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IEEFA U.S.: Ratepayers face risks with Project Tundra’s retrofit of aging N.D. coal-fired plant

IEEFA U.S.: Ratepayers face risks with Project Tundra’s retrofit of aging N.D. coal-fired plant

Unproven technology funded by federal tax credits unlikely to pay off

September 22, 2020 (IEEFA) — A plan to retrofit an aging coal-fired plant in North Dakota with unproven carbon capture and storage technology is likely to raise rates for customers who get electricity from the Milton R. Young Unit 2 facility, according to a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis […]

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 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 Update: How Will Westmoreland Coal’s Deepening Spiral End?

IEEFA Update: How Will Westmoreland Coal’s Deepening Spiral End?

Disappearing Market Capitalization and Unsustainable Debt

We’ve just published a research brief of interest to any person, community, business, or investor with ties to Westmoreland Coal Co. The brief—“Westmoreland Coal Is in Trouble”—lays out how the company, which produces coal for electricity generation, is hobbled by debt, is losing customers, has suffered a catastrophic drop in stock price, and appears to […]

February 16, 2018 Read More →
IEEFA Research Brief: Coal in Decline, Blow by Blow

IEEFA Research Brief: Coal in Decline, Blow by Blow

Plant Closings and the Likely Effects on Specific Companies and Mines

We’ve published a research brief today that presents an expansive snapshot of a moving target: the decline in U.S. coal-fired generation nationally. As global energy markets continue to undergo rapid transformation, change has swept the U.S. as well. Our brief—“U.S. Coal Phase-out, Blow by Blow: Plant Closings and the Likely Corresponding Effect on Specific Companies […]

April 21, 2017 Read More →

More News and Commentary

Equinor considering sale of money-losing U.S. shale operations

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): Equinor ASA is considering selling its holdings in the Bakken play of North Dakota and Montana, part of a comprehensive review of its international oil and gas portfolio as the Norwegian state-controlled company pivots away from oil and toward the energy transition. “We now have a different strategy for onshore […]

January 15, 2021 Read More →

Minnesota’s Great River Energy to replace 1,151MW Coal Creek plant with wind power

Minneapolis Star Tribune: Great River Energy now has agreements with five wind farms to provide power to help compensate for the planned closure of its massive coal plant in North Dakota by 2023. Maple Grove-based Great River, the state’s second largest electricity producer, this week announced three new wind power purchase agreements, mostly in Minnesota. […]

December 11, 2020 Read More →
IEEFA Webinar: ICYMI Project Tundra carbon capture report
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IEEFA Webinar: ICYMI Project Tundra carbon capture report

Retrofitting aging Milton R. Young coal plant Unit 2 with CCS makes little economic sense

October 9, 2020 (IEEFA U.S.) ‒ In case you missed it (ICYMI), Director of Resource Planning Analysis, David Schlissel and analyst/editor Dennis Wamsted presented webinars October 6 and 7 on IEEFA’s report Project Tundra: A Step In the Wrong Direction. Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is often promoted as a technology that brings benefits to […]

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IEEFA Webinar: Project Tundra carbon capture plan carries large risks for Minnkota co-ops

Lead author David Schlissel will present his research findings in an online briefing

On Wednesday, October 7th at 5:00 p.m. Central (6:00 p.m. EDT), IEEFA’s Director of Resource Planning Analysis, David Schlissel will present the report: Project Tundra: Carbon Capture Project A Step in the Wrong Direction Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is often promoted as a technology that brings benefits to business, local communities and the environment. […]

IEEFA U.S.: Ratepayers face risks with Project Tundra’s retrofit of aging N.D. coal-fired plant
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IEEFA U.S.: Ratepayers face risks with Project Tundra’s retrofit of aging N.D. coal-fired plant

Unproven technology funded by federal tax credits unlikely to pay off

September 22, 2020 (IEEFA) — A plan to retrofit an aging coal-fired plant in North Dakota with unproven carbon capture and storage technology is likely to raise rates for customers who get electricity from the Milton R. Young Unit 2 facility, according to a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis […]

IEEFA update: Another pipeline tripped up by failure to obtain a Clean Water Act approval

State action thwarts another U.S. federal effort to expand fossil fuel-burning as financial realities and alternative solutions embolden a North Carolina agency

While the debate rages over the Mountain Valley Pipeline, a large proposed extension has just hit a brick wall.   The main Mountain Valley Pipeline, which would run 303 miles from West Virginia to Pittsylvania County in Virginia, is not yet fully built. Construction was speeding along until a U.S. appeals court ruled that it had […]

August 13, 2020 Read More →
IEEFA U.S.: As oil and gas wane, Texas wind industry ascends
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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 U.S.: Mothballing of Petra Nova carbon capture project shows likely fate of other coal-fired CCS initiatives
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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 […]

Gas pipeline setbacks pushing U.S. utilities to embrace renewables, analysts say

Greentech Media: Legal challenges halted several major pipeline projects across the U.S. in recent days, underscoring a seismic shift facing the U.S. utility industry: the rise of renewables as a potentially less costly and risky alternative to fossil fuels. Over the weekend Dominion Energy and Duke Energy, two of the country’s biggest utilities, canceled their Atlantic […]

July 7, 2020 Read More →

Court scraps permit, orders closure of Dakota Access Pipeline pending full environmental review

CNBC: A federal court ruled Monday that the Dakota Access Pipeline must shut down within 30 days, by Aug. 5, according to a copy of the brief obtained by USA Today. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia scrapped a key permit from the Army Corps of Engineers, and ordered the pipeline to […]

July 6, 2020 Read More →