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.
APP’s Ron Lehr outlines financial tools which swap coal debt for clean energy equity to help utilities retire uneconomic coal generation early.
EI’s Eric Gimon says outdated U.S. wholesale power market rules are preventing energy storage from reaching its full market potential.
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.
EI’s Amanda Myers says four major trends will determine if the U.S. electric vehicle market accelerates or hits a roadblock in 2019.
EI’s Silvio Marcacci writes that a record-breaking offshore wind auction proves it is America’s biggest bipartisan success story.
Former Colorado PUC Chair Ron Lehr outlines how utilities can profitably manage the financial transition from coal to clean being driven by fast-falling clean energy prices.
At least 36 GW of uneconomic coal-fired capacity is forecast to be retired by 2024. These policy briefs highlight how to help utilities balance stakeholder interests, facilitate the financial transition away from uneconomic coal, and help states embrace clean energy.
EI’s Mike O’Boyle outlines the “steel for fuel” strategy of swapping out coal for renewables while hitting the sweet spot on risk, return, and scale for utility customers and investors.
When electric utilities transition from fossil fuels to clean energy, they must address unrecovered investment balances. Depreciation schedules are often accelerated to line up with earlier-than-planned retirement dates, which can increase short term consumer rates. This brief reviews how utilities can refinance undepreciated balances on plants in service to lessen the consumer rate burden, primarily through replacing some portion of equity with corporate debt.