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IEEFA U.S.: Duke Energy IRPs for Carolina utilities overlook opportunities for savings from renewables

IEEFA U.S.: Duke Energy IRPs for Carolina utilities overlook opportunities for savings from renewables

Integrated resource plans for Duke give short shrift to offshore wind, solar and battery storage

April 5, 2021 (IEEFA) ⎼ A pair of long-range plans for Carolina utilities owned by Duke Energy are all but ignoring potential savings from renewable energy sources over the next decade, according to a report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The IEEFA report is the fourth in a series examining the […]

IEEFA: Duke Energy’s North Carolina gas IRPs fail to consider battery storage as viable option

IEEFA: Duke Energy’s North Carolina gas IRPs fail to consider battery storage as viable option

Utility claims natural gas is cheaper than battery storage

February 18, 2021 (IEEFA) — Duke Energy’s plans for its two utilities in the Carolinas rely on outdated cost estimates to avoid expanding battery storage capacity, according to a new study by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). In their latest integrated resource plans (IRPs), Duke Energy Progress and Duke Energy Carolinas […]

IEEFA U.S.: Duke IRPs overstate likely future demand growth

IEEFA U.S.: Duke IRPs overstate likely future demand growth

More realistic estimates would undercut case for new gas-fired generation

February 3, 2021 (IEEFA) — Forecasts used by Duke Energy that predict steadily rising demand for electricity in the Carolinas ignore the company’s sales history in the past 15 years, which have been essentially flat, and should be challenged by state regulators, according to a new study by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial […]

IEEFA U.S.: Duke IRPs focus on new gas-fired generation, creating serious stranded-asset risks

IEEFA U.S.: Duke IRPs focus on new gas-fired generation, creating serious stranded-asset risks

Combined-cycle plants would be forced to retire well before end of operating life to meet 2050 net-zero goal

January 26, 2021 (IEEFA) — A pair of integrated resource plans (IRPs) for Duke Energy’s two North Carolina utilities rely heavily on the construction of gas-fired power plants that would have to be retired long before the end of their life span, according to a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial […]

IEEFA report: Coal-fired power generation collapsing across Southeast U.S., longtime bastion of the industry

IEEFA report: Coal-fired power generation collapsing across Southeast U.S., longtime bastion of the industry

Decade-long influx of cheap gas started regional transition; solar expected to finish it

Oct. 1, 2019 (IEEFA U.S.) – Abundant gas supplies have transformed the electricity-generation sector in the traditionally coal-dominated Southeast U.S. Planned new solar construction in the region will add momentum to the energy transition and likely lead to the zeroing out of all coal generation in a number of states in the near future, finds […]

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Duke revises South Carolina plans to emphasize more natural gas

Utility Dive: Duke Energy is eyeing an early retirement of its coal-fired plants by the end of the decade, according to the revised integrated resource plans (IRP) filed with South Carolina regulators Friday for its subsidiaries, Duke Energy Progress and Duke Energy Carolinas. Duke’s revised IRPs also call for adding 3,000 MW of solar energy […]

September 3, 2021 Read More →

Dominion plans filing largest clean energy Virginia submission to date

Utility Dive: Dominion Energy is preparing to file its largest clean energy submission to date as part of Virginia’s triennial review process, totaling $1.5 billion in investment, CEO Robert Blue said on the utility’s second quarter earnings call Friday.  The filing, due later this month, will include up to 1,100 MW of solar, either owned […]

August 9, 2021 Read More →
IEEFA U.S.: Surge of coal-fired generation retirements looking like a reverse S-curve
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IEEFA U.S.: Surge of coal-fired generation retirements looking like a reverse S-curve

Consumers Energy, TVA among utilities planning full exits from coal

There is an inverse S-curve developing in the U.S. coal generation sector, with announced plant retirements expanding rapidly as utilities and independent power producers adjust to the influx of cleaner and cheaper wind, solar and battery storage resources disrupting the electric system. IEEFA data shows that just since March, the generating capacity of coal plants […]

IEEFA U.S.: South Carolina regulators reject Duke’s gas-dependent integrated resource plan

IEEFA U.S.: South Carolina regulators reject Duke’s gas-dependent integrated resource plan

Regulators in North Carolina should follow suit, require changes to Duke Energy’s inadequate IRP

July 8, 2021 (IEEFA) ⎼ South Carolina regulators last month rejected Duke Energy’s integrated resource plan (IRP), directing the utility to resubmit its proposal after incorporating nearly a dozen significant changes and new analyses. Many of these changes had been proposed by a broad group of participants in the IRP process and were recommended in […]

SC regulators approve new Dominion IRP to retire coal plants, push renewables

Utility Dive: South Carolina’s PSC issued its order accepting Dominion’s modified 2020 IRP on June 18. That was a reversal from its December vote, when the commission faulted Dominion’s IRP for failing to include any renewable energy additions before 2026, and for not including a demand-side management resource option as well. The commission, in its […]

June 29, 2021 Read More →

Court battle looms over Alabama Power rooftop solar surcharge

Al.com:  Alaska has more residential solar installations than Alabama. So does Rhode Island, Delaware, Mississippi and every other state except North and South Dakota. Georgia has 10 times as much residential solar as Alabama, and South Carolina has 17 times as much as Georgia. But that could change soon for Alabama. For years, solar advocates […]

June 29, 2021 Read More →

South Carolina regulators reject Duke Energy IRP, boosting renewables

E&E News ($): South Carolina energy regulators rejected Duke Energy Corp.’s long-term electricity plan Thursday, an unusual rebuke that could push one of the biggest U.S. utility companies to add more solar and battery storage to the grid. Meanwhile, some North Carolina Democratic lawmakers, clean energy advocates and consumer groups pushed back against a wide-ranging […]

June 22, 2021 Read More →

White House pushing for world lead in lithium-ion battery race

Canary Media:  The United States has already lost the solar power manufacturing race to China. Now the Biden administration wants to make sure that it doesn’t lose the lithium-ion battery race. That’s the focus of a new set of policies announced by the Department of Energy on Tuesday, aimed at regaining market share from China, […]

June 10, 2021 Read More →

Delays and costs rise again at troubled Vogtle Nuclear Plant

Wall Street Journal ($):  The only nuclear-power plant under construction in the U.S. is facing delays and additional costs. Again. Earlier this week, an engineering expert working for the Georgia Public Service Commission testified that the startup of the Alvin W. Vogtle Electric Generating Plant would likely be delayed until the summer of 2022 and […]

June 9, 2021 Read More →

Batteries threaten to become major threat to natural gas

Wall Street Journal ($): Vistra Corp. owns 36 natural-gas power plants, one of America’s largest fleets. It doesn’t plan to buy or build any more. Instead, Vistra intends to invest more than $1 billion in solar farms and battery storage units in Texas and California as it tries to transform its business to survive in […]

May 17, 2021 Read More →