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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 […]

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Sale of largest North Dakota coal-fired plant raises new challenges

Inside Climate News: A plan to sell, rather than close, the largest coal-fired power plant in North Dakota is nearly final. The completion of the sale would allow the buyer to move on to the much greater challenge of making the plant financially viable and installing a carbon capture system. Great River Energy of Minnesota […]

January 18, 2022 Read More →

Idaho plans to phase out coal-fired power plants by 2028

Associated Press: Idaho Power has submitted a 20-year plan to state regulators that phases out coal-fired power plants by 2028 as part of its effort to provide only clean energy by 2045, the company said Tuesday. Idaho Power in a news release said its 2021 Integrated Resource Plan submitted to the Idaho Public Utilities Commission […]

January 6, 2022 Read More →

Developers scrap Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas export facility

S&P Capital IQ ($): Developers of the proposed Jordan Cove LNG export facility in Oregon told federal energy regulators they will not move forward with the project, confirming the end of an effort that has stalled for years amid regulatory and commercial challenges. Jordan Cove Energy Project LP, a subsidiary of Canada’s Pembina Pipeline Corp., […]

December 2, 2021 Read More →

Natural gas building ban hits 50 places in California, grows elsewhere

S&P Capitol IQ ($): The movement to ban natural gas use in buildings reached a milestone in the second half of 2021, with California notching its 50th building electrification mandate. Meanwhile, the number of states prohibiting the policy appeared poised to top out around 20 this year, as all-electric construction ordinances advanced on the East […]

November 24, 2021 Read More →

Oregon utility PGE looking to add 2GW of renewable energy

ReNews.biz: U.S. utility Portland General Electric (PGE) has unveiled plans to source up to 2GW of renewable energy to help meet a target of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from power served to customers by at least 80% by 2030, 90% by 2035 and zero by 2040. The company has initiated a request for proposals […]

October 15, 2021 Read More →

Biden Administration expands leasing plans for offshore wind farms

The New York Times: The Biden administration announced on Wednesday a plan to develop large-scale wind farms along nearly the entire coastline of the United States, the first long-term strategy from the government to produce electricity from offshore turbines. Speaking at a wind power industry conference in Boston, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said that her […]

October 14, 2021 Read More →

Northwest Power Plan pivots to renewables, worrying Montana utilities

Associated Press: The latest roadmap for the region’s energy future is big on renewables and confident that coal-fired power plant retirements won’t lead to blackouts. Both assumptions had Montana utilities concerned this week. The Northwest Power Plan is probably most often cited in Montana for its blackout forecasts, which in the past had suggested that […]

October 4, 2021 Read More →

Oregon enacts bill requiring emissions reductions of 80% by 2030, 100% by 2040

Associated Press: Oregon’s clean energy bill, which sets one of the most ambitious timelines in the country for moving to 100% clean electricity sources, was signed by Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday. The legislation lays out a timetable for the state’s two major power companies — Portland General Electric and Pacific Power — to reduce […]

July 29, 2021 Read More →

LNG exports reach new high even as Biden policy remains vague

E&E News ($): U.S. exports of liquefied natural gas are surging under President Biden, eclipsing prior records and poised to climb higher still. Even as the administration pledges to tackle climate change in part by distancing the United States from fossil fuels, the country’s LNG exports expanded to a new high this March, according to […]

July 8, 2021 Read More →

PacifiCorp eyes 19 renewables projects to supply 1M US homes by 2025

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):  In its largest renewable energy shopping spree ever, PacifiCorp has shortlisted nearly 4,000 MW of new wind, solar and battery storage resources across its multistate service territory in the western United States to come online by the end of 2024. The utility subsidiary of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Energy is […]

June 21, 2021 Read More →