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Friday Energy Facts: Scheduled 2015 Capacity Additions Mostly Wind and Natural Gas; Retirements Mostly Coal

March 13, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Capacity Additions and Subtractions

In 2015, electric generating companies expect to add more than 20 gigawatts (GW) of utility-scale generating capacity to the power grid. The additions are dominated by wind (9.8 GW), natural gas (6.3 GW), and solar (2.2 GW), which combine to make up 91% of total additions.[read more]

The Polar Vortex and the Power Grid: What Really Happened and Why the Grid will Remain Reliable Without Soon-to-Retire Coal Plants

May 1, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Polar Vortex and the Grid

In the grip of the “Polar Vortex,” much of the nation experienced an extremely cold winter. The good news is that despite record electricity demand and some of the coldest weather in 20 years, power companies and grid operators kept the lights and heat on.[read more]

The Losing Economics of Investing in Aging Coal Plants: Part 2

April 21, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Investors have projected another bleak year for the US coal industry – but 2014 may be the worst year for coal producers. In contrast, investors are increasingly warming up to the economic viability of alternative energy sources, including energy efficiency, and giving the dirty coal industry the cold shoulder.[read more]

Planned Coal-Fired Power Plant Retirements Continue to Increase

March 23, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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Coal Plant Retirements

The need to comply with the EPA's Mercury and Air Toxics Standards regulations together with weak electricity demand growth and continued competition from generators fueled by natural gas have recently led several power producers to announce plans to retire coal-fired facilities.[read more]