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    IEEFA Report: 'Here and Now' — Nine Electricity Markets Leading the Transition to Wind and Solar IEEFA Report: ‘Here and Now’ — Nine Electricity Markets Leading the Transition to Wind and SolarFeb. 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 Transition ...
    Ignoring Washington, States and Localities Expand Policies for More U.S. Solar Ignoring Washington, States and Localities Expand Policies for More U.S. SolarWall Street Journal: Government mandates should keep U.S. solar power growing, despite new Trump administration tariffs on imported solar panels that are poised to raise prices. While the tariffs may slow the rate of solar expansion, local and state policies requiring utilities to procure renewable energy will continue to help create a baseline market for solar power ...
    Japan Weighs Shift From Coal and Nuclear Japan Weighs Shift From Coal and NuclearReuters: An energy task force advising Japan’s foreign minister has proposed boosting renewable energy and shifting away from coal-fired and nuclear power at home, arguing the country’s energy policies are outdated and undermine its global competitiveness. The advice comes in a report commissioned by minister Taro Kono, a maverick lawmaker with prime ministerial ambitions, and echoes his ...
    IEEFA'S Energy Finance Training is March 12-14, 2018 IEEFA’S Energy Finance Training is March 12-14, 2018    Registration is closed and the event is at capacity.  The draft agenda is here.  On Monday through Wednesday March 12-14, 2018 IEEFA and Columbia Law School will bring together environmental advocates and attorneys from around the world for a three-day training program in New York City. The training will cover current developments in the coal, natural gas ...
    South Korea Embarks on Transition to Renewables and Gas South Korea Embarks on Transition to Renewables and GasGreenTech Media: South Korea took action this month to strengthen its grid in preparation for a major boost in renewable energy generation. At the beginning of the month, the state-owned Korea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco) picked U.S. infrastructure provider GE Power to build a 4-gigawatt high-voltage DC (HVDC) transmission link from the east of the country to ...
    IEEFA Update: A Tipping Point Is Coming, and Fast IEEFA Update: A Tipping Point Is Coming, and FastWe’ve just posted a research brief explaining through a telling combination of charts (and some written analysis) how the fast-growing uptake of wind and solar around the world continues to shape electricity-generation trends. The phenomenon is unfolding across diverse groups of markets that include ones in Latin America, the Middle East, and the U.S. We note in ...
    U.S. Utility Giant Duke Energy Increases Its Renewables Spend to $1.5 Billion U.S. Utility Giant Duke Energy Increases Its Renewables Spend to $1.5 BillionS&P Global Market Intelligence: Duke Energy Corp. expects to funnel more capital into commercial renewables but will continue to focus the bulk of its investments on the grid over the next five years. The updated growth capital plan focuses $28.8 billion on electric utilities, including regulated renewables, and $6.7 billion on gas utilities. The plan also increases ...
    Op-Ed: Let Markets Decide Winners and Losers Op-Ed: Let Markets Decide Winners and LosersThe Hill: If power plants are profitable, subsidies only serve to pad a company’s bottom line. If they’re not profitable, taxpayers should not prop them up. Rather than keeping them on life support, government should allow economic failures to fail so that those resources are free to flow to more useful purposes elsewhere in the economy. Ironically ...
    U.S. Coal: ‘Fewer and Fewer Customers' U.S. Coal: ‘Fewer and Fewer Customers’Bloomberg News: The big problem for Cloud Peak and fellow miners is there are fewer and fewer customers. Between the end of 2011 and 2017, America’s coal-fired power plants lost 15 percent of their generating capacity, from 306 gigawatts to 261 gigawatts. Another 12.5 gigawatts of plants are scheduled to close this year, making 2018 potentially ...
    IEEFA Update: A Brave New World Is Taking Hold in the Grid Integration of Renewables IEEFA Update: A Brave New World Is Taking Hold in the Grid Integration of RenewablesImportant regional electricity markets and whole countries are blowing past old record levels of wind and solar power by taking a variety of simple, practical steps to improve grid flexibility. Current trends make a mockery of doubts peddled by system incumbents who keep promoting new subsidies (like capacity payments) for old-school gas and nuclear power as ...