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IEEFA Update: How Will Westmoreland Coal’s Deepening Spiral End?

IEEFA Update: How Will Westmoreland Coal’s Deepening Spiral End?

Disappearing Market Capitalization and Unsustainable Debt

We’ve just published a research brief of interest to any person, community, business, or investor with ties to Westmoreland Coal Co. The brief—“Westmoreland Coal Is in Trouble”—lays out how the company, which produces coal for electricity generation, is hobbled by debt, is losing customers, has suffered a catastrophic drop in stock price, and appears to […]

February 16, 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 India: Tamil Nadu, Population 72 Million, Emerges as a National Transition Model

IEEFA India: Tamil Nadu, Population 72 Million, Emerges as a National Transition Model

A Potential Doubling in Wind Power by 2027 and Six-Fold Increase in Solar

Feb. 7, 2018 (IEEFA) — New modelling by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) finds the Indian state of Tamil Nadu capable of doubling its wind energy capacity by 2027 and increasing its solar capacity six-fold. In a report published this week—“Electricity Transformation in India: A Case Study of Tamil Nadu”—IEEFA sees […]

February 7, 2018 Read More →
IEEFA New Mexico: Ratepayer Risk Seen in Utility’s Entanglements With Westmoreland Coal

IEEFA New Mexico: Ratepayer Risk Seen in Utility’s Entanglements With Westmoreland Coal

The Company That Supplies the Failing San Juan Generating Station Is in Deep Financial Peril

Feb. 2, 2018 (IEEFA) — An energy-market expert for the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis has filed an affidavit in support of a New Mexico group that is asking the state’s utility commission to investigate ratepayer risk in the financial relationship between Public Service Company of New Mexico and Westmoreland Coal Co. A […]

February 2, 2018 Read More →
IEEFA Report: U.S. Coal Market Erosion Continues

IEEFA Report: U.S. Coal Market Erosion Continues

Lower Production and Consumption as Industry Fails to Compete; a Likely Doubling of Plant Retirements; Low Natural Gas Prices Will Persist; Renewables Will Gain; Little Effect Seen from Regulatory Relief

Feb 1, 2018 (IEEFA) — The U.S. coal industry continued to shrink in 2017, and its trend toward long-term structural decline is all but sure to persist, concludes a study published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The report—“U.S. Coal: More Market Erosion Is on the Way”—details how competition from cheap […]

February 1, 2018 Read More →

IEEFA Report: China in 2017 Continued to Position Itself for Global Clean Energy Dominance

As U.S. Steps Aside, Beijing's 'Belt and Road Initiative' Gains Traction

Jan. 9, 2018 (IEEFA.org) – China continued to be the world’s dominant force in the building and financing of clean energy technology globally in 2017, according to a report published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The report,  “China 2017 Review: World’s Second-Biggest Economy Continues to Drive Global Trends in […]

January 9, 2018 Read More →
IEEFA Update: Norway Shows What to Do With Fading Oil and Gas Holdings

IEEFA Update: Norway Shows What to Do With Fading Oil and Gas Holdings

A Marquee Global Fund Sees Too Much Risk in Not Divesting

In recommending last week that oil stocks be excluded from its equity benchmark index, Norges Bank, the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) manager, has moved oil stocks from a mainstream investment to a speculative grade risk. If Norway’s Finance Ministry and Parliament agree, GPFG will still invest in oil and gas stocks, but under […]

November 22, 2017 Read More →

IEEFA Report: U.K. Pension Funds Can Benefit Now From Renewables Infrastructure Play

Growth and Proven Returns in a Rapidly-Expanding Sector

Nov.15, 2017 — A new report by HSBC Global Asset Management and the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) finds that U.K. pension funds can benefit now from investing in domestic and overseas renewable energy infrastructure. Commissioned by the City of London Corporation’s Green Finance Initiative, the report, “The Renewable Energy Infrastructure Investment […]

November 14, 2017 Read More →

IEEFA Australia: Adani Is Said to Seek Financing From a Chinese State-Owned Enterprise

'New Geopolitical Questions for an Already Highly Controversial Project'

Nov. 2, 2017 (IEEFA) — A Chinese government-owned enterprise is being courted as a new partner for Adani’s proposed Carmichael coal mine and rail project in northern Queensland, according to a research brief published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The deal being sought with state-owned China Machinery Engineering Corporation […]

November 2, 2017 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 →

More News and Commentary

Ignoring Washington, States and Localities Expand Policies for More U.S. Solar

Wall Street Journal: Government mandates should keep U.S. solar power growing, despite new Trump administration tariffs on imported solar panels that are poised to raise prices. While the tariffs may slow the rate of solar expansion, local and state policies requiring utilities to procure renewable energy will continue to help create a baseline market for […]

February 21, 2018 Read More →

Japan Weighs Shift From Coal and Nuclear

Reuters: An energy task force advising Japan’s foreign minister has proposed boosting renewable energy and shifting away from coal-fired and nuclear power at home, arguing the country’s energy policies are outdated and undermine its global competitiveness. The advice comes in a report commissioned by minister Taro Kono, a maverick lawmaker with prime ministerial ambitions, and […]

February 21, 2018 Read More →

South Korea Embarks on Transition to Renewables and Gas

GreenTech Media: South Korea took action this month to strengthen its grid in preparation for a major boost in renewable energy generation. At the beginning of the month, the state-owned Korea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco) picked U.S. infrastructure provider GE Power to build a 4-gigawatt high-voltage DC (HVDC) transmission link from the east of the […]

February 21, 2018 Read More →

U.S. Utility Giant Duke Energy Increases Its Renewables Spend to $1.5 Billion

S&P Global Market Intelligence: Duke Energy Corp. expects to funnel more capital into commercial renewables but will continue to focus the bulk of its investments on the grid over the next five years. The updated growth capital plan focuses $28.8 billion on electric utilities, including regulated renewables, and $6.7 billion on gas utilities. The plan […]

February 21, 2018 Read More →

Op-Ed: Let Markets Decide Winners and Losers

The Hill: If power plants are profitable, subsidies only serve to pad a company’s bottom line. If they’re not profitable, taxpayers should not prop them up. Rather than keeping them on life support, government should allow economic failures to fail so that those resources are free to flow to more useful purposes elsewhere in the […]

February 21, 2018 Read More →

6.7-Million-Customer Michigan Utility Announces Coal Phaseout

AP: Consumers Energy will phase out electricity production from coal by 2040 to slash emissions of heat-trapping gases that cause global warming, the Michigan utility’s president and CEO told The Associated Press. The utility plans to generate 40% of its power from renewable sources such as wind and solar energy by then, Patti Poppe said […]

February 20, 2018 Read More →

U.S. Coal: ‘Fewer and Fewer Customers’

Bloomberg News: The big problem for Cloud Peak and fellow miners is there are fewer and fewer customers. Between the end of 2011 and 2017, America’s coal-fired power plants lost 15 percent of their generating capacity, from 306 gigawatts to 261 gigawatts. Another 12.5 gigawatts of plants are scheduled to close this year, making 2018 […]

February 20, 2018 Read More →

Wyoming Coal Producer Pins Its Hopes on Asia

S&P Global Market Intelligence: Cloud Peak Energy Inc. is focusing on international markets and the prospect of diminishing utility stockpiles for future coal sales, as limited port capacity and potentially low gas prices threaten 2018 production levels. The coal producer reported a net income of $17.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, a 27.2% […]

February 20, 2018 Read More →

Ohio Continues to Thwart Wind-Industry Potential

Associated Press: Wind energy’s future in Ohio is at a crossroads. Two much different proposals — one easing restrictions stifling new wind farms and another adding more hurdles for future development — are being pitched to state lawmakers and regulators. Ohio over the past three years has seen new plans for large-scale wind projects come […]

February 20, 2018 Read More →

EU Can Get 34% of Its Electricity From Renewables by 2030

Bloomberg News: The European Union can boost the share of renewables to 34 percent of its energy mix by 2030, triggering hundreds of billions euros in investment and accelerating reduction of greenhouse gases blamed for global warming, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency. Lawmakers in the 28-nation bloc are currently discussing policies for the […]

February 20, 2018 Read More →