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Natural Gas beat coal in the US. Will renewables and storage beat gas?
In April 2019, in the heart of coal country, Indiana regulators rejected a proposal by its electric and gas utility, Vectren, to replace baseload coal plants with a new $900 million, 850 megawatt (MW) natural gas-fired power plant. Regulators were concerned that with the dramatic decline in the cost of renewable energy, maturation of energy storage and rapidly changing customer demand, such a major gas plant investment could become a stranded, uneconomic asset in the future. Regulators are now p [...]
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PNM plans early retirement of coal plant with massive addition of solar + storage
On July 1, Public Service of New Mexico filed a plan with regulators in the state for how it plans to get to a 100 percent emission-free power by 2040. The utility reviewed four scenarios, all of which involved the early retirement of the San Juan Coal Plant, to arrive at its recommended path forward. [...]
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FERC's data shows US renewable generating capacity has surpassed coal
According to an analysis by the SUN DAY Campaign of data just released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), U.S. electrical generating capacity by renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) has now - for the first time - surpassed that of coal. [...]
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Renewables Beat Coal in Germany Power Mix for First Time
Renewable energy muscled out coal to become Germany’s biggest source of electricity for the first time last year, helped by a surge in solar panel installations and coal-plant closures. [...]
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NV Energy Reorients Generation Mix toward Solar, Retiring Coal
The Public Utility Commission of Nevada has approved NV’s long-term IRP to double its renewable energy capacity by 2023. The utility will bring 1,001 MW of solar capacity online via six new power purchase agreements (PPAs). [...]
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Colorado Regulators Green-light Xcel's Plan Boosting Renewables, Cutting Coal
A plan by Xcel Energy Colorado to boost the share of power it gets from wind and solar and retire a third of its coal generation was green-lighted Monday by state regulators. [...]
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3@3 on Solar PV: 201 & Module Supply, Reviving Coal Jobs, and Women in Power
Today’s topics include the impact of section 201 tariffs on module supply and prices. Will they go up? We’ll also talk about developing the next generation solar workforce based on a new report about energy jobs in the U.S. [...]
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To Save Coal Jobs, Trump Should Train Coal Workers to Perform Energy Audits, Install Solar and Maintain Wind Farms
A recent report by the Energy Futures Initiative (EFI), established by former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, and the National Association of State Energy Officials confirms that the energy sector as a whole grew 2 percent last year, which is .3 percent more than the national job growth percentage of 1.7 percent. [...]
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Storage, Wind, Solar Companies Are Recruiting Coal Miners for Their Work Ethics and High-Tech Skills
When a California battery company officially moved its headquarters and manufacturing to Kentucky coal country last week, generous state tax subsidies certainly played a role — but so did something often lost in the debate about coal. [...]
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Less Coal and More Solar Proposed in Xcel Agreement
A proposal that would lead to the closing of two Pueblo coal plants a decade earlier than planned is before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, after COSEIA joined with 13 other groups and Xcel Energy asking that the plan be considered. If approved, it could lead to $2.5 billion in clean energy investments in rural Colorado and up to 700 megawatts more solar energy. COSEIA had extensive discussions with members about the proposal because the plan is to pay for the early coal plant retire [...]
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