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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 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”— […]

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Enel Green Power brings 436MW of wind generation online at two sites in U.S. Midwest

ReNews.biz: Enel Green Power North America has started operating a 199MW expansion of the Cimarron Bend wind farm in Kansas, raising overall capacity to 599MW, and also brought online the over 236MW White Cloud project in Missouri. Cimarron Bend in Clark County is now Enel Green Power’s largest renewable energy project in the world. Construction […]

December 23, 2020 Read More →

NextEra planning massive 500MW solar, 500MW storage project in Kansas

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): NextEra Energy Resources LLC has plans to install up to 500 MW of solar generation and up to 500 MW of battery storage in a county just southwest of Kansas City, Kan., according to a project overview posted on the company’s website. Referred to as the West Gardner Solar Project, […]

September 15, 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 […]

Midwest utility Evergy proposes new renewable energy investments, faster coal plant closures

Kansas City Business Journal: Evergy Inc. announced on Wednesday a new five-year strategic plan designed to speed its transition to cleaner energy and — importantly — to do so as a stand-alone company. The plan results from a review by a special committee put together by the Kansas City-based utility and activist investor Elliott Management […]

August 5, 2020 Read More →

French developer sees opportunity in using U.S. coal plant transmission infrastructure for solar projects

Energy News Network: A utility-scale solar developer is acquiring land rights near U.S. coal-fired power plants, hoping the facilities will close sooner than expected and open up lucrative transmission connections. Photosol US, a subsidiary of a French company, has purchased options near plants in Nebraska and Kansas, as well as the San Juan Generating Station […]

July 14, 2020 Read More →
IEEFA U.S.: Wind farms are forever

IEEFA U.S.: Wind farms are forever

As coal, gas, and nuclear plants struggle to survive, a fast-growing industry digs in

When the Lake Benton II wind farm in southwestern Minnesota was taken offline this past October after 20 years of service, the shutdown made news for its novelty. Wind farms are being built these days, not closed, and Lake Benton II was supposed to last until 2029. AT AROUND THE SAME TIME THAT THE 100-MEGAWATT […]

January 23, 2020 Read More →

Kansas co-op pulls the plug on planned 895MW Holcomb coal plant addition

The Wichita Eagle: Two companies that battled for more than a decade to expand coal power in Kansas say they’ve abandoned their plans to build a $2.2 billion coal-fired power plant. Sunflower Electric Power Corp., based in Hays, announced Wednesday that it will let its air permit for a proposed coal-fired plant in Holcomb expire […]

January 16, 2020 Read More →

Editorial: Planned Sunflower coal plant ‘is an idea whose time has expired’

The Kansas City Star: What Kansas really needs is a nice new asbestos plant or metal mine. Maybe we could bring back production of lead paint or the Ford Pinto. Or strictly as a backup, a power plant fired by “beautiful, clean coal” sending beautiful, clean mercury, arsenic and dioxins into the atmosphere, along with […]

November 12, 2019 Read More →

U.S. power plant retirements exceed additions by more than 1,000 MW in September

S&P Global ($): U.S. generating capacity declined by a net 1,124 MW in September, as 1,185 MW of new operating capacity went online and 2,309 MW of capacity was permanently retired, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence data. A total of 15 generation units were completed, while seven units were retired. Wind accounted for 84.8%, […]

October 30, 2019 Read More →

Spain’s Acciona makes big foray into U.S. solar and battery storage markets

PV Magazine: In a deal spanning 20 projects, seven states, two power markets and more solar than the entire state of Florida has installed to date, ACCIONA has agreed to a deal with Tenaska to acquire 3 GW of utility-scale solar and 1 GW of co-located solar and energy storage. This represents one of the […]

October 21, 2019 Read More →