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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: ‘We Want Sun’ report outlines path forward on Puerto Rican electricity policy

Placing sustainability and self-sufficiency ahead of dependency on imported fossil fuels

Oct. 1, 2018 (IEEFA) — The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis published a report today in concert with a coalition of Puerto Rican public policy organizations, labor organizations and energy experts detailing the island’s largely untapped possibilities in solar-powered electricity generation. The report “Queremos Sol” (“We Want Sun”)—outlines a power-system transformation that would place sustainability and […]

October 3, 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: Benefits to Engie from closing three German coal-fired power plants would outweigh any gains from selling them

IEEFA report: Benefits to Engie from closing three German coal-fired power plants would outweigh any gains from selling them

Shutdown would be in line with corporate responsibility commitments, prevent rivals from gaining market share, and signal that utility giant “is part of the solution” to Germany's coal phase-out plans

Sept 4, 2018 (IEEFA) — The French multinational energy company Engie would be better off closing its three coal-fired plants in Germany than selling them, concludes a report published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The authors of the report see Engie best protecting its position in the German electricity […]

September 4, 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: Marubeni’s coal commitments are creating ‘needless reputational and financial risk’

IEEFA report: Marubeni’s coal commitments are creating ‘needless reputational and financial risk’

Japanese multinational’s strategy is putting its global power business in jeopardy; Bigger and better opportunities in renewables

July 30, 2018 (IEEFA.org) —Japanese multinational Marubeni Corp.’s coal-fired power generation strategy has left the company dangerously exposed to rapid changes in global energy markets, concludes a report published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The company’s renewable energy business, on the other hand, has the potential to drive profitability at […]

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 →

More News and Commentary

Internal opposition puts coal bailout on hold

Politico: One of the Trump administration’s major efforts to prop up ailing coal companies has run aground in the White House, a setback to an industry that had hoped for a major resurgence after Donald Trump won the presidency. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has spent more than a year pushing various plans that would invoke […]

October 16, 2018 Read More →

Scottish Power sells fossil assets to focus on wind

The Guardian: Scottish Power has ditched fossil fuels for electricity generation and switched to 100% wind power, by selling off its last remaining gas power stations to Drax for more than £700m. Iberdrola, Scottish Power’s Spanish parent company, said the move was part of its strategy to tackle climate change and would free it up […]

October 16, 2018 Read More →

Interior Secretary Zinke: Military bases could be used for coal exports

Associated Press: The Trump administration is considering using West Coast military installations or other federal properties to open the way for more U.S. fossil fuel exports to Asia in the name of national security and despite opposition from coastal states. The proposal was described to The Associated Press by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and two […]

October 16, 2018 Read More →

Green groups take aim at Greek coal plant permits

Reuters: Environmental campaign group ClientEarth has launched a legal challenge seeking to revoke a permit for two coal-fired power plants in Greece, one of which has yet to be built, it said on Monday. ClientEarth said it launched the action with the Greek branches of Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) because Greece had […]

October 16, 2018 Read More →

First half 2018 coal deliveries to U.S. power plants down sharply

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): Coal deliveries to U.S. power plants decreased nearly 10% in the first six months of 2018 compared to the year-ago period, reversing the year-over-year growth in the first six months of 2017. According to an S&P Global Market Intelligence analysis of U.S. Energy Information Administration data, U.S. coal producers delivered […]

October 16, 2018 Read More →

DOE keeps critical coal report under wraps

Bloomberg: A report commissioned by the Energy Department failed to reach conclusions favoring the Trump administration’s efforts to prop up coal and nuclear power — and remains under wraps six months after submission. “The report hasn’t seen the light of day,” the principal author, Michael Webber tweeted on Friday: “In separate news, @WebberEnergy wrote a […]

October 15, 2018 Read More →

Taiwan premier agrees to cancel coal plant expansion

Focus Taiwan News Channel: Activists on Friday applauded the government’s decision to scrap plans to expand the coal-fired Shen’ao power plant, which had been met with heavy opposition from environmental groups since it was announced in March. Hung Shen-han (洪申翰), secretary-general of the Green Citizens’ Action Alliance, hailed the government’s decision as a step in […]

October 15, 2018 Read More →

Blockchain energy trading pilot planned in Thailand

PV Magazine: Perth-based blockchain developer Power Ledger has come together with Thai renewable energy business BCPG to launch a peer-to-peer (P2P) renewable energy trading trial at the T77 urban precinct in Bangkok, Thailand. The trial is realized in partnership with Thai utility Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA), which is allowing access to its network for the […]

October 15, 2018 Read More →

Berman: Trans Mountain an economic, environmental mistake

The Star – Edmonton: Controversial environmental activist and professor Tzeporah Berman and Premier Rachel Notley went toe to toe over pipelines and policy at an Alberta Teachers’ Association conference on Saturday. Berman, a York University professor who previously served on the Alberta’s government’s Alberta’s Oil Sands Advisory Group and drew controversy for her staunch anti-pipeline […]

October 15, 2018 Read More →

Communications strategist joins IEEFA team in Sydney

Kate Finlayson, a former journalist and long-time public relations professional with experience in Australia and Indonesia, has joined the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis as senior communications strategist for Australia and South Asia.   Finlayson, who has worked for the Australian Council of Social Service, Aboriginal Legal Service, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, […]

October 15, 2018 Read More →