Colorado Public Utilities Commissioner questions “whether or not Tri-State has been candid with us”

A Colorado utility’s attempts to avoid oversight by state regulators appears to be backfiring.  Joe Smyth  •  July 19, 2019 At a Colorado Public Utilities Commission hearing this week, Commissioner Frances Koncilja said she has “some serious questions about whether or not Tri-State has been candid with us,” and reminded the attorneys for electric utilities that “everyone who appears before a tribunal …

Tri-State’s electric resource plan (ERP), by which renewable assets are added and emissions reduced, will remain under PUC regulation

Colorado Sun, July 19, 2019. In a sign of how quickly electricity industry is changing, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association is taking a quick paced series of steps to deal with market pressure and complaints from some of its member cooperatives. Westminster-based Tri-State — power provider to 43 rural electric cooperatives in four states, including 18 in Colorado — has …

The extraction economy, continued: Fossil fuels rest on a foundation of colonialist exploitation and rent-seeking. That’s how they came in; that’s how they’ll go out

https://www.wyofile.com/appalachian-vulture-capitalists-invade-wyoming/In his 2017 book, Ramp Hollow: The Ordeal of Appalachia, historian Steven Stoll describes the dispossession and impoverishment of Appalachia’s self-sustaining agrarian society and the devastation of its landscapes by invasive non-resident extractive industries. That was in the last century, but recent events in Wyoming eerily reflect this sobering history. One by one, our critical coal mining assets are being acquired by …

BNEF says solar and wind are now the cheapest sources of power across most of the world, but coal use is still set to rise until 2026

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive, June 18, 2019 Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) has released its annual analysis of global electricity supply and demand, concluding the world’s electric sector remains on track to help keep temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, at least through 2030. The 2019 New Energy Outlook predicts wind and solar will supply almost half of …

Coal-fired generation in Colorado’s energy portfolio is economically unviable, and it’s burdening electricity customers with extra costs when compared with cheaper wind and solar

BY GRACE HOOD | GRACE.HOOD@CPR.ORG JUN 26, 2019 Retiring Colorado’s fleet of coal-fired power plants could cut carbon and save utility customers billions of dollars, according to a new analysis by the Sierra Club.  The study looked at the economic impact of replacing 10 coal units in the state with cheaper wind and solar. The Sierra Club hired the consulting firm Strategen to examine different …

Capacity utilization for coal plants is declining while those for wind and solar are rising

A Kentucky Power Plant’s Demise Signals a Reckoning for Coal: The implosion of the coal-fired Cane Run Generating Station came as the generating capacity of the renewable energy sector surpassed coal across the country. by James Bruggers JUN 14, 2019 The overall capacity utilization for coal plants is declining while those for wind and solar are rising, according to the latest Department of …

Bankrupt coal companies shown to have been funding denialism and attacking citizens’ groups as ‘dangerous radicals’

Lee Fang, The Intercept, May 16 2019 THE BANKRUPTCY OF one of the largest domestic coal producers in the country has revealed that the company maintains financial ties to many of the leading groups that have sowed doubt over the human causes of global warming. The disclosures are from Cloud Peak Energy, a Wyoming-based coal mining corporation that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on …

Finding New Opportunity For Old Coal-Fired Power Plant Sites LISTEN·3:463:46PLAYLIST

The coal plant in Shamokin Dam, Pa., is a local landmark that delivered electricity to this region for more than six decades. It closed in 2014, and the state hopes to lure new businesses to the site. Jeff Brady/NPR Nearly 300 coal-fired power plants have been “retired” since 2010, according to the Sierra Club. It’s a trend that continues despite President Trump’s …