Clark Butler

Clark Butler is an IEEFA guest contributor, and a corporate adviser with a background in the technology and finance sectors. In additional to being a director of and investor in technology and data companies, he is exploring technology and financing solutions to encourage investment in renewable energy solutions.

IEEFA: What Australia can learn from Texas’ embrace of clean energy

In the home of U.S. oil and gas, private investors are pouring money into renewables

19 October 2020 (IEEFA Australia): The Australian government’s plan for a gas-fired economic recovery from COVID-19 ignores the market’s clear preference for renewables over fossil fuels. That’s the conclusion of a new note from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) that argues Australia could learn from the experience of U.S. oil and […]

IEEFA Australia: Investing in renewable energy will repower aluminium and heavy industry sectors

Study shows Gladstone’s aluminium smelter crucial in decarbonisation and jobs drive

15 September 2020 (IEEFA Australia) – Australia’s failing aluminium sector could move to low-cost, zero-emissions electricity and invest in plant modernisation to support demand response management supplying local heavy industry, according to a new report from the Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Putting a lens on the industrial energy demand hub of […]

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IEEFA: Despite the talk, Shell and Total are still investing much more in fossil fuels than renewables

The supermajors’ aim of net zero carbon emissions by 2050 cannot be reached without exiting fossil fuel assets

July 23, 2020 (IEEFA) – While Shell and Total are shifting towards renewable energy technologies, around 90% of their capital continues to be spent on fossil fuels, finds a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). To reach their own stated targets, IEEFA estimates that Shell and Total each needs […]

IEEFA Australia: Carbon capture and storage is a poor investment

More money and emissions spent on projects than in storing carbon

2 July 2020 (IEEFA): Australia is pondering carbon capture and storage despite poor outcomes from the only two projects operating world-wide and a lack of revenue generated in lieu of a carbon price, finds a new IEEFA briefing note. Author of the note Clark Butler says from a financial perspective, carbon capture and storage (CCS) […]

IEEFA: How aluminium smelters can help decarbonise Australia’s industrial economy

A great time to invest to revitalise Australian heavy industry and grow jobs

11 June 2020 (IEEFA Australia): Australia’s industrial economy is at a crossroads: invest to improve international competitiveness or decline along with fossil fuels.  That is the message in a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) that argues Australia has the potential to become a much more significant economic power […]

IEEFA update: Tech giants’ investment in renewable power purchase agreements pays off in current climate

Corporates increasingly supporting necessary renewable energy investment

25 March 2020 (IEEFA Australia): A new IEEFA briefing note out today finds the largest tech giants have all committed to renewable energy targets and are increasingly taking up renewable power purchase agreements, a move putting them in good stead in the current climate. Author of the note Clark Butler says major technology companies that […]

IEEFA Australia: Corporates can save money while supporting growth of renewable energy

Increased uptake in renewable power purchase agreements

December 21, 2019 (IEEFA Australia): Some of the biggest electricity users in Australia should negotiate power agreements sourced from renewable energy suppliers to support the financial viability of renewable energy projects in Australia and reduce their carbon emissions, finds a new briefing note from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The note, […]

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