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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: ‘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 […]

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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 →

Power markets in U.S. Northeast, Texas, and North Carolina begin to follow California trend toward more renewables, less natural gas

Green Tech Media: California has been a haven for solar developers for years. Beginning in 2006, the gigawatts’ worth of solar in its yearly queue of requests rivaled the state’s gas capacity. Wind hasn’t been far behind. And four years ago, energy storage additions began to creep in. According to Prajit Ghosh, head of global […]

November 14, 2018 Read More →

IEEFA Australia: Thermal coal export sunset looming closer

Glencore failing investors in its latest forecasts

For more than a decade, the figures looked good. Australia’s thermal coal mining export industry was experiencing an unprecedented rise in the coal seaborne market. Up to 2015 the numbers were singing. Australia was leading the market as the world’s biggest exporter of coal. But then something happened. Australia’s thermal coal exports lost their momentum. […]

November 8, 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 Europe: Spain scraps solar tax in energy market shakeup that threatens coal

A new government is reversing outdated policies in Europe’s sunniest country

LONDON—Spain has scrapped a tax widely criticised for undermining solar power in Europe’s sunniest country in an energy policy reversal that has also dimmed the outlook for coal power. The full scale of the new government’s plans will be revealed by the delayed publication of a draft climate change and energy transition law, expected in […]

October 26, 2018 Read More →

IEEFA Puerto Rico: A step toward renewables or another scandal waiting to happen?

Energy bill is a limp gesture toward true reform

A bill put forth last week by leading Puerto Rico senators pushing for major energy policy reform for the island makes some noteworthy commitments to renewable energy. Unfortunately it would do little to shut down the rush to natural gas development that threatens to crowd out investment in renewables. On the one hand, the bill […]

October 26, 2018 Read More →