Archive for November, 2016

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Three Coal Plants In Netherlands Prime Example Of Potential For Stranded Assets

Joshua Hill for Clean Technica: A new report published this week has shown how three coal power plants brought online in 2015 in the Netherlands have already begun to underperform, and have subsequently shown themselves to be at high risk of becoming stranded assets for investors. According to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial […]

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‘Dutch Coal Mistake’ Shows Three New Plants In The Netherlands Failing

From ValueWalk.com: The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis today published a report concluding that three new coal-fired power plants in the Netherlands are proving far less valuable than expected and are fundamentally out of step with electricity-market trends across Europe. The report comes as European policymakers grapple with how best to manage a […]

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Brand-New Dutch Coal Plants Are Crashing in Value

Megan Darby for Climate Change News: Three Dutch coal plants opened in 2015 are losing billions of euros in value and threatened with early closure. The utilities behind them failed to foresee a rapid rise in renewable power generation, falling demand and calls for a coal phase-out to meet climate goals. It was a costly […]

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Energy Finance Training 2017

Energy Finance Training 2017

The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis and Columbia Law School brought together environmental advocates and attorneys from around the world for a three-day training program in New York City. The conference covered current developments in the coal, natural gas, renewable energy, and electric utility industries. It is designed to provide advocates and attorneys […]

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IEEFA Europe: Can Coal Power Hang On?

IEEFA Europe: Can Coal Power Hang On?

Investors May Not Be Eager to Absorb More Losses Like Those Seen in Recent Dutch Build-Outs

Investment in new coal-fired power plants appears off the agenda in Western Europe. Witness the astonishing write-down of brand-new assets in the Netherlands, where European utility giants RWE, Uniper, and Engie have drastically reduced their valuations of plants barely a year old (read the report we published this morning, “The Dutch Coal Mistake,” which concludes […]

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On the Blogs: Questioning International Financing for Coal

From the Natural Resources Defense Council: Over the last nine years, the G20 countries—led by China, Japan, Germany, South Korea and the United States—have financed $76 billion of coal development in countries such as Vietnam, South Africa, Australia and Indonesia. This figure comes from our new report: Carbon Trap: How International Coal Finance Undermines the […]

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Pushback in Ohio Against Legislative Freeze on Renewables

John Funk for the Cleveland Plain Dealer: Opponents say the bill and its companion legislation, House Bill 554, would, in effect, extend for three more years the two-year freeze on green standards that lawmakers imposed in 2014 after the state’s utilities complained. The legislation would require that green energy would account for 12.5 percent of […]

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‘Swamp Creatures’ in New Administration Seek to Reverse U.S. Energy Policy Trends

Steven Mufson for the Washington Post: Donald Trump’s transition team may have taken steps to distance itself from lobbyists, but the president-elect continues to get advice on energy policy from people working for think tanks heavily funded by oil companies. These advisers could influence Trump’s choice of personnel for Cabinet jobs for Interior Department, the […]

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On the Blogs: Sharp Drop Anticipated in Wind Power Prices

From ArsTechnica.com: A paper published in Nature Energy analyzed the opinions of 163 wind power experts from around the globe and found that they expect the cost of wind energy to fall even further. Those experts said that by 2030, both onshore and offshore wind turbines will get bigger, leading to additional cost reductions and […]

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On the Blogs: Australian Coal Industry Quickens Its Fight Against Solar

Giles Parkinson for Renew Economy: The fossil fuel lobby and the federal Coalition government have shifted the sights of their anti-renewable campaign from the wind industry to household solar as the divide deepens between the left and right on climate change and clean energy policies. The release this week of the parliamentary report into the […]

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