Even Clack’s research shows that closing Colorado’s coal plants by 2025 is economical and close to least cost pathway

Colorado could save $2.5 billion by rapidly shutting down its coal power plants: In the Centennial State, greener and cheaper are one and the same. By David Roberts,  vox.com Jan 8, 2019 Shutterstock California may get the bulk of the media attention, but when it comes to clean energy, it’s worth keeping an eye on Colorado. There’s an argument to be made that …

Colorado co-ops want to have more local and renewable electricity, Tri-State exit

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association’s coal-fired Nucla Station, at the west end of Montrose County, will close by the end of 2022. The massive generation cooperative also plans to retire a coal-fired electric generation unit at Craig Station by the end of 2025. But some of the co-op’s members feel Tri-State isn’t moving to renewable power sources quickly enough. (William …

German Climate Act plans 55% GHG decrease across energy, transport, ag, industry, housing by 2030. Germany achieves coal phase-out with commitment to the equivalent of €40 billion ($46 billion) over 20 years into coal-dependent regions

Climate-related parts of the proposal are due to go into a climate act that the government has promised for later this year. The wide-ranging act is due to cover not only energy but also transport, agriculture, industry and housing.  It will set out how these sectors need to be restructured to meet a 2030 target of 55 percent lower carbon emissions …

RMI: Managing the Coal Capital Transition

global carbon emissions continue to rise, rather than the steep decline that the science shows is urgently needed. o      Managing the Coal Capital Transition o      Non-Wires Solutions Implementation Playbook released o      Applications to eLab Accelerator due on January 18! o      Examples of eLab Accelerator’s impact on the energy transition o      Amplifying the Accelerator bootcamp model o      RMI and NREL host …

4 Ways to Shift from Fossil Fuels to Clean Energy

4 Ways to Shift from Fossil Fuels to Clean Energy, by Jan Corfee-Morlot, Michael Westphal and Rachel Spiegel. WRI, January 15, 2019  The world is vastly underestimating the benefits of acting on climate change. Recent research from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate finds that bold climate action could deliver at least $26 trillion in economic benefits through 2030. This groundbreaking research, produced by the …

Removing coal from the global energy mix is taking too long

Removing coal from the global energy mix is taking too long, too many forests are still being destroyed, and fossil fuel subsidies are ongoing despite their distorting effect on the market, a study has found. There has also been insufficient progress in agriculture to stop harmful practices that increase carbon dioxide production, and heavy industry is not doing enough to use energy more …

Coal ash damage to groundwater: 70 coal-fired power plants in 22 states met the threshold that would require them to prepare groundwater cleanup plans

70 coal-fired power plants in 22 states met the threshold that would require them to prepare groundwater cleanup plans. Some of the other power plants where pollution has been detected in the groundwater, including those in Texas, have yet to acknowledge if they have exceeded the standards.    Coal Ash Is Contaminating Groundwater in at least 22 States, Utility Reports Show: So …

Costs of electricity were going to go up with replacement of aging coal plants. Renewables make it cheaper and cleaner.

This article was adapted from the Repower Australia Plan. Australia’s fossil fuel generators are ageing Most of Australia’s remaining (and largest) coal power stations were built in 1970s and 80s. Typically, coal and gas-fired power stations are built to last 35 to 40 years and if they are looked after they might last 50 years, albeit with more frequent breakdowns. In New …

Cutting coal by 75-80% in four years, with full phase out within decade

Indiana Utility Says Replacing Coal With Renewables Will Save Customers $4 Billion November 8th, 2018 by Steve Hanley on Clean Technica Coal is king in Indiana when it comes to making electricity, but not for much longer. On October 31, Northern Indiana Public Service Co. filed its latest Integrated Resource Plan— the company’s road map to the future. After considering more than 30 different proposals, NIPSCO …