Author Archive: Tom Sanzillo

Director of Finance Tom Sanzillo has 30 years of experience in public and private finance, including as a first deputy comptroller of New York State, where he held oversight over a $156 billion pension fund and $200 billion in municipal bond programs. 


IEEFA Update: Renewable Energy, Gone Mainstream, Is a Rising Tide

IEEFA Update: Renewable Energy, Gone Mainstream, Is a Rising Tide

As Chinese Companies Lead the Charge, Others Will Join. Might the U.S. Miss the Boat?

If the U.S. turns away from the rise of renewable energy, it will be fighting a tide on which others will ride high. Leading the surge will be China, which already has a huge advantage in its current position at the front of the pack, as IEEFA chronicled last week in a report by Tim […]

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IEEFA Puerto Rico: Time for an Electricity Inspector General

Regulator Has Little Reason to Trust PREPA’s Consultants and Executives

The rate case currently before the Puerto Rico Energy Commission is like none we have ever seen. As we outlined in a commentary a couple of weeks ago, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority seems to have no qualms about starving its electricity grid to pay its bondholders. An honest rate case requires a certain […]

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IEEFA Energy Swamp Watch: An Oil-Industry Bailout Is in the Works in Washington

Rex Tillerson’s Objective as Head of U.S. Foreign Policy Would Be to Orchestrate a Worldwide Price Increase

Rex Tillerson, after 10 years at the helm of ExxonMobil, is leaving behind a company with much lower revenues than when he took over, higher long-term debt, lower payouts to shareholders and declining cash reserves. ExxonMobil during Tillerson’s tenure has also had to scale back its oil-reserve numbers as a prolonged oil price decline has […]

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IEEFA Energy Swamp Watch: The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority Would Starve Its Electric Grid to Pay Its Bondholders

IEEFA Energy Swamp Watch: The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority Would Starve Its Electric Grid to Pay Its Bondholders

Peculiarities in a Proposed Debt-Restructuring Deal That Aims Only to Please Off-Island Interests

This blog starts a series we’re calling the IEEFA Energy Swamp Watch, in which we’ll describe the imprudence in some of the unseemly, wasteful and abusive financial practices we run across in our research. Most of the questionable activity we see is within the bounds of law—which is not the same as being within the […]

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IEEFA Exxon: A Company in Need of More Accountability at the Top

IEEFA Exxon: A Company in Need of More Accountability at the Top

As Directors Ponder CEO's Successor, Will They Seek a Much-Needed Change in Meeting Performance Standards?

ExxonMobil has been reducing its cash returns to investors over the past few years, a trend we highlighted in our report last week, “Red Flags on Exxon Mobil,” but has still paid out far more to investors than standard financial metrics would support.  Indeed, all indicators, including the company’s recent announcement that it will likely de-book […]

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IEEFA Update: The Global Energy Transformation Remains on Track

IEEFA Update: The Global Energy Transformation Remains on Track

U.S. Presidential Election Results Regardless, the Gathering Transition to Renewables Continues

Regardless of any potential or even likely shift in U.S. energy policies, the transition of global energy markets is firmly entrenched. A succession of financial and technology breakthroughs position renewable energy and efficiency as clearly price competitive in an increasing number of energy markets  Policy action, with the ratification of the Paris climate accord, reflects […]

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IEEFA Exxon: Why the Abrupt Revision on Reserves?

IEEFA Exxon: Why the Abrupt Revision on Reserves?

Oil Giant Owes Investors Answers, and Much More Transparency

The headline news out of ExxonMobil’s third-quarter earnings call last week bears repeating: If low prices persist during the fourth quarter of 2016 then as much as 4.6 billion barrels of the company’s oil reserves in Canada and North America would no longer qualify as proven reserves.   This makes ExxonMobil the latest in a […]

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IEEFA Exxon: The Problems Are More Than Cyclical

IEEFA Exxon: The Problems Are More Than Cyclical

All Signs Point to Low Oil Prices Going Forward

Some stock analysts say the problems afflicting ExxonMobil are cyclical, which would mean that a spike or increase in oil prices are on the horizon and that the company will move back into the black across the board when that happens.  But the fact is that a rebound in oil prices is unlikely. Independent assessments—from […]

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IEEFA Puerto Rico: Electric Company, Off the Mark on Its In-House Outlook, Is Spending Twice as Much on Fuel Than Projected

PREPA’s Low-Balling of Oil Prices Will Drive Power Rates Higher; FY 2017 Total May Exceed Estimate by $600 Million; Agency Forecast Ignored Professional Consensus

The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority is seriously underestimating the price of oil in the fiscal-year budget it put into effect on July 1. The result is likely to be higher-than-predicted and increasingly unaffordable power rates for residents and businesses of Puerto Rico, an island commonwealth that gets most of its electricity from oil-fired generators. […]

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IEEFA Update: Peabody Investors Are in for a Bumpy Ride

Emerging From Bankruptcy, Coal Companies Are Now Entering a New Cycle of Financial Stress

Investors are in for a bumpy ride as Peabody Energy fashions its reorganization and emerges from bankruptcy. The company’s stock price has been volatile over the past two weeks, capturing the attention of hedge fund investors who have acquired a 5 percent stake in the company.     The stock rose from $1.74 per share […]

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