Tag Archives: wind

Why coal isn’t coming back–cheap renewables

It’s not environmental regulation now that is leading to the demise of the coal industry–it’s the cheaper cost of alternatives. Rather than “bring back coal mining jobs,” we should focus on how we retrain and relocate those displaced workers. And we need to look for new industries that may thrive in “coal country.”

Moody’s: Falling wind energy costs threaten Midwestern coal plants | Utility Dive

In the Midwest, the investor services firm sees 56 GW of regulated coal-fired capacity at risk.

Source: Moody’s: Falling wind energy costs threaten Midwestern coal plants | Utility Dive

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LBNL Wind Report finds cost down to 2 cents per kWh!

honda-windfarmLawrence Berkeley National Laboratory released its 2015 market assessment with almost shocking results. New wind projects are now reaching capacity factors in excess of 40% and PPA prices are at $20/MWH. More than 8,500 MW was installed last year. More at the website below, including the data set and Powerpoint slides.

Source: 2015 Wind Technologies Market Report