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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 […]

November 19, 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: 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”— […]

October 25, 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: 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: Poland’s biggest utility is risking financial instability by doubling down on coal-fired generation

IEEFA report: Poland’s biggest utility is risking financial instability by doubling down on coal-fired generation

New EU emissions regulations raise compliance issues at PGE; Outdated business model may cost billions; ‘An accelerated deployment of renewables’ makes more sense

June 13, 2018 (IEEFA) – New air pollution regulations coupled with rising carbon prices put Poland’s biggest utility, PGE, at serious risk of financial disarray if it continues to pursue a coal-heavy upgrade strategy, concludes a report published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. A strategic shift toward a renewable energy-based […]

IEEFA Report: Advances in Solar Energy Accelerate Global Shift in Electricity Generation

IEEFA Report: Advances in Solar Energy Accelerate Global Shift in Electricity Generation

Rapid Cost Deflation, Broad Gains in Scale; Key Momentum in China and India; Crucial Support From International Capital Markets and Tech Giants; Expansion Role Seen for National Governments

May 21, 2018 (IEEFA.org) – A report published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis describes how solar energy is accelerating the transformation of the global electricity-generation sector through gains in technology innovation and price deflation. The study—“Solar Is Driving a Global Shift in Energy Markets”—details some of the world’s biggest utility-scale […]

IEEFA Indonesia: Coal-Centric State Utility Will Likely Raise Rates by 2020

IEEFA Indonesia: Coal-Centric State Utility Will Likely Raise Rates by 2020

‘New Level of Risk’ Seen in Investing in Outdated Power Generation

May 14, 2018 (IEEFA) — Indonesia’s state-owned utility may raise electricity tariffs to offset its growing costs, concludes an investment-research memo published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The memo—“PLN’s Coal IPP Funding Gap Suggests Tariffs Must Rise in 2020”—comes as the utility plans to bring a more than $1 billion debt […]

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Smaller companies looking to buy renewable energy now have more options

Fast Company: It sounds like the opening line of a sustainable businesses’ nerd joke: Bloomberg, Salesforce, Gap Inc., Cox Enterprises, and Workday walked into a solar purchasing agreement together. But this is actually something that is happening: The five companies have teamed up to collectively act as the anchor tenant of a new 100-megawatt solar […]

January 18, 2019 Read More →

Florida Power & Light makes major move to solar PV

Sun Sentinel: Florida Power & Light Co. announced a major solar plan Wednesday, vowing to install more than 30 million solar panels in Florida by 2030. The goal is to make Florida a “world leader in the production of solar energy,” the Juno Beach-based electric utility says. FPL said it has secured solar sites across […]

January 17, 2019 Read More →

Report says U.S. clean energy investment hit record $64.2 billion in 2018

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): Led by investments in wind farms and solar arrays, clean-energy investment in the United States rose 12% to $64.2 billion in 2018, even as global clean-energy funding declined 8% to $332.1 billion, BloombergNEF said in a new report. The new record for annual U.S. clean-energy investment surpassed the previous high […]

January 17, 2019 Read More →

EIA: U.S. coal production to fall below 700 million tons in 2020

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): The federal government trimmed its near-term forecast for U.S. coal production as the sector is expected to shrink even further over the next two years due to coal’s “relatively weak competitiveness in the electric power sector compared with natural gas” and lower expected opportunities for coal exports. U.S. coal production […]

January 16, 2019 Read More →

Wind likely to top coal as Kansas’ leading electricity supplier this year

KCUR: Wind is beginning to challenge coal’s status as the primary energy source for electricity produced in Kansas. The shift has accelerated almost exponentially since 2010. As the cost to develop major wind projects has decreased, the cost to operate and maintain aging coal plants has gone up. The simple economics of the equation means […]

January 16, 2019 Read More →

Gov. Cuomo pushes major renewable energy effort in New York

Greentech Media: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the launch of a “Green New Deal” initiative Tuesday, responding to pressure for bold climate action from progressives and clean energy advocates. The plan, outlined in Cuomo’s 2019 Justice Agenda, calls for a “globally unprecedented” ramp-up in renewable energy deployments as New York seeks to achieve 100 […]

January 16, 2019 Read More →

Leading U.S. roofing company sees big potential in solar shingles

Renew Economy: US-based Standard Industries, the world’s largest roofing and waterproofing manufacturer, announced this week that it was launching a rooftop solar company in the US with the intention of “revolutionising” the adoption of rooftop solar for “everyday consumers.” The new company, GAF Energy, will work in partnership with GAF – Standard Industries’ flagship company […]

January 16, 2019 Read More →

Analysts say Texas lignite mining faces grim future

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): As renewable energy sources increasingly displace coal-fired power generation in Texas, the state’s lignite producers and Powder River Basin thermal coal miners could see a key market dry up. Wind and solar are entering the grid “at very low price points,” and if natural gas remains cheap, more coal-fired generation […]

January 15, 2019 Read More →

Indiana utility president says renewable transition is part of energy industry ‘revolution’

Inside Indiana Business: The president of Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) says she is seeing a “real revolution” in the energy industry, and wants to make sure the utility is part of the movement. Violet Sistovaris says that’s much of the motivation behind the utility’s “Your Energy, Your Future” effort. The goal is simple, […]

January 11, 2019 Read More →

Energy storage set to enter the big time in 2019, analysts say

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): By most measures, 2018 was a long-anticipated breakout year for batteries, with record volumes of investment flowing into research, product development and manufacturing as prices plummeted, governments established new policies supporting energy storage and mass markets emerged for electric vehicles and electrochemical energy storage. That progress, though uneven across U.S. […]

January 11, 2019 Read More →