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As Xcel moves toward coal-free, will natural gas remain part of energy mix?

January 31, 2020 MPRnews Kirsti Marohn When Xcel Energy announced last year that it plans to stop burning coal in Minnesota by 2030, environmental groups applauded the company’s effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions linked to climate change. But one part of Xcel’s plan is being met with less enthusiasm: It’s proposing to replace a coal-fired power…

Enviros, States Question Coal Self-commitment

RTO Insider, December 3, 2019 Tom Leckner SAN ANTONIO — Two environmental groups that say regulated utilities’ practice of self-committing coal plants is costing ratepayers have a point, RTO officials said Monday, even as they challenged the groups’ estimates.  The issue is also attracting scrutiny from state regulators. The Sierra Club released a study last month…

Non-profit study sees ‘self-committed coal’ distorting MISO market signals

S&P Global, November 20, 2019 Maya Weber San Antonio — If all generation were dispatched economically in Midcontinent Independent System Operator, average wholesale power prices would rise 3%, but production costs would drop 11%, lowering consumer costs, according to a preliminary analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists presented Tuesday. The group, along with the Sierra…

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