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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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Oklahoma gas utility mulls ‘exit fee’ for customers switching to electric

Huffington Post: Oklahoma’s biggest natural gas utility could soon charge customers who switch to electric stoves and heating systems an “exit fee” of nearly $1,400 to disconnect service, HuffPost has learned, setting a precedent that could help the industry lock millions of Americans into fossil fuel use for decades. The proposal is part of a […]

November 9, 2021 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 →

Evergy plans to add 1,000 megawatts of wind power by end of 2026

Kansas City Business Journal: Evergy Inc.’s efforts to shift away from coal-fired power plants in favor of renewable energy sources got a boost on Monday. The Kansas City-based utility released a request for proposals to purchase up to 1,000 megawatts of wind energy [PDF] that could be in service by the end of 2026 or […]

October 19, 2021 Read More →

U.S. installed record amount of land-based wind capacity in 2020

Bloomberg ($): The U.S. installed a record amount of wind-generating capacity last year, adding nearly 17,000 megawatts of power on land, according to an Energy Department report being released Monday.  Wind energy’s share of total utility-scale generating capacity in the U.S. was only 11% in 2020, behind natural gas at 43% and nuclear and coal […]

August 31, 2021 Read More →

Fights over natural gas ban for new buildings spread across U.S.

Wall Street Journal ($): A growing fight is unfolding across the U.S. as cities consider phasing out natural gas for home cooking and heating, citing concerns about climate change, and states push back against these bans. Major cities including San Francisco, Seattle, Denver and New York have either enacted or proposed measures to ban or […]

June 3, 2021 Read More →

Missouri passes bill allowing securitized bonds to finance transition

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): On the eve of the Missouri Legislature’s last day in session this year, state lawmakers on May 13 gave near-unanimous consent to an energy transition financing bill heralded by utilities and renewable energy advocates as a way to keep costs in check as the state replaces aging coal-fired power plants […]

May 18, 2021 Read More →

Utilities threatened by transition push back against rooftop solar

The Guardian: Kevin Good is the president of a small solar power company in Kansas – a state that tends to be so sunny you’d think he’d have it made. “I got into solar at maybe the worst point to do so in the last 50 years,” said Good, who runs Good Energy Solutions in […]

May 17, 2021 Read More →

Corporations added more than 20,000MW of new solar and wind in 2020

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): The COVID-19 pandemic proved to be a significant disruption for many corners of the global energy industry, but the corporate renewables market plowed ahead as if nothing had happened. S&P Global Market Intelligence tracked over 20,000 MW of new corporate wind and solar capacity throughout the year, making 2020 the […]

April 23, 2021 Read More →

Midwest utility backs coal plant securitization, cites customer demand for clean energy

Energy News Network: In a reversal from previous legislative sessions, Kansas City utility Evergy is backing proposals in two states aimed at buffering customers and investors from the costs associated with accelerated coal plant retirements. Securitization legislation has gone nowhere in both the Kansas and Missouri legislatures for several years. Evergy, which serves about 1.6 […]

February 18, 2021 Read More →

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 →