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IEEFA U.S.: FERC gives blank check approval to pipeline builders, while investors and consumers pick up costs

IEEFA U.S.: FERC gives blank check approval to pipeline builders, while investors and consumers pick up costs

Commission’s 21-year-old pipeline policy puts contracts ahead of utility customers

December 17, 2020 (IEEFA) — The federal agency responsible for approving interstate gas pipeline projects is basing its decisions on contracts rather than on today’s consumer energy needs or the public interest, according to a report released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The report—FERC’s Failure to Analyze Energy Market Forces—details […]

IEEFA: From zero to fifty, global financial corporations get cracking on major oil/gas lending exits

IEEFA: From zero to fifty, global financial corporations get cracking on major oil/gas lending exits

Accelerating divestment from oil and gas shows similar early trends to global financial institution’s exit from coal

20 October 2020 (IEEFA): Fifty globally significant financial institutions have introduced policies restricting oil sands and/or oil and gas drilling in the Arctic including 23 to date this year, highlighting global capital continues to flee fossil fuels, according to a new tracker developed by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). “Momentum is […]

IEEFA: Canadian assessment of LNG ‘rising tide’ would drown balance sheets in red ink

IEEFA: Canadian assessment of LNG ‘rising tide’ would drown balance sheets in red ink

Hope springs eternal for Chinese demand but reality suggests bleak forecast for new projects

October 19, 2020 (IEEFA)— The Conference Board of Canada, an Ottawa-based research organization, has doubled down on a bad hand, according to an analysis by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The Conference Board’s report, A Rising Tide: The Economic Impact of B.C.’s Liquified Natural Gas Industry, claims an expansion of the British […]

IEEFA: LUMA Energy deal paves way for Puerto Rico regulators to repeat past mistakes

IEEFA: LUMA Energy deal paves way for Puerto Rico regulators to repeat past mistakes

Multiple issues in contract likely to contribute to failure of safe, reliable and resilient grid

October 12, 2020 (IEEFA) ‒ A major contract signed with the LUMA Energy consortium may prevent Puerto Rico from building a safe, reliable and resilient electrical system, according to a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The deal to operate the island’s grid came in the wake of a series […]

IEEFA: Acuerdo de LUMA Energy allana camino para que los reguladores de Puerto Rico repitan errores pasados

Múltiples problemas en el contrato que pueden contribuir al fracaso de una red segura, confiable y resiliente

12 de octubre de 2020 (IEEFA) – Un importante contrato firmado con el consorcio LUMA Energy puede impedir que Puerto Rico construya un sistema eléctrico seguro, confiable y resiliente,  según un nuevo informe del Instituto de Economía Energética y Análisis Financiero. El acuerdo para operar la red de la isla se produjo a raíz de […]

IEEFA U.S.: Ratepayers face risks with Project Tundra’s retrofit of aging N.D. coal-fired plant

IEEFA U.S.: Ratepayers face risks with Project Tundra’s retrofit of aging N.D. coal-fired plant

Unproven technology funded by federal tax credits unlikely to pay off

September 22, 2020 (IEEFA) — A plan to retrofit an aging coal-fired plant in North Dakota with unproven carbon capture and storage technology is likely to raise rates for customers who get electricity from the Milton R. Young Unit 2 facility, according to a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis […]

IEEFA update: T&D agreement for Puerto Rico power grid sets off alarm bells

IEEFA update: T&D agreement for Puerto Rico power grid sets off alarm bells

Fails to include accountability mechanisms for meeting cost, labor, and green energy goals, Sanzillo tells U.S. House Committee

August 4, 2020 (IEEFA U.S.) – In testimony submitted to the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources, IEEFA’s director of finance Tom Sanzillo warned of significant problems with a recent agreement for LUMA Energy to take over transmission and distribution (T&D) of Puerto Rico’s electric power grid. The agreement fails to address three major challenges, […]

IEEFA report: China unlikely to come to rescue of overbuilt U.S. LNG industry

IEEFA report: China unlikely to come to rescue of overbuilt U.S. LNG industry

Falling prices and shrinking demand constrain market, even before coronavirus crisis

July 29, 2020 (IEEFA) — A rebound of the ailing U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry isn’t likely to come from Chinese demand, according to a new study by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Global LNG markets have been hammered by collapsing prices, falling consumption, and an enormous supply glut in […]

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) […]

Press release: IEEFA statement on Teck Resources decision to withdraw Frontier Mine proposal

February 24, 2020 – Tom Sanzillo, Director of Finance for the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), made the following statement today on Teck Resources’ decision to withdraw its proposal to build the Frontier oil sands mine in Alberta: “Teck’s leadership has acknowledged that conditions have changed, and the $20 billion Frontier project […]

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New York state pension fund to divest from six Canadian oil sands companies

Reuters: New York’s state pension fund is restricting investment in six Canadian oil sands companies because they have not shown they are prepared for a transition to a low-carbon future, the fund’s Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said on Monday. The New York State Common Retirement Fund will divest more than $7 million in securities already held […]

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Canadian regulator: Renewable transition picking up speed in oil-producing Alberta

Reuters: Canada’s biggest oil-producing province Alberta is expected to see the fastest growth in renewable energy capacity between 2018 and 2023, the Canada Energy Regulator forecast in a Tuesday report, as new wind and solar projects help replace coal-fired electricity. By 2023, 26% of Alberta’s electricity capacity will come from renewable sources, up from 16% […]

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Study finds methane emissions from planned coal mines pose major threat to climate

Reuters: Methane leaks from planned coal mines around the world could have a bigger climate impact than carbon emissions from U.S. coal plants, a research group said on Thursday, detailing what it said was an overlooked source of planet-warming emissions. Despite efforts by governments to crack down on fossil fuels, nonprofit Global Energy Monitor said […]

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IEEFA: ExxonMobil’s 2020 financial report: “Re-de-booking” raises questions about actual size of reserves

IEEFA: ExxonMobil’s 2020 financial report: “Re-de-booking” raises questions about actual size of reserves

ExxonMobil’s annual report, released last week, paints a picture of a company that has veered badly off course

As expected, COVID wrought havoc with earnings, leaving ExxonMobil with an enterprise-wide return on capital employed of minus 9.5%. But the real story wasn’t in the income statement; it was the estimate of oil reserves. At the end of 2019, ExxonMobil claimed 22.4 billion barrels of oil reserves worldwide. Now, it claims just 15.2 billion […]

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BP, Chevron invest in promising geothermal technology

Market Watch: BP and Chevron have made a landmark expansion into geothermal energy on Tuesday, betting on a new technology that could prove to be the world’s first scalable clean energy derived from a constant source: the natural heat of the earth. The two major oil companies have headlined a $40 million funding round into […]

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Australian investment firm IFM rules out any new thermal coal projects

The Sydney Morning Herald: One of the country’s largest infrastructure investors has ruled out investing in any new thermal coal assets, after announcing a $C2.8 billion ($2.9 billion) acquisition of an energy-efficient heating operation in Canada. IFM Investors, which manages $148 billion for Australian superannuation funds, announced plans on Wednesday to acquire a 50 per […]

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Wood Mackenzie sees solar as cheapest electricity resource worldwide by 2030

PV Tech: Solar is now cheapest form of new electricity in a host of international markets, driven by cost reductions and growth of bifaciality, large-area solar modules and trackers. That is the conclusion of a new report released by analysts Wood Mackenzie, which also forecasts that the cost of solar PV could fall by a […]

January 22, 2021 Read More →

Biden revokes permit for Keystone XL pipeline, likely killing project

NPR: As part of his ambitious plan to address climate change, President Biden is revoking a key cross-border presidential permit needed to finish the controversial Keystone XL pipeline This likely means the end of the $8 billion pipeline, a years-long project that would have carried oil sands crude from Alberta, Canada, to the American Gulf […]

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Study finds significant methane leakage from abandoned oil, gas wells in Canada, U.S.

Reuters: Methane leaking out of the more than 4 million abandoned oil and gas wells in the United States and Canada is a far greater contributor to climate change than government estimates suggest, researchers from McGill University said on Wednesday. Canada has underestimated methane emissions from its abandoned wells by as much as 150%, while […]

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IEEFA: Is oil giant Total an emerging leader of the energy transition?

Shows how to pivot from an oil company to an energy company

Last summer, French oil and gas giant Total SE announced a $7 billion impairment charge for two Canadian oil sands projects. This might have seemed like an innocuous move, merely an acknowledgement that the projects hadn’t worked out as planned.  Yet it opened a Pandora’s box that could change the way the industry thinks about […]