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IEEFA Norway: Why the World’s Biggest Sovereign Wealth Fund Should Invest in Global Renewable Energy Infrastructure

IEEFA Norway: Why the World’s Biggest Sovereign Wealth Fund Should Invest in Global Renewable Energy Infrastructure

The Sector is Growing, Returns Are Reliable, the Outlook is Positive

We published a report this morning that highlights how Norway is at a historic crossroads in how it manages some of its vast national wealth bound up in the Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG). Indeed, GPFG is facing an unusually opportune moment this summer, as Parliament considers whether to enact a mandate that would have […]

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IEEFA U.S. Coal Outlook 2017: Short-Term Gains Muted by Prevailing Weaknesses in Fundamentals

IEEFA U.S. Coal Outlook 2017: Short-Term Gains Muted by Prevailing Weaknesses in Fundamentals

Production Declining by as Much as 40 Million Tons; Prices Failing to Benefit Shareholders or Stimulate New Investment; Anemic Exports; Little or No Gain From Regulatory Relief; Increasingly Dim Employment Prospects

We’re out this morning with our annual outlook for U.S. coal markets, and the picture isn’t pretty. We see the potential for some short-lived strength in the current uptick for coal producers but the title of our assessment sums up the larger view: “Short-Term Gains Will Be Muted by Prevailing Weaknesses in Fundamentals.” You can […]

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IEEFA Report: China Set to Dominate U.S. in Global Renewables Boom; $32 Billion in Overseas Investments in 2016 Alone

World’s 2nd-Biggest Economy Is Bankrolling Far More Projects, and in More Countries; Gap Will Widen If Trump Administration Delivers on Policy Intentions; ‘Clean Energy Isn’t a Sector to Turn Away From’

Jan 6, 2017 (IEEFA.org) – China will likely expand its dominance of the booming global renewable- and clean-energy industries as new American energy policies come into play, concludes a report published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). “The change in leadership in the U.S. is likely to widen China’s global […]

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IEEFA Asia: A Better Way Forward for Electrification in Bangladesh

IEEFA Asia: A Better Way Forward for Electrification in Bangladesh

We See a Viable and Sensible Renewables Path to Rapid Eradication of Energy Poverty and to Improvements in Health and Education

We’ve just published a report that outlines a highly feasible and more cost-effective alternative to expand electrification in Bangladesh than what the Bangladesh government has in mind. Our blueprint—“Bangladesh Electricity Transition: A Diverse, Secure and Deflationary Way Forward”—outlines an expansion that would be cheaper, cleaner and provide more national energy security. Our research models an […]

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IEEFA Year in Review 2016

2016 Has Been a Year of Rapid Change and Gathering Momentum in Global Energy Markets

The global transition to renewables is accelerating The pace of change is happening faster than most predicted Those being left behind are facing increasing financial risks Nov. 4, 2016—Ahead of the opening of COP22 in Morocco, the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) published a report today documenting key trends and milestones in […]

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IEEFA Global: A $51 Billion Gap (and a $51 Billion Opportunity) in BRICS Nations’ Renewable Energy Development

How to Meet the Goal? Through "Blended Finance" Where Public Funds Unleash Private Money

Here, in one chart, is an IEEFA picture worth a thousand words. While some $130 billion was invested last year in renewable-energy development in the BRICS countries—Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa—billions more are required if these countries are to meet their commitments to climate-change mitigation policies. The four countries, in all, have announced […]

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IEEFA Questions PREPA’s ‘Misguided’ Electric Plan for Puerto Rico; Notes High Risks and Costs; Sees Perpetuation of Import Addiction

Call for Energy Independence in U.S. Commonwealth

‘Extraordinarily Short Shrift to the Potential for Renewable-Energy Development and for Energy-Efficiency Improvements’ CLEVELAND, May 2, 2016 (IEEFA) — The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis has filed public comments recommending that the Puerto Rico Electric Commission reject the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority’s plan to rebuild the island’s electricity system. The comments, which […]

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Eight (8) Signs Now Is the Time to Invest in Energy Transformation

Eight (8) Signs Now Is the Time to Invest in Energy Transformation

Rapid Change Is Already Being Driven by New Policies and the Shifting Sands of Finance

Evidence continues to mount that the world is beyond peak coal consumption and that its appetite for thermal coal is waning. This trend has gathered remarkable momentum in 2015, as seen in sharp consumption declines in key coal markets. We’ve published a report today that explores recent developments around the world: “Carpe Diem: Eight Signs […]

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US$100 Billion in New Renewable Investments in 2015 Power India’s Energy Transition

US$100 Billion in New Renewable Investments in 2015 Power India’s Energy Transition

Nov. 12, 2015 (IEEFA) — Investments worth more than US$100 billion over the past eight months are driving an unprecedented shift to renewable energy in India, according to a major new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The report—India’s Electricity Sector Transformation—charts the accelerating influx of global capital into India […]

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India’s Fast-Moving Energy Transition: $100 Billion in Renewables Investments So Far This Year

India’s Fast-Moving Energy Transition: $100 Billion in Renewables Investments So Far This Year

A Crush of Deals With State-Owned Enterprises, Leading Power Companies, Billionaires, Major Firms and Utilities

Investments worth more than $100 billion over the past eight months are driving an unprecedented shift to renewable energy in India. The trend is detailed in a report we just posted—India’s Electricity Sector Transformation—that charts the accelerating influx of global capital into India as the country moves toward its goal of installing 175 gigawatts of […]

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More News and Commentary

First Combined Commercial Solar-Wind Project in the U.S.

North American Wind Power: GE Renewable Energy has been selected to supply equipment for what it says will be the first commercial integrated solar-wind hybrid power generation project in the U.S. The 4.6 MW, community-based project will be situated in Red Lake Falls, Minn. Developed by Juhl Energy, the project will use two 2.3-116 wind […]

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IEEFA Norway: Why the World’s Biggest Sovereign Wealth Fund Should Invest in Global Renewable Energy Infrastructure

IEEFA Norway: Why the World’s Biggest Sovereign Wealth Fund Should Invest in Global Renewable Energy Infrastructure

The Sector is Growing, Returns Are Reliable, the Outlook is Positive

We published a report this morning that highlights how Norway is at a historic crossroads in how it manages some of its vast national wealth bound up in the Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG). Indeed, GPFG is facing an unusually opportune moment this summer, as Parliament considers whether to enact a mandate that would have […]

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IEEFA Op-Ed: Opportunity Knocks

Enormous and Immediate Demand for Renewable Energy Infrastructure in Developed and Emerging Economies Alike

Norway’s management of its vast national wealth – held in the world’s biggest sovereign wealth fund – is at an historic crossroads. Indeed, it is facing an unusually opportune moment this summer, as parliament considers granting the fund a mandate to invest up to 5 percent of its US$880 billion in unlisted infrastructure, including renewable […]

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Taiwan Moves to Drop Nuclear Energy in Favor of Renewables and Natural Gas

From Bloomberg New Energy Finance: Taiwan’s new government led by President Tsai Ing-wen pushed through legislation, in January 2017, to make the island state free of nuclear power. All nuclear generation is to stop by 2025, and will be replaced partly by renewable energy and partly by gas-fired plants. “We would like to move away […]

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IEEFA Report: Norway Sovereign Wealth Fund Stands to Gain by Investing Now in Renewable Energy Infrastructure

Parliament Can Enact Mandate for Norges Bank to Proceed; ‘The Opportunity Is Enormous … the Risk Is Manageable’; Five Recommendations on Going Forward

FEB. 22, 2017 (IEEFA.org) — A report published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis today shows how the US$880 billion Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) can invest productively in unlisted infrastructure assets including renewable energy. The IEEFA report—“Making the Case for Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund Investment in Renewable Energy Infrastructure”— […]

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Following India’s Lead, Saudi Arabia Seeks Bidders for March Auction as It Rolls Out 10-Gigawatt Program

From Bloomberg New Energy Finance: Saudi Arabia is inviting bidders to qualify for its first renewable energy tender by 20 March. The world’s top crude exporter is laying the groundwork for a rollout of wind and solar power, which will allow it to reduce the amount of oil used domestically and, it hopes, will stimulate […]

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Lawsuit in Oklahoma Challenges Town’s ‘Emergency’ Ban on Wind Projects

Paul Monies for the Oklahoma City Oklahoman: Two wind farm companies have sued the town of Hinton, claiming a recently passed ordinance targeting wind turbines outside the town limits was illegally enacted. Minco Wind IV LLC and Minco Wind V LLC, affiliates of NextEra Energy Resources LLC, said the town’s Jan. 17 ordinance calling their […]

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North Dakota Republicans Move to Block Wind Industry

John Hageman and Amy Dalrymple: The state Senate will consider a bill this week that would put a two-year moratorium on new wind development in North Dakota, a proposal that critics say unfairly targets one industry. The bill, which the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted to amend with the moratorium Friday prevents the […]

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On the Blogs: A ‘Robust, Enduring Strain of Bipartisanship’ in Support of Renewable-Energy Industries

David Roberts for Vox: On Monday, a bipartisan group of governors sent President Trump a letter touting the benefits of renewable energy. Among other things, the letter pointed to the $222 million a year that wind farms pay to rural landowners and the $100 million a year renewable energy businesses invest in low-income areas. It […]

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On the Blogs: Moody’s Sees Energy Transition Momentum as Unstoppable

Joe Walsh for EnvironentalFinance.com: Moody’s Investors Services points to the Financial Stability Board’s (FSB) Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD) as evidence of the direction of climate policy momentum in the financial sector. It is a growing area, with signatories to the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) growing fivefold from 2006 to 2016. Moody’s […]

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