Energy Policy

IEEFA Research

IEEFA Update: As Australia Fights a Domestic Gas Shortage, New Export Plants Are at Risk of Closure

IEEFA Update: As Australia Fights a Domestic Gas Shortage, New Export Plants Are at Risk of Closure

‘Fiddling Around and Allowing the Cartels to Fleece Consumers’

nJune 5, 2017 (IEEFA.org) – The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis today published a report detailing how a complex of expensive new liquefied natural gas plants on the east coast of Australia are struggling to stay open in the face of a global gas glut. The report—“Australia’s Export LNG Plants at Gladstone: The […]

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and Financial Analysis today published a report outlining how small islands in the Philippines can effectively replace outdated, diesel-fuel electricity-generation systems with solar- and wind-powered grids.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 plants 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 Report: A Renewables Path to Japanese Energy Security in a Post-Nuclear Era

IEEFA Report: A Renewables Path to Japanese Energy Security in a Post-Nuclear Era

Eliminating High-Risk Dependence on Imported Fuels; Exploiting Domestic Technology Advantages; Avoiding Stranded Assets in Misguided Coal Projects

We’ve just published a report that details how Japan’s post-nuclear electricity-generation economy can be viably retooled around renewable energy. Our report—“Japan: Greater Energy Security Through Renewables: Electricity Transformation in a Post-Nuclear Economy”—emphasizes the potential for national energy security through renewables, most especially wind and solar. This report documents how government policies adopted in the wake […]

IEEFA Report: A U.K. Electricity Transformation Under Way, But in Need of Better Direction

IEEFA Report: A U.K. Electricity Transformation Under Way, But in Need of Better Direction

Grid Proves Resilient in Face of 60% Drop in Coal Use in 2016; New Renewables and Interconnection Are the Future; Capacity Market Has Failed to Incentivize Modernization; More Targeted Auctions Would Help

The U.K.’s capacity market is the weak link in the country’s ongoing transition toward a resilient, low-carbon grid. That is one of the core findings in a  report—“Electricity-Grid Transition in the U.K.: As Coal-Fired Generation Recedes, Renewables and Reliable Generation Can Fill the Gap —we published today. The report finds that the U.K. grid is coping […]

March 9, 2017 Read More →
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 →

More News and Commentary

New York Measure to Expand Electricity Storage Adoption

RTO Insider: New York lawmakers last week unanimously passed a measure requiring the state’s Public Service Commission to set targets to increase the adoption of energy storage in the state through 2030. The new law requires the commission to work with the New York State Energy and Research Development Agency (NYSERDA) and the Long Island […]

June 26, 2017 Read More →

On the Blogs: Skeptics Question Prudence of U.S. Energy Research Budget Cuts

Morning Consult: Energy Secretary Rick Perry justified the administration’s proposed cuts to energy research in Congress this week by saying the shortfall could be made up by the private sector. Perry defended the strategy at three hearings for House and Senate committees, stating that federal funds would flow toward early stage research, while companies would […]

June 23, 2017 Read More →

Trump Putdown of Wind Energy Stirs a Backlash in Iowa

 Washington Post: President Trump’s putdown of wind energy at his Iowa rally was denounced Thursday across the state, which takes pride in its position as a national leader in wind generation. Trump was talking up his support for coal during his speech in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday night when he said: “I don’t want to […]

June 23, 2017 Read More →

IEEFA Op-Ed: Blind Faith in Fossil-Fuel Industries Will Strand Economies, Communities, Workers

Markets Continue to Outpace Retro Government Policies

What’s missing from Donald Trump’s economically ludicrous promise to revive failed Rust Belt industries in the U.S. is an honest discussion of the economic and technological transition that is rapidly unfolding. New industries are growing that have already created many millions of jobs around the world and that will provide clean energy to power the 21st […]

June 22, 2017 Read More →

In Reversal, Legislators Move to Lift Barrier to Wind Development in Ohio

Cleveland Plain Dealer: The wind turbine industry’s efforts to regain expansion in Ohio got a boost Tuesday with the inclusion of new rules governing how close a turbine can be to adjacent properties. The new turbine setback rules would replace restrictive language that appeared anonymously in the 2014 budget bill, nearly tripling the distance a […]

June 22, 2017 Read More →

Recently Shuttered Virginia Coal Plant Is Resuscitated Under New Federal Energy Policy Directive

Newport News Daily Press: Two months after being shut down, Dominion Energy Virginia’s two coal-burning units at the Yorktown power plant have received new life, a life that Dominion and its electric grid manager assure is temporary. Thanks to an emergency order by the Department of Energy, the two coal-burning units will be available to […]

June 21, 2017 Read More →
IEEFA Update: The U.S. Energy Narrative Is Shifting
and

IEEFA Update: The U.S. Energy Narrative Is Shifting

Markets Are Changing; the Media Is Catching Up; Renewables Account for 20% of Total Generation in Latest Data Snapshot

What feels sometimes like a reluctant transformation is taking hold in the emergence of a “when” rather than “if” media narrative on the rise of renewable energy. This awakening is especially noticeable in the financial press, which can often seem captive in a historically entrenched way to the very financiers or industries it covers. Myopia […]

Trump Administration Closes Office Specializing in Global Clean-Tech Expertise

New York Times: The Energy Department is closing an office that works with other countries to develop clean energy technology, another sign of the Trump administration’s retreat on climate-related activities after its withdrawal from the Paris agreement this month. The 11 staff members of the Office of International Climate and Technology were told this month […]

June 16, 2017 Read More →
IEEFA Update: Two Sets of Data Tell the Same Tale: U.S. Coal Industry Continues to Shed Jobs
and

IEEFA Update: Two Sets of Data Tell the Same Tale: U.S. Coal Industry Continues to Shed Jobs

Transition in Local and Regional Energy Economies Calls for a Strategy to Promote Growth, Replace Jobs and Sustain Fiscal Budgets

In a research report we published in January, we explained how the U.S. coal industry will very likely continue its overall decline in a trend that will be accompanied by both employment and market volatility. A passage from that report (“Short-Term Gains Muted by Prevailing Weaknesses in Fundamentals”): “Some mine openings and some attendant hirings […]

IEEFA Update: Climate Risk, the Oil Industry, ExxonMobil, Rex Tillerson …

The Energy-Policy Story Is Snowballing

President Trump’s flamboyant withdrawal from the Paris Agreement dealt a reputational and economic blow to the U.S., where energy policy is becoming a bigger story than ever. A major but not entirely unrelated subplot is emerging out of an angry-shareholder vote demanding  that ExxonMobil, the biggest oil company in the world, show more accountability in how it […]