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IEEFA Report: Advances in Solar Energy Accelerate Global Shift in Electricity Generation

IEEFA Report: Advances in Solar Energy Accelerate Global Shift in Electricity Generation

Rapid Cost Deflation, Broad Gains in Scale; Key Momentum in China and India; Crucial Support From International Capital Markets and Tech Giants; Expansion Role Seen for National Governments

May 21, 2018 (IEEFA.org) – A report published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis describes how solar energy is accelerating the transformation of the global electricity-generation sector through gains in technology innovation and price deflation. The study—“Solar Is Driving a Global Shift in Energy Markets”—details some of the world’s biggest utility-scale […]

IEEFA Report: Indonesia’s State Power Company Continues to Lag Global Shift in Electricity Generation

IEEFA Report: Indonesia’s State Power Company Continues to Lag Global Shift in Electricity Generation

‘Sinking Under the Weight of a Flawed Planning Process That Lacks Crucial Insight Into Clean Energy Trends’

IEEFA — Indonesia’s national power company is perilously out of step with global trends in electricity generation even as it seeks a more than $1 billion infusion from international bond markets, concludes a report published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The report — “Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN): A Power Company […]

April 19, 2018 Read More →

IEEFA Report: China in 2017 Continued to Position Itself for Global Clean Energy Dominance

As U.S. Steps Aside, Beijing's 'Belt and Road Initiative' Gains Traction

Jan. 9, 2018 (IEEFA.org) – China continued to be the world’s dominant force in the building and financing of clean energy technology globally in 2017, according to a report published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The report,  “China 2017 Review: World’s Second-Biggest Economy Continues to Drive Global Trends in […]

January 9, 2018 Read More →

IEEFA Report: China Set to Dominate U.S. in Global Renewables Boom; $32 Billion in Overseas Investments in 2016 Alone

World’s 2nd-Biggest Economy Is Bankrolling Far More Projects, and in More Countries; Gap Will Widen If Trump Administration Delivers on Policy Intentions; ‘Clean Energy Isn’t a Sector to Turn Away From’

Jan 6, 2017 (IEEFA.org) – China will likely expand its dominance of the booming global renewable- and clean-energy industries as new American energy policies come into play, concludes a report published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). “The change in leadership in the U.S. is likely to widen China’s global […]

January 6, 2017 Read More →
IEEFA Update: IEA, Still Behind the Curve, Nonetheless Indicates Rising Stranded-Asset Risk in Fossil-Fuel Holdings

IEEFA Update: IEA, Still Behind the Curve, Nonetheless Indicates Rising Stranded-Asset Risk in Fossil-Fuel Holdings

A Not-So-Distant Future in Which Thermal-Fired Electricity Generation Declines Precipitously

The International Energy Agency, out with its annual energy-markets forecast, “World Energy Outlook 2016,” remains behind the curve but not as far behind as it was. A history of IEA underestimation of technology change has been partially remedied in this new report, but the agency’s solar and wind forecasts can at best be described still […]

November 17, 2016 Read More →
IEEFA Report: Three Timely Takeaways on 2016 Global Energy Transformation

IEEFA Report: Three Timely Takeaways on 2016 Global Energy Transformation

An Acceleration to Renewables, Faster-Than-Expected Shifts Regionally and Nationally, Growing Risk for Investors Who Lag Behind

Three notable takeaways emerge from the rapid transformation of the global energy economy, as we detail in a new paper we published today as the landmark Paris Agreement officially goes into effect. The global transition to renewables is accelerating. Change is happening faster than expected. Those left behind in this transition face growing financial risk. […]

November 5, 2016 Read More →

IEEFA Global: A $51 Billion Gap (and a $51 Billion Opportunity) in BRICS Nations’ Renewable Energy Development

How to Meet the Goal? Through "Blended Finance" Where Public Funds Unleash Private Money

Here, in one chart, is an IEEFA picture worth a thousand words. While some $130 billion was invested last year in renewable-energy development in the BRICS countries—Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa—billions more are required if these countries are to meet their commitments to climate-change mitigation policies. The four countries, in all, have announced […]

October 17, 2016 Read More →
Coal Won’t Solve the Energy Poverty Problem

Coal Won’t Solve the Energy Poverty Problem

Times Have Changed; Old Electricity-Generation Models Don’t Work Anymore

Coal-fired electricity is no longer the economy builder its proponents say it is. Time was when coal in fact did contribute to growth in many economies, but times have changed. Today governments and private interests worldwide concede—even emphasize—the economic and environmental dysfunction of coal. We’ve just published an IEEFA Briefing Note (“Energy Poverty, Then and […]

March 3, 2016 Read More →
Report: Wollongong Coal Ltd’s Russell Vale Coal Mine A Likely Stranded Asset

Report: Wollongong Coal Ltd’s Russell Vale Coal Mine A Likely Stranded Asset

Wollongong Coal Ltd’s Russell Vale Coal Mine A Likely Stranded Asset (pdf)

December 18, 2015 Read More →
Eight (8) Signs Now Is the Time to Invest in Energy Transformation

Eight (8) Signs Now Is the Time to Invest in Energy Transformation

Rapid Change Is Already Being Driven by New Policies and the Shifting Sands of Finance

Evidence continues to mount that the world is beyond peak coal consumption and that its appetite for thermal coal is waning. This trend has gathered remarkable momentum in 2015, as seen in sharp consumption declines in key coal markets. We’ve published a report today that explores recent developments around the world: “Carpe Diem: Eight Signs […]

and November 27, 2015 Read More →

More News and Commentary

Coal economics face low-cost wind, solar reality in Pakistan

Bloomberg: When a giant infrastructure project in an emerging country doesn’t make sense these days, you can usually count on China’s Belt and Road to be on hand with a bailout check. For the global coal industry, that prospect has been one of the last great hopes for demand growth. Chinese policy banks have committed […]

January 18, 2019 Read More →

Pakistan puts 1,320MW coal plant on the shelf

The Times of India: The Pakistan government has decided to shelve a major coal-based power plant project under the $60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, citing sufficient generation capacity already lined up for the next few years. The CPEC, which connects Gwadar Port in Balochistan with China’s Xinjiang province, is the flagship project of Chines president […]

January 14, 2019 Read More →

Largest wind farm globally moves forward in north China

Windpower Monthly: [China’s State Power Investment Corporation] received planning approval for the Ulanqab Wind Power Base, which would be spread across a 3,800km2 area in the north of China, close to the border with Mongolia, at the end of 2018. If built, it would be the largest onshore wind farm in the world, Spic stated. […]

January 9, 2019 Read More →

China plans massive pumped hydro investment to ease renewable energy curtailments

Reuters: China’s State Grid Corp will invest 38.7 billion yuan ($5.66 billion) to build five pumped hydro storage plants across the country in an effort to ease stranded power systems amid Beijing’s push to boost clean energy consumption. The five plants, located in the provinces of Jilin, Hebei, Shandong and Zhejiang, and far west region […]

January 9, 2019 Read More →

China disqualifies ‘clean coal’ technology from green bond funding

Environmental Finance: China will axe ‘clean coal’ from its green bond guidelines, in a move that will see its definition of green align more closely with the Climate Bond Standards and the consensus of opinions in the West. Geoffrey Choi, financial services assurance leader for the Asia Pacific region at EY, said at the Asian […]

December 14, 2018 Read More →

China pushes outdated coal technology onto other countries

AFP: Even as China struggles to curb domestic coal-fired power and the deadly pollution it produces, the world’s top carbon emitter is aggressively exporting the same troubled technology to Asia, Africa and the Middle East, an investigation by AFP has shown. The carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from these Chinese-backed plants could cripple global efforts to […]

December 6, 2018 Read More →

BNEF forecasts huge increase in power storage investment through 2040

Bloomberg: The battery boom is coming to China, California and basically everywhere else—and it will be even bigger than previously thought. The global energy-storage market will surge to a cumulative 942 gigawatts by 2040, according to a new forecast from Bloomberg NEF published Tuesday, and that growth will necessitate $1.2 trillion in investment. Sharply falling battery […]

November 7, 2018 Read More →

China considering raising 2020 solar installation goal

Clean Technica: China’s National Energy Administration has floated the idea that it might increase its 2020 solar target to at least 210 gigawatts (GW), and potentially as high as 270 GW, in a move which will significantly impact China’s annual capacity additions and, thus, global capacity additions and solar PV manufacturing. The National Energy Administration […]

November 7, 2018 Read More →

Wood Mackenzie predicts 43GW of Asia offshore wind by 2027

ET Energy World: The Asia-Pacific region’s offshore wind power capacity would rise 20-fold to 43 Gigawatt (GW) through 2027, according to a recent report by global natural resources consultancy Wood Mackenzie. It said that China, leading in the race, is expected to see offshore wind capacity grow from 2 GW last year to 31 GW […]

October 25, 2018 Read More →

EU watchdog takes aim at planned Bosnian coal plant

Reuters: The EU energy watchdog urged a Bosnian regional parliament on Thursday not to approve a government guarantee for a China Exim Bank loan that is designed to help power utility EPBiH add a new unit at its Tuzla coal-fired power plant. The guarantee covers 85 percent of the total value of the contract signed […]

October 1, 2018 Read More →