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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New EU emissions regulations raise compliance issues at PGE; Outdated business model may cost billions; ‘An accelerated deployment of renewables’ makes more sense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 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 Update: Push to Keep Navajo Generating Station Alive in Deal With Arizona Water Distributor Is Fraught With Risk

IEEFA Update: Push to Keep Navajo Generating Station Alive in Deal With Arizona Water Distributor Is Fraught With Risk

Research Brief: Regardless of Ownership, Outlook for Southwest U.S. Coal-Fired Electricity Plant Is Bleaker Than Ever

April 11, 2018 (IEEFA) — The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis published a research brief today that finds the financial outlook for coal-fired Navajo Generating Station is bleaker than it was when the plant’s utility owners announced last year it would be retired in 2019. The plant’s owners—Arizona Public Service Company, the Salt River Project, […]

April 11, 2018 Read More →
IEEFA Update: How Will Westmoreland Coal’s Deepening Spiral End?

IEEFA Update: How Will Westmoreland Coal’s Deepening Spiral End?

Disappearing Market Capitalization and Unsustainable Debt

We’ve just published a research brief of interest to any person, community, business, or investor with ties to Westmoreland Coal Co. The brief—“Westmoreland Coal Is in Trouble”—lays out how the company, which produces coal for electricity generation, is hobbled by debt, is losing customers, has suffered a catastrophic drop in stock price, and appears to […]

February 16, 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 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: 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 Brief: U.K. Government at Risk in Over-Budget Nuclear Project That Stands Incomplete

IEEFA Brief: U.K. Government at Risk in Over-Budget Nuclear Project That Stands Incomplete

A Sensible ‘Plan B’ for Hinkley Point C Project in Somerset Would Avoid Extending Public Loan Guarantees

Oct. 16, 2017 (IEEFA.org) — A research brief published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis cautions the U.K. government against investing further in an unfinished nuclear project on the Bristol Channel in southwest England. The brief — “A Half-Built, High-Priced Nuclear White Elephant: How Should the U.K. Proceed With This Troubled […]

October 16, 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 […]

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BNEF expects steep decline in coal generation through 2050

PV Magazine: In its 2018 New Energy Outlook, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) sees skyrocketing growth in the global solar and wind energy markets up to 2050. Overall, it anticipates that solar and wind will account for nearly half of global electricity generation by this date, driven by “precipitous” cost reductions–leading to levelized costs of […]

June 19, 2018 Read More →
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IEEFA update: Pushback from the big boys against U.S. coal bailout campaign

Core resistance by colossal players across the energy industry

The Trump administration’s scheme to subsidize the coal industry has nothing to do with grid resiliency or energy security—the White House is simply picking a favorite in the heated battle for market share across the U.S. electricity generation sector. The coal industry is losing this battle. Its contribution to the U.S. electricity generation mix dropped […]

Charts of the Day: A reversal of historical fortune for coal-fired electricity

Associated Press: Coal’s share of the world’s electricity mix was about 38 percent in 1997, and in 2017 it was about … 38 percent. Fossil fuels overall have actually increased their share, from 63 percent to 65 percent. Not exactly what folks in Paris or (even further back) Kyoto had in mind. When it comes […]

June 14, 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 […]

Trump bailouts: Higher electricity costs ‘without any corresponding reliability, resilience, or cybersecurity benefits’

New York Times: When Mr. Trump came into office, he vowed to revive America’s coal mining industry by rolling back Obama-era environmental regulations. But coal keeps getting edged out by cheaper and cleaner alternatives. At least 15.4 gigawatts of coal capacity is set to retire this year, one of the biggest years on record, according […]

June 13, 2018 Read More →

Market changes across Europe are undermining viability of traditional power plants

Financial Times: The upcoming privatization of a Dutch utility highlights the changing landscape of Europe’s power sector. Owned by more than 50 cities, analysts expect Eneco to fetch more than €3bn. However, the potential sale has sparked the interest of much larger rivals as Eneco has things many of them covet — a range of […]

June 13, 2018 Read More →

‘Fastest-growing solar market in the U.S.,’ Texas signs $100 million deal with project developer

Texas Public Radio: A deal announced Monday could mean a $100 million towards solar projects in Texas. Austin-based solar power company PowerFin Partners will develop and build the projects and Toronto-based real estate investors Fengate will finance the deals as part of today’s announced co-development deal. “Financing of solar projects is pretty difficult,” said Tuan […]

June 12, 2018 Read More →

Report: U.S. solar industry will weather Trump policies

PV Tech: The U.S. solar sector is set to exceed expectations for deployment in 2018, according to the latest quarterly figures from GTM Research. The addition of 2.5GW in Q1 2018 marks a 13% year on year increase, according to the research firm’s latest US Solar Market Insight Report, produced in partnership with the Solar […]

June 12, 2018 Read More →

Global investment in wind and solar doubles that in gas, nuclear, and coal

Wall Street Journal: Global spending on renewable energy is outpacing investment in electricity from coal, natural gas and nuclear power plants, driven by falling costs of producing wind and solar power. More than half of the power-generating capacity added around the world in recent years has been in renewable sources such as wind and solar, […]

June 11, 2018 Read More →

Ratings downgrade as U.S. coal company Bowie Resource Partners faces ‘liquidity shortfall’

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): Bowie Resource Partners LLC could face a liquidity shortfall in the next year if it fails to extend its revolving credit facility, S&P Global Ratings said in a downgrade of the U.S. coal producer. The company’s liquidity may be insufficient to cover its revolver due in August and mandatory amortizations, […]

June 11, 2018 Read More →