Xcel’s Pueblo Unit 3, one of the west’s newest coal plants, ran out of lubricant when restarted after recent repairs. It is out over half of the year. Retired it?

November 11, 2020 by Allen Best The Comanche 3 coal plant began generating electricity in May 2010, and it was expected to continue operations until 2069. The cost of coal compared to renewables several years ago made that problematic. Based on several recent sessions at the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, Xcel Energy may have to explain why it shouldn’t be closed far, …

As Coal Giant Peabody Warns Of Return To Bankruptcy — How Biden Infrastructure Programs Could Save Miners

Ken Silverstein Senior Contributor The world’s largest coal producer, Peabody Energy BTU -23%, is at risk of going bankrupt for the second time in five years. It’s all a function of the demand for coal, especially now during the coronavirus. But the potential trouble is indicative of something much bigger — the transition from coal to natural gas and renewables.  The future …

Comanche 3 coal-burning power plant called “a dog” as regulators launch probe of what has kept it out of service since June

Xcel Energy’s $1.3-billion 750-megawatt Comanche 3 coal-fired unit, shown here in a Jan. 26, 2020, photo, went into operation in 2010. It’s the state’s largest coal-burning power plant. (Mike Sweeney, Special to The Colorado Sun) By Mark Jaffe, Colorado Sun, Oct 29, 2020 Xcel Energy customers have been paying for the $1.3 billion plant since it opened in Pueblo 10 …

People are thinking beyond coal in Craig

The Craig Station coal-burning power plant in Moffat County is pictured Feb. 27, 2020. Tri-State Generation plans to close the plant by 2030. Anticipating a bust, the Colorado coal town of Craig gets an unexpected boost, Colorado Sun. Northwest Colorado is grieving the looming loss of a major industry and the pandemic has hurt. But the broader economy is beginning …

The growing concern over stranded assets

September 10, 2019, GreenBiz, by Joel Makower For years, the concept of “stranded assets” seemed largely hypothetical and abstract, a far-off concern of climate advocates and progressive investors that climate change could obliterate trillions of dollars of corporate value, if not turn assets into liabilities. As with so many climate-related topics, the hypothetical is rapidly turning into the hypercritical. Along the …

Rural Utilities Want Their Own Piece Of Colorado’s Low-Carbon Future. That Could Mean Breaking Up Big Power Providers

By Grace Hood December 20, 2019 When it comes to greening up Colorado’s power supply, seismic shifts aren’t just coming out of the state Capitol. They’re also shaking out of rural Colorado, places like Coal Creek Canyon where utility customer Stephen Whiteside lives.  Whiteside is a conservative Republican. He’s also pro-renewable energy. It’s not a combination you’d expect, but a recent …

Coal giant moves away from fueling power plants. Meanwhile, US coal fleet ran at 36% capacity through July per EIA data, down from 48% over same periodlast year

America’s coal fleet ran at 36% of its capacity through July, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration data, down from 48% over the same period last year and 52% in 2018. Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter, September 30, 2020, coal closures In May, America’s second-largest coal company announced it was dropping “coal” from its name. Now, it might drop coal that’s …

The US is moving toward sustainable energy: Renewables accounted for 57% of new US power capacity in the first half of 2020

Renewable energy accounted for 57% of new US power capacity in the first half of 2020. Elon highlighted that the grid is quickly getting more sustainable and that during the past 10 years power production from coal has dropped in half. A CleanTechnica report published this weekend has much more information on that based on the latest official data, published on Friday, and …

Solar pushing coal offline in Texas and to seasonal operation in Minnesota. Being examined in Missouri and Indiana.

July 17th, 2020 by Johnna Crider on Clean Technica. In Texas, solar will soon push most of the remaining coal fleet offline, according to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). IEEFA’s recent report, Solar Surge Set to Drive Much of Remaining Texas Coal-Fire Fleet Offline, shared that this is largely due to the growth in utility-scale PV production and how it’s rapidly changing the …

Utilities saying “skip gas”, go to renewable generation and storage. Germany & UK getting half of their electricity from renewables now.

From PV Mag June 2020 https://pv-magazine-usa.com/2020/07/01/more-utilities-bypassing-natural-gas-bridge-and-going-straight-to-renewables/ Tucson Electric Power (TEP) and Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) both outlined their plans to skip the gas bridge as they transition away from coal in their resource plans. TEP’s proposal calls for closing all of its coal-fired generation by 2031 and replacing this capacity with 2,457 MW of new wind and solar generation and …