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IEEFA Report: A Renewables Path to Japanese Energy Security in a Post-Nuclear Era

IEEFA Report: A Renewables Path to Japanese Energy Security in a Post-Nuclear Era

Eliminating High-Risk Dependence on Imported Fuels; Exploiting Domestic Technology Advantages; Avoiding Stranded Assets in Misguided Coal Projects

We’ve just published a report that details how Japan’s post-nuclear electricity-generation economy can be viably retooled around renewable energy. Our report—“Japan: Greater Energy Security Through Renewables: Electricity Transformation in a Post-Nuclear Economy”—emphasizes the potential for national energy security through renewables, most especially wind and solar. This report documents how government policies adopted in the wake […]

Data Bite: In Solar Advances, Japan Is Living Up to Its Nickname as the Land of the Rising Sun

Data Bite: In Solar Advances, Japan Is Living Up to Its Nickname as the Land of the Rising Sun

National Transition Show Declining Overall Demand for Electricity, Less Reliance on Nuclear

We’ve posted a research brief today that finds fossil fuels the main loser in Japan’s ongoing power-sector transformation. Our note, posted here, is released to coincide with industry leaders gathering for the Japan Renewable Energy Foundation “Realizing the Opportunity” conference tomorrow in Tokyo. Our takeaways include the inescapable fact that Japan has become one of the […]

March 8, 2016 Read More →
Past Peak Coal in China

Past Peak Coal in China

Past Peak Coal in China, Nov 2015  Chinese translation of press release (pdf)

November 15, 2015 Read More →
Global Energy Markets Transition Drives Thermal Coal Into Structural Decline

Global Energy Markets Transition Drives Thermal Coal Into Structural Decline

New Research by IEEFA Sees Slowing Demand for Coal and Rapidly Rising Investment in Renewables CLEVELAND, Jan. 14, 2015 (IEEFA.org) — Rapid expansion of renewable energy combined with weakening electricity demand are driving a structural decline in seaborne thermal coal markets, according to a new briefing released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and […]

January 14, 2015 Read More →
Briefing note: Thermal coal outlook

Briefing note: Thermal coal outlook

Briefing note: Thermal coal outlook (pdf) By Tim Buckley,  Director of Energy Resource Studies, Australasia, IEEFA  

May 15, 2014 Read More →
Briefing note: Fossil fuels, energy transition, and risk

Briefing note: Fossil fuels, energy transition, and risk

Briefing note: Fossil fuels, energy transition, and risk (pdf) By Tim Buckley,  Director of Energy Resource Studies, Australasia, IEEFA

April 18, 2014 Read More →

More News and Commentary

Japan, Post-Fukushima, Has More Renewable-Energy Potential Than It Knows

The National (Abu Dhabi): A group advised by former prime minister Junichiro Koizumi is pushing for a bill calling for an “immediate halt” to Japan’s nuclear power sector to prevent a recurrence of the Fukushima disaster. In a report last March, the US-based Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis [IEEFA] said Japan’s energy challenges […]

April 4, 2018 Read More →

Japan, a Longtime Laggard in Offshore Wind Development, Sees an Opening

Intellasia.net: Analysts believe offshore wind could benefit from a renewables diversification plan announced last month by Japanese energy giant Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco). While offshore wind “is still not in the plan” for Tepco, according to Bikal Pokharel, principal analyst for Asia-Pacific power and renewables at Wood Mackenzie, “they are looking at investments.” Tepco’s […]

March 26, 2018 Read More →

Japan Weighs Shift From Coal and Nuclear

Reuters: An energy task force advising Japan’s foreign minister has proposed boosting renewable energy and shifting away from coal-fired and nuclear power at home, arguing the country’s energy policies are outdated and undermine its global competitiveness. The advice comes in a report commissioned by minister Taro Kono, a maverick lawmaker with prime ministerial ambitions, and […]

February 21, 2018 Read More →

On The Blogs: Japan To Propose Offshore Wind Development Rules

Offshore Wind Biz: The Japanese government will submit a bill on offshore wind development to the National Diet on 22 January, according to Japan Times. Given that Japan does not have unified rules for offshore wind operations, the bill would bring more clarity within the industry as it specifies the rules. If the bill gets […]

January 12, 2018 Read More →

Japan’s ‘Energy Upgrade’ Leads Company to Open Another Solar Plant

Unisun Energy Group: Unisun Energy Group announced that the 500KW photovoltaic project in Chiba Prefecture, Japan, to be constructed by its branch Unisun Japan, has obtained a non-recourse project finance with low-interest from the Hyakujushi Bank, Ltd., Japan. It is reported to be the third PV project of Unisun Japan that has successfully received financial […]

December 19, 2017 Read More →
IEEFA Asia: Price Increase Highlights Growing Risk to Coal-Import Economies

IEEFA Asia: Price Increase Highlights Growing Risk to Coal-Import Economies

Outdated Policy in Japan, the Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam

The rise in the international spot price of thermal coal over the past 12 months may have put smiles on the faces of a handful of coal-exporter CEOs, but for importing nations that include Japan, the Philippines, Thailand, South Korea, and Vietnam, the trend risks putting a multibillion-dollar dent in current accounts. Since the beginning […]

November 17, 2017 Read More →
IEEFA Update: Are Investors in Asian Coal Starting to Think Twice?

IEEFA Update: Are Investors in Asian Coal Starting to Think Twice?

Signs That Risk Perceptions May Be Shifting as Markets Evolve

Human nature is to juggle contradiction and remain hopeful in the face of adversity. But investors are supposed to be hard-eyed cynics. What, then, to make of financial professionals smart enough to pose shrewd questions about the impact of climate change on the coal industry but willing to settle for illogically incomplete answers? This is […]

October 20, 2017 Read More →
IEEFA Report: Winners and Losers Among Big Utilities as Renewables Disrupt Markets Across Asia, Europe, the U.S., and Africa

IEEFA Report: Winners and Losers Among Big Utilities as Renewables Disrupt Markets Across Asia, Europe, the U.S., and Africa

Leaders and Laggards Emerge; US$185 Billion in Lost Shareholder Value Seen Among Utilities Failing to Keep Pace; Solar and Wind Generation ‘Can Now Consistently Outbid Fossil-Fuel-Based Generation’

Oct. 4, 2017 (IEEFA) — The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) published a report today that describes how the rise of renewable energy is disrupting electricity markets worldwide. The report, “Global Electricity Utilities in Transition: Leaders and Laggards: 11 Case Studies,” documents a pace of change in Asia, Europe, the Americas and […]

October 4, 2017 Read More →

IEEFA Update: A Sense of Desperation in Global Coal-Expansion Campaigns

Investors Grow Wary of Reputational, Regulatory and Return Risk

Coal apologists the world over like to cite spurious “facts” to support their argument for new investments in coal projects. A commonly heard theme: We need more coal because it’s cheap. In Australia, the government’s chief scientist’s call for a national “clean energy target” has set off a wave of highly dubious claims about coal […]

August 4, 2017 Read More →

Dubai, Abu Dhabi, China, U.S., Lead 2Q Surge in Renewables Investments

Bloomberg New Energy Finance Week in Review: The second quarter of 2017 saw $64.8 billion invested in clean energy around the world, up 21 percent from the first quarter and the highest since 2Q 2016. The financing of two big photovoltaic projects in the United Arab Emirates with a combined value of around $2 billion […]

July 18, 2017 Read More →