Author Archive: Cathy Kunkel

Energy Finance Analyst Cathy Kunkel has written reports and given expert testimony on the finances of Appalachian natural gas pipelines and drilling; electric utility mergers, rates and resource planning; energy efficiency; and Puerto Rico’s electrical system. She has degrees in physics from Princeton and Cambridge.

IEEFA: Savings from Puerto Rico grid privatization off to a bad start

Contractor that promised savings set to exceed budget even before taking over

Puerto Rico’s key electrical system privatization initiative has been a longshot to save money for the people of Puerto Rico—and the odds are getting longer, according to an analysis of the 15-year contract with LUMA Energy and its proposed budgets for the next three years. An Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) review […]

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IEEFA EE. UU.: El ahorro de la privatización de la red de Puerto Rico tiene un mal comienzo

Contratista que prometió ahorros superará el presupuesto incluso antes de hacerse cargo de la red

La iniciativa clave de privatización del sistema eléctrico de Puerto Rico ha sido una posibilidad remota para ahorrar dinero al pueblo de Puerto Rico, y las probabilidades se están haciendo más lejanas, según un análisis del contrato de 15 años con LUMA Energy y sus presupuestos propuestos para los próximos tres años. Una revisión del […]

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IEEFA U.S.: ‘New Promise Act’ would help communities transition from coal-based economy

O’Halleran legislation aims to cushion economic losses caused by plant closures

April 2, 2021 (IEEFA) — The recently introduced New Promise Act, sponsored by Rep. Tom O’Halleran, D-Ariz., marks a potentially important step forward in recognizing the need for a federal commitment to economic revitalization in communities that have been hard-hit by the decline of the coal economy. The bill, inspired by the closure of the […]

IEEFA: Puerto Rico can provide resiliency to 100% of homes through solar expansion

Investing in renewables would lower costs, reduce price-volatility and provide resiliency to Puerto Rico

March 10, 2021 (IEEFA)—Investing $9.6 billion in distributed solar panels and batteries—funds that are already available from the federal government—could transform Puerto Rico’s electrical system into a resilient grid that provides every home on the island with a clean, reliable source of energy, according to a report released today. The report by Puerto Rico organization […]

IEEFA U.S.: Financial rationale for Mountain Valley Pipeline has evaporated in changing market

Falling demand, legal and regulatory challenges spell financial peril for pipeline project

March 8, 2021 (IEEFA) — A 303-mile pipeline that would move natural gas from the Appalachian Basin to markets in the eastern and southern U.S. is in financial jeopardy because of reduced demand projections and legal challenges, according to a report released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The Mountain […]

IEEFA U.S.: Biden administration has historic opportunity to rebuild Puerto Rico electricity grid

Campaign promises of ‘low-cost, reliable and clean electricity’ must be kept

January 27, 2021 (IEEFA) — The devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in 2017 highlighted Puerto Rico’s “antiquated, expensive and fossil fuel-dependent” electricity grid, providing the Biden administration with an historic opportunity to transform a vital part of the island’s economy. The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) recommends in a new policy brief […]

Actualización IEEFA: Las centrales de gas natural con financiación federal siguen estando en el punto de mira de la autoridad responsable de la energía eléctrica en Puerto Rico

Una central de ciclo combinado de 400 megavatios (MW) y 11 plantas de pico nuevas recibirán 850 millones de dólares de los fondos federales

En agosto de 2020 el Negociado de Energía de Puerto Rico aprobó un plan a largo plazo para el sistema eléctrico de la isla en el que se pedían mayores inversiones en energía renovable y almacenamiento. Dicha entidad había trabajado durante meses integrando análisis de varias partes interesadas y finalmente había rechazado nuevas iniciativas de […]

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IEEFA: Puerto Rico power authority continues end-run attempts around regulators with federally-funded natural gas plans

$850 million in federal funds targeted for 400-megawatt (MW) combined-cycle natural gas plant and 11 new peaker plants

In August 2020, the Puerto Rico Energy Bureau approved a long-term plan for the island’s electrical system that called for greater investments in renewable energy and storage. The bureau worked for months to integrate analysis from a variety of stakeholders and eventually rejected new natural gas initiatives because of their costs and logistical challenges. Yet […]

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IEEFA Puerto Rico: la AEE recibe apoyo en forma de un crédito, ¿una estrategia sensata u otro ardid inútil?

El préstamo del Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico plantea más preguntas sobre los ahorros derivados de la privatización del sistema de transmisión y distribución

La semana anterior a la Navidad, la Junta de Supervisión y Administración Financiera de Puerto Rico (JSAF) anunció cautelosamente un plan para que el Gobierno del estado libre asociado preste casi 1000 millones de dólares a su Autoridad de Energía Eléctrica (AEE) con el fin de facilitar la privatización del sistema de transmisión y distribución […]

IEEFA Puerto Rico: Credit support for PREPA, a sensible tool or another wasteful gimmick?

Commonwealth loan raises more questions about savings from T&D privatization

The week before Christmas, the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico (FOMB) quietly announced a plan for the commonwealth’s government to loan almost $1 billion to its electrical power authority (PREPA) to facilitate the privatization of the island’s transmission and distribution system. This plan was presented in a poorly documented filing that reveals that […]