Coal supply issue – news

Closures, more volume declines hitting Powder River Basin coal region in U.S., S&P Global Market Intelligence, February 9, 2021. Production in the country’s largest coal-producing basin fell 22 percent in 2020, and two of the region’s largest producers indicate that 2021 may not be much better. Judge orders US officials to weigh coal mine’s climate costs, AP News, February 4, …

Mississippi regulators force Mississippi Power to close unneeded coal and gas plants

By Daniel Tait | February 23, 2021 | Tags: Georgia Power, Mississippi Public Service Commission, Plant Daniel, Plant Greene, Plant Watson | URL: https://wp.me/p7hDYu-4Xa Mississippi regulators force Mississippi Power to close unneeded coal and gas plants Mississippi regulators are forcing Mississippi Power to shutter as many as 950 megawatts of uneconomic and unneeded legacy coal and gas plants by the end …

Hail, America’s most under-rated climate risk has expanded footprint across the country + ‘staggering increase in heat deaths’. Fossil fuel and coal downturn

Hail! It’s America’s most underrated climate risk, Atlantic, February 9, 2021. (See bottom of this post) Wisconsin researchers in a new study find that over the last 40 years hail has expanded its footprint across the country and has become more frequent in the so-called Hail Alley stretching from Wyoming to Texas. Study: Warmer weather will increase flooding in the Columbia River Basin this …

Avoid False Solutions! Stanford Study Says Renewable Power Eliminates Argument for Using CCS with Fossil Fuels

Stanford Study Says Renewable Power Eliminates Argument for Using Carbon Capture with Fossil Fuels, by Justin Mikulka, DeSmog Blog, Nov 21, 2019. + New research from Stanford University professor Mark Z. Jacobson questions the climate and health benefits of carbon capture technology against simply switching to renewable energy sources like wind and solar. Carbon capture technology is premised on two possible approaches …

Coal capacity factors have been falling – below 30% last spring. Coal continues to operate because regulatory systems are protecting operators over consumers, all breathing air

Coal capacity factors have been falling – below 30 percent last spring, which is astonishingly low. Why are they not closing even faster than they are? Many of the remaining coal plants are able to keep operating because they are in states or regions with regulatory systems that force consumers to cover the costs. For utilities in those states, it …

Grid map requirements to ease solar integration

California regulators modify grid map requirements to ease solar integration By David Wagman on Feb 1 2021 The California Public Utilities Commission ordered several key improvements to the Integration Capacity Analysis, a grid transparency tool. The motion requesting the changes that the CPUC responded to was filed last October by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, the California Solar & Storage …

Utility greenwashing: Xcel Energy received a score of 41 out of 100 and a grade of C. The data notes Xcel intends to retire 65% of its coal capacity by 2030

Sierra Club says the companies it looked at account for 68% of the United States’ remaining coal generation — yet those utilities have plans to retire only a quarter of that capacity by 2030 By Robert Walton@TeamWetDog on Utility Dive, Jan. 26, 2021 Despite setting goals to decarbonize their resource mix, many utility pledges amount to little more than “meaningless …

Coal’s endgame: The dirtiest fossil fuel is on the back foot

See Leslie Glustrom’s response to RMI proposal on securitization The Economist Coal’s endgame – The dirtiest fossil fuel is on the back foot: Time to topple it for good, Dec 3rd 2020, https://www.economist.com/briefing/2020/12/03/the-dirtiest-fossil-fuel-is-on-the-back-foot Escalante, a coal-fired power station north of New Mexico’s Zuñi mountains, is designed to produce some 250mw of electricity. Since August, however, it has produced none. Nor will it …

How big utilities are impeding clean energy and what we can do about it

Let’s Talk About Solar, Equity, and Monopoly Power in 2021, by JOHN FARRELL | DATE: 22 DEC 2020 |  Since ILSR wrote about the Dawning of Solar Cells (pdf) in 1975, we’ve been fans of the potential to integrate energy production with the local economy. We provided early forecasts of the rooftop solar revolution and support for the first statewide value of solar policy. Recently, we analyzed how distributed solar …