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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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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 →
IEEFA US: Financial chaos in Powder River Basin coal country

IEEFA US: Financial chaos in Powder River Basin coal country

Companies in turmoil; workers and communities are paying the price; power plants face supply disruptions

The way America generates its electricity has been shifting away from coal for a decade, as the falling cost of wind, solar and gas have taken market share at an accelerating rate. The way the coal mining industry is structured, however, has changed very little, even as domestic consumption fell by more than 400 million […]

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 […]

and January 24, 2019 Read More →

Wind likely to top coal as Kansas’ leading electricity supplier this year

KCUR: Wind is beginning to challenge coal’s status as the primary energy source for electricity produced in Kansas. The shift has accelerated almost exponentially since 2010. As the cost to develop major wind projects has decreased, the cost to operate and maintain aging coal plants has gone up. The simple economics of the equation means […]

January 16, 2019 Read More →