Author Archive: Melissa Brown

Energy Finance Consultant Melissa Brown, a former securities analyst at JP Morgan and Citigroup, has played a leading role in various Asian investment organizations focused on mainstream and sustainable investment strategies for public and private equity investors over the past 25 years.

IEEFA update: Indonesia hits the reset button on PLN’s expansion plans

IEEFA update: Indonesia hits the reset button on PLN’s expansion plans

Putting the brakes on a runaway state-owned utility

Currency crises can bring hard truths into focus. That’s the lesson that the many parties who have been feeding off of Indonesia’s power sector expansion must be considering after the announcement earlier this month that 13,374[1] megawatts (MW) of planned new power capacity would be delayed. This cannot have come as a surprise. The warning […]

September 18, 2018 Read More →

IEEFA update: Southeast Asian fossil fuel risk is underpriced

Hazards from corruption, policy change, stranded assets, and ill-informed advisors

HONG KONG — We’ve just published a memo describing how July was an exceptionally telling month for Southeast Asia power-generation markets. Our memo argues that fossil fuel risk is underpriced in the region, and it makes four specific points along these lines. First, that there is too little transparency around certain deals in Indonesia. News in […]

August 8, 2018 Read More →

IEEFA Update: Indonesia’s Electric Company Gets Its Bond Deal Done, But Investor Risk Remains

How Much Will the Government Be Willing to Subsidize PLN?

Last week was good to PLN, Indonesia’s state owner power company. Despite chaotic emerging bond markets, which had punished the rupiah and pushed yields on Indonesian bonds higher, PLN was able to paddle safely to shore with a successful US$2 billion bond issue. Flexibility was the key to getting the financing done. With guidance from […]

IEEFA Asia: ASEAN Coal Companies Are Shaking Their Stranded-Asset Cup at Debt Investors

IEEFA Asia: ASEAN Coal Companies Are Shaking Their Stranded-Asset Cup at Debt Investors

Signs of Growing Skepticism Among Bond Buyers

This year—2018—is when we’ll see whether emerging-market debt investors are ready to start pricing the impact of climate change risk on their investments by discounting the backward-looking coal demand scenario promoted by the International Energy Administration (IEA). Likewise, power-industry planners across the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have been caught in an information air […]

February 5, 2018 Read More →
IEEFA Update: Are Investors in Asian Coal Starting to Think Twice?

IEEFA Update: Are Investors in Asian Coal Starting to Think Twice?

Signs That Risk Perceptions May Be Shifting as Markets Evolve

Human nature is to juggle contradiction and remain hopeful in the face of adversity. But investors are supposed to be hard-eyed cynics. What, then, to make of financial professionals smart enough to pose shrewd questions about the impact of climate change on the coal industry but willing to settle for illogically incomplete answers? This is […]

October 20, 2017 Read More →