IEEFA Research

Why This Coal-Fired Electric Plant in Florida Should Be Closed

The Time Is Right to Retire the 33-Year-Old Mcintosh Unit 3

The aging C.D. Mcintosh Jr. Unit 3 power plant in Lakeland, Fla., should be retired. That’s the inescapable conclusion of a study we published this morning in which we examine the operational costs and performance of the 33-year-old coal-fired plant. It’s not a pretty picture. Unit 3 is not competing very well with other sources […]

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Florida Voters Thwart Utility Industry’s Anti-Solar Ballot Initiative

Mary Ellen Klas for the Miami Herald: Florida voters rejected Amendment 1 on Tuesday, the utility-backed measure to limit rooftop solar expansion, after a scrappy, grassroots campaign and last-minute revelations raised doubts about the proponents’ claims that their goal was to expand solar generation. By 8:30 p.m. EST and with nearly three-quarters of precincts reporting, […]

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Losing in the Polls, Florida Utilities Spend Heavily to Promote Anti-Solar Ballot Initiative

From the Miami Herald: Florida’s largest utilities decided last week that $22 million wasn’t enough to spend on Amendment 1, so they pumped in another $3.5 million into the effort, according new campaign finance reports. Amendment 1, which has been dubbed a “pro solar” amendment by the political committee financed by the utility giants, would […]

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IEEFA Update: Many Hurdles Facing U.S. Coal-Fired Power Fleet

Old Age, the Rise of Renewables, Competition From Natural Gas, Advances in Technology

Why has U.S. coal production declined so enormously in recent years? Because the coal-fired power industry is producing less of the country’s electricity than ever. As recently as 10 years ago, coal-fired power plants provided half of U.S. power needs. Today that number is closer to 30 percent—and falling. Coal is not likely to fade […]

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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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Florida Referendum: 70% Approve Pro-Solar Amendment to State Constitution

Steve Bousquet for the Tampa Bay Times: The runaway winner in Tuesday’s primary election was at the end of the ballot, as voters in Florida overwhelmingly approved a tax break to encourage businesses to go solar. The amendment, which will become part of the Florida Constitution, exempts solar and other renewable energy devices on business […]

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On the Blogs: A Florida Utility’s 94-Megawatt Deal With an Oklahoma Wind Farm

From CleanEnergy.org: Earlier this week, Gulf Power filed a petition requesting that the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) approve an additional 94 megawatts of wind energy generation into its portfolio from the Kingfisher Wind farm in Oklahoma. Gulf Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company and one of the smallest investor-owned electric utilities in Florida, is […]

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Florida Power & Light to Buy Plant So It Can Close It

Dan Testa for SNL: Florida Power & Light Co. on June 20 announced a deal to purchase a 330-MW coal-fired plant from which it buys power, with plans to retire it. The NextEra Energy Inc. subsidiary filed an application with the Florida Public Service Commission to buy the Indiantown Cogeneration Facility, which is located in […]

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On the Blogs: Electric Cooperatives in Southern U.S. ‘Frozen in the 1950s’

From ChiefOrganizer.org: Looking at all available information on 313 cooperatives and their governance and representation structure in the twelve-state southern region, the Rural Power Project found that time had stopped and the leadership structure of many of rural electric cooperatives seemed “frozen in the fifties.” The report examined available documents revealing governance and representation patterns […]

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Coalition of Conservatives and Progressives Join to Battle Utilities’ Curbs on Florida Solar

Sam Ross-Brown for The American Prospect: An unlikely alliance of Tea Party conservatives and progressive climate advocates has come together to fight a controversial solar energy ballot initiative in Florida. Launched in 2015, the so-called “green tea” coalition that includes the Nature Conservancy, the Christian Coalition, the Sierra Club, are standing firm against a measure […]

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Design Flaw Threatens Lakeland Power Plant

Christopher Guinn for the Lakeland Ledger: A flaw built into Lakeland Electric’s McIntosh Unit 3 power plant 34 years ago could lead the utility to close the coal-burning workhorse depending on the cost to fix it, city officials said Tuesday. Of the generator’s 360 devices that limit individual electrical components’ exposure to overloads, 164 are […]

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