Commentary

IEEFA Update: New Philippine Coal Tax Will Drive Development of Cleaner, Cheaper Power

IEEFA Update: New Philippine Coal Tax Will Drive Development of Cleaner, Cheaper Power

Good News From Manila: A Policy Shift in Step With Global Trends

A 400 percent coal tax increase agreed to by legislators in the Philippines today stands to catalyze the development of cleaner and cheaper energy. Though it requires presidential approval, the shift is a welcome sign of government openness to weaning the country off its dependence on expensive fossil fuels. It makes economic common sense too. […]

December 11, 2017 Read More →

IEEFA Australia: Adani’s Bad Month

Few Financiers for a Project on the Ropes

The potential for Adani’s Carmichael coal mine proposal in northern Australia took a dramatic turn this week as one major Chinese bank after another ruled out financing the project. The news comes shortly after Queensland state’s Labor Party government promised to block a federal taxpayer-funded loan to Adani if re-elected—and odds are the party has […]

December 8, 2017 Read More →
IEEFA Op-Ed: Wall Street’s War on Puerto Rico

IEEFA Op-Ed: Wall Street’s War on Puerto Rico

Bondholders Who Insist on Their Pound of Flesh Only Risk Further Losses

A commentary that appeared the other day in the Bond Buyer, the debt industry’s newspaper of record, is but the latest salvo in Wall Street’s misguided war on Puerto Rico. The column, by a representative of Spire Wealth Management, complained strenuously that Puerto Rico was only hurting itself by pressing for much-needed debt relief. Such […]

December 7, 2017 Read More →

IEEFA Op-Ed: ‘Pension Funds, Sell Your Gas and Oil Stock’

Former Blue-Chip Investments Bear a Greater Resemblance Now to Speculative Holdings

Last month, Norway’s $1 trillion pension fund announced plans to drop oil and gas stocks from its core benchmark stock portfolio. The move was of note because it served as an important acknowledgement by a major institutional investor that such holdings have lost their status as mainstream, blue-chip investments and are now considered speculative. It […]

December 4, 2017 Read More →

IEEFA Update: The Many Risks in Rising Oil Prices

Prices at the Pump Will Go Up; Economic Fallout Will be Substantial; Oversupply Is a Possibility

OPEC member nations alongside other oil-producing countries yesterday announced the continuation of production cuts through 2018 in a move designed to keep prices rising. Last year, as the first wave of recent production cuts kicked in, oil prices were $45 a barrel. They have since risen 28 percent, to $58. While this upward trajectory is […]

December 1, 2017 Read More →
IEEFA Guest Commentary: The Sensible Path Forward for South Africa’s Eskom

IEEFA Guest Commentary: The Sensible Path Forward for South Africa’s Eskom

Decommissioning Old Coal-Fired Plants and Curtailing Construction of New Ones Is in the National Interest

South Africa’s national power utility, Eskom, would do well by its ratepayers and investors to decommission its older coal-fired power stations and consider curtailing construction of its controversial 4,800-megawatt Kusile Power Plant project. A study published earlier this month by my firm, Meridian Economics, explains how these interventions would save hundreds of millions of dollars […]

IEEFA Update: More Questions on U.K. Nuclear Project

IEEFA Update: More Questions on U.K. Nuclear Project

Concerns Grow That Hinkley Point C Is an Overpriced Mistake

Two of the U.K.’s main public-spending watchdogs have now criticized the government’s deal with French utility giant EDF to support completion of a new nuclear power plant, only just stopping short of saying the deal was an outright mistake. The critiques highlight the risk in failing to heed the falling cost of renewables and serve as […]

November 29, 2017 Read More →
IEEFA Update: Norway Shows What to Do With Fading Oil and Gas Holdings

IEEFA Update: Norway Shows What to Do With Fading Oil and Gas Holdings

A Marquee Global Fund Sees Too Much Risk in Not Divesting

In recommending last week that oil stocks be excluded from its equity benchmark index, Norges Bank, the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) manager, has moved oil stocks from a mainstream investment to a speculative grade risk. If Norway’s Finance Ministry and Parliament agree, GPFG will still invest in oil and gas stocks, but under […]

November 22, 2017 Read More →

IEEFA Germany: Czech Company That Got a Vattenfall Giveaway Wants More

Foreign Buyer of Lausitz Region Lignite Assets Wants to Have Its Cake and Eat It Too

When you take something off somebody’s hands at a discount price, especially when a shrewd seller is involved, common sense dictates that you might expect there to be some strings attached. Shouldn’t such common sense apply equally to the Czech energy company, EPH, which last year acquired—for less than a song—highly polluting lignite assets from […]

November 22, 2017 Read More →

IEEFA Op-Ed: Keystone XL Is Still a Stinker

Better Investments Are What Americans Want: Healthcare, Roads, Education

Despite project approval this week by a Nebraska commission, TransCanada faces steep market hurdles in its proposed buildout of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Keystone is the final phase of an oil transport system that would link producers in Canada and North Dakota with refiners and export terminals on the Gulf Coast. President Obama, citing environmental […]

November 22, 2017 Read More →