Commentary

IEEFA Update: Global Energy-Finance Transition Gains Steam

Electricity-Generation Technologies of the Past Century Are Growing Increasingly Unappealing to Investors

[Editor’s note: This column is taken from a speech last month to the Australian Senate on its inquiry into the retirement of coal-fired power stations] Good afternoon and thank you for allowing me the opportunity to speak on the critically important topic of Australian coal-fired power station retirements, particularly as it relates to energy system […]

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IEEFA Update: Wall Street Gets the Exxon Heebie-Jeebies

IEEFA Update: Wall Street Gets the Exxon Heebie-Jeebies

Skeptical Oil Industry Analysts Greet a Changing of the Guard

News of note this week on sentiment toward ExxonMobil comes by way, among others, of the Wall Street Journal: “Exxon has lost cachet among institutional investors in recent years: Most portfolios hold a smaller proportion of Exxon stock than its relative size in the S&P 500 index, according to Evercore ISI analyst Doug Terreson.” “This […]

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IEEFA Update: Kemper, Edwardsport, and ‘Clean Coal’

Construction Delays and Budget Overruns; Productivity Problems; High Operating Costs

If the “clean coal” integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) technology promoted at home and abroad by the U.S. utility industry sounds too good to be true, it’s because it is. That’s why Moody’s Investors Services warned the other day that it might downgrade the credit of Mississippi Power Company because of the declining competitiveness of […]

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IEEFA Update: China Is Now Three Years Past Peak Coal

Declines in Consumption and Production Show an Economy Decoupling From Energy Demand

With official word this week from the China National Bureau of Statistics that the world’s biggest user of coal reduced its consumption in 2016 by 4.7 percent comes another signal that the Chinese electricity transformation continues apace. The trend has three years of history to it now, which is to say China is three years […]

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IEEFA Exxon: Questions, More Questions

What, Really, Is the Future of the Oil Industry? And How Believable Are Company Projections?

Much will be written this week about the oil industry’s abandonment of key reserves in its oil sands holdings. ExxonMobil is suddenly smaller than it was. So is Canada’s energy industry, and so are world oil markets. All said, the oil industry, globally speaking, has recently now lost about 10 percent of its proven and […]

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IEEFA Norway: Why the World’s Biggest Sovereign Wealth Fund Should Invest in Global Renewable Energy Infrastructure
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IEEFA Norway: Why the World’s Biggest Sovereign Wealth Fund Should Invest in Global Renewable Energy Infrastructure

The Sector is Growing, Returns Are Reliable, the Outlook is Positive

We published a report this morning that highlights how Norway is at a historic crossroads in how it manages some of its vast national wealth bound up in the Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG). Indeed, GPFG is facing an unusually opportune moment this summer, as Parliament considers whether to enact a mandate that would have […]

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IEEFA Op-Ed: Opportunity Knocks

Enormous and Immediate Demand for Renewable Energy Infrastructure in Developed and Emerging Economies Alike

Norway’s management of its vast national wealth – held in the world’s biggest sovereign wealth fund – is at an historic crossroads. Indeed, it is facing an unusually opportune moment this summer, as parliament considers granting the fund a mandate to invest up to 5 percent of its US$880 billion in unlisted infrastructure, including renewable […]

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IEEFA Op-Ed: Market Forces Are What’s Killing the Navajo Generating Station

The President Should Not Intercede

The question of whether the Navajo Generating Station will stay open past 2019 is of special regional interest for the implications it raises about jobs and local economies in the Rocky Mountains and the Southwest. But it’s a national issue too, as shown by pleas this week for President Trump to take executive action to […]

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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. Adani 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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