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IEEFA: Short-term oil and gas gains likely to be replaced by long-term productivity pain

Analysis suggests boom for oil and gas industry built on dubious EIA assumptions

Oil and gas investors are anticipating hefty dividend checks to close out 2021. Following a decade of red ink — capped by a devastating 2020 when oil prices briefly went negative — fracking-focused companies finally made some money this year. High energy prices and a slower pace of drilling allowed North America’s shale firms to […]

U.S. installed record amount of land-based wind capacity in 2020

Bloomberg ($): The U.S. installed a record amount of wind-generating capacity last year, adding nearly 17,000 megawatts of power on land, according to an Energy Department report being released Monday.  Wind energy’s share of total utility-scale generating capacity in the U.S. was only 11% in 2020, behind natural gas at 43% and nuclear and coal […]

August 31, 2021 Read More →

Court battle looms over Alabama Power rooftop solar surcharge  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 →
IEEFA: Keystone XL project became another pipeline to nowhere

IEEFA: Keystone XL project became another pipeline to nowhere

Demise of Keystone XL should spur regulators, investors to reconsider massive pipeline projects

As the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) reviews the public comments it recently received on its proposal to reconsider how it determines whether a gas pipeline should be granted a certificate of public convenience and necessity, it would do well to consider the cautionary tale of a massive fossil fuel infrastructure project, the Keystone XL […]

U.S. wind, solar and battery storage capacity boomed during first quarter

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): Following record capacity additions in 2020, U.S. developers of large-scale wind farms, solar plants and battery stations started 2021 with a bang, bringing online a combined 3,859 MW in the first quarter, 10% more than in the same period a year ago, according to a new report underscoring the country’s […]

May 14, 2021 Read More →

IEEFA U.S.: Winds shifting at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

FERC mulls changes to pipeline approval process, downstream emissions impact

April 7, 2021 (IEEFA) — The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) last week gave the public more time to comment on the review of a policy document that guides its decisions on approving new interstate gas facilities, including pipelines. FERC approves projects with Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity that require the commission to assess […]

U.S. federal regulators tackle climate risks of gas pipelines in major policy shift

Associated Press: For the first time, a federal energy board is weighing how a proposed natural gas pipeline would affect greenhouse gas emissions, one of several steps taken this week by the Biden administration in its effort to slow climate change. With a new Democratic chair at the helm, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission voted […]

March 19, 2021 Read More →

Orsted continues onshore expansion in U.S with 367MW Western Trail wind project in Texas Orsted has taken a final investment decision on the 367MW Western Trail wind project in Texas. The project, located near Orsted’s Lockett wind project, is slated to reach commercial operation in 2021. The wind farm will supply power in the ERCOT wholesale power market in Texas. Orsted has also completed the 103MW Willow Creek […]

October 2, 2020 Read More →

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 update: Doubling down on utility-scale renewables

Solar and wind continue to attract investors as fossil fuel assets fall

Amid the global economic crisis, utility-scale wind and solar continue to be seen not just as a long-term investment but one for the near term as well.  Writing from Australia this week, my colleague Bruce Robertson notes that two big energy companies—Origin and Santos—are pulling back on oil and gas capital spending but forging ahead on […]

April 8, 2020 Read More →