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IEEFA update: Andrew Cuomo got it right on New York’s fracking ban

Despite opponents’ fears, ban likely saved investors billions

New York State, under the leadership of Governor Andrew Cuomo, instituted a ban on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in 2014. Not surprisingly, the ban was hotly contested. Opponents had portrayed fracking as a silver bullet that would create jobs and promote economic development.  They predicted the state’s citizens would regret Cuomo’s decision. A retrospective analysis of […]

IEEFA report: Financial case builds for fossil fuel divestment

IEEFA report: Financial case builds for fossil fuel divestment

Money managers need to recognize poor market performance

The financial case for investing in fossil fuels is losing ground as the powerful oil and gas industry continues its steady decline, according to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). In a briefing note released Feb. 6, Fossil Fuel Investments: Looking Backwards May Prove Costly to Investors in Today’s Market, IEEFA analysts […]

February 8, 2019 Read More →
IEEFA report: The vanishing case for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

IEEFA report: The vanishing case for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Declining demand and more affordable renewables raise new questions about viability

January 29, 2019 (IEEFA) — Diminishing consumer demand coupled with more affordable renewables are casting doubt on the overall feasibility and potential profitability of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, according to a report released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) and Oil Change International. The report, The Vanishing Need for the Atlantic […]

January 29, 2019 Read More →

IEEFA India: Grid investment needs to match enormous growth in renewable energy investment

Infrastructure needs further modernisation, urgently

Jan. 22, 2019 (IEEFA India): With the government successfully electrifying 99% of all houses in India under the Saubhagya scheme, there is an urgent need for a hefty investment in grid transmission infrastructure to keep pace with growing low-cost renewable capacity so that new households can actually afford to buy electricity. A new IEEFA briefing […]

January 21, 2019 Read More →

IEEFA India: Improving India’s electricity sector through time-of-day pricing

Incentives should be put in place to increase network and consumer efficiencies

Jan 7, 2019 (IEEFA India): With some US$100bn of existing and proposed thermal power plants in financial distress, and low cost but variable renewable energy capacity best able to meet the ambitious targets set by government, India has an opportune moment to transform its electricity sector by introducing time-of-day pricing for both producers and consumers. […]

January 8, 2019 Read More →
IEEFA Report: Advances in Solar Energy Accelerate Global Shift in Electricity Generation

IEEFA Report: Advances in Solar Energy Accelerate Global Shift in Electricity Generation

Rapid Cost Deflation, Broad Gains in Scale; Key Momentum in China and India; Crucial Support From International Capital Markets and Tech Giants; Expansion Role Seen for National Governments

May 21, 2018 (IEEFA.org) – A report published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis describes how solar energy is accelerating the transformation of the global electricity-generation sector through gains in technology innovation and price deflation. The study—“Solar Is Driving a Global Shift in Energy Markets”—details some of the world’s biggest utility-scale […]

IEEFA Report: Indonesia’s State Power Company Continues to Lag Global Shift in Electricity Generation

IEEFA Report: Indonesia’s State Power Company Continues to Lag Global Shift in Electricity Generation

‘Sinking Under the Weight of a Flawed Planning Process That Lacks Crucial Insight Into Clean Energy Trends’

IEEFA — Indonesia’s national power company is perilously out of step with global trends in electricity generation even as it seeks a more than $1 billion infusion from international bond markets, concludes a report published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The report — “Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN): A Power Company […]

April 19, 2018 Read More →

IEEFA Report: ‘Here and Now’ — Nine Electricity Markets Leading the Transition to Wind and Solar

California, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, South Australia, Spain, Tamil Nadu, Texas, and Uruguay; Breakneck Speed Is Overtaking Academic Discussion; Renewables Are Providing Security of Supply

Feb. 14, 2018 (IEEFA) — New research by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis details how nine major power markets around the world have achieved an outsize share of wind and solar generation while assuring security of supply and are providing compelling examples of the fast-moving evolution of electricity generation. The report, “Power-Industry […]

February 15, 2018 Read More →
IEEFA Report: Endesa’s Plan to Upgrade Aging Spanish Coal Plants Puts €400 Million in Shareholder Wealth at Risk

IEEFA Report: Endesa’s Plan to Upgrade Aging Spanish Coal Plants Puts €400 Million in Shareholder Wealth at Risk

New Emissions Rules Loom Large Across EU; Gas-Fired Generation and Renewables Present Better Investment Opportunities; Major Utilities Are Out of Step With Markets

October 25, 2017 (IEEFA.org) — A research paper published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis finds that plans by Enel Group’s Spanish-subsidiary Endesa to sink €400 million into upgrading three aging coal-fired plants is a likely loss-making proposition under new European Union emission-control rules. The report—“How European Utilities Can Capitalize on […]

October 26, 2017 Read More →
IEEFA Brief: U.K. Government at Risk in Over-Budget Nuclear Project That Stands Incomplete

IEEFA Brief: U.K. Government at Risk in Over-Budget Nuclear Project That Stands Incomplete

A Sensible ‘Plan B’ for Hinkley Point C Project in Somerset Would Avoid Extending Public Loan Guarantees

Oct. 16, 2017 (IEEFA.org) — A research brief published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis cautions the U.K. government against investing further in an unfinished nuclear project on the Bristol Channel in southwest England. The brief — “A Half-Built, High-Priced Nuclear White Elephant: How Should the U.K. Proceed With This Troubled […]

October 16, 2017 Read More →

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IEEFA Japan: ITOCHU Corporation announces coal exit

IEEFA Japan: ITOCHU Corporation announces coal exit

Leading financial institutions setting divestment trend

Feb 15, 2019 (IEEFA Japan): ITOCHU of Japan has announced it is exiting from developing new coal-fired power plants as well as thermal coal mines to address the impact of climate change, and will continue to divest its existing thermal coal mine investments in Australia and Indonesia. IEEFA sees this as a major policy pivot […]

February 15, 2019 Read More →

TVA board votes to close Paradise, Bull Run coal plants

Reuters: The Tennessee Valley Authority voted on Thursday to close two aging coal-fired power plants, including one supplied by a company led by a major supporter of President Donald Trump, who had urged the U.S.-owned utility to keep it open. “It is not about coal. This decision is about economics,” said President and Chief Executive […]

February 15, 2019 Read More →

New wind dominates expected capacity additions in U.S. Midcontinent-ISO transmission region

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): Nearly three-quarters of the power generation capacity expected to come into service in the Midcontinent-ISO region in 2019 is to be fueled by wind, according to an S&P Global Market Intelligence analysis. In the Midcontinent-ISO region, stretching from the Gulf Coast of Louisiana to the U.S./Canada border in the Upper […]

February 15, 2019 Read More →

80% of power generation growth in Texas seen as coming from wind or solar

S&P Global Market Intelligence: More than 80% of the new power generation capacity expected to come into service in 2019 in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas region will be either wind- or solar-driven, according to an S&P Global Market Intelligence analysis. Overall, the region, which encompasses most of the state of Texas including major […]

February 13, 2019 Read More →

After slight dip, more growth seen in 242,000 U.S. solar jobs, up from 93,000 nine years ago

The Guardian: The solar energy sector lost 8,000 jobs in the US last year, the second consecutive year of declines, hit by uncertainty over the Trump administration’s energy and trade policies and a 30% tariff on imported solar panels, according to a report released on Tuesday. But according to the Solar Foundation the future is […]

February 13, 2019 Read More →

L.A. steps back from plans to expand power generation fossil-fuel footprint

Los Angeles Times: Los Angeles is abandoning a plan to spend billions of dollars rebuilding three natural gas power plants along the coast, Mayor Eric Garcetti said Monday, in a move to get the city closer to its goal of 100% renewable energy and improve air quality in highly polluted communities. The mayor’s decision marks […]

February 13, 2019 Read More →

On the blogs: Policy remains key to solar expansion

International Energy Agency: China’s success in this sector has been thanks to a virtuous cycle of strong policy support and falling technology costs. For example, China’s 2020 targets for solar PV have been ratcheted up several times, rising from an initial target of 1.8 GW set in 2008, to 105 GW in the 13th Five-Year […]

February 13, 2019 Read More →

A wind-tech boom in Texas

Houston Chronicle: Wind turbine service technicians will be in high demand from now until at least 2026, according to the government-funded Projections Managing Partnership that uses data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Between 2017 and 2019, the number of jobs to service wind turbines will increase 20.1 percent, the data shows. And by […]

February 13, 2019 Read More →
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IEEFA update: Andrew Cuomo got it right on New York’s fracking ban

Despite opponents’ fears, ban likely saved investors billions

New York State, under the leadership of Governor Andrew Cuomo, instituted a ban on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in 2014. Not surprisingly, the ban was hotly contested. Opponents had portrayed fracking as a silver bullet that would create jobs and promote economic development.  They predicted the state’s citizens would regret Cuomo’s decision. A retrospective analysis of […]

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IEEFA/Sightline analysis: The fracking depreciation dodge

Accounting tricks hide the industry's biggest secret: it’s a losing game.

The US oil and gas boom continued in full force during 2018. By year’s end, America’s oil and gas output reached record highs, squeezing the nation’s net petroleum imports to their lowest point since the early 1970s. But this production frenzy came at a tremendous financial cost. Despite the highest oil prices since 2014, fracking-focused […]