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IEEFA U.S.: Virginia coal plant’s future isn’t bright: preparation for  transition should commence now

IEEFA U.S.: Virginia coal plant’s future isn’t bright: preparation for transition should commence now

Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center (VCHEC), one of the newest in U.S., risks closure due to market forces

December 16, 2020 (IEEFA)—Retiring the Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center (VCHEC) will bring unnecessarily abrupt economic hardship to Wise County if state and local officials do not begin to plan now for a transition, concludes a report published today by the Institute for Energy Economic and Financial Analysis. The 8-year-old coal-fired power plant, owned by […]

IEEFA Coal Outlook 2020: Market trends are pushing U.S. industry to a reckoning

IEEFA Coal Outlook 2020: Market trends are pushing U.S. industry to a reckoning

Competition, financing, consolidation, muni/co-op trajectories, export markets

March 30, 2020 (IEEFA U.S.) — A report published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) sees the U.S. coal industry continuing to decline through 2020 and beyond. The report, U.S. Coal Outlook 2020: Market Trends Are Pushing Industry Ever Closer to a Reckoning, details issues that will likely persist in driving […]

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 →

More News and Commentary

Trillions of fossil assets potentially stranded, accounting battles loom

Wall Street Journal ($): At the end of 2019, General Motors Co. announced a $1 billion investment to produce a new generation of Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickup trucks at its factory in Wentzville, Mo. Just over a year later, GM said it would go all electric by 2035. Analysts are worried that some […]

November 22, 2021 Read More →

Wisconsin utility announces plans to scrap coal by 2035

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: WEC Energy Group said Tuesday that it has set a goal of eliminating coal as a fuel source for its power plants by 2035.  WEC Energy, based in Milwaukee, is the parent company of utility We Energies, also based in Milwaukee, and Wisconsin Public Service based in Green Bay.  It also owns […]

November 3, 2021 Read More →

Investor coalition with $60 trillion urges utilities to speed net-zero pace

Reuters: A coalition of investors with more than $60 trillion in assets under management is preparing to call on electric utility companies globally to move up their timeline by as much as 15 years to bring their net greenhouse gas emissions to zero. Utilities account for about 40% of emissions worldwide, more than any other […]

October 21, 2021 Read More →

FERC plans harder look at environmental impact of pipeline projects

S&P Capital IQ ($): Five more interstate natural gas transportation and storage projects will receive environmental impact statements from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, another sign the commission is turning toward the more extensive environmental reviews as it sorts out how to assess climate impacts. The unfolding approach could mean a longer review timeline for […]

September 1, 2021 Read More →

Enbridge announces joint venture for large-scale CCS projects

E&E News ($): Pipeline company Enbridge Inc. and three other energy companies announced a partnership Friday to build and operate carbon capture projects in North America for large industrial emitters. The companies — which also include Canadian-based Svante Inc. and Cross River Infrastructure Partners LLC, and OTS Ltd. in the U.S. — signed a memorandum […]

August 2, 2021 Read More →

Xcel plans 10,000 MW of renewables in Minnesota, Colorado

Utility Dive: Xcel Energy, in its second quarter earnings report on Thursday, said it plans to significantly accelerate decarbonization efforts in its home state of Minnesota and will cut emissions by 85% by 2030. Xcel is preparing for a major transition, with long-time CEO and chairman Ben Fowke slated to retire in August and turn […]

July 30, 2021 Read More →

Alliant begins work on 675MW of Wisconsin solar projects

PV Tech: US utility Alliant Energy has started construction work on a 675MW portfolio of solar projects in Wisconsin after securing approval from state authorities. The portfolio, announced by Alliant last year and consisting of six plants, was green-lighted by the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin in April. The utility has contracted Burns & McDonnell […]

July 13, 2021 Read More →

IEEFA: CMD’s bag initiative raises questions for future of oil, gas and plastics industries

Plant-based polymer/LLDPE bags pose potentially big issues for petrochemical trends

May 13, 2021 (IEEFA)—In the world of plastics, sometimes one company’s story crystallizes the “life and times” of the industry. Plastics News, an industry weekly, recently covered the CMD Corporation’s efforts to publicize its latest plastic bag manufacturing innovation. The company’s initiative shines a light on industry trends and raises interesting questions for the future […]

Wisconsin utility continues coal to solar transition of its generation portfolio

Wisconsin Public Radio: Madison-based Alliant Energy is set to become the largest owner and operator of solar power in Wisconsin under plans unveiled Wednesday. The utility is making good on its goal to build 1,000 megawatts of solar power in Wisconsin by the end of 2023. The utility released plans Wednesday to spend roughly $515 […]

March 31, 2021 Read More →

Wisconsin utilities planning second large solar-plus-storage project

Lake Geneva Regional News: Three of Wisconsin’s largest utilities plan to spend $446 million on a second large-scale solar farm with battery storage. Madison Gas and Electric and the WEC Energy Group filed a request Tuesday to buy a Walworth County solar farm that would generate enough electricity for about 75,000 homes and include a […]

March 18, 2021 Read More →