Archive for December, 2017

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How Federal Giveaways to Big Coal Leave Ranchers and Taxpayers Out in the Cold

InsideClimate News: Since coal mining took off there 40 years ago, investigations by federal agencies and independent analysts have repeatedly shown that the leasing process shortchanges taxpayers. The first two coal leases sold in 1982 “were legally suspect and publicly criticized for not receiving fair market value,” leading to a major Congressional inquiry, Squillace wrote […]

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Four Major Environmental Debates of 2017

The Hill: Natural Disasters A series of natural disasters hit the U.S. this year, including Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. These storms ravaged and flooded Texas, Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands, while also leaving areas of Puerto Rico without power for months. Ahead of the storm, former FEMA director Michael Brown cautioned a powerful […]

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Power in Europe

S&P Global Platts: Europe’s hard coal- and lignite-fired power stations have until August 17, 2021 to comply with revised air quality standards (the LCP BREF) under the Industrial Emissions Directive. The standards for stack emissions of NOx, SO2, particulates and mercury will see Europe’s dirtiest coal and lignite power stations forced to retrofit or shut […]

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Filipina Naikkan Bea Masuk Batu Bara 4 Kali Lipat

Industri Bisnis (Indonesia): Kebijakan Filipina untuk menaikkan tarif pajak atau bea masuk batu bara sebesar 400% menjadi 50 peso per ton dari sebelumnya 10 peso berpotensi mengurangi pangsa pasar ekspor Indonesia ke negara tersebut. Penerapan pajak senilai 50 peso per ton itu akan dimulai pada 2018 dan terus naik secara bertahap menjadi 100 peso per […]

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Burned by Coal: Coalfield Communities Facing Electricity Price Hikes

WKMS (Kentucky): Even in areas with more stable and prosperous economies, power companies are facing challenges. The once reliable trend of increased demand, decade after decade is giving way to a new energy landscape. In the last few years demand has remained pretty flat. Cathy Kunkel is an analyst with the Institute for Energy Economics […]

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The Numbers Don’t Stack Up: W&J’s Rights on the Chopping Block for Adani’s ‘Non Viable’ Project

New Matilda: Even with financial breaks from government, the evidence – drawing from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) and other recent figures – demonstrates the Adani mine-rail project is highly unlikely to be economically viable. On this basis, any public money lent to the project, whether through the NAIF, or through […]

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China Lideró en 2016 la Inversión Mundial en Renovables

Energia Renovables: Un nuevo informe del Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) pone de relieve que el país asiático no solo lidera la inversión doméstica en energías renovables sino la mundial.  En 2016, incrementó un 60% sus inversiones en energías limpias en el extranjero, hasta alcanzar la cifra de 32.000 millones de dólares. […]

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Australia’s Biggest Mine Faces Fresh Hurdles

Nikkei Asian Review: The collapse of a 2 billion Australian dollar ($1.54 billion) deal between Indian mining giant Adani Group and a local contractor on the operation of Australia’s largest-ever mine is the latest setback for the troubled project. Adani said on Dec. 18 it has canceled plans to outsource operations for the Carmichael coal […]

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Keeping Coal Plants Open: The Spanish Government’s Costly Intervention in the Power Market

EnergyTransition.org: After power producer Iberdrola announced the closure of their last coal plants, the Spanish government has said it might intervene to keep them open. Such an intervention, write energy experts Gerard Wynn and Paolo Coghe, is taking a page out of Donald Trump’s book. It is costly, bad for the investment climate, and for […]

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IEEFA Arizona: Fast-Track Opportunities Now in Navajo Community-Driven Solar Electricity Generation

IEEFA Arizona: Fast-Track Opportunities Now in Navajo Community-Driven Solar Electricity Generation

Strategically Situated Tribal Lands at the Heart of the American Sunbelt Hold Crucial Market Advantages; Prudent Development Strategies Will Benefit, Protect, and Profit Local People

Jan. 3, 2017 — Locally owned utility-scale solar electricity generation offers Navajo communities an immediate generational economic-development opportunity, concludes a research brief published by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) and DinéHózhó. The report— “Window of Opportunity: Navajo Solar—A Fast-Track Community-Driven Development Approach” — details how transformative changes in the U.S. electric utility […]

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