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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”— […]

Cost of Coal From Mine-Mouth Prairie State Plant Isn’t the Bargain That Was Promised

Cost of Coal From Mine-Mouth Prairie State Plant Isn’t the Bargain That Was Promised

Cost of Coal From Mine-Mouth Prairie State Plant Isnt the Bargain That Was Promised By Tom Sanzillo, Director of Finance, IEEFA

April 7, 2015 Read More →
2014 – Another Year of Unmet Promises for the Prairie State Energy Campus

2014 – Another Year of Unmet Promises for the Prairie State Energy Campus

2014 – Another Year of Unmet Promises for the Prairie State Energy Campus (pdf) By David Schlissel, Director of Resource Planning Analysis, Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis

February 24, 2015 Read More →
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 →

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U.S. utility executives hint at new round of coal plant retirements

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): U.S. coal producers are already in a tough spot, but the hints power generators dropped on second-quarter earnings calls suggest they may soon be announcing plans to retire even more of the nation’s aging coal fleet. Demand for coal has been decimated by the COVID-19 pandemic, with production and employment […]

August 18, 2020 Read More →

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 →

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 →

Missouri utility plans three solar-plus-storage projects

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Ameren aims to build the three largest investor-owned utility solar installations in the state, the electric utility said Tuesday, unveiling a plan to combine the projects with battery storage technology to improve reliability for local customers. The St. Louis-based electric monopoly announced that it had filed plans for the Solar-Plus-Storage installations with […]

September 10, 2019 Read More →

Empire District Electric proposes closing Asbury coal plant in Missouri

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): Empire District Electric Co. continues to see no future for its coal-fired Asbury power plant in Missouri and could potentially shutter the facility as soon as the end of this year. The Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. subsidiary, which goes by Empire District Electric, a Liberty Utilities company, has filed […]

August 6, 2019 Read More →

Perilous trend for combined-cycle gas plants

S&P Global Market Intelligence: Nearly one in seven U.S. combined-cycle power plants fewer than 20 years old are little-used, according to an S&P Global Market Intelligence analysis. The more than 33,000MW of generating capacity is concentrated in California, Texas and the northeastern and mid-Atlantic U.S., but units are also in places such as Missouri and […]

July 29, 2019 Read More →

Kansas City commits to buying 100% carbon-free electricity by 2020

NextCity.org: Kansas City, Missouri, has voted unanimously to transition all its municipal electricity to carbon-free sources by the end of 2020. The city’s finance and governance committee recommended Wednesday that the sustainability measure be immediately adopted, and the measure passed the full council Thursday. The measure also directs the city to find 25 acres to […]

March 14, 2019 Read More →

Coal-heavy Missouri utility gets OK to move ahead with 400MW wind farm

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: A proposed wind farm that Ameren has said would be the largest in Missouri cleared a key regulatory hurdle Wednesday when state officials at the Public Service Commission approved the agreement to build the facility. The 400-megawatt High Prairie Wind Farm would be in Schuyler and Adair counties, in northeastern Missouri. Initially […]

October 26, 2018 Read More →
IEEFA report: U.S. likely to end 2018 with record decline in coal-fired capacity
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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”— […]

States turn to bond market to fund decommissioning of coal plants

Bloomberg Businessweek: As President Donald Trump prepares to pay failing coal plants to stay open, several states are hatching plans to gently put them to sleep. One solution gaining steam among lawmakers, environmentalists, and policy experts can be found in an unlikely place: the bond market. For utilities, getting out of the coal business can […]

June 12, 2018 Read More →