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IEEFA U.S.: Financial rationale for Mountain Valley Pipeline has evaporated in changing market

IEEFA U.S.: Financial rationale for Mountain Valley Pipeline has evaporated in changing market

Falling demand, legal and regulatory challenges spell financial peril for pipeline project

March 8, 2021 (IEEFA) — A 303-mile pipeline that would move natural gas from the Appalachian Basin to markets in the eastern and southern U.S. is in financial jeopardy because of reduced demand projections and legal challenges, according to a report released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The Mountain […]

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.: Virginia coal plant’s future isn’t bright: preparation for  transition should commence now

IEEFA U.S.: Virginia coal plant’s future isn’t bright: preparation for transition should commence now

Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center (VCHEC), one of the newest in U.S., risks closure due to market forces

December 16, 2020 (IEEFA)—Retiring the Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center (VCHEC) will bring unnecessarily abrupt economic hardship to Wise County if state and local officials do not begin to plan now for a transition, concludes a report published today by the Institute for Energy Economic and Financial Analysis. The 8-year-old coal-fired power plant, owned by […]

IEEFA U.S.: Colorado electric wholesaler is alienating cost-conscious co-ops with its fossil commitments

IEEFA U.S.: Colorado electric wholesaler is alienating cost-conscious co-ops with its fossil commitments

Tri-State currently plans using coal through 2050 and expanding into gas; projected rate increases of 55% by 2050

Nov. 17, 2020 (IEEFA) — One of the biggest power suppliers to rural electric co-ops in the U.S. is putting its business model at risk as members clamor for better access to renewable energy, more affordable rates, and more say in how they buy or produce power, concludes a report released today by the Institute […]

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IEEFA U.S.: Plummeting oil and gas prices leave New Mexico’s budget short by hundreds of millions of dollars

IEEFA U.S.: Plummeting oil and gas prices leave New Mexico’s budget short by hundreds of millions of dollars

Industry problems hit before the pandemic, were made worse by it and will persist even after the economy improves

October 20, 2020 (IEEFA) — After years of benefitting from record oil and gas revenues, global markets are signaling the beginning of the end of New Mexico’s financial reliance on fossil fuels. Leases, royalty payments and taxes from the oil and gas industry have directly accounted for as much as 30 percent of the state’s […]

IEEFA: New Mexico’s biggest utility moves forcefully toward solar

IEEFA: New Mexico’s biggest utility moves forcefully toward solar

Four projects totaling 950 megawatts will replace San Juan Generating Station; likelihood of coal plant carbon-capture retrofit further diminished

October 12, 2020 (IEEFA) — An aggressive expansion into utility-scale solar by Public Service Company of New Mexico will replace all of the power PNM will lose when the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station (SJGS) closes in June 2022, concludes a research brief published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. PNM’s […]

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IEEFA update: Dwindling odds of success for retrofit of New Mexico coal plant with carbon capture

IEEFA update: Dwindling odds of success for retrofit of New Mexico coal plant with carbon capture

Barriers include recent failure of similar experimental project, oppositional market forces, no known investors, no customer base, nowhere to sequester emissions

Sept. 16, 2020 (IEEFA) — The proposed retrofit with carbon capture technology of a coal-fired power plant in San Juan County, N.M., shows dwindling chances of success, according to a briefing note released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The analysis concludes that the plan is most likely a lost […]

IEEFA U.S.: Mothballing of Petra Nova carbon capture project shows likely fate of other coal-fired CCS initiatives

IEEFA U.S.: Mothballing of Petra Nova carbon capture project shows likely fate of other coal-fired CCS initiatives

Red flags for investors - risks for Enchant Energy’s initiative in New Mexico and Project Tundra in North Dakota

August 3, 2020 (IEEFA) — A research brief published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) concludes that the abrupt recent shutdown of the Petra Nova coal-fired carbon capture plant in Texas should be seen as a strong signal for investors to avoid such projects. The report—Petra Nova Mothballing Post-Mortem: Closure […]

IEEFA U.S: NTEC acquisition of aging Four Corners coal plant would constitute ‘another expensive mistake’

IEEFA U.S: NTEC acquisition of aging Four Corners coal plant would constitute ‘another expensive mistake’

Report: Throwing good money after bad in New Mexico

July 15, 2020 (IEEFA) — The Navajo Transitional Energy Company (NTEC) would lose at least $350 million over the next 10 years if it proceeds with a proposal to expand its stake in the ailing Four Corners power plant, concludes a report published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). NTEC, according […]

IEEFA report: Utility-scale solar remains off-limits on most of more than 100 million federally-owned acres across solar-rich Southwest U.S.

IEEFA report: Utility-scale solar remains off-limits on most of more than 100 million federally-owned acres across solar-rich Southwest U.S.

Outdated policies and byzantine processes at Bureau of Land Management hinder energy transition

June 16, 2020 (IEEFA U.S.) ‒ The largest property owner in the U.S.—the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)—has acreage set aside for utility-scale solar development on only 0.03% of the roughly 100 million acres it manages across the sun-rich Southwest, finds a report published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The […]

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Navajo Nation moving forward with two solar projects totaling 270MW of capacity

Associated Press: The Navajo Nation is moving forward with two more solar plants on the reservation that are expected to generate millions of dollars in revenue for the tribe over the projects’ lifetimes. Tribal leaders met at the site of the larger solar plant in Cameron on Tuesday to finalize the lease for the Cameron […]

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IEEFA U.S.: ‘New Promise Act’ would help communities transition from coal-based economy

O’Halleran legislation aims to cushion economic losses caused by plant closures

April 2, 2021 (IEEFA) — The recently introduced New Promise Act, sponsored by Rep. Tom O’Halleran, D-Ariz., marks a potentially important step forward in recognizing the need for a federal commitment to economic revitalization in communities that have been hard-hit by the decline of the coal economy. The bill, inspired by the closure of the […]

Arizona utility to cut output at Four Corners coal plant

Arizona Republic: The coal-fired Four Corners Power Plant near Farmington, New Mexico, will provide less power to Arizona under a new operating plan, Arizona Public Service Co. said Friday. APS owns the majority of the plant and runs it for other co-owners. The company has a pledge to move to carbon-free energy sources by 2050 […]

March 15, 2021 Read More →
IEEFA: Guyana’s oil future relies on ‘lower-than-average governmental take’

IEEFA: Guyana’s oil future relies on ‘lower-than-average governmental take’

Deal raises questions for ExxonMobil shareholders, Guyanese citizens

Last week, IHS Markit released an updated analysis of ExxonMobil’s progress in Guyana that projected significant oil and cash flow from the Yellowtail phase of development. The announcement is one of several upbeat reports about the progress of oil and gas development in Guyana. Buried in this optimistic assessment was an important insight: The company’s […]

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IEEFA U.S.: Financial rationale for Mountain Valley Pipeline has evaporated in changing market
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IEEFA U.S.: Financial rationale for Mountain Valley Pipeline has evaporated in changing market

Falling demand, legal and regulatory challenges spell financial peril for pipeline project

March 8, 2021 (IEEFA) — A 303-mile pipeline that would move natural gas from the Appalachian Basin to markets in the eastern and southern U.S. is in financial jeopardy because of reduced demand projections and legal challenges, according to a report released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The Mountain […]

Pattern Energy begins construction of 1,050MW wind project and transmission line in New Mexico

Renewables Now: Pattern Energy Group LP has finalised the financing and launched full construction of its over-1-GW Western Spirit suite of wind projects in New Mexico. Construction has also kicked off on the Western Spirit Transmission Line, which is owned by the New Mexico Renewable Energy Transmission Authority (RETA) and is being co-developed by Pattern […]

January 5, 2021 Read More →

GenOn to close Morgantown coal-fired station, support Maryland just transition legislation

E&E News ($): One of the nation’s largest independent power producers has announced it is closing a coal plant in Maryland and is throwing its weight behind a bid to phase out coal-fired generation in the state entirely. GenOn Holdings Inc., a Houston-based firm, said it plans to retire its [1,205MW] Morgantown Generating Station in […]

December 22, 2020 Read More →

New Mexico regulators deny permit for utility gas project, cite state’s 2045 100% clean power law

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission on Dec. 16 denied a request by El Paso Electric Co. to build a 228-MW natural gas-fired plant because it will not meet the state’s 2045 net-zero goal, even though the company has already started construction on the facility. The commission’s hearing examiner, Elizabeth […]

December 18, 2020 Read More →
IEEFA U.S.: FERC gives blank check approval to pipeline builders, while investors and consumers pick up costs
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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 […]

Xcel Energy completes construction of 522MW Sagamore wind farm in New Mexico

Albuquerque Journal: A mammoth wind farm covering 156 square miles in eastern Roosevelt County will begin generating enough electricity later this month to power up about 194,000 homes. At 522 megawatts, Xcel Energy’s Sagamore Wind Farm is by far the largest to come online in New Mexico, offering at least 40% more generating capacity than […]

December 17, 2020 Read More →