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Texas regulator says state coal production fell 30% in 2018 compared to prior year

Houston Chronicle: Coal production fell sharply last year as coal-fired power plants closed and natural gas provided a cheaper and cleaner alternative for electricity generators. The state’s 12 active coal mines produced 25 million tons of coal in 2018, down nearly 30 percent from the 35 million tons in 2017, according to the Railroad Commission […]

August 21, 2019 Read More →

Gibbons Creek owners make it official, Texas coal plant to close permanently in October

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): Owners of the 470-MW, coal-fired Gibbons Creek Generating Station, which has been in mothball status, have decided to shut the plant permanently as of Oct. 23 despite tight supplies in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas and pricing changes designed to encourage generation owners to stay in the market. ERCOT […]

July 2, 2019 Read More →

Owners say Gibbons Creek coal plant in Texas will remain in mothball status

Denton Record-Chronicle: The coal-fired power plant Denton co-owns with three other cities will be mothballed indefinitely, now that the state’s power grid officials have agreed. Denton Municipal Electric’s general manager, George Morrow, said the Texas Municipal Power Agency has no intention of operating the Gibbons Creek coal-fired power plant this summer. Denton owns the plant […]

March 4, 2019 Read More →

Texas munis say Gibbons Creek coal plant to remain offline this summer

Houston Chronicle: Gibbons Creek Generating Station, a coal-fired power plant about 20 miles from Bryan near College Station, put the state’s grid operator on notice that the plant will not operate this summer. The closure reduces the state’s already tight power reserves and is sparking forecasts of higher electricity prices. The Texas Municipal Power Agency, […]

January 8, 2019 Read More →
IEEFA Update: The Coal ‘Comeback’ of 2017

IEEFA Update: The Coal ‘Comeback’ of 2017

The Second-Worst Production Performance in at Least 30 Years Isn’t Much of a Bounce

The U.S. coal industry is making a comeback. So goes the story being spun lately by the industry itself, even if the facts of the matter suggest something else. The coal industry points, among other statistical threads, to the latest Short-Term Energy Outlook from the Energy Information Administration, released July 11, as a harbinger of […]

July 28, 2017 Read More →
IEEFA Update: A Texas Coal Domino Teeters

IEEFA Update: A Texas Coal Domino Teeters

‘If It's Not Economic for Us, It Won't be Economic for Anybody Else’

Conceding finally that it is uneconomical to operate the Gibbons Creek coal plant except during the hottest months of the year, the owners of the plant have announced it will run now only from June through September. The news is emblematic of a broad shift nationally away from coal-fired electricity and is notable for being […]