PacifiCorp presses ahead in shift to new energy economy in Northwest
The company, which has 1.9 million customers in six states, will shut most of its coal-fired generation units over the next decade, replacing them with wind, solar and battery storage.
Op-ed: The case for a competitive North Carolina wind industry
“A proactive approach involves conducting a manufacturing supply chain analysis that would provide a roadmap for the most cost-effective ways to attract offshore wind supply chain industries.”
Study: More economic potential in Virginia solar buildout than typically acknowledged
Under “business as usual” plans by major utilities, utility-scale solar isn’t being taken seriously enough but could create thousands of jobs annually if it is pursued to its full potential.
Murray Energy, regional pillar of coal industry, is sinking
The largest privately-held coal producer in America is having trouble making payments to creditors. The company operates in Appalachia, the Illinois Basin, and Utah, with 7,000 employees and 16 mines.
Pursuing common ground on ‘social justice and equity’
In Illinois, the conversation moves from big-city issues to small-town ones that focus on achieving consensus among groups that include churches, labor, health interests, and environmentalists.
Transition strategy from Montana
An economics think tank emphasizes the importance of replacing lost revenue through well-planned programs that include federal reinvestment and holding utility companies accountable.
An Appalachian coal town seeks to reinvent itself
“In a certain way, our community has found itself at another intersection due to the loss of coal. And that’s when we had to really start thinking differently.”
U.S. farmers are signing lucrative solar-farm deals
Midwestern farms struggling to survive the U.S.-China trade war are leasing land to utility-scale solar arrays. One deal fetches $14,000 annually on 15 acres. Another generates $225,400 on 322 acres.
Commentary: Value in repurposing old power plant sites
In Lansing, Mich., a retired plant has been turned into corporate offices. In Baltimore, a Barnes & Noble occupies a similar site. One in Chicago is now a housing/school complex.