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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 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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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 →

Appalachian Power asks for approval for 500 megawatts of renewables

ReNews.biz: US utility Appalachian Power is seeking approval for almost 500MW of clean power over the next three years as part of its long-range plan to meet the renewable energy targets established by the Virginia Clean Economy Act (VCEA). Appalachian Power, which is part of American Electric Power, is looking to acquire or contract 294MW […]

January 5, 2022 Read More →

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 →
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 […]

U.S. utility-scale solar penetration rose to 2.2 percent in 2020

S&P Capital IQ ($): The utility-scale solar power penetration in the U.S. increased to 2.2% in 2020 from 1.7% in 2019 as more companies continue to adjust their fuel mix in favor of renewable resources. Total solar generation for the nation was up 23.7% to 88.9 million MWh, from 71.9 million MWh in 2019, according […]

November 2, 2021 Read More →

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
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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 […]

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 →