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IEEFA Europe: Can Coal Power Hang On?

IEEFA Europe: Can Coal Power Hang On?

Investors May Not Be Eager to Absorb More Losses Like Those Seen in Recent Dutch Build-Outs

Investment in new coal-fired power plants appears off the agenda in Western Europe. Witness the astonishing write-down of brand-new assets in the Netherlands, where European utility giants RWE, Uniper, and Engie have drastically reduced their valuations of plants barely a year old (read the report we published this morning, “The Dutch Coal Mistake,” which concludes […]

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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. […]

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IEEFA Europe: Blueprint for a Lignite Phase-Out in Germany

IEEFA Europe: Blueprint for a Lignite Phase-Out in Germany

Foundation-Based Approach to Closure and Clean-Up; New Czech Owners of Vattenfall Assets in Lausitz Can Afford to Foot the Bill; a Timeline That Helps Local Communities Prepare for Transition

The recent “sale” by the Swedish state-owned utility Vattenfall of its German lignite assets throws a harsh light on a dark paradox: the continued use of the world’s most carbon-intensive fuel by a country with some of the most ambitious targets to tackle climate change. The deal transfers a cluster of lignite mines and their […]

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Coal-Mine Conversion in Germany

Bloomberg New Energy Finance: In projects and technology developments, pumped hydro storage has made headlines in Europe. A coal-mine that powered German industry for almost half a century will get a new lease of life when it’s turned into a giant battery that stores excess solar and wind energy. The state of North-Rhine Westphalia is […]

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Germany’s ‘Energy Revolution’ Is Felt in Poland and Czechoslovakia

Zeke Turner for the Wall Street Journal: A battle is raging in Central Europe over the balance of power—the electrical kind. Poland and the Czech Republic see Germany as an aggressor, overproducing electricity and dumping it across the border. Germany sees itself as a green-energy pioneer under unfair attacks from less innovative neighbors. As part […]

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Chinese Company Has Designs for Global Renewable Empire

Joe McDonald for the Associated Press: Other investors are wary of Brazil, but when Duke Energy wanted to sell 10 hydroelectric dams there, a Chinese utility shrugged off the country’s economic turmoil and paid $1.2 billion to add them to an energy empire that stretches from Malaysia to Germany to the Amazon. State-owned China Three […]

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U.S. Trends in Coal-Plant Closures Spread to Australia, Germany

Sonal Patel for Power magazine: Difficult market conditions have accelerated the much-hyped closures of a string of coal-fired power units in the U.S., but the phenomenon is extending overseas, gripping plants in Australia and Germany. In the wake of the Paris agreement in December 2015, a number of governments have moved to phase out coal-fired […]

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Three New Coal-Fired Power Plants in the Netherlands Risk Early Closure

From Energy Live News: The plants installed by RWE, Uniper and Engie in 2015 are not as valuable as originally expected and won’t be able to make an adequate return on investment, according to a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). It states the companies’ balance sheets show the […]

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Three Coal Plants In Netherlands Prime Example Of Potential For Stranded Assets

Joshua Hill for Clean Technica: A new report published this week has shown how three coal power plants brought online in 2015 in the Netherlands have already begun to underperform, and have subsequently shown themselves to be at high risk of becoming stranded assets for investors. According to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial […]

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‘Dutch Coal Mistake’ Shows Three New Plants In The Netherlands Failing

From ValueWalk.com: The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis today published a report concluding that three new coal-fired power plants in the Netherlands are proving far less valuable than expected and are fundamentally out of step with electricity-market trends across Europe. The report comes as European policymakers grapple with how best to manage a […]

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Brand-New Dutch Coal Plants Are Crashing in Value

Megan Darby for Climate Change News: Three Dutch coal plants opened in 2015 are losing billions of euros in value and threatened with early closure. The utilities behind them failed to foresee a rapid rise in renewable power generation, falling demand and calls for a coal phase-out to meet climate goals. It was a costly […]

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IEEFA Europe: Can Coal Power Hang On?

IEEFA Europe: Can Coal Power Hang On?

Investors May Not Be Eager to Absorb More Losses Like Those Seen in Recent Dutch Build-Outs

Investment in new coal-fired power plants appears off the agenda in Western Europe. Witness the astonishing write-down of brand-new assets in the Netherlands, where European utility giants RWE, Uniper, and Engie have drastically reduced their valuations of plants barely a year old (read the report we published this morning, “The Dutch Coal Mistake,” which concludes […]

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IEEFA Report: ‘Dutch Coal Mistake’ Shows Three New Plants in the Netherlands Failing to Live Up to Expectations and at Risk of Becoming Climate-Risk Stranded Assets

Questionable Decisions by RWE, Uniper, and Engie to Put Coal-Fired Generators in Service in 2015 Are Proving Costly in the Face of Shifting Trends in Electricity Markets; Very Likely ‘the Last New Coal-Fired Plants in Europe'

Nov. 30, 2016 (IEEFA.org) — The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis today published a report concluding that three new coal-fired power plants in the Netherlands are proving far less valuable than expected and are fundamentally out of step with electricity-market trends across Europe. The report comes as European policymakers grapple with how best […]

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