sector

Utility-scale batteries give renewables a big lift while undercutting coal and challenging fracked gas

June 14, 2019 (IEEFA) — Momentum is gaining around an industry shift toward utility-scale battery storage systems nationally, finds a report published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The report – Advances in Electricity Storage Suggest Rapid Disruption of U.S. Electricity Sector  –details upstart storage and storage-expansion projects in Arizona, […]

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California system operator issues call for 10,000MW of new capacity by 2026

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): To keep California reliably powered amid its clean energy transition, the California ISO, the state’s primary transmission grid operator, is calling for at least 10,000 MW of new capacity to enter service between 2023 and 2026. “Critically, this capacity should be effective after sunset,” attorneys for the grid operator said […]

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California aiming to install 1,700MW of new battery storage by summer

Bloomberg: With summer’s heat approaching, California’s plan for avoiding a repeat of last year’s blackouts hinges on a humble savior – the battery. Giant versions of the same technology that powers smart phones and cars are being plugged into the state’s electrical grid at breakneck speed, with California set to add more battery capacity this […]

April 2, 2021 Read More →

Apple to link big battery storage unit with existing solar farm to power its California operations

Reuters: Apple Inc said Wednesday that it will build a battery-based renewable energy storage facility in Central California near a solar energy installation that already provides energy for all of its facilities in the state. Apple said the project will store 240 megawatt-hours of energy, or enough to power more than 7,000 homes for one […]

April 1, 2021 Read More →
IEEFA U.S.: Energy transition to renewables likely to accelerate over next two to three years
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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 […]

Study finds Los Angeles can have 98% clean, reliable electricity generation by 2030

Los Angeles Times: Los Angeles is one of the last places in California still burning coal for electricity — and if all goes according to plan, it could become one of the country’s first major cities to nearly eliminate fossil fuels from its power supply. In a first-of-its-kind study commissioned by the city and released […]

March 25, 2021 Read More →

U.S. battery storage installations surged in 4th quarter 2020, much more is on the way

E&E News ($): The energy storage industry is shattering records for battery deployments, underscoring its growing role in decarbonizing the economy. In the last three months of 2020, nearly 2.2 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of energy storage systems were put into operation, according to the energy data firm Wood Mackenzie. That’s an increase of 182% from the […]

March 4, 2021 Read More →

Highview Power says its long duration energy storage pipeline totals 400MW/4GWh

Recharge: The market leader in build-anywhere long-duration energy storage, Highview Power, now has more than a dozen firm projects in its pipeline, adding up to roughly 400MW/4GWh, the company’s chief executive reveals to Recharge. Eight of these will enter the execution phase this year or next, in addition to the 50MW/250MWh project currently under construction […]

March 2, 2021 Read More →

Replacing gas peakers could be 100GW market for battery storage in U.S., researchers say

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): Adjacent to Vistra Corp.’s natural gas-fired Moss Landing CC power plant on California’s Monterey Bay, two of the world’s biggest lithium-ion battery storage stations are emerging as critical new assets for the state’s clean energy transition. Across the country in Manatee County, Fla., meanwhile, Florida Power & Light Co. is […]

February 25, 2021 Read More →
IEEFA: Duke Energy’s North Carolina gas IRPs fail to consider battery storage as viable option
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IEEFA: Duke Energy’s North Carolina gas IRPs fail to consider battery storage as viable option

Utility claims natural gas is cheaper than battery storage

February 18, 2021 (IEEFA) — Duke Energy’s plans for its two utilities in the Carolinas rely on outdated cost estimates to avoid expanding battery storage capacity, according to a new study by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). In their latest integrated resource plans (IRPs), Duke Energy Progress and Duke Energy Carolinas […]

NextEra brings first section of massive California battery storage complex online

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): NextEra Energy Resources LLC has connected a 115-MW lithium-ion battery storage system to its existing 131.2-MW Blythe Solar II facility in eastern Riverside County, Calif., which forms part of one of the world’s largest emerging solar-plus-storage stations. The competitive generation arm of NextEra Energy Inc. synchronized the storage system with […]

February 16, 2021 Read More →