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IEEFA U.S.: Gas-fired power plant cancellations and delays signal investor anxiety, changing economics

IEEFA U.S.: Gas-fired power plant cancellations and delays signal investor anxiety, changing economics

Financial concerns are likely to affect other PJM gas projects still in the planning phase

November 18, 2021 (IEEFA) – A recent decision to cancel the 1,000-megawatt Beech Hollow combined gas plant in Pennsylvania is the latest warning for investors considering funding new gas-fired power plants in the PJM Interconnection (PJM) region. According to a briefing note by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), the reason is […]

IEEFA U.S.: Shortage of high-quality sites threatens future Bakken oil and gas production

IEEFA U.S.: Shortage of high-quality sites threatens future Bakken oil and gas production

Decline in top-tier wells forces shift to less-productive Bakken oil and gas regions

November 3, 2021 (IEEFA) — A shortage of high-quality drilling sites poses a long-term risk to oil production in the Bakken formation, according to an analysis by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Since the Bakken boom began 13 years ago, producers have focused on core areas where horizontal wells provide easier […]

IEEFA U.S.: Investors in gas-fired projects in largest regional power system face substantial risks

IEEFA U.S.: Investors in gas-fired projects in largest regional power system face substantial risks

Eleven PJM projects under development may fail to prove financially viable

October 5, 2020 (IEEFA) — The landscape for developers of natural gas-fired power plants in the nation’s largest regional power system has shifted dramatically over the last decade, according to a joint study by the Applied Economics Clinic and the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Maryland (PJM) system coordinates the flow […]

IEEFA U.S.: Long-term contracts with American Municipal Power (AMP) saddle local communities with high prices

Dozens of communities in five states pay far above market price for electricity from Prairie State coal plant and Ohio River hydro projects

September 21, 2020 (IEEFA) — Long-term contracts with American Municipal Power (AMP) have stuck 83 communities in 41 counties across five states with extraordinarily high electricity prices for half a century, according to a briefing note released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The largest AMP member, Cleveland Public Power (CPP), […]

IEEFA U.S.: Long-term contracts with AMP are ‘financial disaster’ for Cleveland Public Power customers

IEEFA U.S.: Long-term contracts with AMP are ‘financial disaster’ for Cleveland Public Power customers

Utility’s reliance on two projects cost ratepayers an extra $106 million

September 11, 2020 (IEEFA) — Long-term contracts with American Municipal Power (AMP) have been “a financial disaster” for Cleveland Public Power (CPP) customers, according to a briefing note released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). About 70% of CPP’s expenditures for its total power supply are paid to AMP, an […]

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 Coal Outlook 2020: Market trends are pushing U.S. industry to a reckoning

IEEFA Coal Outlook 2020: Market trends are pushing U.S. industry to a reckoning

Competition, financing, consolidation, muni/co-op trajectories, export markets

March 30, 2020 (IEEFA U.S.) — A report published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) sees the U.S. coal industry continuing to decline through 2020 and beyond. The report, U.S. Coal Outlook 2020: Market Trends Are Pushing Industry Ever Closer to a Reckoning, details issues that will likely persist in driving […]

IEEFA Research Brief: Coal in Decline, Blow by Blow

IEEFA Research Brief: Coal in Decline, Blow by Blow

Plant Closings and the Likely Effects on Specific Companies and Mines

We’ve published a research brief today that presents an expansive snapshot of a moving target: the decline in U.S. coal-fired generation nationally. As global energy markets continue to undergo rapid transformation, change has swept the U.S. as well. Our brief—“U.S. Coal Phase-out, Blow by Blow: Plant Closings and the Likely Corresponding Effect on Specific Companies […]

April 21, 2017 Read More →
Cost of Coal From Mine-Mouth Prairie State Plant Isn’t the Bargain That Was Promised

Cost of Coal From Mine-Mouth Prairie State Plant Isn’t the Bargain That Was Promised

Cost of Coal From Mine-Mouth Prairie State Plant Isnt the Bargain That Was Promised By Tom Sanzillo, Director of Finance, IEEFA

April 7, 2015 Read More →
2014 – Another Year of Unmet Promises for the Prairie State Energy Campus

2014 – Another Year of Unmet Promises for the Prairie State Energy Campus

2014 – Another Year of Unmet Promises for the Prairie State Energy Campus (pdf) By David Schlissel, Director of Resource Planning Analysis, Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis

February 24, 2015 Read More →

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Vistra plans doubling output, capacity for world’s largest battery facility

Energy Storage News: Plans to nearly double the output and capacity of the world’s biggest battery energy storage system (BESS) project to date have been announced by its owner, Vistra Energy.  The Texas-headquartered integrated utility and power generation company said it wants to add another 350MW/1,400MWh BESS to the Moss Landing Energy Storage Facility in […]

January 25, 2022 Read More →

Invenergy awards contract for 250-megawatt Illinois wind farm

ReNews.biz: Invenergy has contracted Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives subsidiary White Construction to build the planned 250MW Sapphire Sky wind farm in the US state Illinois. The $75m deal will see White Construction provide engineering and construction of 64 turbines and nearly 32km of private-land access roads. Work started on the project during the fourth quarter […]

January 12, 2022 Read More →

U.S. on pace to add record 9 gigawatts of battery storage in 2022

Wall Street Journal ($): Companies are poised to install record amounts of batteries on America’s electric grid this year, as government mandates and a steep decline in costs fuel rapid growth in power storage. The U.S., which had less than a gigawatt of large battery installations in 2020—roughly enough to power 350,000 homes for a […]

December 22, 2021 Read More →
IEEFA U.S.: Gas-fired power plant cancellations and delays signal investor anxiety, changing economics
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IEEFA U.S.: Gas-fired power plant cancellations and delays signal investor anxiety, changing economics

Financial concerns are likely to affect other PJM gas projects still in the planning phase

November 18, 2021 (IEEFA) – A recent decision to cancel the 1,000-megawatt Beech Hollow combined gas plant in Pennsylvania is the latest warning for investors considering funding new gas-fired power plants in the PJM Interconnection (PJM) region. According to a briefing note by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), the reason is […]

IEEFA U.S.: Shortage of high-quality sites threatens future Bakken oil and gas production
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IEEFA U.S.: Shortage of high-quality sites threatens future Bakken oil and gas production

Decline in top-tier wells forces shift to less-productive Bakken oil and gas regions

November 3, 2021 (IEEFA) — A shortage of high-quality drilling sites poses a long-term risk to oil production in the Bakken formation, according to an analysis by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Since the Bakken boom began 13 years ago, producers have focused on core areas where horizontal wells provide easier […]

Wisconsin utility announces plans to scrap coal by 2035

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: WEC Energy Group said Tuesday that it has set a goal of eliminating coal as a fuel source for its power plants by 2035.  WEC Energy, based in Milwaukee, is the parent company of utility We Energies, also based in Milwaukee, and Wisconsin Public Service based in Green Bay.  It also owns […]

November 3, 2021 Read More →

Investor coalition with $60 trillion urges utilities to speed net-zero pace

Reuters: A coalition of investors with more than $60 trillion in assets under management is preparing to call on electric utility companies globally to move up their timeline by as much as 15 years to bring their net greenhouse gas emissions to zero. Utilities account for about 40% of emissions worldwide, more than any other […]

October 21, 2021 Read More →

Illinois city to close coal plant two years early rather than repair it

S&P Capital IQ ($): The city of Springfield, Ill., is closing a unit of the Dallman coal plant early, citing repair costs. The city said the 192-MW Unit 33, located in the Midcontinent ISO’s territory, was initially scheduled to close Sept. 15, 2023. Damage to the unit in June forced the generator offline, necessitating repairs […]

October 12, 2021 Read More →

New Illinois clean energy legislation sets 2045 retirement date for Prairie State coal plant

Source ($): S&P Global Market Intelligence Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law sweeping energy legislation Sept. 15 that includes financial support for the state’s nuclear plants and provides incentives to transition the state to cleaner energy. The Illinois Senate voted 37-17 on Sept. 13 to approve an amended version of S.B. 2408, a massive […]

September 16, 2021 Read More →

Illinois Legislature mulls Byron bailout, renewables-friendly measure

E&E News ($): A yearslong drama over the future of Illinois’ energy mix and climate policy may be entering the final act, if not the final scene. Chicago-based Exelon Corp. has set Monday as the day it pulls the plug on the Byron nuclear plant in northern Illinois — one of the nation’s largest — […]

September 7, 2021 Read More →