IEEFA Research

IEEFA Analysis: If Utah Commits to Proposed $53 Million Oakland Port Subsidy, It’s Buying a Pig in a Poke

Could There Be a Worse Time to Invest in Deteriorating Coal Markets?

A bill being seriously considered by the Utah State Legislature this week seeks in essence to finance a backdoor subsidy for a coal export terminal in California whose construction could well leave Utah taxpayers on the hook for a highly questionable and highly speculative $53 million out-of-state subsidy. The proposed law, which exists now as SB0246, is […]

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Oakland’s Proposed Coal-Export Expansion Is Fraught With Risk

Red Flags in a Global Downturn, a Struggling Coal Producer and a State Guarantee

We’re presenting testimony to the Oakland City Council today that questions the wisdom of a proposal to expand the Port of Oakland’s coal-export capacity at the Oakland Army Base Redevelopment project. The deal being considered raises several red flags. First, the developer is taking a major financial risk by relying so much on coal in […]

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California’s $5 Billion Renewables-Investment Opportunity

Robert Walton for Utility Dive: Staff of the California Energy Commission have completed an assessment of the state’s transmission grid and its ability to bring online large amounts of additional renewable capacity, finding significant investment will be required to alleviate widespread constraints. The report finds several Transmission Assessment Focus Areas (TAFAs) where more than 40,000 […]

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U.S., as Part of Energy-Security Push, Aims for Solar Reliance at 14 Military Stations in California

Chris Mooney for the Washington Post: The new 150-megawatt Mesquite 3 solar array is located in Arizona, but the electricity it generates will be sent to California’s electric grid and will power roughly one-third of the electricity needs of 14 naval installations in the state, including San Diego’s naval base and the Marines’ Twentynine Palms […]

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All of the New Electricity Capacity Brought Online in the U.S. in August Was From Solar or Wind

Arsalan Malik for SNL: Solar and wind powered all of the new power plants that began operations in August. A total 20 projects with a combined capacity of 463 MW were added in August, with 55% of the capacity coming from solar projects and 45% coming from wind-powered generators. No new projects were announced in […]

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On the Blogs: A Republican Weakness for Solar

Julie Pyper for GreenTech Media: The Republican electorate, on the whole, has a favorable view of clean energy. A 2016 poll by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication found broad support for government policies to expand renewable energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, with 84 percent of all registered voters in support of more […]

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Both Promoters and Opponents Sense a Pulse in Dormant Gateway Pacific Coal-Export Project

Christopher Coats for SNL: Months after federal and Washington state officials effectively halted progress on the proposed Gateway Pacific coal export terminal, project backers have moved to ensure that they can return to the project at a later date, while opponents are moving to halt it completely with an expansion of state protection. The proposed […]

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IEEFA Update (Corrected): Wind in the Wires, and More on the Way

30 States Have Projects Under Construction or in Advanced Development

Wind power is a rapidly growing source of electricity in the U.S., doubling its share of generation in just five years, to 4.9 percent in 2015. The declining cost of wind power, along with cheap natural gas, has put tremendous financial pressure on both coal-fired and nuclear power plants, and is changing the mix of fuels […]

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On the Blogs: Wind and Solar Have Gone Mainstream

Daniel Fleischmann for Renewable Energy World: Let’s consider wind, solar, and geothermal energy. In 1999, only 10 states generated a measurable amount of electricity from at least one of those three sources (i.e., at least one GWh, or enough to power 1,000 U.S. homes for a year). By 2015, every state generated a measurable amount […]

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On the Blogs: A Michigan ‘Pivot’ Toward Renewables

Codi Kozacek for Circle of Blue: Michigan’s largest electric supplier, DTE Energy, announced in June that it will retire eight coal-fired power units at three of its power plants over the next seven years. The plants generated a quarter of the utility’s electricity last year. Two months earlier, Consumers Energy, Michigan’s second largest electric utility, […]

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California Bars State Money From Going to Coal-Export Terminals

Anne C. Mulkern for E&E: California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill Friday aimed at cutting coal exports from the Golden State. It blocks the California Transportation Commission from giving state funds to any new transport terminal “that stores, handles, or transports coal in bulk.” “Action on multiple fronts will be needed to transition […]

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Of Seven New U.S. Coal-Export Terminals Planned in the Past Five Years, None Has Opened

Timothy Puko and Erica E. Phillips for the Wall Street Journal: Western coal producers once saw exports to Asia as their future. For many, that dream is fading. A global glut has flooded overseas markets that were once expected to buy coal produced along a belt stretching from Utah to Montana that includes the Powder […]

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