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IEEFA: What India can learn from Australia’s distributed energy transformation

IEEFA: What India can learn from Australia’s distributed energy transformation

Combining rooftop solar with batteries and electric vehicles is in India's near-future

31 March 2021 (IEEFA India): Policy makers and regulators must build the framework required for combining rooftop solar with battery storage and electric vehicles to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for a sustainable, energy-secure future, according to a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). In addition to the […]

IEEFA: India’s $122bn stimulus for energy promotes renewables but lacks clarity in additional funding streams

IEEFA: India’s $122bn stimulus for energy promotes renewables but lacks clarity in additional funding streams

Is India’s 'green recovery' green enough?

22 March 2021 (IEEFA India): While India has committed more public money than any other economy to date – at least US$122 billion – to supporting the energy sector since the start of the COVID-19 crisis in early 2020, a new report shows the government’s stimulus is a ‘mixed bag’ for the country’s energy transition. […]

IEEFA: Renewables should be focus of Vietnam’s Draft PDP8, not coal and gas

IEEFA: Renewables should be focus of Vietnam’s Draft PDP8, not coal and gas

Evidence was clear to inform the next stage of Vietnam’s power development

11 March (IEEFA Vietnam): Vietnam’s recently published draft power development plan for 2021-2030 (PDP8) has failed to acknowledge the importance of developing a more flexible system that can accommodate a changing technology mix, according to a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). “After a decade filled with disappointments from […]

IEEFA: India needs to be ready to ride the energy storage wave

IEEFA: India needs to be ready to ride the energy storage wave

Battery storage, green hydrogen and flexible coal-fired power plants can help India integrate renewable energy into the grid

26 February 2021 (IEEFA India): Battery storage, green hydrogen and flexible coal-fired power generation can help India address its next big challenge of integrating large-scale variable renewable energy into the electricity grid over the next decade, according to a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). “The transition to low-cost, variable renewable […]

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IEEFA: India’s new net metering limit risks stalling progress on rooftop solar target

IEEFA: India’s new net metering limit risks stalling progress on rooftop solar target

A net feed-in mechanism could offer a solution for the Indian rooftop solar industry, consumers and distribution companies

19 February 2021 (IEEFA India): A new regulation that excludes rooftop solar systems over 10 kilowatts (kW) from net metering will stall adoption of larger installations in India, undermining progress towards the government’s rooftop solar target of 40 gigawatts (GW) by 2022. This is according to a new briefing note from IEEFA and JMK Research & Analytics […]

IEEFA: Global capital mobilising for India’s $500bn renewable energy infrastructure opportunity

IEEFA: Global capital mobilising for India’s $500bn renewable energy infrastructure opportunity

The key domestic and international institutions driving renewable energy growth in India

16 February 2021 (IEEFA India): A huge global capital pool is mobilising to invest in renewable energy and grid projects in India, according to a new IEEFA report, with pull factors including solar power tariffs hitting record lows, plunging solar module costs, record low interest rates, and the security of government-backed, 25-year power purchase agreements (PPAs). […]

IEEFA Indonesia: Switching coal plants to PLN’s biomass cofiring plan is no magic bullet

IEEFA Indonesia: Switching coal plants to PLN’s biomass cofiring plan is no magic bullet

Implementation risks for Indonesia PLN's switch from coal to biomass cofiring

PLN’s biomass cofiring plan will require nothing less than the creation of a large-scale biomass industry. 8 February 2021 (IEEFA Indonesia): Important questions must be answered concerning the economic viability, feedstock supply stability and technical challenges associated with extending the life of Indonesia’s coal plants using cofiring, according to a new report from the Institute […]

IEEFA: Over US$50 billion in gas power projects and LNG import facilities at risk of cancellation in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Vietnam

IEEFA: Over US$50 billion in gas power projects and LNG import facilities at risk of cancellation in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Vietnam

Pakistan and Bangladesh have already cancelled tenders for LNG imports

14 January 2020 (IEEFA): Emerging markets such as Vietnam, Pakistan and Bangladesh that are turning to liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a source of power are likely to be hit by higher and more volatile prices going forward, according to a new briefing note from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Author […]

IEEFA: India could compete against China in solar module production with the right government support

IEEFA: India could compete against China in solar module production with the right government support

The focus should be on helping manufacturers become globally competitive

7 January 2021 (IEEFA India): Although one of the top 10 solar module producers in the world, India is lagging behind its biggest competitor China, finds a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) and JMK Research. The report, Viability Assessment of New Domestic Solar Module Manufacturing Units, finds current production capacity in […]

IEEFA Indonesia: PLN has ‘Green Ambition’ but is short on renewable energy credibility

IEEFA Indonesia: PLN has ‘Green Ambition’ but is short on renewable energy credibility

A detailed sustainability roadmap going forward will assist PLN’s credibility with ESG investors

22 December 2020 (IEEFA Indonesia): PLN must be prepared for a much higher level of scrutiny around its continuing coal investments and lack of progress in renewable energy investment projects when the company launches its debut green and/or sustainable bonds, finds a new briefing note by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). […]

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Masdar triples size of Uzbekistan wind project to 1.5GW

REVE: Masdar, one of the world’s leading renewable energy companies, has signed an Implementation Agreement with the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan to extend the capacity of its utility-scale wind farm project – the first such project in Uzbekistan – to up to 1.5 gigawatts (GW). H.E. Sardor Umurzakov, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister […]

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IEEFA: What India can learn from Australia’s distributed energy transformation
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IEEFA: What India can learn from Australia’s distributed energy transformation

Combining rooftop solar with batteries and electric vehicles is in India's near-future

31 March 2021 (IEEFA India): Policy makers and regulators must build the framework required for combining rooftop solar with battery storage and electric vehicles to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for a sustainable, energy-secure future, according to a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). In addition to the […]

IEEFA Ghana: Reliance on LNG means increased fuel price risk and further unaffordable generation contracts

African nations must learn from developing Asia's expensive fossil-fuelled power problems

Ghana is set to become the first Sub-Saharan nation to import LNG as the government continues its attempts to renegotiate unaffordable power generation contracts. LNG is being pushed in emerging nations as a clean transition fuel that is “critical” for development. It is neither of these things. In fact, the need for expensive, associated LNG […]

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IEEFA: There’s no way out for India’s stranded thermal power assets

IEEFA: There’s no way out for India’s stranded thermal power assets

Investors are increasingly unwilling to risk capital in a sector with US$40-60 billion of non-performing assets

India’s 40 gigawatts (GW) of stressed and stranded thermal power assets, identified by a special parliamentary committee in March 2018, still linger on – most of them without any feasible resolution. The multitude of fundamental problems still persist despite efforts to resolve them by the government, lending institutions and proponents of the projects. These include […]

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Wood Mackenzie says new global wind capacity could total 1,000GW through 2030

Reuters: The global wind industry could install nearly 1 terawatt (TW) of new capacity between now and 2030, with much of that added by China, consultancy Wood Mackenzie said on Monday. China’s target of having 1,200 GW of wind and solar by 2030 could result in 408 GW of new wind capacity from 2021 to […]

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First of four solar projects due online in Cambodia this year begins commercial operation

Khmer Times: The recently completed 60 mW solar station located in Battambang province’s Thma Koul district has started power generation and been linked power to the grid, according to Electricite Du Cambodge (EDC). The station, invested in by Risen Energy Co Ltd, is among four solar projects that the Cambodian government approved in 2019. The […]

March 25, 2021 Read More →
IEEFA Update: Proposed switch from coal to LNG threatens renewable energy development in Asia

IEEFA Update: Proposed switch from coal to LNG threatens renewable energy development in Asia

Renewables offer an ever cheaper, financially sustainable and energy secure alternative, better able to support developing nations

A concerted effort by the U.S. gas industry to push LNG onto developing Asian nations is jeopardising renewable energy investment across the continent. Vietnam’s new draft long term energy plan indicates lowering coal power ambition but increased focus on LNG is included at the expense of solar power development. Meanwhile GE has been working to […]

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IEEFA: India’s $122bn stimulus for energy promotes renewables but lacks clarity in additional funding streams
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IEEFA: India’s $122bn stimulus for energy promotes renewables but lacks clarity in additional funding streams

Is India’s 'green recovery' green enough?

22 March 2021 (IEEFA India): While India has committed more public money than any other economy to date – at least US$122 billion – to supporting the energy sector since the start of the COVID-19 crisis in early 2020, a new report shows the government’s stimulus is a ‘mixed bag’ for the country’s energy transition. […]

IEEFA: What the Texas energy crisis means for Bangladesh’s energy security

IEEFA: What the Texas energy crisis means for Bangladesh’s energy security

Greater reliance on LNG imports means Bangladesh will bear climate-related risks of exporting countries, threatening energy security and electricity costs

The energy crisis in Texas has become world news. During extreme winter weather in February, surging electricity demand collided with falling generation, forcing the state’s grid operator to implement rolling blackouts. At its peak, at least 4.5 million Texans were without electricity and more than 80 deaths have been attributed to power losses. The crisis […]

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IEEFA Indonesia: Lessons from Texas on extreme weather and power grid resilience
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IEEFA Indonesia: Lessons from Texas on extreme weather and power grid resilience

Extreme weather risks are likely here to stay and planning ahead is necessary for Indonesia

In mid-February, a catastrophic power outage in Texas left more than four million households stranded for days without electricity amidst freezing weather. More than 46,000 megawatts (MW) of power capacity went offline under the extreme cold weather event, putting pressure on the power grid system and resulting in broad-based failure. Gas supplies – which provide […]