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IEEFA report: Indonesia’s solar policies – designed to fail?

IEEFA report: Indonesia’s solar policies – designed to fail?

Local production and other requirements discourage new adopters

JAKARTA, February 27, 2019 (IEEFA) – Indonesia’s policies are getting in the way of wider introduction of solar energy, according to a report released Feb. 27 by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The country has lagged behind others in the region and IEEFA analysts urge introducing new regulations that encourage investment. […]

February 27, 2019 Read More →
IEEFA report: The vanishing case for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

IEEFA report: The vanishing case for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Declining demand and more affordable renewables raise new questions about viability

January 29, 2019 (IEEFA) — Diminishing consumer demand coupled with more affordable renewables are casting doubt on the overall feasibility and potential profitability of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, according to a report released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) and Oil Change International. The report, The Vanishing Need for the Atlantic […]

January 29, 2019 Read More →
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 […]

December 5, 2018 Read More →

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 […]

November 13, 2018 Read More →
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 […]

October 31, 2018 Read More →
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 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 […]

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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 […]

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Germany’s electricity production was 65% renewable energy last week

Renew Economy: Germany has a target of reaching 65 per cent renewable energy for its electricity network by 2040, but it is already capable of reaching such levels for shorter periods of time, as illustrated last week. For “week 10” of 2019, the week finishing on March 10 (Sunday), Germany sourced 64.8 per cent of […]

March 12, 2019 Read More →

Developer Invenergy proposes large solar-plus-storage project in Wisconsin

Wisconsin State Journal: The developer of a proposed solar farm in Iowa County is planning a second solar farm in Kenosha County that could feature the first utility-scale battery storage in Wisconsin. Chicago-based Invenergy last week submitted an engineering plan for a 200-megawatt solar farm with a 50-megawatt battery component. That’s larger than any battery […]

March 12, 2019 Read More →

Virginia company to build solar facility at abandoned coal mine site

Energy News Network: A groundbreaking project to “re-energize” a coal mine deep in southwestern Virginia as a solar farm was green-lighted Thursday with the full $500,000 in federal funds the developers had requested late last year. Sun Tribe Solar, based in Charlottesville, paired with the owner of the Mineral Gap Data Centers on the proposed […]

March 11, 2019 Read More →

ENGIE completes 100MW solar-plus-storage project in South Africa

Renew Economy: French electric utility ENGIE has completed and begun production from one of South Africa’s largest renewable energy projects, the 100MW Kathu Solar Park, a concentrated solar plant (CSP) with storage located in the Northern Cape province. The Kathu Solar Park consists of parabolic trough technology and is equipped with a molten salt storage […]

March 11, 2019 Read More →

IEEFA Op-ed: Pakistan’s energy pathway under the spotlight

Major seaborne thermal coal importer with untapped renewables potential

With Chinese thermal coal imports set to go into decline, coal exporters are depending on countries like Pakistan to pick up the slack. Pakistan is expanding its electricity generation capability with Chinese financed and built power plants. China’s role in Pakistan’s infrastructure roll-out, known as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a key part of […]

Insiders optimistic about European solar growth

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): European solar power developers can look forward to a golden age in the coming years, with supportive trade policies and a new regulatory framework potentially doubling new installations of photovoltaic capacity in 2019 and 2020, according to industry insiders. “We are looking forward to a real bright future,” Christian Westermeier, […]

March 8, 2019 Read More →

Statkraft plans 1GW virtual power plant in U.K.

Renew Economy: Global hydropower and European renewable energy giant Statkraft announced Tuesday plans to build what it is calling the United Kingdom’s first virtual power plant to integrate wind, solar, battery storage, and gas which will have over 1 GW of power. Statkraft explained on Tuesday that the new virtual power plant will monitor the […]

March 8, 2019 Read More →

Latest Microsoft deal pushes clean power portfolio to 1.3GW

CNBC: Microsoft has signed a 15-year power purchase agreement for the energy produced by a 74-megawatt solar power facility in North Carolina. The Wilkinson Solar Energy Center will be built, owned and operated by Invenergy, the companies said in a joint announcement Wednesday. The deal means that Microsoft’s renewable energy portfolio will stand at more […]

March 8, 2019 Read More →

Western Australian government backs ongoing transition from coal to renewables

Renew Economy: Western Australia’s Labor government says it is drawing up plans to facilitate the shift from coal to a grid dominated by renewables, and will develop a “whole of system” plan as well as a strategy to cope with the dramatic uptake of rooftop solar and battery storage. The plan was unveiled on Wednesday […]

March 7, 2019 Read More →

Hybrid wind-solar project in Minnesota may be perfect option for co-ops, municipalities

Energy News Network: A trailblazing wind-solar hybrid project in western Minnesota could be a preview of what’s to come as renewable developers look for new ways to bolster projects. The project, developed and owned by Juhl Energy, is among the first of its kind in the country to pair wind and solar on the same […]

March 7, 2019 Read More →