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IEEFA: Bangladesh’s power system overcapacity problem is getting worse  

IEEFA: Bangladesh’s power system overcapacity problem is getting worse  

Overcapacity, along with increased reliance on expensive coal and LNG imports, threaten to increase the cost of power generation

20 January 2021 (IEEFA Bangladesh): Overcapacity in Bangladesh’s power system has worsened and threatens to deteriorate further according to a new briefing note released by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) today. Data from the Bangladesh Power Development Board’s (BPDB) latest annual report shows that overall power capacity utilisation in fiscal year […]

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 Japan: ¥26 billion loss on Australian coal power plant raises questions for Sumitomo and its investors

Sumitomo’s coal policies are lagging its trading house peers and the Japanese government

23 November 2020 (IEEFA Japan): As the government of Japan’s energy policy shifts significantly and Japanese trading houses exit coal projects overseas, Sumitomo Corporation continues to develop coal power projects and has seen its thermal coal output grow according to a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The report, […]

IEEFA update: Peabody Energy flirts with bankruptcy—again

IEEFA update: Peabody Energy flirts with bankruptcy—again

Bear market for coal, new financial pressures push world’s largest coal company towards default

Just three-and-a-half years after emerging from its previous bankruptcy, Peabody Energy—the world’s largest private coal miner—admitted to investors on Monday that it could face yet another trip to bankruptcy court in the coming months. Coal bankruptcies in the United States have become increasingly common. Cheap gas and renewable power have steadily replaced coal in the […]

IEEFA report: Bangladesh’s power system headed for financial disaster due to overcapacity in coal, LNG power

IEEFA report: Bangladesh’s power system headed for financial disaster due to overcapacity in coal, LNG power

Investments in renewable energy and grid are needed to meet lower-than-expected demand slowed further by COVID-19

18 May 2020 (IEEFA Australia) ‒ Bangladesh’s plan for significant coal- and LNG-fired power plant additions will lock the nation into substantial overcapacity, with major financial implications, according to a new study released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The coronavirus pandemic is currently lowering power demand significantly in Bangladesh, […]

IEEFA report: Is India’s PFC financing a herd of white elephants?

IEEFA report: Is India’s PFC financing a herd of white elephants?

Government-owned electrification funders are leading backers of non-performing assets

7 May 2020 (IEEFA India) — Power Finance Corporation (PFC) and Rural Electric Corporation Ltd (REC), big state-owned institutions charged with financing a large part of India’s growing need for electricity generation, may instead be funding a herd of white elephants — obsolete and economically unviable coal-fired power plants that could soon become stranded assets. […]

IEEFA report: Australia’s key export market – Japan, moving beyond thermal coal

IEEFA report: Australia’s key export market – Japan, moving beyond thermal coal

Approving new thermal coal mines will add more production into an oversupplied market

10 July 2019 (IEEFA Australia) – Australia will struggle to seek alternative markets for its thermal coal as a declining Japanese market increasingly turns towards cheaper renewable energy solutions, a new IEEFA report out today has found. The report, Japanese Thermal Coal Consumption Approaching Long Term Decline: Australia’s Biggest Export Destination to Transition Away from Coal, […]

IEEFA Asia: A Better Way Forward for Electrification in Bangladesh

IEEFA Asia: A Better Way Forward for Electrification in Bangladesh

We See a Viable and Sensible Renewables Path to Rapid Eradication of Energy Poverty and to Improvements in Health and Education

We’ve just published a report that outlines a highly feasible and more cost-effective alternative to expand electrification in Bangladesh than what the Bangladesh government has in mind. Our blueprint—“Bangladesh Electricity Transition: A Diverse, Secure and Deflationary Way Forward”—outlines an expansion that would be cheaper, cleaner and provide more national energy security. Our research models an […]

A Step Backward for Bangladesh

A Step Backward for Bangladesh

Rampal Power Project: Fraught With Unacceptable Risk and Out of Step With the Times

We’ve published a report today that explains how the proposed coal-fired Rampal Power Plant in southwest Bangladesh would drive up electricity rates, cost far more than its promoters say, and put investors and consumers at a myriad of risks. Our report, “Risky and Over-Subsidized: A Financial Analysis of the Rampal Power Plant,” outlines why the […]

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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 […]

March 30, 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 […]

March 22, 2021 Read More →
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 […]

March 22, 2021 Read More →
IEEFA: Lessons from the Texas energy crisis for emerging LNG importers in Asia

IEEFA: Lessons from the Texas energy crisis for emerging LNG importers in Asia

LNG importers will bear climate-related risks of exporting countries, threatening energy security and electricity costs

The Texas energy crisis has become world news. During last week’s extreme winter weather, surging electricity demand collided with falling generation, forcing the state’s grid operator to implement rolling blackouts. In many cases, blackouts lasted for over 24 hours, causing fuel and electricity supply shortages and disruptions throughout the gas supply chain. At least 4.5 […]

March 1, 2021 Read More →

Editorial: Time for Bangladesh to focus on renewable energy, not coal

Dhaka Tribune: Shifting away from coal is not only desirable, but absolutely necessary in these times. In spite of being detrimental to environment, coal has long been seen as the most affordable option to meet our energy goals. As a nation with ambitious growth targets, our energy needs are tremendous, and in this pursuit for […]

February 18, 2021 Read More →
IEEFA Update: Why Bangladesh shouldn’t count on a fossil fuel future

IEEFA Update: Why Bangladesh shouldn’t count on a fossil fuel future

Around US$50 billion of LNG projects in Asia at risk of cancellation

Two astonishing figures have circulated in the Asian energy sector in the past month: LNG prices have increased by 1000% since record lows of April 2020, and Vietnam has increased its rooftop solar by 9,000 megawatts (MW) within 12 months. The two figures represent two different potential futures that Bangladesh could choose: the former points […]

February 3, 2021 Read More →
IEEFA: Bangladesh’s power system overcapacity problem is getting worse  
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IEEFA: Bangladesh’s power system overcapacity problem is getting worse  

Overcapacity, along with increased reliance on expensive coal and LNG imports, threaten to increase the cost of power generation

20 January 2021 (IEEFA Bangladesh): Overcapacity in Bangladesh’s power system has worsened and threatens to deteriorate further according to a new briefing note released by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) today. Data from the Bangladesh Power Development Board’s (BPDB) latest annual report shows that overall power capacity utilisation in fiscal year […]

IEEFA: Over US$50 billion in gas power projects and LNG import facilities at risk of cancellation in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Vietnam
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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: Adani’s Godda power project ‘left behind’ by changing energy policy in India and Bangladesh

IEEFA: Adani’s Godda power project ‘left behind’ by changing energy policy in India and Bangladesh

Plans for the new coal-fired power station can be reconfigured to support India’s economic recovery

The Adani Group’s recent acquisition of a coal block in Jharkhand has further highlighted how misaligned the Godda coal power project is with Indian energy strategy. Furthermore, new developments in Bangladesh – where Godda power is intended to be exported – mean the project is also looking increasingly out-of-step with Bangladesh’s energy policy. In our […]

November 25, 2020 Read More →
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IEEFA Japan: ¥26 billion loss on Australian coal power plant raises questions for Sumitomo and its investors

Sumitomo’s coal policies are lagging its trading house peers and the Japanese government

23 November 2020 (IEEFA Japan): As the government of Japan’s energy policy shifts significantly and Japanese trading houses exit coal projects overseas, Sumitomo Corporation continues to develop coal power projects and has seen its thermal coal output grow according to a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The report, […]