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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 →

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 […]

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Opponents planning court battle for new power plan

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): Opponents of President Donald Trump’s replacement of the Clean Power Plan are publicly blasting the proposal in hopes of gaining public support for a campaign against implementing the rule before challenging it in court should it become finalized. The administration’s Affordable Clean Energy, or ACE, rule will likely a face […]

August 22, 2018 Read More →

Experts doubt proposed regulatory rollback will affect decline of U.S. coal industry

Charleston Gazette-Mail: As the Trump administration continues to promise a rebound to the coal industry by walking back Obama administration rules, experts say those regulatory rollbacks still will not prompt a resurgence of the industry. Trump is expected to announce plans to roll back Obama-era regulations on coal-fired power plants at a Charleston rally Tuesday […]

August 21, 2018 Read More →

U.S. solar prices continue falling despite tariffs

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): A contraction in China’s solar market is blunting the Trump administration’s efforts to use tariffs to raise domestic equipment prices in hopes of spurring more U.S. manufacturing. Four months after President Donald Trump imposed duties on most imported solar cells and panels, Beijing in May moved to limit the pace […]

August 20, 2018 Read More →

IOU upheaval, push for more renewables moves to co-op arena

The Gazette (Colorado Springs): Luis Reyes drove up to Durango from Taos, N.M., on a sunny April day in 2017 to tell folks how the Kit Carson Electric Cooperative, which he heads, left its interstate wholesale power provider and struck out on its own — and the room where he spoke at Durango’s Strater Hotel […]

August 14, 2018 Read More →

Report: Solar prices have more room to fall

Utility Dive: A new analysis from Greentech Media (GTM) Research estimates solar bids becoming as cheap as $14.07/MWh through 2022, assuming a perfect storm of desirable financing and technology advances. While that is an extremely low and aspirational price in today’s market, the report warns that the rate of cost declines is beginning to slow, […]

August 6, 2018 Read More →

More momentum in corporate demand for renewables

S&P Global Intelligence ($): Since 2013, nonutility companies have announced nearly 11,000 MW of power purchase agreements, or PPAs, for renewable energy, including 1,960 MW in 2018 as of April 12, according to Rocky Mountain Institute. And clean energy developers are seeing nonutility customers such as Microsoft as a significant source of demand. The renewable […]

July 31, 2018 Read More →

Report highlights spread of renewable energy across U.S.

Greentech Media: It was 1997, and stakeholders were working hard to help craft the first renewable energy standard in the State of Massachusetts, which ultimately passed as part of an electric utility restructuring act. At that time, the notion that Massachusetts would be one of the top solar states in the country was almost laughable, […]

July 20, 2018 Read More →

Report: U.S. coal bailout would cost $34 billion a year

Houston Chronicle: A Department of Energy proposal to bail out struggling coal and nuclear power plants would cost $34 billion, according to a new study commissioned by a coalition of energy and technology companies opposing the plan. The analysis, by Massachusetts-based research firm The Brattle Group, looked at the costs associated with keeping the U.S. […]

July 19, 2018 Read More →

Wood Mackenzie sees peak oil coming in 20 years

Financial Times ($): One of the world’s most influential oil consultancies has forecast that global oil demand will peak within 20 years, as a “tectonic” shift in the transport sector towards electric cars and autonomous vehicles gathers pace. Wood Mackenzie, which works closely with companies across the energy industry, said in its long-term outlook that […]

July 18, 2018 Read More →

Trump’s promises seen as ineffective in halting coal’s long-term market problems

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): President Donald Trump and the coal industry’s mutual affinity may have improved investor sentiment toward the sector, but whether companies can parlay that into real market results is far from clear. The dispositions of coal miners and coal executives alike have vastly improved since Trump won the election. Industry conferences […]

July 12, 2018 Read More →