IEEFA Research

2014 – Another Year of Unmet Promises for the Prairie State Energy Campus

2014 – Another Year of Unmet Promises for the Prairie State Energy Campus (pdf) By David Schlissel, Director of Resource Planning Analysis, Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis

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Report: No evidence of a turnaround at Prairie State

No Evidence of a Turnaround at Prairie State (pdf) By David Schlissel, Director of Resource Planning Analysis

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Report- The Prairie State Coal Plant: The Reality vs. the Promise

Report- The Prairie State Coal Plant: The Reality vs. the Promise (pdf).

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More News and Commentary

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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Op-Ed: Indiana Michigan Power Is Failing Its Customers

Tom Hayhurst for the Ft. Wayne (Indiana) Journal Gazette: Across the country, the transition away from coal to cleaner forms of energy is under way. Yet Indiana Michigan Power wants to pour more money into the aging AEP-Rockport, Indiana, coal plant that not only pollutes our air and water but also stifles development of clean […]

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Editorial: A Call to Invest in the Economic Transition of Coal-Mining Communities

From the Los Angeles Times: Though transitioning away from fossil fuels is absolutely necessary, it’s also vitally important to recognize the human and economic cost that such a change entails. That includes a significant number of jobs lost in northern Appalachia, Indiana and Illinois, and Wyoming, where the vast majority of the nation’s existing coal […]

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Editorial: An ‘Irresponsible’ Governor Thwarts Renewables

From the Indianapolis Business Journal: Gov. Mike Pence says Indiana has “never picked a pencil up” to work on a state energy plan to comply with new federal clean air rules. And Pence told The Indianapolis Star that his administration has no plans to ever do so, especially now that the U.S. Supreme Court has […]

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‘Stunning Collapse’ of Coal Industry Reveals the Risk to Taxpayers in Companies’ Self-Bonding Allowances

William Yardley for the Los Angeles Times: For four decades, mining companies have been required to repair land they mine to a form and function similar to its previous condition. The process is called reclamation, and, done well, it can be convincing. Some of the smoothest slopes and meadows here were shaped not by time […]

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Data Bite: U.S. Coal Production Is Down Almost Everywhere, and Off by Double Digits in Key States

The Map and Chart of the Day: Stark Challenges for Miners From Appalachia to Wyoming as Energy Markets Shift

The drop in U.S. coal production reported by the Energy Information Administration for 2015 marks the biggest annual decline since 1958 and continues a trend that began a decade ago. The total amount of coal produced in the U.S. sank to 900 million short tons, the lowest level since the mid-1980s, according to the EIA’s preliminary estimates. […]

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More Layoffs and Shutdowns

Christopher Coats for SNL: After an especially troubling year, U.S. coal producers closed out 2015 with another round of mine idlings and staff layoffs, continuing a worrisome consolidation among domestic producers. In West Virginia, Murray Energy Corp. laid off about a hundred miners in Ohio and Marshall counties, with the company laying the blame for […]

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Doubt Surrounds Mining Industry’s Cleanup Promises

Leigh Paterson for Using data from the U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Inside Energy calculated that, in the top 10 coal producing states, more than 1 million acres of land have been “disturbed” for coal mining operations. Reclaiming those mines, filling them with dirt and recreating the ecosystem that once was […]

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Editorial: ‘Invest in Coal States’

From the Northwest Indiana Times: If the U.S. is concerned enough about climate change that it’s offering to help developing countries pay to convert to clean energy, it should look to its heartland. Congress should pour significant money into states that rely heavily on coal as an incentive to switch to cleaner fuels. Indiana officials […]

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How Can These 15 States Comply with EPA’s Clean Power Plan? (Hint: Modernizing Their Renewable-Energy Programs Might Help)

Fighting Pollution Rules While Lagging on Wind and Solar

States that seem most staunchly opposed to the EPA’s Clean Power Plan tend to be the same ones that underachieve on renewable-energy initiatives. The 15 attorneys general formally opposing the new pollution-control rules come from states that have some of the country’s least ambitious renewable portfolio standards and the weakest renewable-energy goals in America. Which […]

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