ICF Energy Study Sees Significant Shift to Renewable, Gas, and Nuclear Energy Sources
Coal-fired Facilities to Retire, Bottom-line Generation Costs to Rise
Fairfax, Virginia, July 8, 2010 -
ICF International's newly released, second quarter Integrated Energy Outlook projects a significant shift to renewable, gas, and nuclear sources of energy should new carbon legislation be passed by the U.S. Congress.
Energy experts at ICF International (NASDAQ:ICFI), a leading provider of consulting services and technology solutions to government and commercial clients, foresee the retirement of a substantial number of coal-fired electric generation facilities because Hazardous Air Pollution (HAPS) regulations will require large capital outlays for pollution control equipment.
"Uncertainty has become a constant in the energy industry in the wake of unstable commodity prices, price volatility, and looming environmental regulations," said John Blaney, senior vice president for ICF International. "The ICF Integrated Energy Outlook provides thorough analysis by energy experts and gives guidance that makes sense of the complicated energy landscape."
The latest version of ICF's quarterly Integrated Energy Outlook seeks to answer the key industry questions of whether energy market prices will continue to recover or slip back to 2009 levels, and how energy prices and new regulations will influence power markets.</p> <p>Key findings of ICF's second quarter Integrated Energy Outlook include:
The CO2 allowance price ceiling will be binding in some, but not all, years should Congress pass the Kerry-Lieberman American Power Act.
- HAPS regulations will require large capital outlays on pollution control equipment and the retirement of a substantial amount of coal-fired electric generation capacity.
- Robust growth in gas demand will apply upward pressure on natural gas prices.
- New combined cycle generating capacity will not be economically viable over the next five years, although the timing varies across regions.
- California's Renewables Portfolio Standard may be the most aggressive in the country, but the sheer size of the PJM Interconnection market contributes to greater overall renewable energy demand.
- Coal prices are expected to rise in the near term because of growing domestic and international demand.
Using a suite of proprietary analytical tools, ICF has worked to integrate the areas of wholesale power, transmission, fuel, and emissions markets in order to offer the most complete picture of the energy industry. By incorporating expertise from all areas of the industry, the Outlook is able to provide big picture guidance, as well as market-specific projections and forecasts.
For more information, visit www.icfi.com/energyoutlook.
About ICF International
ICF International (NASDAQ:ICFI) partners with government and commercial clients to deliver professional services and technology solutions in the energy and climate change; environment and infrastructure; health, human services, and social programs; and homeland security and defense markets. The firm combines passion for its work with industry expertise and innovative analytics to produce compelling results throughout the entire program life cycle, from research and analysis through implementation and improvement. Since 1969, ICF has been serving government at all levels, major corporations, and multilateral institutions. More than 3,500 employees serve these clients worldwide. ICF's Web site is http://www.icfi.com.
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