IEEFA Research

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

Next U.S. Offshore Wind Farm: Lake Erie

Joe Ryan for Bloomberg News: The next U.S. offshore wind farm in the U.S. will probably be almost 500 miles (800 kilometers) from the nearest ocean. The Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. expects to finalize a deal by yearend with Fred. Olsen Renewables AS to build a 20.7 megawatt wind project in Lake Erie, off […]

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Michigan Conservative Coalition Pushes for More Renewables

From the Oakland County (Michigan) Press: Together, we represent a very diverse cross-section of conservatives. Generation X and Y, millennials, College Republicans, black, white, middle eastern, single, married, military parents, West Michigan, Greater Detroit area, Lansing, private sector, public sector, non-profit, employees and business owners. One area where we are unified is in our commitment […]

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In Upper Midwest Wind Expansion, Xcel Sees a Plentitude of Suppliers

Ian Campbell for SNL: There are more than 7,400 MW of existing uncontracted wind projects in development in the Upper Midwest, providing a competitive backdrop for a recent solicitation issued by Xcel Energy Inc.. Xcel Energy is seeking proposals for up to 1,500 MW of wind energy from projects located in Michigan, North Dakota, South […]

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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: 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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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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Higher Electricity Bills in Michigan for Keeping Coal Plants Alive

Andy Balaskovitz for Midwest Energy News: Customers of a Michigan co-op would see significant bill increases for keeping Upper Peninsula coal plants online, according to new figures from the region’s grid operator. The Midcontinent Independent System Operator, or MISO, has issued a new cost calculation for operating three coal plants in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula — […]

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On the Blogs: Michigan Study Sees Potential for Grid Defection Nationally

Andy Balaskovitz for Midwest Energy News: Michigan lawmakers’ attempts to redesign the state’s solar net metering program may drive more ratepayers to leave the grid entirely, particularly in the Upper Peninsula where electric rates are already high, say researchers from Michigan Technological University. The declining price of solar and the area’s relatively high electric rates […]

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Michigan Utility, in Announcing Retirement of 8 Coal-Fired Plants, Cites ‘Fundamental Transition’ in Utility Industry

Robert Walton for Utility Dive: DTE Energy announced plans to retire eight coal-fired units at three Michigan locations, which combined to generate a quarter of the utility’s power last year. The company is shuttering its River Rouge, St. Clair and Trenton facilities, with the closures slated to take place in the next seven years. The […]

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On the Blogs: Why Utilities Want to Kill Rooftop Solar

Jim Dulzo for Crain’s Detroit Business: These bills—essentially utility wish-lists—attack the little guys: the hundreds of Michigan workers who, using the state’s current net metering law, wire up homes and businesses with solar panels. SB 438 will put many of them out of business and nip Michigan’s nascent rooftop solar boom by slashing what a […]

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