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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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Utility shuts down Presque Isle coal plant in Michigan

WLUC: It’s the beginning of the end for the Presque Isle Power Plant, as it’s powered down for the final time Sunday. At 9 am, they started shutting off different levels of the power plant. WEC Energy Group’s subsidiary, Upper Michigan Energy Resources (UMERC), began commercial operation of the A.J. Mihm Generating Station in Baraga […]

April 1, 2019 Read More →

DTE planning to speed closure of two Michigan coal plants

WXYZ: DTE Energy is preparing to move up the closure of multiple power plants in southeast Michigan, including [coal] plants in Trenton and East China Township. The move would speed up job transfers, and impact local communities — Trenton, for instance, is working to determine how they can avoid layoffs to city workers. DTE is […]

March 28, 2019 Read More →

Settlement paves way for Consumers Energy coal phase-out in Michigan

Energy News Network: Consumers Energy has reached an agreement with a broad coalition of advocates on the utility’s long-term clean energy transition, weeks after the plan was in jeopardy due to disputes over key provisions. In June 2018, Consumers was the first utility to file a long-term integrated resource plan as required in 2016 state […]

March 26, 2019 Read More →

GM, Ford sign big wind power deals with Michigan utility DTE

Crain’s Detroit Business: General Motors will use 100 percent renewable energy to power its global technical center in Warren and a large part of its Detroit-based world headquarters at the Renaissance Center. About 300,000 megawatt-hours of wind power, enough to power about 30,000 households per year, will come from DTE Energy Co.’s MIGreenPower program, said […]

February 28, 2019 Read More →

New wind dominates expected capacity additions in U.S. Midcontinent-ISO transmission region

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): Nearly three-quarters of the power generation capacity expected to come into service in the Midcontinent-ISO region in 2019 is to be fueled by wind, according to an S&P Global Market Intelligence analysis. In the Midcontinent-ISO region, stretching from the Gulf Coast of Louisiana to the U.S./Canada border in the Upper […]

February 15, 2019 Read More →

Michigan utilities move forward with coal phase-out plans

Crain’s Detroit Business: Renewable energy had a major moment last year when Michigan’s major utilities announced they would end the use of coal as an electricity generator by 2040. For 2019, the race will be on in earnest by large public utilities like DTE Energy Co. and Consumers Energy Co. to begin replacing retiring coal […]

January 22, 2019 Read More →
IEEFA U.S.: A sea change in American offshore wind
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IEEFA U.S.: A sea change in American offshore wind

Up and down the East Coast, initiatives to develop a massive and largely untapped market

The big lease sales ($405 million) last month in coastal waters off Massachusetts for three federally owned tracts that didn’t sell at an auction in 2015 signal a sea change in how U.S. offshore wind generation potential is now perceived. The winners of that auction, who emerged after 32 rounds of bidding over two days, […]

and January 9, 2019 Read More →

Michigan town votes to close local coal plant

Grand Haven Tribune: In a decision long-awaited by residents, activists and stakeholders, the Grand Haven City Council voted unanimously Monday to authorize the closure of the [80 megawatt] Sims power plant in June 2020. The resolution authorizes the Board of Light & Power to decommission the coal-burning plant on Harbor Island on the condition that […]

November 20, 2018 Read More →

Traverse City utility adopts 2040 100% renewable goal

Traverse City Record Eagle: Wind, solar and landfill gas could power all of Traverse City Light & Power’s customers by 2040 if the utility meets its renewable energy goals. Utility board members set the target when they adopted a 2018 strategic plan at their meeting Tuesday. It covers a wide range of topics, from maintaining […]

August 15, 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 →