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Hobbled by Outdated Coal-Burning Technology, Poor Operating Performance and High Production Costs

We’ve published a paper today that explains why Georgia Power should retire Plant Hammond, an outdated coal-fired electricity plant in northwest Georgia.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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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 →

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 →
IEEFA US: Financial chaos in Powder River Basin coal country

IEEFA US: Financial chaos in Powder River Basin coal country

Companies in turmoil; workers and communities are paying the price; power plants face supply disruptions

The way America generates its electricity has been shifting away from coal for a decade, as the falling cost of wind, solar and gas have taken market share at an accelerating rate. The way the coal mining industry is structured, however, has changed very little, even as domestic consumption fell by more than 400 million […]

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 →

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 U.S.: A sea change in American offshore wind

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, […]

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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 →

IEEFA update: Vogtle nuclear reactor, a runaway project nobody needs

In announcing earlier this month that Southern Company was raising its subsidiary Georgia Power’s share of the already-too-expensive and long-delayed Vogtle nuclear project by $1.1 billion, CEO Tom Fanning increased the utility’s 45.7 percent stake in the plant to $8.4 billion. It seems a highly misguided move. While Fanning continued to defend the roughly 2,234 […]

August 17, 2018 Read More →

Georgia Power seeks bids to double solar output by 2021

AP: Georgia Power is aiming to increase its renewable energy portfolio in the state by adding 100 megawatts of solar power. The utility firm is seeking proposals from solar facilities that are interested in selling solar power to the company, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported . Georgia Power is seeking contracts with them to provide solar […]

August 6, 2018 Read More →

Georgia Approves Corporate Renewables Program With Southern

Atlanta Business Chronicle: The state of Georgia gave its blessing to fuel a new program that lets major corporate players buy renewable energy directly from Georgia Power. Google announced Tuesday that the state approved a partnership involving Walmart Inc., Target Corp., Johnson & Johnson, and Alphabet Inc., for a “first of its kind” program in Georgia that […]

April 11, 2018 Read More →