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IEEFA Report: Electricity-Sector Opportunity in the Philippines

IEEFA Report: Electricity-Sector Opportunity in the Philippines

The Case for Wind-and Solar-Powered Small Island Grids

May 8, 2017, MANILA ( — The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis today published a report outlining how small islands in the Philippines can effectively replace outdated, diesel-fuel electricity-generation systems with solar- and wind-powered grids. The report—“Electricity-Sector Opportunity in the Philippines – The Case for Wind- and Solar-Powered Small Island Grids”—notes that many […]

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‘Three Reasons to Believe in China’s Renewable Energy Boom’

National Geographic: It has atrocious air pollution. It fears climate change. And it wants to be a “manufacturing monster” in renewables too. After years of ignoring the air quality crisis that has resulted from decades of breakneck industrialization, China’s leaders have finally begun trying to solve it. And because coal is the source of an […]

May 24, 2017 Read More →

On the Blogs: Trump, After Campaigning on the Wonder of Clean Coal, Cuts Clean Coal Development by 85% When signing his March executive order to revise the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era policy measure to limit power plant carbon emissions, President Trump promised coal miners in attendance, “My administration is putting an end to the war on coal. We’re going to have clean coal, really clean coal.” Released Tuesday, Trump’s 2018 budget […]

May 24, 2017 Read More →

IEEFA Indonesia: Clinging to Outdated Diesel-Fired Electricity Generation Is Expensive and Short-Sighted

Renewable Energy Makes Better Sense Than Importing Fuel for Small Islands and Isolated Locales

The announcement last week of new diesel gas contracts and more diesel-powered generators for power production in hundreds of locations across Indonesia is short-sighted, expensive and risky. While national government officials have stated support for renewable energy policies that would expand remote and rural electrification, including a plan to install solar photovoltaics in 2,500 villages […]

On the Blogs: The High Cost of Old Energy Policy The economic risks of ignoring the emerging global market for clean energy are real. By abdicating its leadership role on global climate change and backing away from policies that support the Paris Climate Pledge, the Trump administration is — perhaps unwittingly — removing incentives for American companies to compete and innovate at the forefront […]

May 23, 2017 Read More →

A Growing Consensus That Peak Oil Demand Is in Sight

Wall Street Journal: The world’s largest oil companies are girding for the biggest shift in energy consumption since the Industrial Revolution: After decades of growth, global demand for oil is poised to peak and fall in the coming years. New technologies that improve fuel efficiency are starting to push down the amount of gasoline and […]

May 22, 2017 Read More →

Warning on Shareholder Blowback Around BP’s and Glencore’s Bullish Assertions

Financial Times: BP and Glencore are exposed to investor lawsuits by making “bullish” forecasts about the world’s future hunger for fossil fuels, a prominent environmental law firm has warned. In a sign of the rising financial pressure environmental campaigners are applying to big energy companies, ClientEarth, a London legal firm, has written to BP claiming […]

May 22, 2017 Read More →

Report: The Biggest Investors in Coal?

SNL: A new report from InfluenceMap, a U.K.-based nonprofit that tracks climate and energy policy lobbying, shows the movement to divest from coal assets is still gaining steam. The study notes that while asset managers and owners representing over $5 trillion in value have made some kind of divestment pledge by the end of 2016, […]

May 22, 2017 Read More →

Market Trends Driving U.S. Electricity-Generation Shift

Utility Dive: Analysts told us this would happen — the traditional electric utility model would be upended, and utilities would need to adjust their business models to operate in a new energy future. Now, with plummeting prices for renewables and energy storage, the finalization of the nation’s first carbon regulations, and the proliferation of distributed […]

May 19, 2017 Read More →

On the Blogs: A ‘Must-Read’ Article in the Global Financial Press

ThinkProgress: The details of this transition are spelled out in a new, must-read, 4000-word article in the Financial Times, “The Big Green Bang: how renewable energy became unstoppable.” What is most remarkable about the article is that it appears in the Financial Times. The free-market oriented paper is the “most important business read” for the […]

May 19, 2017 Read More →

Unexpected Global Momentum Around Renewables

Financial Times: After years of hype and false starts, the shift to clean power has begun to accelerate at a pace that has taken the most experienced experts by surprise. Even leaders in the oil and gas sector have been forced to confront an existential question: will the 21st century be the last one for […]

May 18, 2017 Read More →