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IEEFA Update: Hurricane Maria Gives Puerto Rico an Opening to Shake Off Some Shackles and Build a Modern Electricity Grid

Less Debt, a Decentralized Grid, Abundant Sunshine

It isn’t known yet exactly how badly damaged Puerto Rico’s electrical infrastructure is, but the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria is severe. While the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) tweeted yesterday that “the process of recovery will be extensive, but not impossible” the agency has released no estimates on how long it will take […]

September 22, 2017 Read More →


IEEFA Update: Cracks in the War on Wind

Evolution, Tipping Points, ‘Hollow Showmanship’

Bloomberg New Energy Finance this week put out what has to be the chart of the week in its depiction of the rapid evolution of wind turbines. Reproduced here, it reminds you a little of an old textbook evolution-of-man chart (Lucy to Piltdown to Neanderthal to Cromagnum). Progress in wind-turbine technology is happening a lot […]

September 22, 2017 Read More →
IEEFA Update: FirstEnergy, Out of Step With the Times, Sells Gas and Hydro Assets to Shore Up Fading Coal-Fired Plants

IEEFA Update: FirstEnergy, Out of Step With the Times, Sells Gas and Hydro Assets to Shore Up Fading Coal-Fired Plants

As American Electricity Markets Modernize, an Ohio Utility Company Stays the Same

If there’s a standout feature in today’s fast-changing electricity-generation landscape, it’s that coal-fired and nuclear power plants cannot compete with those that run on natural gas or renewable energy. This will remain the case for the foreseeable future, as gas prices are projected to stay low and renewable energy prices continue to drop. Part of […]

September 21, 2017 Read More →

IEEFA Asia: Why a Philippines Coal-Import Tax Makes Sense

A Corrective Policy Aimed at Offsetting the External Costs of Dirty Power Generation; Indian and South Korea Have Already Set the Bar

Debate has picked up this week in the Philippines over proposals to enact a tax on imported coal as one of several ways to support a national public-investment initiative. Lawmakers are suggesting a levy of up to $20 a ton on coal brought into the Philippines, a country that relies heavily on coal-fired generation for […]

September 15, 2017 Read More →
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