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IEEFA report: Pakistan could build greater energy security by increasing use of cheaper renewables

IEEFA report: Pakistan could build greater energy security by increasing use of cheaper renewables

A model to 2030 for cost-effective, cleaner, more accessible energy in Pakistan

Dec 5, 2018, LAHORE (IEEFA): A new report asserts that, as renewable energy is now the cheapest form of electricity generation in Pakistan, the government could reduce its reliance on expensive power plants and fossil fuel imports in favour of cleaner, more accessible electricity for people and businesses. The report, “Pakistan’s Power Future: Renewable Energy […]

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IEEFA U.S.: Frackers continue to underperform

Investor wariness grows on weak third-quarter results

Dec. 5, 2018 (IEEFA) — While oil prices rose and production increased, U.S. oil-and-gas fracking companies continued nonetheless to bleed money in the third quarter of this year, according to a research brief published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The brief—“More Red Flags on Fracking: Weak Third-Quarter Results as Cash […]

December 5, 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 […]

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IEEFA Australasia: New global energy report headlines decline of coal as cheaper renewable technologies gain preference

International Energy Agency releases annual World Energy Outlook 2018 Report today

Nov. 13, 2018, SYDNEY (IEEFA): Thermal coal is fated for long-term structural decline and energy-related carbon dioxide emissions are increasing despite the Paris targets: those are the key take-outs in the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook (WEO) 2018 report released today, which also finds wind and solar are now two of the top three […]

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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 […]

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IEEFA report: Past their peak, New South Wales coal export volumes head toward terminal decline as markets transition

NSW government must plan now for inevitable transition in local coal communities

Nov. 1,  2018, SYDNEY (IEEFA) – A report published today by the institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis sends an urgent message to the New South Wales government that, with coal export volumes having peaked and now facing a terminal long-term decline, transition preparations must be made for the coming decades to prepare businesses, […]

October 31, 2018 Read More →

IEEFA India: Company’s new estimates for tariffs at proposed Khurja thermal coal plant are inconsistent and unrealistic

THDC should come clean on assumptions behind revised cost of energy from Khurja plant

SYDNEY – In a report we published last week, IEEFA found that Tehri Hydro Development Corp. (THDC)’s proposed Khurja coal-fired power plant in Uttar Pradesh, India would push up the cost of electricity at a time when the country’s renewable energy options are far cheaper, accessible and more sustainable. One of the major stumbling blocks […]

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IEEFA report: U.S. likely to end 2018 with record decline in coal-fired capacity

IEEFA report: U.S. likely to end 2018 with record decline in coal-fired capacity

Utilities accelerate shutdown dates; 22 plants in 14 states this year; hard-hit regions include the Ohio River Valley

Oct. 25, 2018 — U.S. coal-fired power plant closures are on pace this year to set a record, concludes a research report published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The report — “Record Drop in U.S. Coal-Fired Capacity Likely in 2018: Utilities Are Accelerating Shutdown Dates as Plants Grow Increasingly Uneconomic”— […]

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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 […]

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IEEFA Germany: Halving RWE’s lignite output could spur low-carbon shift, avoid $100 million expense of saving aging plants

IEEFA Germany: Halving RWE’s lignite output could spur low-carbon shift, avoid $100 million expense of saving aging plants

Move would cut CO2 emissions in line with government energy policy

Oct 23, 2018, LONDON (IEEFA) – In a report released today, the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis finds that German utility RWE would benefit in the medium to long term by moving now to sharply reduce its lignite mining activities and begin closing its oldest lignite-fuelled generation stations. The report, “Lignite Retreat: RWE’s […]

October 23, 2018 Read More →

More News and Commentary

Trans Mountain pipeline costs are adding up for Canadian government

National Observer: The Trans Mountain oil pipeline is costing a Canadian Crown corporation some staggering interest expenses that cast doubt on strong revenues from the infrastructure touted in the federal government’s recent economic update. The interest expenses were $20 million over a single month in September, right after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government purchased the […]

December 10, 2018 Read More →

Colorado distribution co-op wants out of coal-heavy power supply contracts

Utility Dive: A Colorado electric cooperative filed with state regulators Thursday to ditch its coal-heavy generation supplier in pursuit of cheaper renewable energy, part of an industry-wide move toward wind and solar. The Delta Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) asked the Colorado Public Utilities Commission to adjudicate a fair exit price to end its generation contracts […]

December 10, 2018 Read More →

India adds record 1,538MW of rooftop solar in 12 months through September

PV Tech: India added a record 1,538MW of rooftop solar capacity in the 12-month period up to September 2018, which is a huge year-on-year rise of 75%, according to consultancy firm Bridge to India’s latest report. The ‘India Solar Rooftop Map’ revealed that cumulative installations reached 3,399MW by the end of September this year, and […]

December 10, 2018 Read More →

Dominion suspends work on Atlantic Coast natural gas pipeline

Platts: Dominion Energy has suspended construction on the full 600-mile route of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, except for some ‘stand-down’ activities, after an appeals court stay last week, the company told the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Friday. Dominion said its action to halt work on the natural gas project was in response to the […]

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Construction begins on first utility-scale wind project in West Africa

CNBC: Ground has been broken on the development of West Africa’s “first utility-scale wind power project”, located in Senegal. The 158.7 megawatt (MW) Parc Eolien Taiba N’Diaye, or PETN, is set to be completed in 2020, according to renewable energy firm Lekela. The 46-turbine facility will use turbines from Danish company Vestas and will generate […]

December 10, 2018 Read More →

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 →

Battle brews over short-term energy investment plans in Puerto Rico

Greentech Media: The number of jurisdictions pursuing a goal of 100 percent renewables keeps growing. Puerto Rico looks to be next, with a late November plan from the island’s governor and a proposal before the legislature both calling for 100 percent renewables by 2050. In October, a diverse group of clean energy advocates also published […]

December 7, 2018 Read More →

TVA’s Johnson: Utility’s coal plant closures make economic sense

Reuters: The chief executive of Tennessee Valley Authority said on Thursday the U.S.-owned power generator will keep cutting carbon emissions in future years after replacing much of its coal-fired fleet with plants run on natural gas, nuclear and renewables. Since Bill Johnson took the reigns as CEO in 2013, TVA has spent $15 billion to […]

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New opportunity in turning closed mine sites into solar installations

Energy News Network: As U.S. coal consumption continues to decline, there’s slowly growing acceptance that more mine closures are inevitable and that the system meant to help clean up and repurpose the sites is underfunded. One ray of hope for reclaiming the sites: renewable energy. Patrick Molloy, an associate at Rocky Mountain Institute’s Sunshine for […]

December 7, 2018 Read More →