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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 Report: Philippine Banking Sector at Risk in Ill-Advised US$21 Billion Expansion of Coal Fleet

Lagging Rising Trends Driven by Global Electricity-Generation Transition

October 12, 2017 (IEEFA) – The Philippines’ banking sector is dangerously exposed to a proposed new fleet of coal plants that are likely to become stranded assets if they are built, a report co-published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) concludes. The plants would add more than 10,000 megawatts of […]

October 12, 2017 Read More →
IEEFA Report: Costly and Unreliable, Two Multibillion-Dollar American Coal-Gasification Experiments Prove the Case Against Such Projects

IEEFA Report: Costly and Unreliable, Two Multibillion-Dollar American Coal-Gasification Experiments Prove the Case Against Such Projects

‘Important and Painful Lessons’ in Southern Company’s Kemper Failure in Mississippi and Duke Energy’s Edwardsport Experiment in Indiana

Sept. 7, 2017 (IEEFA.org) — The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) today published a report describing how coal-to-gasification technology for electricity-generation purposes remains commercially unviable. The report—“Using Coal Gasification to Generate Electricity: A Multibillion-Dollar Failure”—concludes that two long-running marquee American Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC), projects, Duke Energy’s Edwardsport plant in Indiana […]

September 7, 2017 Read More →

IEEFA Report: ‘Natural Security’ Argument for Saving 2 Power Plants Is a Red Herring Meant to Distract From an Ohio Valley Electric Bailout

Keeping Kyger Creek and Clifty Creek on Life Support Would Cost Ratepayers $1.4 Billion; Market Conditions Will Continue to Undermine Viability of Aging Coal-Fired Plants; Public Resources Are Better Spent on Investing in Transition; Neither Generator Is Needed for Grid Stability

June 20, 2017  (IEEFA.org) – The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) today published a research brief questioning a bill in the Ohio legislature that would bail out two failing coal-fired power plants owned by the Ohio Valley Electric Corporation (OVEC) and keep the plants alive at huge expense to ratepayers. The plants […]

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 (IEEFA.org) — 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 […]

IEEFA Report: European Coal Sector Woes Deepen With New Air Quality Mandate; One-Third of Existing Capacity Must Retrofit or Close

IEEFA Report: European Coal Sector Woes Deepen With New Air Quality Mandate; One-Third of Existing Capacity Must Retrofit or Close

More Headwinds for Major Utilities; New Limits Affect 108 Plants; Implications for Investors, With Gas and Renewables Emerging as Preferred Power-Generation Fuels

May 8, 2017 (IEEFA.org) — More than 100 separate power plants—representing one-third of Europe’s large-scale coal-fired power plant capacity—face costly air quality upgrades or closure as a result of new European Union emissions limits, according to an analysis published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). “These regulations will further undermine and […]

IEEFA Update: A Rush to Subsidies as Power Plants in Europe Face an Existential Threat

IEEFA Update: A Rush to Subsidies as Power Plants in Europe Face an Existential Threat

Paying Producers for Electricity They Might Never Generate

  So-called capacity markets are driving what appears to be a major new trend in energy policy across Europe: More public subsidies for electric utilities. Utilities may get—but not necessarily need or deserve—high-level government support for a variety of reasons, including for their role in equity markets, where they supply returns and dividends for pension […]

December 13, 2016 Read More →

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Capitalizing on ‘New Frontier,’ Biggest U.S. Utility Partners in Energy-Storage Venture

Power Engineering: The nation’s largest utility holding company and a major lithium supplier are partnering up to create a new company designed to connect investors with well-researched opportunities in the energy storage sector. Exelon Corp. and Albemarle Corp. announced Wednesday that they were founding investors in Volta Energy Technologies. The new Napierville, Illinois-based firm seeks […]

December 7, 2017 Read More →

Investors Grow Weary of U.S. Shale Losses

Wall Street Journal: Twelve major shareholders in U.S. shale-oil-and-gas producers met this September in a Midtown Manhattan high-rise with a view of Times Square to discuss a common goal, getting those frackers to make money for a change. In the months since, shareholders have put the screws to shale executives in ways that are changing […]

December 7, 2017 Read More →

Sunday: U.S. Energy Agency ‘Vastly Overstates’ Future Oil and Gas Production

Bloomberg News: There’s no denying that fracking has turned the U.S. into a force in the global oil and gas markets, which has more than a few people abuzz about the prospect of energy independence. But now, researchers at MIT have uncovered one potentially game-changing detail: a flaw in the Energy Department’s official forecast, which […]

December 4, 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 […]

Transition Is Enveloping U.S. Electricity Sector

Wall Street Journal: The rapid rise of wind and natural gas as sources of electricity is roiling U.S. power markets, forcing more companies to close older generating plants. Wholesale electricity prices are falling near historic lows in parts of the country with competitive power markets, as demand for electricity remains stagnant while newer, less-expensive generating […]

November 30, 2017 Read More →

New 800-Mile Midwestern Power Line Expands U.S. Wind Market

Midwest Energy News: Finished in late September after more than a decade of planning and construction, the 800-mile-long CapX2020 transmission project has prompted more than 3,600 megawatts of clean energy project proposals, according to Xcel Energy. While not all the proposals are likely to be approved by regulators, the flood of applications represents the tangible […]

November 30, 2017 Read More →
IEEFA India: Peak Coal Demand in 10 Years

IEEFA India: Peak Coal Demand in 10 Years

Report: The International Energy Agency (IEA) Is Out of Touch; Latest Developments in Chile and Mexico Portend More

Nov. 21, 2017 (IEEFA) — New research by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis sees India within a decade of peak thermal coal demand. In a report published today—“India’s Electricity Sector Transformation: Momentum Is Building; Peak Coal in Sight”—the institute projects a significant increase in renewable energy generation across India, a trend that will […]

November 21, 2017 Read More →

600 Jobs Gone in Closure of 3 Texas Coal Plants

Longview News-Journal: Electricity generator Luminant is cutting about 600 jobs as it closes three coal-fired power plants and a mine in Texas. The Texas Workforce Commission said Monday that Luminant plans to make the layoffs in January. Luminant previously announced it would shutter its Monticello, Big Brown and Sandow power plants. The filing with regulators […]

November 21, 2017 Read More →

China Solar Surge: 80% Increase Seen

Bloomberg News: China, the world’s biggest carbon emitter, is poised to install a record amount of solar-power capacity this year, prompting researchers to boost forecasts as much as 80 percent. About 54 gigawatts will be put in place this year, Bloomberg New Energy Finance said Monday, raising a forecast of more than 30 gigawatts made […]

November 21, 2017 Read More →

Electricity-Generation ‘Disruption of Unprecedented Scope’ Drives Siemens to Follow GE in Restructuring Power Equipment Business; 6,900 Job Cuts

Wall Street Journal: German electrical engineering giant Siemens AG on Thursday became the latest corporate behemoth to bow before sweeping changes to the way electricity is made the world over, as it unveiled a restructuring plan to tackle overcapacity in its core businesses. The German conglomerate said it would cut 6,900 jobs world-wide, or 2% […]

November 17, 2017 Read More →