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IEEFA Asia: At a Crossroads, and Where Much of the Energy-Transition Action Is

IEEFA Asia: At a Crossroads, and Where Much of the Energy-Transition Action Is

Announcing the Appointment of Four New Energy Data Analysts Focusing on Indonesia, the Philippines, China, India, Bangladesh, and Australia

Asia, like the rest of the world, is at an energy-policy crossroads. Nowhere is this more evident than in electricity markets, where entire countries are grappling now with which fork to take: the one that loops back to the past or the one that leads to modernization and sustainability. At issue in the Philippines, for […]

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Latest Question for Exxon Investors: Are Oil-Sands Valuations Real?

Nicholas Kusntez for InsideClimate News: As oil prices have fallen over the past two years, Exxon has maintained that its tar sands reserves are safe. The position may put the company on shaky ground, said Tom Sanzillo, of the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, which favors backing away from fossil fuels. “It is […]

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China’s Low-Price Strategy for Coal Is Bad News for Coal Exporters

Mike Seccombe for the Saturday Paper: The first thing to understand is that China is not nearly as dependent on Australian coal as many of us would like to think. China produces almost half the coal dug up in the world. It also accounts for almost half the world’s coal consumption. It’s quite capable of […]

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In Upper Midwest Wind Expansion, Xcel Sees a Plentitude of Suppliers

Ian Campbell for SNL: There are more than 7,400 MW of existing uncontracted wind projects in development in the Upper Midwest, providing a competitive backdrop for a recent solicitation issued by Xcel Energy Inc.. Xcel Energy is seeking proposals for up to 1,500 MW of wind energy from projects located in Michigan, North Dakota, South […]

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In Puerto Rico, a Power Struggle Over Power Strategy

Robert Slavin for the Bond Buyer: The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority will attempt to change the mind of the Puerto Rico Energy Commission concerning the Aguirre Offshore Gasport. At the end of last week the Energy Commission barred PREPA from spending more than $15 million on gas port and the conversion of the plant […]

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IEEFA Welcomes New Energy Finance Analysts Focusing on Crucial Markets in Asia-Pacific

CLEVELAND, Sept. 30, 2016 (IEEFA.org) — The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis today announced the appointment of several new energy data analysts. The appointments expand IEEFA’s coverage of global electricity markets and sharpen the institute’s focus on fast-changing Asian-Pacific electricity markets. Joining the IEEFA team: Yulanda Chung, the former head of Standard Chartered’s […]

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Duke Energy CEO Says Company’s Coal-Fired Days Are Numbered

Jim Polson and Tim Loh for Bloomberg News: The CEO is setting up Duke for the day when coal is no longer part of the equation at the Charlotte, North Carolina-based company as policies to tackle climate change gain momentum. By 2030, under the government’s Clean Power Plan, coal-based electricity generation will fall by 28 […]

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IEEFA Update: Puerto Rico Energy Commission, in Challenging Utility’s Backward-Looking Plan, Sets a Much Wiser Course
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IEEFA Update: Puerto Rico Energy Commission, in Challenging Utility’s Backward-Looking Plan, Sets a Much Wiser Course

A Sound Policy Path to Energy and Economic Prosperity; Rush to Bail Out Bondholders Will Only Make Matters Worse

In blasting the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority for failing to produce a reasonable long-term plan for the island’s electric system, the Puerto Rico Energy Commission last Friday did its public a vital service. The commission, in its final order to PREPA to get its ducks in much better order, outlined a far more sensible […]

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Wind Challenges Gas in U.S. Energy Generation

Gregory DL Morris for Downstream Business: Several industry analysts now caution that in many regional generating markets, wind and solar are emerging as major challengers. The warning is that natural gas producers and marketers can no longer assume every kilowatt of power production lost by coal will be replaced by a kilowatt generated by gas. […]

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Coal Generates U.K. Record Low 6% of Electricity

From the U.K. Press Association: Coal generated a record low 6% of the UK’s electricity this spring, official figures show. The share of coal in the power mix fell from 20% in the same period last year, following the closures of Ferrybridge C, West Yorkshire, and Longannet coal-fired power station in Scotland. Another coal unit […]

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