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IEEFA Report: Privatizing Puerto Rico’s Electric Company Would Be an Impediment to Modernization  

Plan Would Hurt Ratepayers and Undermine a U.S. Commonwealth’s Entire Economy

Link to Spanish-language press release April 13, 2018 (IEEFA)— The Legislative Assembly of Puerto Rico would be acting in the public’s best interest by blocking a proposed privatization of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis concludes. The report — “Privatization Bill Will Not […]

April 13, 2018 Read More →

IEEFA Philippines: ‘Opportunities Now to Transform the Nation’s Energy Sector’

A ‘Least-Cost Mechanism’ Would Encourage Modernization

March 16, 2018 (IEEFA) — Rapidly declining costs and technological advances in renewable energy, liquefied natural gas (LNG), energy efficiency, and storage are creating an “enormous opportunity” for greater use of cheaper electricity-generation domestic alternatives to imported coal and diesel in the Philippines, concludes a new research brief published by the Institute for Energy Economics and […]

March 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 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 Arizona: Fast-Track Opportunities Now in Navajo Community-Driven Solar Electricity Generation

IEEFA Arizona: Fast-Track Opportunities Now in Navajo Community-Driven Solar Electricity Generation

Strategically Situated Tribal Lands at the Heart of the American Sunbelt Hold Crucial Market Advantages; Prudent Development Strategies Will Benefit, Protect, and Profit Local People

Jan. 3, 2017 — Locally owned utility-scale solar electricity generation offers Navajo communities an immediate generational economic-development opportunity, concludes a research brief published by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) and DinéHózhó. The report— “Window of Opportunity: Navajo Solar—A Fast-Track Community-Driven Development Approach” — details how transformative changes in the U.S. electric utility […]

December 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 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 →

IEEFA Report: Philippine Banking Sector at Risk in Ill-Advised US$21 Billion Expansion of Coal Fleet

Lagging Rising Trends Driven by Global Electricity-Generation Transition

October 12, 2017 (IEEFA) – The Philippines’ banking sector is dangerously exposed to a proposed new fleet of coal plants that are likely to become stranded assets if they are built, a report co-published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) concludes. The plants would add more than 10,000 megawatts of […]

October 12, 2017 Read More →

More News and Commentary

Critics say Japan could be doing much more to support energy transition

Power Technology: The Japanese Government has pledged to boost the amount of energy coming from renewable sources to 22-24% by 2030 from the current level of 15%, an energy target described as ‘unambitious’ by critics. The government has reportedly done very little to promote the use of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar. […]

July 5, 2018 Read More →

Sweden on track to hit 2030 renewable target by year end

Bloomberg: Swedish utilities and power generators have already installed so many wind turbines that the Nordic nation is on course to reach its 2030 renewable energy target late this year. By December, Sweden will have 3,681 wind turbines installed, lobby Group Swedish Wind Energy Association estimates. Together with second-half investment decisions, that will be more […]

July 5, 2018 Read More →

‘Baseload’ renewables coming to Australia

Renew Economy: Australia is currently experiencing an unprecedented boom in solar and wind energy investments, both in terms of capacity and dollars. It will likely take the country to a 33 percent share of renewables as early as 2020. But there is another fascinating development taking place–as more and more wind and solar is added […]

July 5, 2018 Read More →

Polish parliament moves to spur renewable energy development

EURACTIV: Poland’s upper house of parliament approved an amendment to the country’s renewable energy law on Friday (29 June) meant to remove obstacles to green energy investment and help Warsaw meet EU targets. Poland’s conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party won the 2015 election partly with promises to sustain the traditional coal industry. In 2016, […]

July 3, 2018 Read More →

German renewable generation tops 100 billion kilowatt-hours for first time

Reuters: German power production in the first half of 2018 from renewable energy totaled 104 billion kilowatt hours (kWh), 9.5 percent more than in the same period of 2017 and was above 100 billion for the first time, utility E.ON said on Monday. Citing inhouse analysts who supply data to E.ON’s power sales units, the […]

July 2, 2018 Read More →

Conservative group sees major benefits in Michigan renewable energy efforts

Energy News Network: Michigan could see billions in economic impact and tens of thousands of new jobs if its major utilities follow through on voluntary pledges to boost renewable energy, according to a new report released Thursday by a conservative energy group. The Michigan Conservative Energy Forum report highlights the potential economic impact as utilities […]

June 29, 2018 Read More →

Schwarzenegger: Trump coal bailout akin to bringing back Blockbuster Video

The Hill: Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) shared a message for President Trump on Wednesday prodding him over his efforts to save the coal industry, likening it to bringing back “Blockbuster Video.” In a video posted to Facebook, the former governor and star of the “Terminator” franchise questioned why Trump’s administration would go “back […]

June 29, 2018 Read More →

EIA: Renewables and Gas Continue to Overtake Coal

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): Natural gas and renewables combined to fuel more than half of U.S. power generation in April. Coal’s share of generation, which saw declines in February and March, dipped to 24%. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s latest “Electric Power Monthly” released June 25, utility-scale generation net of hydroelectric pumped […]

June 27, 2018 Read More →

GE, Ørsted restructure, focus on renewables

Windpower Monthly: Following a strategic review, the company—which has reported struggling financial results recently—said it will focus on its aviation, power and renewable energy divisions. GE plans to spin its healthcare division off into a standalone business, and completely separate from its Baker Hughes (BHGE) oil and gas subsidiary, in which it owns a 62.5% […]

June 27, 2018 Read More →

EDP’s U.S. wind, solar assets may spark bidding war

Bloomberg: France’s Engie SA and Denmark’s Orsted A/S are among suitors considering a bid for the 7.6 billion-euro ($8.9 billion) renewables unit of EDP-Energias de Portugal SA, according to people with knowledge of the matter, adding a potential new twist to China Three Gorges Corp.’s pursuit of the company and its parent. Engie and Orsted […]

June 26, 2018 Read More →