Author Archive: Tim Buckley

Director of Energy Finance Studies, Australasia, Tim Buckley has 25 years of financial markets experience, specializing in equity valuation, including as a top-rated analyst and as co-founder and managing director of Arkx Investment Management.

IEEFA op-ed: India is helping bring the era of coal to an end

Project postponements and cancellations are harbingers of a new Asian energy economy

SYDNEY—Tony Abbott, Australia’s former prime minister, was photographed in Parliament just a couple of weeks ago clutching a document titled, “Coal era is not over.” According to Australia’s pro-coal “Monash Forum” parliamentarians, of which Abbott is a founding member, India in particular is ensuring a rosy future for coal exporters such as Australia by way […]

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IEEFA op-ed: Japan remains mostly stuck in the energy policy past

Overreliance on coal, and an odd reluctance to exploit national technology advantages

When G7 countries gather in Canada this week, it’s not unreasonable to expect that common ground will be hard to find in many policy areas. When it comes to energy policy, President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accords and his pro-coal policies have grabbed headlines and caused furrowed brows among U.S. allies. With […]

June 5, 2018 Read More →

IEEFA Update: Solar Continues to Lead India’s Electricity-Generation Transition

April Gains Show More Momentum, Driven by Falling Costs and Technological Innovation

India installed a record 10 gigawatts (GW) of solar electricity capacity in fiscal year 2017-2018, twice the rate logged in the previous year, and nearly double the country’s entire solar base. The gains put India at 22 GW of total cumulative capacity—and the trend is continuing. A number of announcements in April 2018 show momentum […]

IEEFA India: New National Electricity Plan Reinforces Intent Toward 275 Gigawatts of Renewables-Generated Electricity by 2027

IEEFA India: New National Electricity Plan Reinforces Intent Toward 275 Gigawatts of Renewables-Generated Electricity by 2027

Latest Energy Policy Document Supports Transition Momentum; 48 GW of Coal Plant Closures Seen Over the Next Decade

India’s newest power-sector blueprint, the National Electricity Plan 2018 (NEP 2018), reinforces the government’s commitment to transforming the Indian electricity sector, retaining a core target of 275 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy by 2027. Meanwhile, a Central Electricity Authority data release that tracks the performance of the sector over the fiscal year to March 2018 […]

IEEFA Update: Tamil Nadu Is on a Renewables Roll

Market Gains and Policy Action Drive Expansion

It’s been a few weeks since IEEFA’s publication of our case study of Tamil Nadu, India’s leading state in terms of renewable energy capacity, and developments demand an update already. Wind and solar tenders of 3 additional gigawatts have since been proposed; a 500-megawatt industrial solar park is under development; construction of a 660-megawatt coal […]

IEEFA Update: India Is Becoming a Transition Force on Par With China and Western Europe

Exporting Electricity and Infrastructure Development to Markets in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal

India’s electricity-generation market is changing fast, pushed by sustained deflation in renewable energy tariffs, technological advances in the wind and solar sectors, the availability of lower-cost financing, an acceleration in wind- and solar-tender activity, and a national political desire to abide by the Paris climate agreement. One indication of change: In 2017, tariffs for both […]

IEEFA Update: A Lobbyist With Coal-Colored Glasses Can’t See the End Game

IEEFA Update: A Lobbyist With Coal-Colored Glasses Can’t See the End Game

An Open Letter in Response to a Misguided Op-Ed in the Australian Financial Review

Dear Editor: On behalf of the Institute for Energy Economics and Finance Analysis (IEEFA), I write to highlight some key factual errors and omissions in what we consider to be an extraordinarily disingenuous op-ed that your publication carried recently. It is telling that the piece is credited to Frontier Economics, a coal lobbyist working for […]

March 1, 2018 Read More →
IEEFA Update: A Tipping Point Is Coming, and Fast

IEEFA Update: A Tipping Point Is Coming, and Fast

Trends Build Globally Toward More Uptake of Renewables

We’ve just posted a research brief explaining through a telling combination of charts (and some written analysis) how the fast-growing uptake of wind and solar around the world continues to shape electricity-generation trends. The phenomenon is unfolding across diverse groups of markets that include ones in Latin America, the Middle East, and the U.S. We […]

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IEEFA Update: Adani Stumbles Toward the Last-Chance Saloon

Denied by Its Erstwhile Enablers, an Indian Mining Giant in Australia Is Desperate for Help

The prospect in the New Year for Adani’s proposed Carmichael coal-mine proposal has taken a bleaker-than-ever bent. Following the Queensland government’s veto of the proposed A$1 billion government loan subsidy and after multiple Chinese banks ruled out funding the project, more nails have been driven into the project’s coffin. A month ago yesterday, Downer EDI, […]

IEEFA Update: One More Strike Against Adani’s Plans in Australia—India’s Two Largest Import-Coal Plants are in Severe Financial Distress

As Price of Renewables Goes Down, the Case for Import Coal Becomes Less and Less Viable

New developments in both the political and energy scene in India are increasing the possibility that Adani would be unable to export coal to India if it builds its proposed Carmichael mine in Australia’s Galilee Basin. India’s two largest import-coal power plants – Adani Power’s 4.6 GW Mundra plant and Tata Power’s own 4.0 GW […]