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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February 18, 2021 (IEEFA) — Duke Energy’s plans for its two utilities in the Carolinas rely on outdated cost estimates to avoid expanding battery storage capacity, according to a new study by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA).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.: FERC gives blank check approval to pipeline builders, while investors and consumers pick up costs

IEEFA U.S.: FERC gives blank check approval to pipeline builders, while investors and consumers pick up costs

Commission’s 21-year-old pipeline policy puts contracts ahead of utility customers

December 17, 2020 (IEEFA) — The federal agency responsible for approving interstate gas pipeline projects is basing its decisions on contracts rather than on today’s consumer energy needs or the public interest, according to a report released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The report—FERC’s Failure to Analyze Energy Market Forces—details […]

IEEFA report: Indiana electric utility customers could pay $128 million more through 2026

IEEFA report: Indiana electric utility customers could pay $128 million more through 2026

HB1414 means two aging coal plants likely to stay open, a setback for consumers and businesses

April 8, 2020 (IEEFA U.S.) – Hoosiers could be on the hook for an additional $128 million as a result of House Bill 1414 which was passed by the Indiana General Assembly in March, according to a report released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), an Ohio-based energy think tank. […]

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 report: ‘Holy Grail’ of carbon capture continues to elude coal industry; ‘cautionary tale’ applies to domestic and foreign projects alike

IEEFA report: ‘Holy Grail’ of carbon capture continues to elude coal industry; ‘cautionary tale’ applies to domestic and foreign projects alike

Study details lack of economic feasibility around North American initiatives; costly and/or failed efforts at Duke’s Edwardsport, NRG’s Petra Nova, SaskPower’s Boundary Dam, and Southern Co.’s Kemper plant; technology seen as unworkable and too expensive for fast-changing electricity-generation markets

Nov. 19, 2018 (IEEFA) — A study published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis concludes that costly efforts undertaken in North America to develop workable, economic technology to capture carbon from coal-fired generation have come up short. Further, the study concludes that technology developments in the renewable energy and natural gas sectors […]

IEEFA report: U.S. likely to end 2018 with record decline in coal-fired capacity

IEEFA report: U.S. likely to end 2018 with record decline in coal-fired capacity

Utilities accelerate shutdown dates; 22 plants in 14 states this year; hard-hit regions include the Ohio River Valley

Oct. 25, 2018 — U.S. coal-fired power plant closures are on pace this year to set a record, concludes a research report published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The report — “Record Drop in U.S. Coal-Fired Capacity Likely in 2018: Utilities Are Accelerating Shutdown Dates as Plants Grow Increasingly Uneconomic”— […]

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 →
Report:  No evidence of a turnaround at Prairie State

Report: No evidence of a turnaround at Prairie State

No Evidence of a Turnaround at Prairie State (pdf) By David Schlissel, Director of Resource Planning Analysis

September 25, 2014 Read More →
Report- The Prairie State Coal Plant: The Reality vs. the Promise

Report- The Prairie State Coal Plant: The Reality vs. the Promise

Report- The Prairie State Coal Plant: The Reality vs. the Promise (pdf).

August 29, 2012 Read More →

More News and Commentary

AEP to close both units at 2,600MW Rockport coal plant by end of 2028

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): American Electric Power Co. Inc. could shut down both units at its massive Rockport coal plant in Indiana before the end of 2028 after reaching a settlement agreement with numerous parties, including consumer and environmental advocates. AEP utility Indiana Michigan Power Co. and wholesale subsidiary AEP Generating Co. agreed to […]

September 17, 2021 Read More →

One-third of 2020 U.S. coal production went to plants slated for closure

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): U.S. thermal coal producers watched their domestic customer base shrink in 2020 as utilities continued to announce coal-fired power plant closures and transition to less expensive renewable and natural gas sources. Companies delivered about 33.4% of the total coal produced last year in the U.S. to power plants already slated […]

August 16, 2021 Read More →

Renewables turmoil in Ohio signals opportunity for neighboring states

E&E News ($): The battle to control Ohio’s energy mix has been noisy and partisan since 2008, when the Legislature adopted an alternative energy standard. More recently, Ohio has been rocked by a public corruption scandal that’s still unfolding (Energywire, July 23). As the political dust settles, fallout from the passage and repeal of a […]

August 6, 2021 Read More →

AES Indiana to buy big solar-plus-storage project from NextEra Energy

ReNews.biz: AES Indiana today announced plans to acquire and construct the 250MW Petersburg solar plus storage facility in the U.S. state of Indiana from NextEra Energy Resources for an undisclosed price. The project, in Pike County, will have 180 megawatt-hours of storage capacity. It will be connected to AES Indiana’s existing Petersburg generating station and […]

August 4, 2021 Read More →

US clean electricity standard could save 317,500 lives by 2050

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): A nationwide clean power standard requiring 80% of U.S. electricity to come from carbon dioxide-free sources by 2030 would save hundreds of thousands of lives and sharply improve air quality while combatting climate change, according to a new study released July 12. The analysis, which the authors claimed was the […]

July 13, 2021 Read More →

Five Asian countries have more than 600 coal power units in pipeline

The Guardian: Five Asian countries are jeopardising global climate ambitions by investing in 80% of the world’s planned new coal plants, according to a report. Carbon Tracker, a financial thinktank, has found that China, India, Indonesia, Japan and Vietnam plan to build more than 600 coal power units, even though renewable energy is cheaper than […]

June 30, 2021 Read More →

Amazon primes company for rapid shift to renewables

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):  Amazon.com Inc. announced a new wave of contracts to buy electricity from 14 new renewable energy projects in the U.S., Canada, Finland and Spain in a bid to advance its goal to power 100% of the company’s activities with renewable energy by 2025, five years ahead of its original target […]

June 24, 2021 Read More →

Indiana regulators give green light to 195-megawatt solar project

Associated Press: State regulators have approved a deal by utility AES Indiana to build a sprawling solar farm in central Indiana that could generate enough electricity to power more than 30,000 homes. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission on Wednesday unanimously approved the project, which will stretch across nearly 1,800 acres in Clinton County, in an […]

June 21, 2021 Read More →

U.S. solar capacity increased 36% in first quarter of 2021

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):  The U.S. solar market got off to a hot start in 2021, adding 2,827 MW of utility-scale capacity in the first quarter, a 36% increase from the same period in 2020. The U.S. now has 51,966 MW of utility-scale solar power capacity, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence data, which […]

June 11, 2021 Read More →

Hallador, Hoosier Co-op to develop renewables near closing Ind. plant

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): Coal producer Hallador Energy Co. said June 1 that it will work with Hoosier Energy Rural Electric Cooperative Inc. to develop up to 1,000 MW of renewable resources near the Merom Generating Station in Indiana, which is scheduled for retirement by May 2023. Hallador’s Oaktown Fuels Mine No. 1 in […]

June 4, 2021 Read More →