IEEFA Research

Coal Won’t Solve the Energy Poverty Problem

Coal Won’t Solve the Energy Poverty Problem

Times Have Changed; Old Electricity-Generation Models Don’t Work Anymore

Coal-fired electricity is no longer the economy builder its proponents say it is. Time was when coal in fact did contribute to growth in many economies, but times have changed. Today governments and private interests worldwide concede—even emphasize—the economic and environmental dysfunction of coal. We’ve just published an IEEFA Briefing Note (“Energy Poverty, Then and […]

March 3, 2016 Read More →
The World Bank’s Bad Energy-Policy Call in Kosovo

The World Bank’s Bad Energy-Policy Call in Kosovo

The Wrong Move at the Wrong Time for a Small Country in Eastern Europe

We’ve just published a study concluding that the proposed coal-fired New Kosovo Power Plant—if it’s built—would increase electricity prices by as much as 50 percent in Kosovo and damage the economy of the small country. The study, “The Proposed New Kosovo Power Plant: An Unnecessary Burden at an Unreasonable Price,” ( also see Albanian version) urges the […]

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European development bank backs away from financing coal projects

SeeNews: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has issued a draft energy sector strategy that it will not finance coal projects, it said on Wednesday, following a statement by an environmental group that the international lender is not considering support for a coal-fired power plant project in Kosovo. “We have issued a draft […]

November 20, 2018 Read More →

World Bank says no to planned Kosovo coal plant

London South East: The World Bank said on Wednesday it would not support a planned 500-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Kosovo, the first major energy project in the Balkan country in more than two decades. Kosovo’s government had asked the Washington-based lender to provide it partial risk guarantees that would help unlock cheaper loans […]

October 11, 2018 Read More →

On the blogs: German study sees viable transition to renewable power generation in Kosovo

Germanwatch.org: Not only is an energy transition technically possible, given the country’s great potentials in wind and solar, as well as excellent options for connections to Albanian hydropower. An energy transition even is a necessity in order to reduce CO2 emissions, improve air quality and open up economic and social opportunities for Europe’s youngest country. […]

August 8, 2018 Read More →

First wind farm in Kosovo takes shape

Reuters: High on the Kika mountain plateau workers are installing Kosovo’s first wind turbine, as the Balkan country tries to ease its reliance on coal and end power outages. Kosovo aims to generate a quarter of its energy from renewable sources by 2020 to meet the standards of the European Union, which it aspires to […]

June 29, 2018 Read More →

IEEFA Update: In Kosovo, Plans for a Power Plant That Would Be Out of Compliance on Day One

ContourGlobal Wants to Build According to Old Emissions Limits Instead of New Ones

London-listed power-generation investor ContourGlobal portrays its plan for a new coal-fired power plant in Kosovo as a step toward cleaner air for the small Balkan republic. But the company’s agreement with the government shows it actually hedging its bets, dithering between less- and-more polluting options. ContourGlobal’s 2017 annual report, published this month, shows that the […]

April 17, 2018 Read More →
IEEFA Update: Kosovo’s Latest Coal-Plant Plan Would Violate EU Standards for Market Competition

IEEFA Update: Kosovo’s Latest Coal-Plant Plan Would Violate EU Standards for Market Competition

Project Puts a Small Country's Economy at Risk; Deal Locks in Profits for U.S. Developer ContourGlobal While Offering Little Transparency

A recent Kosovo government announcement of a contract with U.S. developer ContourGlobal to build a new coal-fired power plant in Pristina appears to be in violation of European state-aid rules. The deal, which awards ContourGlobal a no-bid contract to build a 450-megawatt (MW) plant that would burn domestically produced lignite, effectively serves as a barrier […]

IEEFA Update: Questionable Priorities in Kosovo Coal-Expansion Proposal

IEEFA Update: Questionable Priorities in Kosovo Coal-Expansion Proposal

Putting a New Lignite-Power Program Ahead of a Thorough Clean-Up of Existing Generation Is a Strategy That Is Increasingly Difficult to Accept

No better example comes to mind of outdated energy policy in action than what’s unfolding in Kosovo. The tiny country’s main power plant is one of Europe’s dirtiest, as we noted in a report we published two weeks ago chronicling how hundreds of aging coal-fired electricity plants across the continent fall outside new pollution limits […]

May 23, 2017 Read More →
IEEFA Update: Renewable Energy, Gone Mainstream, Is a Rising Tide

IEEFA Update: Renewable Energy, Gone Mainstream, Is a Rising Tide

As Chinese Companies Lead the Charge, Others Will Join. Might the U.S. Miss the Boat?

If the U.S. turns away from the rise of renewable energy, it will be fighting a tide on which others will ride high. Leading the surge will be China, which already has a huge advantage in its current position at the front of the pack, as IEEFA chronicled last week in a report by Tim […]

January 10, 2017 Read More →

The World Bank’s Errant Investment in Kosovo Coal-Fired Project

Karl Mathiesen for The Guardian: A 2011 World Bank report concluded that Kosovo’s growing energy demand could only be fulfilled cost-effectively by new coal. The country is bypassed by the great gas pipelines that flow into Europe from Azerbaijan, Russia and north Africa. Critics from Kosid, a local civil society alliance, have attacked the report […]

July 20, 2016 Read More →

IEEFA Europe: Western Balkans Take a Step Away From Coal Power, and Toward the EU

Albania, Croatia and Kosovo Have Made Tentative Moves in Just the Past Week or So Toward Greener, More Integrated Electricity Markets

Albania, Croatia and Kosovo have made tentative steps in just the past week or so toward greener and more integrated market-driven electricity networks. We have argued before that the introduction of competitive electricity markets, coupled with greater cross-border connections and renewable power, is the way forward for the Western Balkans. Such an approach will help […]

June 24, 2016 Read More →