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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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On the Blogs: GE Moves Into Japanese Wind

ClimateActionProgramme.org: GE Renewables Energy – one of the largest wind turbine manufacturers in the world – has announced its development of a 66 megawatt (MW) wind energy project in the Akita prefecture in northern Japan. GE Renewables Energy said it has reached an agreement with leading architectural, civil engineering and general contracting firm, Shimizu Corporation, […]

June 23, 2017 Read More →

IEEFA Asia: More Evidence of Stark Change in Seaborne Thermal Coal Markets

A ‘JKT’ Triad—Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan—Sets a 21st Century Course for Clean Energy; Expect Further Transformation in the Next Year or Two

Word out today that Taiwan has attracted $60 billion in foreign capital commitments to renewable-energy projects adds to the fast-gathering momentum around the electricity sector transition taking deep root across Asia. An excerpt from the article posted this afternoon by Nikkei Asia Review: Global renewable energy companies are rushing to set up offshore wind farms […]

May 30, 2017 Read More →

Some in Japan Push for a Rethinking of How the World’s Third-Largest Economy Produces Electricity

Bloomberg News: The man guiding Japan’s environment policy has a message for his country’s corporate titans – get ready because putting a price on carbon is all but inevitable if global warming is to be held at bay. “Carbon pricing is one effective measure to create a low-carbon society,” Koichi Yamamoto, Japan’s environment minister, said […]

May 30, 2017 Read More →

IEEFA Asia: Moon Jae-In’s Ascension in Seoul Is Another Blow to Asia’s Coal Industry

Policy Shift Stands to Halve the Long-Term Growth Rate of South Korean Coal Imports

Moon Jae-In’s election yesterday as president of South Korea holds potentially significant ramifications for global seaborne thermal coal markets. South Korea is Asia’s fourth-largest economy and the fourth-largest importer of coal globally, accounting for over 10 percent of world thermal coal import demand. As the only remaining growth market of significant size, it has long […]

May 10, 2017 Read More →

IEEFA Asia: Japan’s $1.3 Trillion Pension Fund Approaches a Climate-Risk Crossroads

An Imminent Decision on How a New Mandate at GPIF Will Be Managed

When the world’s largest pension fund issued a call last summer for guidance on how best to increase its holdings in socially-responsible companies, it was news—and rightly so. The Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) of Japan, which manages US$1.3 trillion in assets, wields major market influence both at home and abroad. In announcing the program […]

IEEFA Update: Japan Is Investing Heavily in Overseas Renewables
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IEEFA Update: Japan Is Investing Heavily in Overseas Renewables

Momentum Spreads From Domestic to Foreign Activity

Among one of the key points we made in a report we published last week on Japan’s post-nuclear energy economy is how Japanese energy-investment capital is being pulled inextricably now toward overseas renewable-energy projects. It’s a wrinkle worth repeating. Our report—“Japan: Greater Energy Security Through Renewables – Electricity Transformation in a Post-Nuclear Economy”—details how the […]

Japan’s Underused Offshore Wind Potential

Wind Power Offshore: Japan’s move away from nuclear and fossil fuel power can be helped by offshore wind supporting the country’s baseload power, a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) has found. Japan’s offshore wind market is ‘not utilised and has been hugely underestimated’ said IEEFA. In its ‘A […]

March 22, 2017 Read More →

Japan in Transition as Outlook for Coal Use Drops

Bloomberg News: Japan’s traditional power generators may produce 40 percent less electricity in 2030 than they did in 2015 because of a decline in demand and growth in supply from sources of clean energy, a study showed, casting doubt on plans to build more coal-fired power stations. Japan, which increased reliance on fossil fuel after […]

March 22, 2017 Read More →
IEEFA Report: A Renewables Path to Japanese Energy Security in a Post-Nuclear Era
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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 […]

IEEFA Report: A Viable, Low-Carbon Path Toward Energy Security for Japan’s Post-Fukushima Economy

Eliminating High-Risk Dependence on Imported Fuels; Vast Potential in Renewables and Buildout Around Domestic Technology Advantages; Stranded Assets in Coal Projects; Little Chance of Nuclear Industry Recovery

March 21, 2017 (IEEFA) — A report published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis details how Japan’s post-nuclear electricity-generation economy can be viably retooled around renewable energy. The 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 […]

March 21, 2017 Read More →