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Environmental Compliance Costs Rise above $6 Billion

The Energy Information Administration reports that power plant operators nationwide have spent at least $6.1 billion to comply with new environmental regulations, including the Mercury and Air Toxics Standard.  Operators have also retired 20 gigawatts of coal generation capacity during the period from January 2015 through April 2016.

EIA Predicts Slow Sales Growth

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) has forecasted slow electricity sales growth over the next 25 years in its latest Annual Energy Outlook.  The EIA predicts that the electricity sales to commercial customers will increase at an average annual rate of 0.7 percent through 2040, while residential sales through 2040 will increase at a rate of only 0.3 percent, despite a projected...

Coal Transportation Costs Rise

While the price of coal has been dropping, the price utilities pay to have it transported to their plants has been increasing.  The Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports that transportation costs now account for 40 percent of the total cost of coal delivered, the highest share since the EIA began tracking that data in 2001.

EIA Forecasts Electricity Prices to Rise in 2017

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) has reported it expects residential electricity prices to increase by about 3 percent in 2017 after holding steady in 2015 and 2016.  The projected residential electricity price increases vary widely from region to region.

Coal Prices and Production Down in 2015

According to the Energy Information Administration, coal prices and production declined in 2015.  The agency attributed this decline to low natural gas prices, lower demand and more environmental regulations.

Energy Information Administration Predicts Slowing Demand and Rising Prices for Electricity

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) forecasts U.S. demand for electricity to slow because of new energy-efficiency standards and costs to increase because new regulations will require additional equipment to replace retired power plants, leading to a predicted 18 percent increase in the average cost of electricity between 2013 and 2040.  Read more about the EIA forecast...

Decreased Coal Prices Do Not Equal Increased Consumption

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) has released an analysis related to the use of coal for the electric utility industry in 2014.  The annual average price of coal declined in 2014 and the EIA expects the price to remain relatively static over the next two years.  However, the EIA is also expecting a 1.5 percent drop in power sector coal consumption in 2015.  To read more...

Electric Utilities Retire Generating Capacity Faster Than They Bring it Online

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported last week that the electric utility industry retired 11.1 GW of generating capacity from January through October of 2013, while adding only about 10 GW of capacity.  Coal-fired and nuclear plants represent the largest and second largest shares of retired capacity respectively, the EIA reports.  Read more here.

EIA Expects Near-Term Upswing in Coal Generation

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports that the electric industry will see an increase in coal usage in 2013 and 2014 due to higher natural gas prices.  While coal will rise to approximately 40 percent of the industry’s fuel sources, production levels are expected to decline, largely due to reduced exports.  Click here for more information.