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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 Texas: Latest U.S. Coal Plant Shutdown Stems From a Saga in Which Investors Failed to See Change Coming

IEEFA Texas: Latest U.S. Coal Plant Shutdown Stems From a Saga in Which Investors Failed to See Change Coming

Markets Rendered a Harsh Judgment on a Bad Private-Equity Deal, Cheap Natural Gas, and the Rise of Wind-Powered Electricity

[First of two parts.] Last week Luminant and its new parent company, Vistra, announced the imminent closure of the 1,800-megawatts Monticello Power Plant in North Texas, near the Arkansas and Oklahoma state lines. It’s been a long time coming. The plant has operated at a loss for years, having failed to compete with low natural […]

IEEFA Report: Renewable Energy Opportunity Now for Norway’s $976 Billion Pension Fund as Global Institutional Capital Migrates Out of Fossil Fuels

IEEFA Report: Renewable Energy Opportunity Now for Norway’s $976 Billion Pension Fund as Global Institutional Capital Migrates Out of Fossil Fuels

35% of Assets Reallocated Can Go Into High-Growth Sector; Risks Can Be Responsibly Managed; Possibilities Include Stocks, Index Funds and Infrastructure

Aug. 30, 2017  (IEEFA.org) – The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) today published a report urging Norway to allocate more of its Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) assets to the fast-growing global renewable energy market. The report — “How Renewable Energy Holdings Can Contribute to the Growth of Norway’s Pension Fund in […]

August 30, 2017 Read More →
Why Navajo Generating Station Is No Longer Commercially Viable

Why Navajo Generating Station Is No Longer Commercially Viable

The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) has done extensive research into the difficult circumstances facing Navajo Generation Station. Key findings: Declining energy market prices and rising production costs have made power produced by the plant more expensive than competing sources. Market trends are not likely to change, leaving the plant’s financial viability […]

August 16, 2017 Read More →
IEEFA Indonesia: A Potential Overcommitment to Coal-Fired Electricity Puts a Nation at Risk

IEEFA Indonesia: A Potential Overcommitment to Coal-Fired Electricity Puts a Nation at Risk

Out of Step With a Global Shift in the Energy Economy

We’ve just published a report that calls into serious question Indonesia’s plans to expand its commitment to coal-fired electricity generation. The report—“Overpaid and Underutilized: How Capacity Payments Could Lock Indonesia Into a High-Cost Electricity Future”—analyzes Indonesia’s 2017-26 national energy blueprint and shows how long-term coal power contracts that the country is contemplating will not just […]

August 10, 2017 Read More →
IEEFA Report: Kayenta Mine Is Unlikely to Find  New Customers Once Navajo Generating Station Closes

IEEFA Report: Kayenta Mine Is Unlikely to Find New Customers Once Navajo Generating Station Closes

A ‘Buyer Beware’ on Peabody Energy Property; Regional Demand for Coal Is in Decline; Export-Market Possibilities Are Bleak; Previous Recent Mine Deals Have Failed

June 29, 2017 (IEEFA.org) — The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) published a report today concluding that Peabody Energy’s Kayenta mine in northeast Arizona is not likely to find new customers or markets once its sole customer, Navajo Generating Station, closes. The Navajo Nation Council voted this week to approve a deal with […]

IEEFA Report: ‘Natural Security’ Argument for Saving 2 Power Plants Is a Red Herring Meant to Distract From an Ohio Valley Electric Bailout

Keeping Kyger Creek and Clifty Creek on Life Support Would Cost Ratepayers $1.4 Billion; Market Conditions Will Continue to Undermine Viability of Aging Coal-Fired Plants; Public Resources Are Better Spent on Investing in Transition; Neither Generator Is Needed for Grid Stability

June 20, 2017  (IEEFA.org) – The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) today published a research brief questioning a bill in the Ohio legislature that would bail out two failing coal-fired power plants owned by the Ohio Valley Electric Corporation (OVEC) and keep the plants alive at huge expense to ratepayers. The plants […]

IEEFA Report: ‘Payment for a Job Well Done,’ a Transition Plan in Anticipation of Shutdowns of Navajo Generating Station and Kayenta Mine

IEEFA Report: ‘Payment for a Job Well Done,’ a Transition Plan in Anticipation of Shutdowns of Navajo Generating Station and Kayenta Mine

Initiative to Limit Job Losses and Community Disruption; Investing in Economic Growth Rather Than Subsidizing Northern Arizona's Failing Coal Industry

June 6, 2017 (IEEFA.org) – The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) today published a report outlining an economic- growth strategy for a region that stands to be set back severely by the closure of the Navajo Generating Station and the Kayenta coal mine. The proposal—“A Transition Plan for Communities Affected by the […]

IEEFA Update: As Australia Fights a Domestic Gas Shortage, New Export Plants Are at Risk of Closure

IEEFA Update: As Australia Fights a Domestic Gas Shortage, New Export Plants Are at Risk of Closure

‘Fiddling Around and Allowing the Cartels to Fleece Consumers’

nJune 5, 2017 (IEEFA.org) – The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis today published a report detailing how a complex of expensive new liquefied natural gas plants on the east coast of Australia are struggling to stay open in the face of a global gas glut. The report—“Australia’s Export LNG Plants at Gladstone: The […]

IEEFA Report: ‘End of an Era’ for Navajo Generating Station; Vast Subsidies Would Be Required to Keep Aging Plant Online; Retirement Seen as Most Viable Option

IEEFA Report: ‘End of an Era’ for Navajo Generating Station; Vast Subsidies Would Be Required to Keep Aging Plant Online; Retirement Seen as Most Viable Option

‘No Longer Competitive’ With Rise of Natural Gas and Renewables; Staying Open Through 2022 Would Require a $740-Million-to-$1-Billion Subsidy; Through 2030 Would Require a $1.4 to $2.4 Billion Subsidy

May 10, 2017  (IEEFA.org) – The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis today published a report detailing how the failing coal-fired Navajo Generating Station in northern Arizona will require hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies to remain online for any length of time. The report—“End of an Era: Navajo Generating Station Is No […]

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Underperforming U.S. Utility CEO Devoted to Coal and Nuclear Remains Buoyant

Bloomberg News: Tom Fanning is the only energy executive in America willing to bet billions on nuclear power. The chief executive officer of utility giant Southern Co. is renowned for his boundless optimism, which he generously spreads around. He’s chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, co-leader of one industry group and a former […]

December 12, 2017 Read More →
IEEFA Update: New Philippine Coal Tax Will Drive Development of Cleaner, Cheaper Power

IEEFA Update: New Philippine Coal Tax Will Drive Development of Cleaner, Cheaper Power

Good News From Manila: A Policy Shift in Step With Global Trends

A 400 percent coal tax increase agreed to by legislators in the Philippines today stands to catalyze the development of cleaner and cheaper energy. Though it requires presidential approval, the shift is a welcome sign of government openness to weaning the country off its dependence on expensive fossil fuels. It makes economic common sense too. […]

December 11, 2017 Read More →

Midwestern Company Plans Underground Wind-Power Transmission Corridor to Eastern U.S.

Energy Mix: A company in the Midwestern United States is planning a new underground transmission line along existing railroad tracks to carry wind-generated electricity from Iowa, the Dakotas, and Minnesota to a transfer point to Chicago, then eastward to regions with high electricity demand. “We will pull some of the cheapest, most robust wind from […]

December 11, 2017 Read More →

International Banks Continue to Back Coal Projects, Contrary to Policy Commitments

Financial Times: Between January 2014 and September 2017 international banks channeled $630bn to the top 120 companies planning to build new coal plants around the world. The researchers highlighted Beijing-based Industrial and Commercial Bank of China as the biggest underwriter for bond and share issues of coal plant developers, providing more than $33bn over that […]

December 11, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Propping Up U.S. Coal

New York Times: The fate of this boondoggle rests with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, an independent regulator that is not bound to do what the administration wants. Its five commissioners — three Republicans and two Democrats — ought to think carefully before casting their votes. Mr. Perry’s proposal could add around $11 billion a […]

December 8, 2017 Read More →

Capitalizing on ‘New Frontier,’ Biggest U.S. Utility Partners in Energy-Storage Venture

Power Engineering: The nation’s largest utility holding company and a major lithium supplier are partnering up to create a new company designed to connect investors with well-researched opportunities in the energy storage sector. Exelon Corp. and Albemarle Corp. announced Wednesday that they were founding investors in Volta Energy Technologies. The new Napierville, Illinois-based firm seeks […]

December 7, 2017 Read More →

Another Coal Plant Closes in Upper Midwest

Wisconsin Public Radio: An energy company is shuttering another coal-fired power plant in Wisconsin. WEC Energy is closing its plant in Green Bay, and it comes on the heels of the company closing another facility in Pleasant Prairie. The Green Bay closure isn’t a surprise, the company announced its plans to shutter the plant last […]

December 7, 2017 Read More →

$40 Billion Investment Opportunity Seen in U.S. Wind-Farm Upgrades

GreenTech Media: North America’s aging fleet of wind turbines could lead to a surge in operations and maintenance spending through 2030, according to a report released this month by IHS Markit. The report found cumulative O&M spending for the wind energy sector in the United States and Canada will top $40 billion from 2015 to […]

December 4, 2017 Read More →

Coal’s Share of U.S. Electricity-Generation Market Dips to 29.4%

SNL: Coal’s share of U.S. generation sank below 30% in September. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s latest “Electric Power Monthly” released Dec. 1, over the same period, gas-fired generation declined 7.1% to 116.7 million MWh, accounting for 34.9% of the net total. Meanwhile, coal-fired generation declined 13.9% versus the prior-year period to 98.4 […]

December 4, 2017 Read More →

Texas Coal Plant at Risk of Shutdown Has Lost Half Its Appraised Value

Goliad (Texas) Advance Guard: The merger announcement Oct. 30 between Coleto Creek Power Plant owner Dynegy and the Vistra company has raised questions about the future of the plant. Fears that it might be sold, closed – or both – stem from Vistra’s history of closing its coal-powered power plants. Seventeen days before the two […]

December 4, 2017 Read More →