A new American cash crop
“The absence of financial stress has been a real game-changer for me,” said one Kansas farmer who is part of an industry that pays landowners $3,000-$7,000 annually per wind turbine.
Powder River Basin coal company can’t pay its taxes
“We are certainly much closer to a trough than we are to a peak," said an NTEC executive as the struggling company agreed to an installment plan with Campbell County.
Candidates: ‘West Virginia Can’t Wait’
A reform-minded slate pushes for investment in modernization and “choosing taxpayers instead of tax dodgers, choosing workers instead of Wall Street, choosing patients over big pharma, choosing children over cheats.”
Virginia enacts Clean Economy Act in hopes of getting up to speed
“The cost of doing nothing is staggering,” said the sponsor. “Yes, this is a big bill, but it does some very important things that Virginia is far, far behind in.”
TVA, moving away from coal, commits big to utility-scale solar
The authority signed deals for 484 megawatts of solar and said it would develop thousands more. The news comes days after TVA closed its 1,205-megawatt Paradise coal plant in Kentucky.
Report: Proposed retrofit of New Mexico plant isn’t the ticket
“The simple reality is that the proposed carbon capture retrofit at the San Juan Generating Station is not financially viable,” said a co-author of a study dismantling the promoter’s pitch.
The latest technology-driven challenge to coal
Attorneys general in five states are pushing back against utility-industry resistance to regulatory acceptance of utility-scale battery storage, a fast-growing business that poses a fresh threat to traditional power-generation models.
Report: Minnesota’s coal-plant fleet is losing its footing
Xcel Energy, Otter Tail Energy and Minnesota Power are running coal-fired plants at a loss 30 to 60 percent of the time as cost competition from rival sources intensifies statewide.
In West Virginia, signs of a shift in power-generation thinking
A legislative committee approved a bill to cut red tape associated with utility usage of solar power, a nod to arguments in favor of modernizing the state’s coal-based energy economy.