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Report – No Need for New U.S. Coal Ports: Data Shows Oversupply in Capacity

No Need for New U.S. Coal Ports: Data Shows Oversupply in Capacity (pdf) By Tom Sanzillo, Director of Finance, IEEFA  

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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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Under Scrutiny for Its Reluctance on Renewables, Entergy Opens a Solar Battery-Storage Plant in New Orleans

Jennifer Larino for the Times-Picayune: Entergy New Orleans has started generating electricity at its new solar power plant in New Orleans East, one of only a handful of solar projects nationwide to incorporate battery storage. The utility is pitching the project as a way to test the cost and reliability of using sunlight to power […]

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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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WSJ: Utility Industry Ratchets Up Its War on Solar

Many U.S. states are considering dialing back solar-power incentives amid growing pressure from local electric utilities, potentially dealing a blow to the companies that install home solar systems around the country. More than 900,000 homes across the U.S. are equipped with solar panels, with most of those homeowners able to sell any excess electricity their […]

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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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Out-of-Court Settlement in Louisiana Export-Terminal Expansion

Christopher Coats for SNL: UBT “shall modify existing operational practices to further minimize potential releases or spills of product from transfer and loading/unloading operations” through a series of monitoring and improvement actions. As a part of the settlement, UBT will be required to wet coal barges to minimize dust and suspend all loading and unloading […]

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The Whac-a-Mole Strategy Works (and Is Helping Shape the New Energy Economy)

Yogi Berra Was Right: You Can Observe a Lot Just by Watching

Whac-a-Mole is an arcade game in which a mole pops up from a hole and must be hit in the head with a mallet. This sends it back down its hole. As soon as one mole is whacked, another pops up from a different hole and must be similarly dispatched. The moles keep coming back […]

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Setbacks in 2014 for U.S. Coal-Export Movement

An end-of-the-year scorecard on proposed U.S. coal-export facility expansion shows that popular resistance is prevailing. An article this morning on InsideClimateNews.org, concludes that the U.S. coal-export industry “continued its losing streak” last year as it was dealt setbacks in the Pacific Northwest and the South. “Of 15 proposals to build major new coal export facilities […]

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Louisiana Judge Denies Permit for Coal-Export Terminal

A judge in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, has ruled against allowing construction of a coal-export terminal. SNL Energy has an article this week by Christopher Coats explaining that opposition on environmental and community-impact grounds led to the ruling.  The judge said the state Department of Natural Resources had “breached its duty as public trustee” by approving […]

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