Author Archive: David Schlissel

Director of Resource Planning Analysis David Schlissel is a long-time consultant, expert witness, and attorney on engineering and economic issues related to energy. He has testified in more than 100 court proceedings or cases before regulatory bodies.


IEEFA Memo: Buyer Beware on Montana Power Plant

IEEFA Memo: Buyer Beware on Montana Power Plant

Weighing a Proposition That Would Cost Ratepayers and Taxpayers Hundreds of Millions of Dollars

We’ve written a buyer-beware letter today to members of the Montana legislature on the perils of taking an ownership stake in the aged Colstrip Power Plant in eastern Montana. News organizations have reported recently that some state officials want to explore having either NorthWestern Energy—or the state itself—own or assist in the continued operation of […]

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Our Op-Ed in the New York Times: ‘After Bankruptcies, Coal’s Dirty Legacy Lives On’

Our Op-Ed in the New York Times: ‘After Bankruptcies, Coal’s Dirty Legacy Lives On’

Costly Effects That Will Haunt Taxpayers, and Consumers, for Years to Come

The bankruptcy filing on Wednesday by Peabody Energy, the world’s largest private- sector producer of coal, is the latest in a series of major coal company collapses that threaten to leave behind a costly legacy that will haunt taxpayers and consumers for years. The abandonment of hundreds of mines over the years led Congress in […]

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Ruling Is a Giveaway to FirstEnergy and AEP, and a Betrayal of Ratepayers


Ruling Is a Giveaway to FirstEnergy and AEP, and a Betrayal of Ratepayers


Keeping Aging Coal-Fired Power Plants on Life Support


Yesterday’s ruling by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to allow for ratepayer subsidies of aging coal-fired power plants operated by First Energy and AEP proves that these plants aren’t competitive.  Indeed, the ruling serves as a reminder that the only way the power plants can survive is through massive ratepayer bailouts. Yet the case […]

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India’s Plan to Build 12 New Nuclear Reactors Is Fraught With Risk


India’s Plan to Build 12 New Nuclear Reactors Is Fraught With Risk


Projects at Kovvada and Mithi Virdi Are Not Economically or Financially Viable


We’ve just published a report that explores what we believe are unacceptably high risks and costs of the Indian government’s proposal to build 12 new nuclear reactors. Our study, “Bad Choice: The Risks, Costs and Viability of Proposed U.S. Nuclear Reactors in India,” finds the plan, which would put six reactors each at Kovvada and […]

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IEEFA Analysis: Financial Condition of Montana’s Colstrip 1 and 2 Worse Than Previously Known


IEEFA Analysis: Financial Condition of Montana’s Colstrip 1 and 2 Worse Than Previously Known


Costs to Ratepayers Stand to Increase if Puget Sound Keeps Two Coal-Fired Plants Alive

In testimony today to the state Utilities and Transportation Commission in Olympia, Wash., we are presenting fresh analyses that shows how two coal-fired electricity generators in Montana co-owned by Puget Sound Energy are worse investments  than previously known. Over the past several months, IEEFA has documented how Colstrip 1 and 2 have become an increasingly […]

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Good Call by New York State PSC in Pulling the Plug on Aging Cayuga Power Plant 


Good Call by New York State PSC in Pulling the Plug on Aging Cayuga Power Plant 


Less Expensive and Far Better Ways to Achieve Grid Reliability and Promote Economic Development


The New York Public Utility Commission made a good call yesterday in its decision not to permit a retrofit of the aging coal-fired Cayuga as a natural gas-burning facility. Our research around Cayuga last year demonstrated how the proposal to do a rate-payer financed makeover of the plant was economically unviable and would create a […]

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The Supreme Court Case on the EPA’s Clean Power Plan Is a Red Herring

The Supreme Court Case on the EPA’s Clean Power Plan Is a Red Herring

Coal-Fired Electricity Generation Is on the Wane More Because of Market Forces Than Regulatory Action

The Supreme Court’s stay against enforcement of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan comes as a potential setback to the Obama administration’s initiative to curb pollution from coal-fired power plants. The court in its order yesterday is responding to opponents who had argued that, among other things, the EPA is being too tough on the coal-fired […]

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The World Bank’s Bad Energy-Policy Call in Kosovo

The World Bank’s Bad Energy-Policy Call in Kosovo

The Wrong Move at the Wrong Time for a Small Country in Eastern Europe

We’ve just published a study concluding that the proposed coal-fired New Kosovo Power Plant—if it’s built—would increase electricity prices by as much as 50 percent in Kosovo and damage the economy of the small country. The study, “The Proposed New Kosovo Power Plant: An Unnecessary Burden at an Unreasonable Price,” ( also see Albanian version) urges the […]

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Georgia Power’s Aging Plant Hammond Should Be Retired

Georgia Power’s Aging Plant Hammond Should Be Retired

Hobbled by Outdated Coal-Burning Technology, Poor Operating Performance and High Production Costs

We’ve published a paper today that explains why Georgia Power should retire Plant Hammond, an outdated coal-fired electricity plant in northwest Georgia. The report, posted here, details how the 840-megawatt plant, whose four units are from 44 to 61 years old, has grown increasingly expensive to ratepayers in recent years. Plant Hammond’s high costs are […]

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Utilities That Place Their Shareholders Above All

Do Large Coal Plant Owners Put Their Customers First? Apparently Not

Shareholders, above all. That appears to be the thinking of the coal and utility industries, at least according to NorthWestern Energy, Montana’s largest electric utility. Northwestern has been in the news recently for trying to persuade the Montana Public Service Commission to let it make its customers pay somewhere between $8 million and $11 million […]

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