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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.: Skyrocketing plastics prices a major concern for public health, economy

IEEFA U.S.: Skyrocketing plastics prices a major concern for public health, economy

An ‘essential industry’ to the U.S. economy runs in the dark

October 18, 2021 (IEEFA) — Despite its growing importance to the U.S. economy, the nation’s plastics industry remains a heavily concentrated sector taking advantage of an opaque, unregulated price-setting mechanism to bolster profits for major oil and gas companies, as well as plastic producers. The sector, which has increased prices throughout the year, was deemed […]

IEEFA U.S.:  Pension funds investing indirectly in Ohio’s Gavin coal plant are at risk as financial, environmental disadvantages mount

IEEFA U.S.: Pension funds investing indirectly in Ohio’s Gavin coal plant are at risk as financial, environmental disadvantages mount

Declining demand for coal plants, credit agency downgrades and investor scrutiny create challenges for Lightstone investment prospects

October 14, 2021 (IEEFA) — The major pension and retirement funds that own a piece of the General J.M. Gavin (Gavin) coal plant in Ohio face increasing challenges from their investment. Most investors do not know that they own a share of the plant and some are just beginning to realize it, according to an […]

IEEFA U.S.: Municipal ratepayers face mounting costs from expensive American Municipal Power projects

Gap between costs from Prairie State, Combined Hydro Project and market prices continues to grow

September 9, 2021 (IEEFA)—Newly available data shows American Municipal Power’s (AMP) Prairie State and Combined Hydro Project have caused costs to continue climbing for municipal ratepayers, according to an analysis by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA).  Data covering January 2020 through July 2021 showed that Cleveland Public Power (CPP) and its […]

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.: Investors in gas-fired projects in largest regional power system face substantial risks

IEEFA U.S.: Investors in gas-fired projects in largest regional power system face substantial risks

Eleven PJM projects under development may fail to prove financially viable

October 5, 2020 (IEEFA) — The landscape for developers of natural gas-fired power plants in the nation’s largest regional power system has shifted dramatically over the last decade, according to a joint study by the Applied Economics Clinic and the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Maryland (PJM) system coordinates the flow […]

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), […]

IEEFA U.S.: Long-term contracts with AMP are ‘financial disaster’ for Cleveland Public Power customers

IEEFA U.S.: Long-term contracts with AMP are ‘financial disaster’ for Cleveland Public Power customers

Utility’s reliance on two projects cost ratepayers an extra $106 million

September 11, 2020 (IEEFA) — Long-term contracts with American Municipal Power (AMP) have been “a financial disaster” for Cleveland Public Power (CPP) customers, according to a briefing note released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). About 70% of CPP’s expenditures for its total power supply are paid to AMP, an […]

IEEFA report: Indiana electric utility customers could pay $128 million more through 2026

IEEFA report: Indiana electric utility customers could pay $128 million more through 2026

HB1414 means two aging coal plants likely to stay open, a setback for consumers and businesses

April 8, 2020 (IEEFA U.S.) – Hoosiers could be on the hook for an additional $128 million as a result of House Bill 1414 which was passed by the Indiana General Assembly in March, according to a report released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), an Ohio-based energy think tank. […]

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Study: Big box stores could meet half their electricity needs with solar

Washington Post ($): Expansive, flat and abundant, the rooftops of big-box stores in the United States could produce enough solar energy to meet half their electricity needs, according to a report released Thursday. Walmart leads the way in rooftop solar potential, followed by Target and Home Depot. “There’s massive potential across the entire country for […]

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Pennsylvania coal-fired plant slated for March shutdown, demolition

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Cheswick Generating Station, the last coal-fired power plant in Allegheny County, is being sold to a Kentucky-based firm for demolition, remediation and redevelopment when it shuts down at the end of March. Charah Solutions Inc., which specializes in environmental remediation, is purchasing the power plant in Springdale and its related ash landfill and […]

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EIA: Coal plants to make up 85% of retired U.S. power capacity in 2022

Reuters: Coal-fired plants will account for about 85% of total U.S. power capacity scheduled for retirement this year with natural gas and renewables taking a greater share of the supply, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said on Tuesday. U.S. power plant operators were scheduled to retire about 12.6 gigawatt (GW) of coal-fired generating capacity in […]

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ExxonMobil plans sale of Appalachian shale gas properties

Reuters: Exxon Mobil (XOM.N) on Tuesday launched the sale of shale gas properties stretching across 27,000 acres in the Appalachian basin of Ohio, the company confirmed, part of an ongoing divestiture of U.S. assets. The top U.S. oil producer is marketing 61 wells that last year produced around 81 million cubic feet per day equivalent […]

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EPA tells coal-fired plants to quit dumping ash in unlined storage ponds

Associated Press: The Environmental Protection Agency is taking its first major action to address toxic wastewater from coal-burning power plants, ordering utilities to stop dumping waste into unlined storage ponds and speed up plans to close leaking or otherwise dangerous coal ash sites. Plants in four states will have to close the coal ash ponds […]

January 12, 2022 Read More →
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IEEFA: Private equity, part of the fossil fuel problem, can play a role in its solution

Big private equity funds keep building fossil assets while shifting into renewables

How can private equity financing be utilized as a tool for climate solutions? Over the last few weeks, the problem of how private equity (PE) financiers are contributing to some of the worst aspects of climate-destroying investments has become clear at the macro level, with a Private Equity Stakeholder Project report on investments by 10 […]

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 […]

November 24, 2021 Read More →

Ohio board approves 593 megawatts of capacity at four solar plants

S&P Capital IQ ($): The Ohio Power Siting Board on Nov. 18 approved separate applications to construct four solar projects with a combined capacity of 593 MW. The projects include Invenergy LLC’s 275-MW Cadence Solar Energy Center in Union County, National Grid PLC’s 117-MW Sycamore Creek Solar Project in Wood County and 7X Energy Inc.’s […]

November 22, 2021 Read More →
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 […]

American Electric Power on track to one-half renewables by 2030

The Columbus Dispatch: American Electric Power, one of the nation’s biggest power generators, says it remains on track to get half of the electricity it produces from renewable sources by 2030 as it continues to move away from coal. Columbus-based AEP also says it remains on track to reduce its emissions of carbon dioxide by […]

November 9, 2021 Read More →