From: Morning Consult
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Morning Consult Energy Sunday Edition: Coal Retirements Pose Potential Power Problems
Date: Sun May 04 18:00:18 MDT 2014


Coal Retirements Pose Potential Power Problems 


By Emily Holden (@emilyhholden)


Coal-fired power plants are shutting down in record numbers, and it’s not completely clear if the electric grid will weather the shift without reliability problems or substantial rises in energy costs for consumers.­

Faced with competition from cheap natural gas and a slew of environmental regulations that will make production more expensive, 16 percent of coal-powered plants are expected to retire by 2020, many of them as soon as next year, according to the Energy Information Administration.

The vast majority of the plants slated to close are concentrated in the Midwest and mid-Atlantic, causing headaches for grid planners trying to make sure they have enough electricity on hand to meet high demand in winter and summer months.

The situation has become a constantly evolving challenge, as utilities and regulators try to figure out how to keep power flowing. On one hand, environmental advocates and natural gas proponents believe other resources will be able to step in and replace the coal plants. But the coal industry, as well as some regulators and vocal utilities, aren’t so sure. They say this winter’s extremely cold weather and strains on the electric system were an early warning sign that it will be difficult to meet power needs with fewer coal plants. READ THE FULL STORY.



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Mark Your Calendars (All Times Eastern): May 5 - May 9


Monday: Quarterly Earnings--Anadarko Petroleum Corp, Oasis Petroleum, ONE Gas Inc
Tuesday: American Antitrust Institute energy roundtable on the changing generation fleet @ 9 am
Tuesday: Center for Strategic and International Studies discussion on Statoil's strategy and ambitions @ 1 pm
Tuesday: Quarterly Earnings--Chesapeake Utilities CorpEnergy Transfer Partners LPEnergy Transfer Equity LPEnLink Midstream Partners LPFirst SolarMarathon Oil CorpNRG Energy IncNorthern Tier Energy LPPDC Energy IncPioneer Natural Resources Co
Wednesday: EPA teleconference on national ambient air quality standards for nitrogen dioxide @ 9 am 

Wednesday: House Natural Resources hearing on electricity rights of way on federal lands @ 10 am

Wednesday: House Energy hearing on NRC budget @ 10 am 

Wednesday: Environmental Law Institute discussion on methods of crude oil transport @ Noon 

Wednesday: Center for Strategic and International Studies discussion on governing uranium @ 1:30 pm
Wednesday: Quarterly Earnings--Atlas Energy LP, Atmos Energy Corp, Devon Energy Corp

Thursday: Environmental Law Institute discussion on Clean Air Act @ 8 am

Thursday: Senate Energy hearing on North American energy boom @ 10 am

Thursday: House Transportation hearing on proposed changes to Clean Water Act jurisdiction @ 10 am
Thursday: Center for Strategic and International Studies talk on results of DOE's Quadrennial Review @ 1 pm

Thursday: House Homeland Security hearing on electromagnetic pulse threats to infrastructure @ 2 pm

Thursday: Center for Climate and Energy Solutions webinar on water and energy issues for utilities @ 2 pm

Thursday: Environmental and Energy Study Institute briefing on measuring domestic climate impacts @ 2 pm
Thursday: Quarterly Earnings--EP Energy Corp, EPL Oil and Gas

Friday: Environmental Law Institute discussion on Clean Air Act @ 9 am