Commentary

IEEFA Update: Politics Is the Main Barrier to Solar Energy Independence in Puerto Rico
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IEEFA Update: Politics Is the Main Barrier to Solar Energy Independence in Puerto Rico

Tesla Inc.’s interest in turning Puerto Rico into a renewable-energy powerhouse is in its infancy, but the company’s experience with solar is not. The core challenges to bringing a sun-powered electricity-grid to the island are not in the technical constraints but in the political ones—the government’s historic tolerance for innovation and modernization is well known. […]

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IEEFA Update: Netherlands, in New Program to Close All Coal-Fired Generation by 2030, Sends European Energy Markets a Sharp Signal

Phase-out Plans Combined With the Rise of Renewables and the Impact of Improved Efficiency Put Old Electricity-Production Models at Risk

In announcing plans to shut all coal-fired power plants by 2030,  the new government of the Netherlands sent a dramatic signal to electricity markets today that no investment in coal-fired power in Europe is safe. The Dutch statement is especially significant given that the Netherlands itself has only recently commissioned three of Europe’s newest coal-fired […]

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IEEFA Update: Trump Says Eliminate Puerto Rico’s Debt: We Agree

Liability Must Be Apportioned Too, and Criminal Action Must Result

President Trump, who knows a thing or two about bankruptcy, says Puerto Rico’s public debt should be wiped out. We agree. The commonwealth owes bondholders somewhere on the order of $70 billion, with most of that debt tied to general-obligation bonds, revenue bonds and bonds issued by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA). Ahead […]

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IEEFA Update: In Campaign to Prop Up Navajo Generating Station, Peabody Energy Seeks a Victory Again at Somebody Else’s Expense
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IEEFA Update: In Campaign to Prop Up Navajo Generating Station, Peabody Energy Seeks a Victory Again at Somebody Else’s Expense

Calculated Misinformation by a Coal Company Chasing Fading Profits

The last time Peabody Energy got involved with developing a new power plant it ended in financial chaos for 200 Midwest communities that had been talked into taking part. Peabody was the lead proponent of the Prairie State Generating Center in Marisa, Illinois, which opened in 2012 promising cheap electricity for the towns and cities […]

IEEFA Report: Winners and Losers Among Big Utilities as Renewables Disrupt Markets Across Asia, Europe, the U.S., and Africa

IEEFA Report: Winners and Losers Among Big Utilities as Renewables Disrupt Markets Across Asia, Europe, the U.S., and Africa

Leaders and Laggards Emerge; US$185 Billion in Lost Shareholder Value Seen Among Utilities Failing to Keep Pace; Solar and Wind Generation ‘Can Now Consistently Outbid Fossil-Fuel-Based Generation’

Oct. 4, 2017 (IEEFA) — The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) published a report today that describes how the rise of renewable energy is disrupting electricity markets worldwide. The report, “Global Electricity Utilities in Transition: Leaders and Laggards: 11 Case Studies,” documents a pace of change in Asia, Europe, the Americas and […]

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IEEFA Update: Here’s How You Can Help Get Solar Power to Puerto Rican Households Now

IEEFA Update: Here’s How You Can Help Get Solar Power to Puerto Rican Households Now

A Call for Immediate Donations to the Puerto Rico Emergency Solar Energy Fund

IEEFA has never made a fundraising pitch on its website before, but times change, sometimes for the worse.   One million households in Puerto Rico do not have electricity today. In the wake of monumental damage from Hurricane Maria, power to most inhabitants of the islands is not likely to be restored for many weeks […]

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IEEFA Australia: Escalating Financial Risk in Adani’s Abbot Point Coal Terminal

Begging the Question as to Why the Government Would Lend Heavily to a Tax-Haven Scheme Controlled by a Foreign Billionaire

Oct. 2, 2017 (IEEFA) — New analysis by The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) finds that Adani’s Abbot Point Coal Terminal is excessively leveraged, promises negative shareholders equity, and runs the risk of becoming a stranded asset if Adani’s proposed Carmichael mine does not get the A$1 billion Australian taxpayer subsidy it […]

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IEEFA Update: Puerto Rico Bankruptcy Court Weighs a Motion to Turn Back the Clock on Electricity System Reform in Puerto Rico

A Sudden New Move by the Status Quo to Thwart Development of a More Resilient Grid

Still horrifically crippled by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Puerto Rico is now facing a fresh indignity: Its long-simmering fiscal crisis is being used in a quiet attempt to weaken sound utility regulation and to stifle the island’s nascent shift to solar energy. Something resembling a bureaucratic coup is occurring within the context of a larger […]

September 29, 2017 Read More →

IEEFA Guest Post: China’s Renewable Energy Revolution

China Is Taking the Lead in Cutting Edge Energy Technology and Increasing Its Share of Global Energy Demand

Jiang Kejun is senior researcher at the Energy Research Institute of China’s National Development and Reform Commission.  Jonathan Woetzel is a McKinsey senior partner, a director of the McKinsey Global Institute, and co-author of No Ordinary Disruption: The Four Global Forces Breaking All the Trends. 20 September 2017 – At the start of 2017, China announced […]

IEEFA Update: The Puerto Rican Solar Elephant in the Room

‘New Interest in Ways of Shifting Island Power Grids Toward Greater Reliance on Renewables’

The hurricane ravage to America’s “51st state” has sparked what probably strikes some electricity-sector experts as an unexpected discussion about how to solarize Puerto Rico. IEEFA, informed by months of on-the-ground research and in conjunction with business and residents of the island, has been talking about it for a long time. The good news—to the […]

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