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IEEFA U.S.: FERC gives blank check approval to pipeline builders, while investors and consumers pick up costs

IEEFA U.S.: FERC gives blank check approval to pipeline builders, while investors and consumers pick up costs

Commission’s 21-year-old pipeline policy puts contracts ahead of utility customers

December 17, 2020 (IEEFA) — The federal agency responsible for approving interstate gas pipeline projects is basing its decisions on contracts rather than on today’s consumer energy needs or the public interest, according to a report released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The report—FERC’s Failure to Analyze Energy Market Forces—details […]

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 U.S.: Colorado electric wholesaler is alienating cost-conscious co-ops with its fossil commitments

IEEFA U.S.: Colorado electric wholesaler is alienating cost-conscious co-ops with its fossil commitments

Tri-State currently plans using coal through 2050 and expanding into gas; projected rate increases of 55% by 2050

Nov. 17, 2020 (IEEFA) — One of the biggest power suppliers to rural electric co-ops in the U.S. is putting its business model at risk as members clamor for better access to renewable energy, more affordable rates, and more say in how they buy or produce power, concludes a report released today by the Institute […]

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IEEFA U.S.: Investors in gas-fired projects in largest regional power system face substantial risks

IEEFA U.S.: Investors in gas-fired projects in largest regional power system face substantial risks

Eleven PJM projects under development may fail to prove financially viable

October 5, 2020 (IEEFA) — The landscape for developers of natural gas-fired power plants in the nation’s largest regional power system has shifted dramatically over the last decade, according to a joint study by the Applied Economics Clinic and the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Maryland (PJM) system coordinates the flow […]

IEEFA U.S.: Ratepayers face risks with Project Tundra’s retrofit of aging N.D. coal-fired plant

IEEFA U.S.: Ratepayers face risks with Project Tundra’s retrofit of aging N.D. coal-fired plant

Unproven technology funded by federal tax credits unlikely to pay off

September 22, 2020 (IEEFA) — A plan to retrofit an aging coal-fired plant in North Dakota with unproven carbon capture and storage technology is likely to raise rates for customers who get electricity from the Milton R. Young Unit 2 facility, according to a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis […]

IEEFA U.S.: Long-term contracts with American Municipal Power (AMP) saddle local communities with high prices

Dozens of communities in five states pay far above market price for electricity from Prairie State coal plant and Ohio River hydro projects

September 21, 2020 (IEEFA) — Long-term contracts with American Municipal Power (AMP) have stuck 83 communities in 41 counties across five states with extraordinarily high electricity prices for half a century, according to a briefing note released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The largest AMP member, Cleveland Public Power (CPP), […]

IEEFA U.S.: Long-term contracts with AMP are ‘financial disaster’ for Cleveland Public Power customers

IEEFA U.S.: Long-term contracts with AMP are ‘financial disaster’ for Cleveland Public Power customers

Utility’s reliance on two projects cost ratepayers an extra $106 million

September 11, 2020 (IEEFA) — Long-term contracts with American Municipal Power (AMP) have been “a financial disaster” for Cleveland Public Power (CPP) customers, according to a briefing note released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). About 70% of CPP’s expenditures for its total power supply are paid to AMP, an […]

IEEFA report: Proposed NESE gas pipeline may stick New York ratepayers with one billion-dollar+ cost

IEEFA report: Proposed NESE gas pipeline may stick New York ratepayers with one billion-dollar+ cost

Demand projections unrealistic – more sustainable and affordable options available

April 17, 2020 (IEEFA NEW YORK) ‒ National Grid’s proposed Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) pipeline will cost at least $1 billion to build, supplying gas for which there is no demonstrable need, according to a report submitted to regulators today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The NESE pipeline would channel […]

IEEFA report: Indiana electric utility customers could pay $128 million more through 2026

IEEFA report: Indiana electric utility customers could pay $128 million more through 2026

HB1414 means two aging coal plants likely to stay open, a setback for consumers and businesses

April 8, 2020 (IEEFA U.S.) – Hoosiers could be on the hook for an additional $128 million as a result of House Bill 1414 which was passed by the Indiana General Assembly in March, according to a report released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), an Ohio-based energy think tank. […]

IEEFA report: Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority debt deal weak and plagued by scandal

IEEFA report: Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority debt deal weak and plagued by scandal

Island residents face decades of unaffordable rate hikes and fees

August 21, 2019 (IEEFA) ‒ The Puerto Rican legislature will soon consider a debt restructuring deal for Puerto Rico’s Electric Power Authority (PREPA) that is unaffordable and risks jeopardizing the island’s economic recovery, according to a report released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The report, Puerto Rico Electric Power […]

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IEEFA Puerto Rico: la AEE recibe apoyo en forma de un crédito, ¿una estrategia sensata u otro ardid inútil?

El préstamo del Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico plantea más preguntas sobre los ahorros derivados de la privatización del sistema de transmisión y distribución

La semana anterior a la Navidad, la Junta de Supervisión y Administración Financiera de Puerto Rico (JSAF) anunció cautelosamente un plan para que el Gobierno del estado libre asociado preste casi 1000 millones de dólares a su Autoridad de Energía Eléctrica (AEE) con el fin de facilitar la privatización del sistema de transmisión y distribución […]

IEEFA Puerto Rico: Credit support for PREPA, a sensible tool or another wasteful gimmick?
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IEEFA Puerto Rico: Credit support for PREPA, a sensible tool or another wasteful gimmick?

Commonwealth loan raises more questions about savings from T&D privatization

The week before Christmas, the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico (FOMB) quietly announced a plan for the commonwealth’s government to loan almost $1 billion to its electrical power authority (PREPA) to facilitate the privatization of the island’s transmission and distribution system. This plan was presented in a poorly documented filing that reveals that […]

IEEFA U.S.: FERC gives blank check approval to pipeline builders, while investors and consumers pick up costs
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IEEFA U.S.: FERC gives blank check approval to pipeline builders, while investors and consumers pick up costs

Commission’s 21-year-old pipeline policy puts contracts ahead of utility customers

December 17, 2020 (IEEFA) — The federal agency responsible for approving interstate gas pipeline projects is basing its decisions on contracts rather than on today’s consumer energy needs or the public interest, according to a report released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The report—FERC’s Failure to Analyze Energy Market Forces—details […]

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

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IEEFA update: Orlando Utilities Commission IRP plan may fall short of carbon reduction goals

Conversion of coal plants to gas called into question; more focus on renewables and energy efficiency needed

December 2, 2020 (IEEFA) — The Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) has drafted an integrated resource plan (IRP) that is short on public accountability and technical details but long on fossil fuel dependence, according to IEEFA’s director of resource planning analysis. The commission barely gave the public one week to read the document before a public […]

IEEFA U.S.: Colorado electric wholesaler is alienating cost-conscious co-ops with its fossil commitments
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IEEFA U.S.: Colorado electric wholesaler is alienating cost-conscious co-ops with its fossil commitments

Tri-State currently plans using coal through 2050 and expanding into gas; projected rate increases of 55% by 2050

Nov. 17, 2020 (IEEFA) — One of the biggest power suppliers to rural electric co-ops in the U.S. is putting its business model at risk as members clamor for better access to renewable energy, more affordable rates, and more say in how they buy or produce power, concludes a report released today by the Institute […]

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IEEFA Webinar: ICYMI Project Tundra carbon capture report
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IEEFA Webinar: ICYMI Project Tundra carbon capture report

Retrofitting aging Milton R. Young coal plant Unit 2 with CCS makes little economic sense

October 9, 2020 (IEEFA U.S.) ‒ In case you missed it (ICYMI), Director of Resource Planning Analysis, David Schlissel and analyst/editor Dennis Wamsted presented webinars October 6 and 7 on IEEFA’s report Project Tundra: A Step In the Wrong Direction. Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is often promoted as a technology that brings benefits to […]

IEEFA U.S.: Investors in gas-fired projects in largest regional power system face substantial risks
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IEEFA U.S.: Investors in gas-fired projects in largest regional power system face substantial risks

Eleven PJM projects under development may fail to prove financially viable

October 5, 2020 (IEEFA) — The landscape for developers of natural gas-fired power plants in the nation’s largest regional power system has shifted dramatically over the last decade, according to a joint study by the Applied Economics Clinic and the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Maryland (PJM) system coordinates the flow […]

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IEEFA Webinar: Project Tundra carbon capture plan carries large risks for Minnkota co-ops

Lead author David Schlissel will present his research findings in an online briefing

On Wednesday, October 7th at 5:00 p.m. Central (6:00 p.m. EDT), IEEFA’s Director of Resource Planning Analysis, David Schlissel will present the report: Project Tundra: Carbon Capture Project A Step in the Wrong Direction Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is often promoted as a technology that brings benefits to business, local communities and the environment. […]

IEEFA U.S.: Ratepayers face risks with Project Tundra’s retrofit of aging N.D. coal-fired plant
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IEEFA U.S.: Ratepayers face risks with Project Tundra’s retrofit of aging N.D. coal-fired plant

Unproven technology funded by federal tax credits unlikely to pay off

September 22, 2020 (IEEFA) — A plan to retrofit an aging coal-fired plant in North Dakota with unproven carbon capture and storage technology is likely to raise rates for customers who get electricity from the Milton R. Young Unit 2 facility, according to a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis […]