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IEEFA Texas: The Beginning of the End for Coal-Fired Electricity Across One of the Biggest Power Markets in the U.S.

Report Finds Seven Plants Emblematic of a Fading Industry

We published a research report today describing how the coal-fired electricity industry in Texas is in decline and unlikely to recover in the face of rising competition from other energy sources. Our report—“The Beginning of the End: Fundamental Changes in Energy Markets Are Undermining the Financial Viability of Coal-Fired Power Plants in Texas”—looks specifically at […]

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As Texas Coal-Fired Power Plants Close, Powder River Basin Mines Are Losing Their Largest Customers

Trends Will Force Closures and Complicate Efforts by Alpha Natural Resources, Arch Coal and Peabody Energy to Work Their Way Out of Bankruptcy

CLEVELAND, Aug. 3, 2016 (IEEFA.org) — The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis today published a report detailing how Powder River Basin coal producers are losing their largest customers as Texas power producers turn increasingly to other sources of energy. The report, “Texas’ Outsize Role in the Decline of the Powder River Basin Coal […]

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Report- Energy Future Holdings and Mining Reclamation Bonds in Texas

Energy Future Holdings and Mining Reclamation Bonds in Texas (pdf)

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Report- Why a Forward Capacity Market Won’t Solve Texas’ Resource Adequacy Problem: The Case of Energy Future Holdings

Report: Why a Forward Capacity Market Won’t Solve Texas’ Resource Adequacy Problem: The Case of Energy Future Holdings (pdf).   link to full report

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Report- A Texas Electric Capacity Market: The Wrong Tool for a Real Problem

A Texas Electric Capacity Market: The Wrong Tool for a Real Problem (pdf).

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More News and Commentary

On the Blogs: Trump Runs Risk of Suffering LBJ-Like ‘Credibility Gap’ on Energy Markets

John H. Cushman Jr. for InsideClimate News: Judging by the brief discussion of energy policy on Donald Trump’s White House transition website, what he’d like to change about the Obama approach is everything. Presented below are our expectations for Trump’s Top Ten list—along with some evidence about how complicated it might be to achieve these […]

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Coal Makes Poor People Poorer

Dana Nuccitelli for The Guardian: A dozen international poverty and development organizations published a report last week on the impact of building new coal power plants in countries where a large percentage of the population lacks access to electricity. The report’s conclusions are strikingly counter-intuitive: on the whole, building coal power plants does little to […]

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On the Blogs: ‘5 Charts That Show How Coal Is Getting Killed in Texas’

Katherine Tweed for GreetechMedia.com: Coal-fired power plants are facing increasing financial distress due to low prices in the Texas electricity market, a trend that is unlikely to reverse, according to a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, The Beginning of the End. The pressure on coal is coming primarily from […]

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Op-Ed: Coal-Fired Plants Have Served Their Purpose

David Schlissel for the Tyler (Texas) Morning Telegraph: One of the points we touched on a few weeks ago when we published a report on the declining role of coal-fired electricity plants in Texas is that they aren’t nearly the baseload workhorses they used to be. Our report, “Fundamental Changes in Energy Markets Are Undermining […]

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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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Impending Growth of Solar to ‘Hit Texas Generators Where It Hurts’

Jonathan Crawford for Bloomberg News: A boom in solar energy in Texas is about to spoil power generators’ favorite time of day. Developers are expected to build about 4 gigawatts of commercial-scale solar panel capacity in the Lone Star state by the end of the decade, according to a report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance […]

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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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Texas as Wind-Energy Model

Richard Martin for the MIT Technology Review: With nearly 18,000 megawatts of capacity, Texas, if it were a country, would be the sixth-largest generator of wind power in the world, right behind Spain. Now Texas is preparing to add several thousand megawatts more—roughly equal to the wind capacity that can be found in all of […]

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Charts (and Graphs) of the Day: Texas Coal Plants at Risk

Jeffrey Weiss for the Dallas Morning News: Investors who bet on coal vs. cheaper fuels saw Texas’ giant Energy Future Holdings go bankrupt in part because most of the power produced by the company is tied to coal. The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, or IEEFA, and Public Citizen of Texas recently released […]

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IEEFA Data Byte: For Key Coal-Fired Plants in Texas, the Baseload Party Is Over

A Picture Worth a Thousand Words on Capacity-Factor Declines Since 2008

One of the points we touched on a few weeks ago when we reported on the declining role of coal-fired electricity plants in Texas is that they aren’t the baseload workhorses they used to be. Our report—“The Beginning of the End: Fundamental Changes in Energy Markets Are Undermining the Financial Viability of Coal-Fired Power Plants […]

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