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IEEFA U.S.: Gas-fired power plant cancellations and delays signal investor anxiety, changing economics

IEEFA U.S.: Gas-fired power plant cancellations and delays signal investor anxiety, changing economics

Financial concerns are likely to affect other PJM gas projects still in the planning phase

November 18, 2021 (IEEFA) – A recent decision to cancel the 1,000-megawatt Beech Hollow combined gas plant in Pennsylvania is the latest warning for investors considering funding new gas-fired power plants in the PJM Interconnection (PJM) region. According to a briefing note by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), the reason is […]

IEEFA U.S.: FERC gives blank check approval to pipeline builders, while investors and consumers pick up costs

IEEFA U.S.: FERC gives blank check approval to pipeline builders, while investors and consumers pick up costs

Commission’s 21-year-old pipeline policy puts contracts ahead of utility customers

December 17, 2020 (IEEFA) — The federal agency responsible for approving interstate gas pipeline projects is basing its decisions on contracts rather than on today’s consumer energy needs or the public interest, according to a report released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The report—FERC’s Failure to Analyze Energy Market Forces—details […]

IEEFA U.S.: Long-term contracts with American Municipal Power (AMP) saddle local communities with high prices

Dozens of communities in five states pay far above market price for electricity from Prairie State coal plant and Ohio River hydro projects

September 21, 2020 (IEEFA) — Long-term contracts with American Municipal Power (AMP) have stuck 83 communities in 41 counties across five states with extraordinarily high electricity prices for half a century, according to a briefing note released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The largest AMP member, Cleveland Public Power (CPP), […]

Report:  No evidence of a turnaround at Prairie State

Report: No evidence of a turnaround at Prairie State

No Evidence of a Turnaround at Prairie State (pdf) By David Schlissel, Director of Resource Planning Analysis

September 25, 2014 Read More →
Report- The Prairie State Coal Plant: The Reality vs. the Promise

Report- The Prairie State Coal Plant: The Reality vs. the Promise

Report- The Prairie State Coal Plant: The Reality vs. the Promise (pdf).

August 29, 2012 Read More →

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U.S. on pace to add record 9 gigawatts of battery storage in 2022

Wall Street Journal ($): Companies are poised to install record amounts of batteries on America’s electric grid this year, as government mandates and a steep decline in costs fuel rapid growth in power storage. The U.S., which had less than a gigawatt of large battery installations in 2020—roughly enough to power 350,000 homes for a […]

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Natural gas building ban hits 50 places in California, grows elsewhere

S&P Capitol IQ ($): The movement to ban natural gas use in buildings reached a milestone in the second half of 2021, with California notching its 50th building electrification mandate. Meanwhile, the number of states prohibiting the policy appeared poised to top out around 20 this year, as all-electric construction ordinances advanced on the East […]

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Wastewater treatment rules forcing coal-fired plant closures in U.S.

Associated Press: Climate change isn’t what’s driving some U.S. coal-fired power plants to shut down. It’s the expense of stricter pollution controls on their wastewater. Dozens of plants nationwide plan to stop burning coal this decade to comply with more stringent federal wastewater guidelines, according to state regulatory filings, as the industry continues moving away […]

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Consumers Energy to add three Michigan solar projects in 2023

Associated Press: A Michigan utility says it will add enough renewable energy through three solar projects in 2023 to power nearly 190,000 homes. The projects in the southern-central part of the state are expected to produce 375 megawatts of clean energy, according to Jackson-based Consumers Energy. Consumers Energy would own and operate one facility, while […]

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IEEFA U.S.: Gas-fired power plant cancellations and delays signal investor anxiety, changing economics
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IEEFA U.S.: Gas-fired power plant cancellations and delays signal investor anxiety, changing economics

Financial concerns are likely to affect other PJM gas projects still in the planning phase

November 18, 2021 (IEEFA) – A recent decision to cancel the 1,000-megawatt Beech Hollow combined gas plant in Pennsylvania is the latest warning for investors considering funding new gas-fired power plants in the PJM Interconnection (PJM) region. According to a briefing note by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), the reason is […]

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 […]

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Wisconsin utility announces plans to scrap coal by 2035

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: WEC Energy Group said Tuesday that it has set a goal of eliminating coal as a fuel source for its power plants by 2035.  WEC Energy, based in Milwaukee, is the parent company of utility We Energies, also based in Milwaukee, and Wisconsin Public Service based in Green Bay.  It also owns […]

November 3, 2021 Read More →

Michigan utility DTE moves up closure of Belle River coal plant to 2028

The Detroit News: DTE Energy Co. said Wednesday it will stop burning coal in its Belle River Power Plant in St. Clair County’s China Township in 2028, two years earlier than originally planned, in response to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency policy change. The move, according to the Detroit-based utility company, means it can accelerate […]

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AEP to close both units at 2,600MW Rockport coal plant by end of 2028

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): American Electric Power Co. Inc. could shut down both units at its massive Rockport coal plant in Indiana before the end of 2028 after reaching a settlement agreement with numerous parties, including consumer and environmental advocates. AEP utility Indiana Michigan Power Co. and wholesale subsidiary AEP Generating Co. agreed to […]

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Enbridge announces joint venture for large-scale CCS projects

E&E News ($): Pipeline company Enbridge Inc. and three other energy companies announced a partnership Friday to build and operate carbon capture projects in North America for large industrial emitters. The companies — which also include Canadian-based Svante Inc. and Cross River Infrastructure Partners LLC, and OTS Ltd. in the U.S. — signed a memorandum […]

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