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#Black_Hills ‘ Coal Generation Becomes Welcome Asset

Black Hills’ Coal Generation Becomes Welcome Asset Black Hills Corporation (NYSE:BKH) is an South Dakota-headquartered holding company with an eight-state service area shown below and 1.3 million natural gas and electric utility customers. In the map above, natural gas service areas are orange and electricity service areas are gray. Last year I rated Black Hills … Continue reading #Black_Hills ‘ Coal Generation Becomes Welcome Asset

Why is #Illinois ‘ largest electric utility mining #Bitcoin near one of its coal -fired power plants?

Why is Illinois’ largest electric utility mining Bitcoin near one of its coal-fired power plants? WEST ALTON, Illinois — In farmland near the banks of the Mississippi River, the state’s largest electric utility has stuffed a shipping container full of high-powered computers, in the shadow of one of its coal-fired power plants. The project, launched … Continue reading Why is #Illinois ‘ largest electric utility mining #Bitcoin near one of its coal -fired power plants?

MISO warns of potential winter capacity shortfalls, tight US coal supplies

MISO warns of potential winter capacity shortfalls, tight US coal supplies Midcontinent Independent System Operator is warning that it could face capacity shortfalls in January if there is high demand and high generation outages, while also raising concerns that generators across the Eastern US could have a hard time getting coal this winter. High gas … Continue reading MISO warns of potential winter capacity shortfalls, tight US coal supplies

Fuel switching in MISO accelerates into autumn on cooler weather, high gas prices

Fuel switching in MISO accelerates into autumn on cooler weather, high gas prices Natural gas is losing market share in the Midwest Independent System Operator this month as cooling autumn temperatures give power generators more optionality to dispatch lower-priced fuels. In MISO, market share for gas in the generation stack has dipped about five percentage … Continue reading Fuel switching in MISO accelerates into autumn on cooler weather, high gas prices

MISO, ISO-NE execs stress need for new power supply planning framework at FERC reliability meeting

MISO, ISO-NE execs stress need for new power supply planning framework at FERC reliability meeting In a year of record setting heat in the West and a deep-freeze that triggered three days of blackouts in Texas, panelists at FERC’s annual grid reliability technical conference agreed resource adequacy planning — the process of making sure states … Continue reading MISO, ISO-NE execs stress need for new power supply planning framework at FERC reliability meeting

Improving Transmission Planning in SPP, MISO, and PJM

Improving Transmission Planning in SPP, MISO, and PJM A comprehensive review of regional and interregional transmission planning in the Great Plains, Midwest, and Mid-Atlantic released last week shows how the current processes in and between regional transmission organizations (RTOs) are impeding the development of low-cost renewable power. The analysis from Concentric Energy Advisors, commissioned by … Continue reading Improving Transmission Planning in SPP, MISO, and PJM

New report finds SPP, MISO and PJM transmissions need overhauled to accept more renewable energies

New report finds SPP, MISO and PJM transmissions need overhauled to accept more renewable energies Plains, Midwest, and Mid-Atlantic shows how the current processes in and between regional transmission organizations (RTOs) are impeding the development of low-cost renewable power. The analysis from Concentric Energy Advisors, commissioned by the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) as … Continue reading New report finds SPP, MISO and PJM transmissions need overhauled to accept more renewable energies

Midwest transmission morass: A 100% clean power warning?

Midwest transmission morass: A 100% clean power warning? A first-of-its-kind transmission line proposed to help move Midwest wind energy east to the nation’s largest electricity market was designed to avoid pitfalls that dog similar projects. Instead of building a network of steel lattice towers and overhead wires, developers behind the 350-mile Soo Green HVDC Link … Continue reading Midwest transmission morass: A 100% clean power warning?

Public meeting about ownership change for Palisades nuclear plant comes this week

Public meeting about ownership change for Palisades nuclear plant comes this week This week, federal regulators will hold a public meeting to discuss plans to transfer the operating license for the Palisades nuclear power plant. Entergy Corp. agreed to sell the aging nuclear plant in southwest Michigan to Holtec Intl. in 2018. Patrick O’Brien is … Continue reading Public meeting about ownership change for Palisades nuclear plant comes this week

Coal industry arguing reliability for #Indiana protection

Coal industry arguing reliability for Indiana protection Two large coal companies have started a new lobbying push as Indiana legislators are poised to again consider steps that could bolster the industry facing a shift toward renewable energy sources. The companies launched a trade association named Reliable Power, aiming to rebrand coal from a polluting, low-tech … Continue reading Coal industry arguing reliability for #Indiana protection