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IEEFA U.S.: Virginia coal plant’s future isn’t bright: preparation for  transition should commence now

IEEFA U.S.: Virginia coal plant’s future isn’t bright: preparation for transition should commence now

Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center (VCHEC), one of the newest in U.S., risks closure due to market forces

December 16, 2020 (IEEFA)—Retiring the Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center (VCHEC) will bring unnecessarily abrupt economic hardship to Wise County if state and local officials do not begin to plan now for a transition, concludes a report published today by the Institute for Energy Economic and Financial Analysis. The 8-year-old coal-fired power plant, owned by […]

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 […]

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Berkshire Hathaway unit plans 2.1-gigawatt wind, solar project in Iowa

Renewables Now: US electricity and natural gas utility MidAmerican Energy Co, part of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc (NYSE:BRK.A), on Wednesday unveiled plans to deploy 2.1 GW of wind and solar power capacity in Iowa under a USD-3.9-billion (EUR 3.4bn) project. The company said on Wednesday it has submitted an application with the Iowa Utilities […]

January 20, 2022 Read More →

EPA tells coal-fired plants to quit dumping ash in unlined storage ponds

Associated Press: The Environmental Protection Agency is taking its first major action to address toxic wastewater from coal-burning power plants, ordering utilities to stop dumping waste into unlined storage ponds and speed up plans to close leaking or otherwise dangerous coal ash sites. Plants in four states will have to close the coal ash ponds […]

January 12, 2022 Read More →

Study: Power from U.S. renewables almost quadrupled over decade

Washington Post ($): The proportion of electricity the United States gets from solar and wind nearly quadrupled between 2011 and 2020. While geothermal generation remained relatively flat, the three technologies combined for an annual increase of nearly 15 percent over that stretch. Those findings come from a report released Tuesday by the nonprofit Environment America […]

November 9, 2021 Read More →

NextEra proposes 690MW solar farm at closed Iowa nuclear plant

The Gazette: For more than four decades, the name of former Cedar Rapids utility executive Duane Arnold has been synonymous with nuclear power in Iowa. Now it could have a new connotation: a massive solar energy project planned for 2023 near the now-idle Duane Arnold Energy Center. Owner NextEra Energy of Florida this week laid […]

March 18, 2021 Read More →

U.S. renewable energy capacity additions climbed by record levels in 2020

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): U.S. power plant developers added more wind, solar and energy storage capacity in 2020 than ever before, according to a new report highlighting the country’s accelerating shift toward cleaner sources of electricity. Fueled by an unprecedented building boom in the final three months of the year, the wind industry commissioned […]

February 8, 2021 Read More →
IEEFA U.S.: Virginia coal plant’s future isn’t bright: preparation for  transition should commence now
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IEEFA U.S.: Virginia coal plant’s future isn’t bright: preparation for transition should commence now

Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center (VCHEC), one of the newest in U.S., risks closure due to market forces

December 16, 2020 (IEEFA)—Retiring the Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center (VCHEC) will bring unnecessarily abrupt economic hardship to Wise County if state and local officials do not begin to plan now for a transition, concludes a report published today by the Institute for Energy Economic and Financial Analysis. The 8-year-old coal-fired power plant, owned by […]

IEEFA U.S.: Coal plants close as renewable energy construction rises

IEEFA U.S.: Coal plants close as renewable energy construction rises

Two sectors heading quickly in opposite directions

Joe Biden’s win in the U.S. presidential election has sparked thousands of words about coming changes to the electric utility sector; the reality is that the marketplace is already quickly pushing these changes. During the past three weeks, seven utilities have announced plans to close or convert almost 9,500 megawatts (MW) of coal-fired generation across […]

November 20, 2020 Read More →

Alliant to close one coal-fired power plant in Iowa, convert a second to gas

Des Moines Register: Alliant Energy will close its Lansing coal-fired power plant in northeast Iowa over the next two years as it shifts to more solar, wind and other renewable energy sources. Retiring the Lansing plant is part of a broader goal to eliminate all coal from Alliant’s power generation system by 2040, the company […]

October 30, 2020 Read More →
IEEFA U.S.: As oil and gas wane, Texas wind industry ascends
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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 […]

Installed U.S. wind capacity topped 100GW in 2019, trade group says

ReNews.biz: The U.S. now has more than 100GW of wind installed after it connected some 9.1GW of new projects to the grid last year. Total U.S. capacity now stands at 105GW, with 2019 additions representing 39 percent of all utility-scale power additions to the grid nationally. The figures, published in an annual report by U.S. […]

April 17, 2020 Read More →