Author Archive: Sara Jane Ahmed

Energy Finance Analyst Sara Jane Ahmed is a former investment advisor specializing in originating and structuring energy opportunities in emerging markets. She has worked for the World Resources Institute and Grameen Bank.

IEEFA Philippines: Consumers should not pay the price for risky coal deals

Regulators need to protect local businesses and ratepayers

MANILA – The rapid drop in the cost of renewable energy has opened new possibilities in energy systems around the world, including the Philippines. Coal has become toxic, both in terms of its high cost to consumers and the environment, as well as the negative financial consequences for banks and investors. In India, China, Malaysia, and, most […]

February 21, 2019 Read More →

IEEFA Asia: Opportunity Now in Broad Electricity Transformation Trends

Global Market Shift Requires Government Policy Adjustments

Rapidly declining costs and technological advances in renewable energy have reshaped the electricity-generation landscape in the three years since the Paris accords. These changes clearly demonstrate that addressing climate risk and promoting economic development are compatible goals—a key point to remember in the run-up to the COP24 conference this December in Poland. A record 51 […]

IEEFA Update: New Philippine Coal Tax Will Drive Development of Cleaner, Cheaper Power

IEEFA Update: New Philippine Coal Tax Will Drive Development of Cleaner, Cheaper Power

Good News From Manila: A Policy Shift in Step With Global Trends

A 400 percent coal tax increase agreed to by legislators in the Philippines today stands to catalyze the development of cleaner and cheaper energy. Though it requires presidential approval, the shift is a welcome sign of government openness to weaning the country off its dependence on expensive fossil fuels. It makes economic common sense too. […]

December 11, 2017 Read More →

IEEFA Asia: In the Time of Solar, Ratepayers and Investors Alike Should Be Wary of Philippines Coal Expansion

Stranded Assets in the Making as Global Transition Takes Root

The Philippines, like many of its ASEAN neighbors, is at a crossroads in a potential energy transition that—if managed properly—could lead to more cost-effective electricity for millions of consumers and businesses. A report we put out last week—“Carving out Coal in the Philippines: Stranded Coal Plant Assets and the Energy Transition”—examines the risk the country […]

October 25, 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 →

IEEFA Indonesia: Clinging to Outdated Diesel-Fired Electricity Generation Is Expensive and Short-Sighted

Renewable Energy Makes Better Sense Than Importing Fuel for Small Islands and Isolated Locales

The announcement last week of new diesel gas contracts and more diesel-powered generators for power production in hundreds of locations across Indonesia is short-sighted, expensive and risky. While national government officials have stated support for renewable energy policies that would expand remote and rural electrification, including a plan to install solar photovoltaics in 2,500 villages […]

IEEFA Update: Signs in Bangladesh of a Budding Electricity-Sector Transition

Delays in Coal-Fired Plant Construction; Material Progress Toward Utility-Scale Solar Generation

Bangladesh’s latest national power-development update shows a small but notable shift under way: Construction of new coal-fired power plants is being delayed while a nascent solar industry begins to take root. The country nonetheless remains perilously dependent on fossil-fuel imports and has yet to truly embrace adoption of renewable energy on a scale that would […]

IEEFA Asia: Electricity-Sector Change Is Coming to the Philippines

Capital Markets Are in Play; Traditional Fuel-Cost Pass-Through Models Are Outdated; Status Quo Is at Risk

  Global coal prices have increased dramatically since the beginning of the year, a trend that has been felt as painfully in the Philippines as anywhere. Electricity customers in the overly coal-dependent Philippines already pay among the highest rates in Southeast Asia, and this year’s roughly 60 percent increase in coal prices hasn’t helped. Electricity […]

December 2, 2016 Read More →
IEEFA Asia: A Better Way Forward for Electrification in Bangladesh

IEEFA Asia: A Better Way Forward for Electrification in Bangladesh

We See a Viable and Sensible Renewables Path to Rapid Eradication of Energy Poverty and to Improvements in Health and Education

We’ve just published a report that outlines a highly feasible and more cost-effective alternative to expand electrification in Bangladesh than what the Bangladesh government has in mind. Our blueprint—“Bangladesh Electricity Transition: A Diverse, Secure and Deflationary Way Forward”—outlines an expansion that would be cheaper, cleaner and provide more national energy security. Our research models an […]