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IEEFA U.S.: The Texas transition gains momentum

Wind and solar top combined cycle gas generators in ERCOT for first time

The transition continues: In April, wind and solar generation in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) topped the output from its combined cycle gas turbine units (CCGTs) for the second month in a row. Equally notable, wind and solar have generated more power than ERCOT’s CCGT units (the backbone of the system’s electric generation) […]


IEEFA: Vietnam’s PDP8 delay is an opportunity to unlock more cost-effective renewable energy

The key is to refine new strategies and improve market structures

13 May (IEEFA Vietnam):  Vietnam’s Power Development Master Plan for 2021-2030 with a vision to 2045 (PDP8), was expected to be signed off at the end of March during the last days of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s administration, but it hit an unexpected delay. Rather than being a setback, however, this delay can be […]

IEEFA: CMD’s bag initiative raises questions for future of oil, gas and plastics industries

Plant-based polymer/LLDPE bags pose potentially big issues for petrochemical trends

May 13, 2021 (IEEFA)—In the world of plastics, sometimes one company’s story crystallizes the “life and times” of the industry. Plastics News, an industry weekly, recently covered the CMD Corporation’s efforts to publicize its latest plastic bag manufacturing innovation. The company’s initiative shines a light on industry trends and raises interesting questions for the future […]


IEEFA U.S.: Poor decisions on LUMA contract put Puerto Rico’s workers and communities at risk

FOMB privatization plan pushes electrical workers to the margins

May 12, 2021 (IEEFA) ⎼ Why is the Financial Oversight and Management Board (FOMB) of Puerto Rico aggressively pushing a grid privatization contract that threatens to destroy the one asset the electrical system has—its workforce—while raising costs for the bankrupt island government? LUMA Energy is scheduled to take over the non-generation functions of the Puerto […]

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