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IEEFA report: ‘Holy Grail’ of carbon capture continues to elude coal industry; ‘cautionary tale’ applies to domestic and foreign projects alike

IEEFA report: ‘Holy Grail’ of carbon capture continues to elude coal industry; ‘cautionary tale’ applies to domestic and foreign projects alike

Study details lack of economic feasibility around North American initiatives; costly and/or failed efforts at Duke’s Edwardsport, NRG’s Petra Nova, SaskPower’s Boundary Dam, and Southern Co.’s Kemper plant; technology seen as unworkable and too expensive for fast-changing electricity-generation markets

Nov. 19, 2018 (IEEFA) — A study published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis concludes that costly efforts undertaken in North America to develop workable, economic technology to capture carbon from coal-fired generation have come up short. Further, the study concludes that technology developments in the renewable energy and natural gas sectors […]

November 19, 2018 Read More →
IEEFA Arizona: Growing interest in developing Navajo utility-scale solar industry

IEEFA Arizona: Growing interest in developing Navajo utility-scale solar industry

Activity at the community level, within the higher reaches of tribal government, and at the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority

Oct. 31, 2018 (IEEFA) — Momentum is growing around modernizing tribal renewable-energy policies on the Navajo Nation of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah, according to a report published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The report —“Growing Interest in Developing Navajo Utility-Scale Solar Industry: Policy Momentum and Grassroots Support; Vast Tribal […]

October 31, 2018 Read More →
IEEFA India: Proposed Khurja coal power plant overpriced, uncompetitive and another threat to Delhi’s air quality

IEEFA India: Proposed Khurja coal power plant overpriced, uncompetitive and another threat to Delhi’s air quality

A high-risk proposition no longer aligned with the Government of India’s electricity sector plan

Oct. 23, 2018, NEW DELHI (IEEFA) –  A report published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) evaluating Tehri Hydro Development Corporation (THDC)’s proposed Khurja coal power plant in India finds the plant would push up the cost of electricity and increase air pollution at a time when the country’s renewable […]

October 23, 2018 Read More →
IEEFA report: Seven disruptions driving the modernization of electricity generation and transmission

IEEFA report: Seven disruptions driving the modernization of electricity generation and transmission

Overlapping forces spell further declines for coal-fired power

We’ve published a research brief today that looks at the underlying forces driving a global shift in how electricity is generated. Our paper—“The Seven Technology Disruptions Driving the Global Energy Transition”—is a primer on fundamental changes occurring now that are collectively displacing coal from its long-dominant role in power generation. We note in the brief […]

October 5, 2018 Read More →
IEEFA update: Big risk to taxpayers in FirstEnergy settlement on coal plants

IEEFA update: Big risk to taxpayers in FirstEnergy settlement on coal plants

Who will pay for cleanup and reclamation at sites in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia?

The overriding risk that remains from a federal court settlement this week around the FirstEnergy Solutions bankruptcy in Ohio is that taxpayers in three states will be left holding the bag on cleaning up after the company. This is no small-ticket item. It’s impossible to say what it will cost to decommission and do the […]

September 28, 2018 Read More →

IEEFA report: Retail choice will not bring down Puerto Rico’s high electricity rates

Precedent from U.S. states shows retail choice increases costs to consumers; Opens door to predatory marketing

A research brief released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) lays out a cautionary tale to policy-makers in Puerto Rico, as they consider adopting a program known as retail choice in the island’s electricity market. Retail choice is a policy that allows individual customers to select who will supply their […]

August 23, 2018 Read More →
IEEFA Report: Philippines can lower electricity costs, improve energy security by developing rooftop solar potential

IEEFA Report: Philippines can lower electricity costs, improve energy security by developing rooftop solar potential

Modernization will require fewer regulatory, administrative and financial hurdles; Investment opportunity in off-grid and island-grid demand; Policy changes ‘can help break the logjam’

Aug. 20, 2018, MANILA (IEEFA) — A report published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analytics details how rooftop solar in the Philippines has the potential to lower the cost of power and improve national energy security. The report —  “Unlocking Rooftop Solar in the Philippines” —  notes that the Philippines has some […]

August 20, 2018 Read More →

IEEFA report: Vast potential in India for solar-powered irrigation

Government initiatives seen as ‘steps in the right direction’; Deployment remains slow; A more robust program would help achieve 175-gigawatt renewable energy goal by 2022

Aug. 16, 2018 (IEEFA) — A research brief published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) describes how a switch from conventional irrigation-pump systems to solar-powered ones in India would save enormous sums of money and generate income for farmers nationwide. The brief—“India: Vast Potential in Solar-Powered Irrigation”—notes that while the […]

August 16, 2018 Read More →
IEEFA report: India has a new leader in renewable energy

IEEFA report: India has a new leader in renewable energy

Karnataka surpasses Tamil Nadu; Policies encouraging less reliance on imported fuel drive uptake of solar and wind; ‘Clear and rising risk’ in traditional thermal sector

July 24, 2018 (IEEFA) — The Indian state of Karnataka has become the new national leader in renewable energy generation, concludes a report published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. Karnataka, which lies along the southwest coast of India and has a population of more than 60 million, had a total of 12.3 […]

IEEFA update: U.K. pension funds lag in renewable energy infrastructure investing

Abundant offerings across a number of markets

LONDON — Local U.K. government pension schemes are gradually increasing their unlisted infrastructure holdings, driven by examples set by trail-blazing funds and by a new government initiative to increase the scale of such investments. But few are investing explicitly in renewable energy, the biggest single segment of infrastructure investment in the world (infrastructure investing involves real […]

July 19, 2018 Read More →

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IEEFA U.S.: A rough week for the American coal industry

Momentum around declining consumption numbers, utility-company policy, export markets and internal assessments

The economic problems facing the U.S. coal industry have been on manifest display this week. On Tuesday morning, the federal Energy Information Administration reported that coal use in the U.S. is on track to fall to its lowest level since 1979, and that by year’s end consumption will be 44% below the 2007 peak of […]

December 7, 2018 Read More →

Analysts skeptical of Trump’s latest play to save coal

Bloomberg: The Trump administration is trying to remove a key barrier to constructing new coal-fired power plants in the U.S. — but don’t expect any utilities to actually build them. The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday proposed easing Obama-era limits on carbon dioxide emissions from new and modified coal power plants, including a change that […]

December 7, 2018 Read More →
IEEFA Arizona: ‘Post-coal reclamation economy’ seen after closure of Navajo Generating Station and Kayenta Mine

IEEFA Arizona: ‘Post-coal reclamation economy’ seen after closure of Navajo Generating Station and Kayenta Mine

Site remediation will involve thousands of acres and require hundreds of skilled workers; public pressure on Peabody may be required for ‘proper cleanup’; responsible repurposing of NGS infrastructure will include development of utility-scale solar and emerging electricity-storage technology

Dec. 7, 2018 (IEEFA) — Land reclamation and site remediation around the coal-fired Navajo Generation Station and its companion Kayenta Mine in northeastern Arizona will require years to complete and likely employ hundreds of  former plant and mine workers, concludes a  research brief published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The report—“Long-Term […]

December 6, 2018 Read More →

Markets continue to prevail over U.S. coal industry

Marketplace: We begin on this Wednesday with some energy news, the subtext of which is market is gonna do what the market wants to do. We are talking coal specifically here, and some new numbers from the U.S. Energy Information Administration showing coal consumption this economy is on track to hit a near 40-year low. […]

December 6, 2018 Read More →
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IEEFA India: Removing the roadblocks to accelerate renewable energy deployment

Solar and wind projects can be scaled up quickly and financing is available

India is transforming its national electricity system by incorporating deflationary renewables. In doing so, it is improving energy security, reducing reliance on imported fossil fuels, addressing air pollution, and lowering emissions intensity. The timing of this transformation is spot on. India’s economy is set to double by 2030. Even with improved energy efficiency and lower […]

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IEEFA Europe: Progressive energy policies will make rooftop solar more affordable

Technologies that optimise home installations are still too expensive

LONDON—Roof-top solar can be a critical way to meet new carbon-emissions standards, but unsubsidised payback periods are still too long and, by and large, home-solar systems still lack a cost-effective means of enabling households to use as much of their home generation as possible. Ultimately, batteries almost certainly will become a critical part of home […]

November 28, 2018 Read More →
IEEFA report: ‘Holy Grail’ of carbon capture continues to elude coal industry; ‘cautionary tale’ applies to domestic and foreign projects alike

IEEFA report: ‘Holy Grail’ of carbon capture continues to elude coal industry; ‘cautionary tale’ applies to domestic and foreign projects alike

Study details lack of economic feasibility around North American initiatives; costly and/or failed efforts at Duke’s Edwardsport, NRG’s Petra Nova, SaskPower’s Boundary Dam, and Southern Co.’s Kemper plant; technology seen as unworkable and too expensive for fast-changing electricity-generation markets

Nov. 19, 2018 (IEEFA) — A study published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis concludes that costly efforts undertaken in North America to develop workable, economic technology to capture carbon from coal-fired generation have come up short. Further, the study concludes that technology developments in the renewable energy and natural gas sectors […]

November 19, 2018 Read More →

IEEFA Australia: The most capital-efficient solution to drive the energy transformation is a global price on carbon

Woodside Energy’s CEO Peter Coleman calls for a global carbon price

Australia’s largest listed energy company, Woodside Energy Ltd has called for a price on carbon and national energy consensus to meet global Paris commitments and as a pre-requisite to sustainable economic growth for Australia. Woodside’s call is a timely reminder that people and communities cannot afford to wait for governments to act. Business communities needs […]

November 14, 2018 Read More →

A shift in Puerto Rico to natural gas would hinder renewable-energy potential

PV Magazine: The Puerto Rico utility’s favored generation plan, in a report prepared by Siemens, involves an LNG terminal at San Juan and would achieve only 55% renewables by 2038. A scenario without LNG would reach 79% renewables by 2038 at comparable cost, based on undisclosed cost assumptions. A scenario in which renewables would contribute […]

November 14, 2018 Read More →

Ignoring skeptics, U.S. Energy Department presses forward with ‘clean coal’ initiatives

Utility Dive: The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy intends to fund competitive research and development of next-generation coal facilities in Fiscal Year 2019, as part of the federal government’s ongoing efforts to support the struggling coal industry. DOE dubbed its efforts the Coal FIRST (Flexible, Innovative, Resilient, Small and Transformative) initiative. […]

November 14, 2018 Read More →