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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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SSAB says it will begin producing coal-free steel at Iowa plant by 2026

Des Moines Register: SSAB Americas says it will produce steel at its Iowa mill without using fossil fuels beginning in 2026, making it the first North American supplier to reach that goal. Key to the effort is new technology that produces steel using hydrogen and renewable energy that’s generated from wind farms in Iowa. SSAB […]

December 20, 2019 Read More →

AWEA: Record amount of wind capacity in U.S. development pipeline

Clean Technica: The United States’ wind energy sector saw record wind capacity under construction or in advanced development in the second quarter of 2019, with its pipeline reaching nearly 42 gigawatts (GW) and a total of 736 megawatts (MW) of new capacity commissioned. The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) opened August by publishing its US […]

August 7, 2019 Read More →

Known for wind, new Iowa project may herald start of solar development in the state

Cedar Rapids Gazette: Less than 1 percent of Central Iowa Power Cooperative’s energy comes from the sun, not all that rare in a state with less than 100 megawatts of installed solar. However, all that could change soon as CIPCO hopes next year to flip the switch on a solar project that essentially would double […]

July 19, 2019 Read More →

MidAmerican sets wind generation record in Iowa

North American Windpower: MidAmerican Energy Co. recently set a new one-day wind generation record in Iowa for generating electricity, the company claims. On April 10, wind farms owned and operated by MidAmerican Energy generated 111,500 MWh of energy across the state. This supplied the company’s entire retail customers’ electric usage with renewable energy. MidAmerican Energy’s […]

May 1, 2019 Read More →

Developers look to bury transmission line to get wind power from Iowa to Illinois

Associated Press: The company behind a proposed underground transmission line that would carry electricity generated mostly by wind turbines in Iowa to the Chicago area said Monday that the $2.5 billion project could be operational in 2024 if regulators approve it. Direct Connect Development Co. said it has lined up three major investors to back […]

March 13, 2019 Read More →
IEEFA U.S.: The gathering solar wave

IEEFA U.S.: The gathering solar wave

Sleeping giant of a market is waking up

Announcing last week that it would create the largest regulated utility-scale solar footprint in the world, Florida Power & Light signaled its intentions to nudge the Sunshine State away from its ironically dubious reputation as a renewable-energy laggard. The initiative will add 30 million solar panels, five times the state’s current solar capacity, easing its […]

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Iowa co-op announces plans for state’s largest solar project

Radio Iowa: Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO) has announced plans to develop what would be the largest solar project in Iowa. CIPCO is partnering with Clenera of Boise, Idaho to develop the project. Jared McKee is Clenera’s director of business development. “It will be 100 megawatts AC. So that’s actually the amount of power that […]

December 17, 2018 Read More →

Alliant Energy to eliminate coal generation in Iowa and Michigan, invest $2 billion in renewables

Utility Dive: Alliant Energy on Thursday issued its Corporate Sustainability Report (CSR), revealing a plan to eliminate coal use and cut emissions 80% by 2050. The company will spend more than $2 billion on new renewable energy, and will double its number of wind sites from six to a dozen. Renewables will make up more […]

August 3, 2018 Read More →

Unable to compete with wind, Iowa nuclear plant will close five years ahead of schedule

Utility Dive: NextEra Energy will close its 601 MW Duane Arnold nuclear plant in Iowa in late 2020 after reaching an agreement with utility Alliant to end its power purchase agreement (PPA) with the plant five years early. Nuclear plants in the U.S. are under pressure from cheap natural gas and renewables, forcing many to […]

July 30, 2018 Read More →

MidAmerican Plans for 100% Wind by 2021

Des Moines Register: MidAmerican Energy said Wednesday it plans to invest $922 million in added wind-power capacity, equaling as much renewable energy as its customers use. “If the project is approved, it will allow our customers to get 100 percent of their annual energy use from a clean, renewable and cost-effective source,” said Adam Wright, […]

June 1, 2018 Read More →