Wholesale Electricity Market Design for Rapid Decarbonization

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Competitive wholesale electricity markets are at a turning point. These papers outline questions emerging about wholesale market reform and introduce two pathways for markets to evolve.

The Billion-Dollar Coal Bailout Nobody Is Talking About: Self-Committing In Power Markets

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EI’s Mike O’Boyle discusses a hidden billion-dollar coal bailout: Self-committing, or utilities scheduling uneconomic coal-fired plants to run at a loss even when cheaper electricity is available.

How States Can Overcome The Looming EV Charging Infrastructure Gap: New York, Maryland, Michigan

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EI’s Amanda Myers says New York, Maryland, and Michigan are helping overcome the EV infrastructure charging gap through utility programs.

Renewable Energy Job Boom Creates Economic Opportunity As Coal Industry Slumps

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EI’s Silvio Marcacci says renewable energy jobs are booming just as the coal industry is contracting, even in America’s most coal-dependent regions.

How States Can Overcome The Looming EV Charging Infrastructure Gap

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EI’s Amanda Myers says 88% of the biggest U.S. cities lack the EV charging infrastructure to meet demand forecasts, but says California’s utility deployment holds lessons for other states.

The Coal Cost Crossover: 74% Of US Coal Plants Now More Expensive Than New Renewables, 86% By 2025

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EI’s Silvio Marcacci details new “coal cost crossover” research showing 74% of existing U.S. coal plants cost more to operate than replacing them with new local wind and solar.

The Coal Cost Crossover: Economic Viability Of Existing Coal Compared To New Local Wind And Solar Resources

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America has entered the “coal cost crossover” where existing coal is more expensive than cleaner alternatives.  Today, local wind and solar could replace 74 percent of the U.S. coal fleet at an immediate savings to customers. By 2025, this number grows to 86 percent of the coal fleet.

How Utilities Can Swap Coal Debt For Clean Energy Equity

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APP’s Ron Lehr outlines financial tools which swap coal debt for clean energy equity to help utilities retire uneconomic coal generation early.

How Market Rules Are Holding Back Energy Storage

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EI’s Eric Gimon says outdated U.S. wholesale power market rules are preventing energy storage from reaching its full market potential.

Closing Colorado Coal Would Save $2.5 Billion. A New Proposal Could Unlock The Coal-To-Clean Shift.

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EI’s Silvio Marcacci says retiring Colorado coal plants could save $2.5 billion and a proposal in the state legislature could generate private investment to help utilities close plants while funding economic transition.