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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 →

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IEEFA Australia: Thermal coal export sunset looming closer

Glencore failing investors in its latest forecasts

For more than a decade, the figures looked good. Australia’s thermal coal mining export industry was experiencing an unprecedented rise in the coal seaborne market. Up to 2015 the numbers were singing. Australia was leading the market as the world’s biggest exporter of coal. But then something happened. Australia’s thermal coal exports lost their momentum. […]

November 8, 2018 Read More →

Mitsui considering sale of Australia coal mine stake

ET Economic World: Japanese trading firm Mitsui & Co Ltd may sell its stake in an Australia thermal coal mine in the face of growing pressure to divest coal assets amid mounting concerns over climate change, its chief executive officer said on Wednesday. “We’ve made it clear that we won’t invest in new thermal coal […]

November 5, 2018 Read More →

New transmission flexibility boosts renewables in Japan

Reuters: Japan transferred excess renewable energy supplies between two of its electricity regions for the first time since a major shakeup of its power sector, the country’s grid monitor told Reuters. The transfer of excess solar power supplies from the island of Kyushu to Japan’s main island of Honshu signals an increase in flexibility in […]

October 3, 2018 Read More →

Mitsubishi is the latest Japanese firm to take a second look at coal investments

Australian Financial Review ($): Australia’s biggest thermal coal customer is hardening its attitude towards the fuel, with Japan’s biggest bank and one of Japan’s biggest power and mining conglomerates tightening their coal investment policies in recent days. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, which is Japan’s largest lender and largest bank by assets, said it was reviewing […]

September 24, 2018 Read More →

IEEFA update: As Marubeni distances itself from coal, other industrial behemoths will follow

Growing acknowledgement of climate risk to companies and investors alike

SYDNEY — In distancing itself from coal, Japan’s Marubeni Corp., one of the world’s largest developers of coal-fired power plants, is adding to global momentum away from traditional forms of electricity generation. An announcement earlier this week by the company recognises climate risk as a threat to Marubeni’s business and shareholders and states that—as a […]

September 19, 2018 Read More →

Report: Marubeni moving away from coal industry

Renew Economy: Japanese energy giant Marubeni Corp has revealed plans to halve its ownership of coal-fired power plants by 2030, and withdraw completely from the coal plant building business, in what industry watchers are describing as the latest and strongest confirmation of a global transition to renewables. The sudden strategic pivot by Marubeni – renowned […]

September 17, 2018 Read More →

Energy majors to cooperate on offshore wind development in Japan

Renewables Now: French energy group Engie SA and Electric Power Development Co, also known as J-Power of Japan, will collaborate on power projects, especially large-scale offshore wind, under a non-exclusive memorandum of understanding (MoU) announced by the Japanese company on Thursday. The companies see offshore wind as a promising energy source to expand Japan’s renewables […]

September 7, 2018 Read More →
IEEFA update: Offshore wind power, the underexplored opportunity that could replace coal in Asia
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IEEFA update: Offshore wind power, the underexplored opportunity that could replace coal in Asia

Technological improvements have changed the game; global capacity could grow to 115 GW by 2030

The global renewable electricity sector transformation has gained unprecedented impetus due to accelerated deflation in wind and solar power costs. Classic benefits of technological improvements, innovative financing, low externalities and economies of scale have all come to fruition in the renewable energy sector. In IEEFA’s view, similar momentum is unfolding in the underexplored domain of […]

and August 30, 2018 Read More →

Japanese bank funding for new coal plants in question

Bloomberg: Three coal-fired power plants under consideration in Vietnam, Botswana and Mongolia supported by Japanese banks probably wouldn’t be eligible for financing under more climate-friendly guidelines emerging from the Asian country’s financial institutions, according to research by a climate-change advocacy group. The facilities, with a combined capacity of 2,070 megawatts, fall short of some of […]

August 28, 2018 Read More →

Solar helps Japan cope with sweltering summer

Nikkei Asian Review: As temperatures soared to record highs across Japan this summer and people scrambled to beat the heat, power companies turned to solar power to weather the surge in air conditioner usage. After the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, which forced the shutdown of all nuclear power plants — most of which are […]

August 16, 2018 Read More →