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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

On the blogs: Policy remains key to solar expansion

International Energy Agency: China’s success in this sector has been thanks to a virtuous cycle of strong policy support and falling technology costs. For example, China’s 2020 targets for solar PV have been ratcheted up several times, rising from an initial target of 1.8 GW set in 2008, to 105 GW in the 13th Five-Year […]

February 13, 2019 Read More →

Japanese firms abandon plans for 2GW coal plant near Tokyo

Reuters: Japan’s Idemitsu Kosan, Kyushu Electric Power and Tokyo Gas said on Thursday they have given up their plan to build a 2 gigawatt (GW) coal-fired power station in Chiba, near Tokyo, as it would not be economically feasible. The move follows a similar decision by Chugoku Electric Power and JFE Steel, a unit of […]

January 31, 2019 Read More →

Tokyo Electric planning 1GW offshore wind project

The Yomiuri Shimbun: Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc. is considering a project to build one of the nation’s biggest offshore wind power plants, it has been learned. The wind farm’s generating capacity is expected to be over 1 million kilowatts [1,000 megawatts], the equivalent of the power produced by a nuclear power reactor. One […]

January 15, 2019 Read More →

Hitachi reportedly on verge of canceling U.K. nuclear project

The Guardian: The Japanese conglomerate Hitachi looks certain to cancel its plans for a £16bn nuclear power station in Wales, leaving Britain’s ambitions for a nuclear renaissance in tatters. An impasse in months-long talks between the company, London and Tokyo on financing is expected to result in the flagship project being axed at a Hitachi […]

January 11, 2019 Read More →
IEEFA Japan: Early days, but momentum away from coal is building
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IEEFA Japan: Early days, but momentum away from coal is building

From September to December 2018, the prime minister, corporations and lenders have been pivoting towards renewables

SYDNEY –  Over the last decade Japan has consistently been placed in the top three leading global exporters of financially supported coal-fired power engineering and technology capacity. In recent months however there are emerging signs of a strategic pivot away from coal, driven by a recognition of the stranded asset risks in thermal coal mining […]

and December 21, 2018 Read More →

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 →