Commentary

IEEFA Guest Commentary: Peabody Must No Longer Be Self Bonded

IEEFA Guest Commentary: Peabody Must No Longer Be Self Bonded

‘Dodging Debt Obligations Through Bankruptcy Proceedings’

Wyoming’s Department of Environmental Quality is facing a critical decision regarding Peabody Energy and whether the company can continue to self-bond for its $728 million Wyoming coal mine cleanup obligation. Self-bonds are unsecured IOUs, uncollectable when a company hides under bankruptcy protection. Peabody is the nation’s largest coal company, and is going through Chapter 11 […]

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IEEFA Update: Adani Has Gone Quiet on Its Australia Coal Mega-Project

Developer Lacks the Capacity to Go Forward on Carmichael

The latest quarterly financial report from Adani Enterprises Ltd. is illuminating in no small part for what it does not say. Adana is the company that for years has championed construction of the proposed Carmichael project in Australia, a multi-billion-dollar undertaking that would purport to supply coal to India. Yet the project gets no acknowledgement […]

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IEEFA Update: Shutdown of Navajo Generating Station Likely Blows a Hole in Peabody’s Bankruptcy Plan

IEEFA Update: Shutdown of Navajo Generating Station Likely Blows a Hole in Peabody’s Bankruptcy Plan

Company Seen as Unlikely to Meet its Production or EBITDA Projections; Fate of Plant Is Emblematic of Larger Shift

Bankrupt Peabody Energy is being dealt a fresh setback on news this week that owners of the coal-fired Navajo Generating Station don’t expect to keep the plant open past 2019. The 2,500-megawatt station in Northern Arizona is owned by a consortium of public and private utilities with significant service areas in several states. While Peabody […]

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IEEFA India: A Momentous Solar Event

Signs of a Fundamental Market Shift; Implications for Emerging Markets Everywhere

A matter of hours after we commented this week on a record low bid for solar project development in India, that record fell again. The three winning bids for the 750MW auction, by Mahindra Renewables, Acme Solar, and Solenergi Power, came in at below Rs2.97-Rs2.979/kWh. Bidding opened at Rs3.59-3.64/kWh. The results, for rights to develop […]

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IEEFA Update: Elections Have Consequences, but Perhaps Few That Can Save Coal

IEEFA Update: Elections Have Consequences, but Perhaps Few That Can Save Coal

Market Forces Are What Matter Above All

We didn’t make it this year to the Coaltrans USA conference last week in Miami, but we heard tell of some smart talk at the event by two of the industry’s CEOs, Bob Murray of Murray Energy and Kevin Crutchfield of Contura Energy, né Alpha Natural Resources.    The conference, where executives and analysts gather […]

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IEEFA India: Latest Record-Low Bids Underscore Solar’s Commercial Viability

International Coal Markets Are at Risk as Transformation Continues

As India was crossing the 50-gigawatt (GW) threshold for cumulative installed renewable energy capacity (excluding large hydro), the initial bids for its first major solar auction of 2017 were announced—and came in at a record low Rs3.59-3.64/kWh this week. That’s down 16 percent year on year against the previous record low bid. This trend is not […]

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IEEFA Op-Ed: Indonesian Financing for Indonesian Projects

Dollar-Based Deals With Foreign Banks Are Too Costly

When 2016 drew to a close, Indonesia’s chief finance sector regulator, the Financial Services Authority (OJK), met in Bali with the private-sector finance arm of the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), to come up with some shared new year’s resolutions for the national banking sector. Like the Joko “Jokowi” Widodo government, which has […]

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IEEFA Op-Ed: Investors Should Steer Clear of the Keystone Pipeline

IEEFA Op-Ed: Investors Should Steer Clear of the Keystone Pipeline

Superfluous, High-Risk Infrastructure the Markets Cannot Support

The oil industry is in trouble, beset by bankruptcies of junior companies, write-downs by major producers, and canceled or drastically delayed projects across the board. The last thing it needs is the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which President Trump this week moved to resurrect after only five days in office. If the president gets the […]

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IEEFA Update: Exxon Trouble

More Stranded Assets Loom as Market Shift Continues

In writing off a couple of billion dollars of difficult-to-tap Rocky Mountain gas holdings, ExxonMobil this morning is diverting attention from key bigger-picture truths. More write-downs loom, and will probably come sooner than later, including on the company’s 4.6 billion barrels of sand-locked oil in Canada. We expect that particular chunk of the ExxonMobil stranded-asset portfolio […]

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IEEFA Europe: Can Power Market Reforms Curb U.K. Ratepayer Handouts to Gas, Coal and Nuclear?

IEEFA Europe: Can Power Market Reforms Curb U.K. Ratepayer Handouts to Gas, Coal and Nuclear?

Capacity Subsidies May Be Redundant

The U.K. this week holds its biggest auction ever for electricity generating capacity under a multi-billion-pound scheme whose stated aim is to increase investment in new, flexible generation. The intent is to help balance the growth in variable wind and solar power while ensuring there are enough power plants to cover demand. Under the so-called […]

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