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On the Blogs: ‘Seven Charts Show Why the IEA Thinks Coal Investment Has Already Peaked’

Simon Evans for Carbon Brief: Global investment in coal-fired power plants is set to decline “dramatically” after passing an all-time high during the past several years, says the International Energy Agency (IEA). That’s one of the most striking messages from World Energy Investment 2017, published today. The report, now in its second year, offers a comprehensive picture […]

July 12, 2017 Read More →

Low Prices Drive U.S. Wind Expansion

Utility Dive: Wind’s growth has been so rapid and its price has dropped so fast that a more important long term trend is often missed: It is quickly expanding its addressable marketplace. Deployed wind energy capacity grew almost 19% in 2016, to 5.53% of total U.S. generating capacity, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration […]

March 16, 2017 Read More →

IEEFA Update: Reading Between the Lines of the International Energy Agency’s Spin on Coal

An Industry-Influenced Report Clouds Key Data; Acknowledgement of Financing Difficulties and Failures in Technology

In its new “Medium Term Coal Outlook Report,” published today, the International Energy Agency says quite a lot—but it doesn’t say it very clearly. The report is written by the thermal power unit of the IEA with input from Wood Mackenzie, which gets lots of business from the coal industry, and from the Coal Industry […]

December 12, 2016 Read More →

International Energy Agency Sees Coal Consumption Stalling, Demand Shifting to Asia

Megan Darby for The Guardian: The volume of coal used across the world fell for the second year running in 2015 and is set to stay below peak levels in 2016, reported the International Energy Agency (IEA). The influential think tank – an autonomous Paris-based organisation – has downgraded its medium-term coal market forecast for […]

December 12, 2016 Read More →

On the Blogs: The International Energy Agency’s Late Arrival to Renewables

David Roberts for Vox: This year, the International Energy Agency (IEA) brought some good news about renewable energy. In its 2016 Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market report, it boosted its five-year forecast for renewable energy (RE) by 13 percent over last year’s. Between 2015 and 2021, it expects RE capacity to grow by 42 percent, or […]

December 5, 2016 Read More →

A Concession From the International Energy Agency That ‘Peak Coal’ in China Occurred Three Years Ago

Amy Bainbridge for Radio Australia: A dramatic shift to renewable energy is underway in China and India, while Australia continues to lead the way on rooftop solar, a comprehensive report analysing the global energy market has found. The International Energy Agency’s (IEA) World Energy Outlook Report estimates that China’s coal use is likely to have […]

November 18, 2016 Read More →

On the Blogs: The International Energy Agency Remains Behind the Curve on Monitoring the Uptake of Renewables

Simon Evans for Renewable energy capacity is growing more rapidly than expected, says the International Energy Agency (IEA), overtaking coal for the first time. The IEA also says it has “significantly increased” its forecasts for the growth of renewable capacity over the next five years. Yet its forecasts continue to show future growth slowing […]

November 5, 2016 Read More →

Divestiture Movement, Deepening Distress of Coal Industry, Emerging Battles Over Solar, Overbuilding of Shale Gas Pipelines Highlight IEEFA Energy Finance 2016 Conference in New York City

Panelists From Deutsche Bank, Moody’s, S&P Capital IQ, New York Mayor’s Office, CalSTRS, Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Norwegian Parliament

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, MARCH 14-16; EXPERTS FROM EUROPE, ASIA, AUSTRALIA,  AND THE AMERICAS NEW YORK, Feb. 29, 2016 — The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) today announced a 2016 conference lineup that includes leading energy finance experts, industry regulators, institutional investors, activists, market analysts and commentators from around the world. The conference, Energy […]

February 29, 2016 Read More →

‘The IEA, Like Nostradamus, Says Many Things About the Future’

Peter Hannam for the Sydney Morning Herald: True, coal vies with oil as the largest share of the energy mix, at 29 per cent versus oil’s 31 per cent stake, according the IEA’s 2014 World Energy Outlook. But the IEA, like Nostradamus, says many things about the future. In its Energy and Climate Change report […]

October 29, 2015 Read More →

‘Deeply Misleading’ Report Circulated by IEA

Damian Carrington for The Guardian: A coal industry report due to be published by the International Energy Agency (IEA) on the benefits of new coal-burning technology has been heavily criticised by experts. The report, seen by the Guardian, is “deeply confused and deeply misleading” and a “litany of errors and false assumptions, clearly written ultimately […]

October 23, 2015 Read More →