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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 […]

IEEFA report: U.S. likely to end 2018 with record decline in coal-fired capacity

IEEFA report: U.S. likely to end 2018 with record decline in coal-fired capacity

Utilities accelerate shutdown dates; 22 plants in 14 states this year; hard-hit regions include the Ohio River Valley

Oct. 25, 2018 — U.S. coal-fired power plant closures are on pace this year to set a record, concludes a research report published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The report — “Record Drop in U.S. Coal-Fired Capacity Likely in 2018: Utilities Are Accelerating Shutdown Dates as Plants Grow Increasingly Uneconomic”— […]

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 →

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TVA demolishes Tennessee’s oldest coal-fired power plant

The Tennessean: A 600-foot-tall smokestack and other equipment at Tennessee’s oldest coal-fired power plant was demolished to make way for lower-emission energy technology on Saturday morning.  The Tennessee Valley Authority imploded the dormant exhaust equipment and ten boilers at the former Johnsonville Fossil Plant. The coal plant operated from 1951 to 2017 in New Johnsonville. […]

August 2, 2021 Read More →
IEEFA U.S.: Surge of coal-fired generation retirements looking like a reverse S-curve

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 […]

US clean electricity standard could save 317,500 lives by 2050

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): A nationwide clean power standard requiring 80% of U.S. electricity to come from carbon dioxide-free sources by 2030 would save hundreds of thousands of lives and sharply improve air quality while combatting climate change, according to a new study released July 12. The analysis, which the authors claimed was the […]

July 13, 2021 Read More →

Plains All American, Valero scrap Tennessee-to-Mississippi Byhalia pipeline

Memphis Commercial Appeal: The company planning to build the Byhalia Connection pipeline on Friday announced that it is abandoning the project, bringing a sudden end to one of the biggest environmental controversies in recent Memphis history. The project, which would have put a crude oil pipeline through mostly Black South Memphis neighborhoods, sparked a complex […]

July 6, 2021 Read More →

TVA ponders closure of Kingston coal plant, once world’s largest

Chattanooga Times Free Press: When the Kingston Fossil Plant began power generation for the Tennessee Valley Authority in 1955, it was the largest coal-burning power plant in the world — a distinction it held for more than a decade. But after 66 years of electricity generation — and the nation’s worst coal ash spill at […]

July 2, 2021 Read More →

Amazon primes company for rapid shift to renewables

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):  Amazon.com Inc. announced a new wave of contracts to buy electricity from 14 new renewable energy projects in the U.S., Canada, Finland and Spain in a bid to advance its goal to power 100% of the company’s activities with renewable energy by 2025, five years ahead of its original target […]

June 24, 2021 Read More →

Fights over natural gas ban for new buildings spread across U.S.

Wall Street Journal ($): A growing fight is unfolding across the U.S. as cities consider phasing out natural gas for home cooking and heating, citing concerns about climate change, and states push back against these bans. Major cities including San Francisco, Seattle, Denver and New York have either enacted or proposed measures to ban or […]

June 3, 2021 Read More →

TVA planning to swap retired coal plants with small modular reactors

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): The Tennessee Valley Authority is eyeing small modular nuclear reactors as replacement options for four remaining coal plants projected to reach the end of their useful lives by 2035. TVA spokesman Scott Brooks confirmed May 4 that the federal wholesale power authority assumes the 1,242-MW Shawnee, 2,522-MW Cumberland, 988-MW Gallatin […]

May 6, 2021 Read More →

TVA announces plans to end coal-fired generation by 2035

Chattanooga Times Free Press: The Tennessee Valley Authority, which once got nearly two thirds of its power by burning coal, is preparing plans to phase out the last of its aging fleet of coal power plants within the next decade and a half and turn to more natural gas, nuclear and renewable energy sources like […]

April 29, 2021 Read More →

Corporations added more than 20,000MW of new solar and wind in 2020

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): The COVID-19 pandemic proved to be a significant disruption for many corners of the global energy industry, but the corporate renewables market plowed ahead as if nothing had happened. S&P Global Market Intelligence tracked over 20,000 MW of new corporate wind and solar capacity throughout the year, making 2020 the […]

April 23, 2021 Read More →