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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: European gas pipeline companies mislead investors by underreporting CO<sub>2</sub>

IEEFA: European gas pipeline companies mislead investors by underreporting CO2

Reporting loophole means midstream operators aren't following the same guidelines as upstream or downstream sellers

December 14, 2020 (IEEFA) — European pipeline companies are using a loophole to market themselves as low-carbon businesses and avoid reporting on the climate effects of the natural gas they transport, according to a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The report, Hiding in Plain Sight—European Gas Pipeline Companies’ […]

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: Renewables continue to break records despite COVID-19

IEEFA: Renewables continue to break records despite COVID-19

Solar costs continue to decline

8 June 2020 (IEEFA Australia): Despite the devastating impact of COVID-19, during the months of April and May, renewable energy continued to break records, according to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA).  Most strikingly, April 2020 saw the Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC) award a 1.5 gigawatt (GW) solar tender to […]

IEEFA Australia: Nuclear is too expensive, takes too long to build, and is banned by law in Australia

IEEFA responds to government inquiry looking at nuclear energy in Australia

30 September 2019 (IEEFA Australia): As fossil fuels come under increasing pressure, the conversation on whether to install nuclear energy is heating up in Australia, with the New South Wales government today calling for a vote within three years. As the UK’s latest foray into building nuclear power plant’s only too well demonstrates, massive cost […]

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IEEFA report: Benefits to Engie from closing three German coal-fired power plants would outweigh any gains from selling them

IEEFA report: Benefits to Engie from closing three German coal-fired power plants would outweigh any gains from selling them

Shutdown would be in line with corporate responsibility commitments, prevent rivals from gaining market share, and signal that utility giant “is part of the solution” to Germany's coal phase-out plans

Sept 4, 2018 (IEEFA) — The French multinational energy company Engie would be better off closing its three coal-fired plants in Germany than selling them, concludes a report published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The authors of the report see Engie best protecting its position in the German electricity […]

IEEFA update: U.K. pension funds lag in renewable energy infrastructure investing

Abundant offerings across a number of markets

LONDON — Local U.K. government pension schemes are gradually increasing their unlisted infrastructure holdings, driven by examples set by trail-blazing funds and by a new government initiative to increase the scale of such investments. But few are investing explicitly in renewable energy, the biggest single segment of infrastructure investment in the world (infrastructure investing involves real […]

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IEEFA Report: Endesa’s Plan to Upgrade Aging Spanish Coal Plants Puts €400 Million in Shareholder Wealth at Risk

IEEFA Report: Endesa’s Plan to Upgrade Aging Spanish Coal Plants Puts €400 Million in Shareholder Wealth at Risk

New Emissions Rules Loom Large Across EU; Gas-Fired Generation and Renewables Present Better Investment Opportunities; Major Utilities Are Out of Step With Markets

October 25, 2017 (IEEFA.org) — A research paper published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis finds that plans by Enel Group’s Spanish-subsidiary Endesa to sink €400 million into upgrading three aging coal-fired plants is a likely loss-making proposition under new European Union emission-control rules. The report—“How European Utilities Can Capitalize on […]

IEEFA Report: European Coal Sector Woes Deepen With New Air Quality Mandate; One-Third of Existing Capacity Must Retrofit or Close

IEEFA Report: European Coal Sector Woes Deepen With New Air Quality Mandate; One-Third of Existing Capacity Must Retrofit or Close

More Headwinds for Major Utilities; New Limits Affect 108 Plants; Implications for Investors, With Gas and Renewables Emerging as Preferred Power-Generation Fuels

May 8, 2017 (IEEFA.org) — More than 100 separate power plants—representing one-third of Europe’s large-scale coal-fired power plant capacity—face costly air quality upgrades or closure as a result of new European Union emissions limits, according to an analysis published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). “These regulations will further undermine and […]

IEEFA Europe: Can Coal Power Hang On?

IEEFA Europe: Can Coal Power Hang On?

Investors May Not Be Eager to Absorb More Losses Like Those Seen in Recent Dutch Build-Outs

Investment in new coal-fired power plants appears off the agenda in Western Europe. Witness the astonishing write-down of brand-new assets in the Netherlands, where European utility giants RWE, Uniper, and Engie have drastically reduced their valuations of plants barely a year old (read the report we published this morning, “The Dutch Coal Mistake,” which concludes […]

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Axian announces plan to double size of Madagascar solar plant

PV Magazine: African conglomerate Axian Group has announced plans to double the size of its 20 MWp Ambatolampy solar field, in Madagascar. The Antananarivo-based business, which operates in the real estate, telecoms and finance, as well as energy sectors, said it will start work on a €17 million project to double the scale of the […]

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U.S. and Japan block G-7 effort to set end date for coal

Politico: At a global summit meant to showcase their efforts to rescue the climate, the leaders of the richest, most advanced countries on the planet were left stuck on the rock that fueled the 19th century. Days of negotiations at the G7 leaders summit in Cornwall failed to set an end-date for coal after the […]

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IEEFA: New U.S. LNG export projects face quartet of stiff headwinds

Glut, rising costs, fickle demand and Qatar threaten U.S. LNG rebound

June 7, 2021 (IEEFA)—Like many businesses, the U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry spent most of 2020 in a state of financial quarantine. As COVID-19 spread through gas-importing nations in Europe and Asia, global LNG demand fell, prices plummeted—and major U.S. liquefaction facilities stood mostly idle for the summer, their capacity neither needed nor wanted. […]

EU Parliament reps call on countries to stop funding Arctic gas project

Arctic Today: Members of the European Parliament from France, Germany and Italy are calling on those countries’ governments to stop their state-backed investors from chipping in to fund the second natural-gas plant located on Russia’s northern coast on-line. “It seems unreasonable to send a contradictory signal by the support of our governments to the Arctic […]

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UK offshore wind could lead it to become net power exporter to Europe

Bloomberg ($): Britain could become a net exporter of electricity to Europe as soon as 2026, according to S&P Global Platts. The U.K. imports about 7% of its electricity from Europe now, but that’s set to reverse, in part due to new cables that will boost links with the continent. With Britain aiming to quadruple […]

June 4, 2021 Read More →

Carbon-burning power plants launching despite net-zero promises

Bloomberg ($): The red-and-white flue stacks of the James M. Barry Electric Generating Station tower over the Mobile River, belching steam into the Alabama sky. The sprawling complex of coal and natural gas plants already spews more than 7.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent every year. Now it’s about to get even bigger, with […]

May 24, 2021 Read More →

Oil majors moving into electricity markets with renewables purchases

Wall Street Journal ($): Businesses are buying more renewable power, and oil majors want a piece of the action. European oil companies including BP PLC and Royal Dutch Shell PLC are building new wind and solar projects and striking deals to supply electricity to big corporate buyers like Amazon.com Inc. and Microsoft Corp. , treading […]

May 24, 2021 Read More →

Qatar LNG production struggling to keep market share amid transition

Bloomberg ($): The world’s top exporter of liquefied natural gas is ramping up production dramatically and undercutting competitors in a bid to squeeze them out the market. Qatar is dropping prices and pushing ahead with a $29 billion project to boost its exports of the fuel by more than 50%, stymieing the prospects of new […]

May 21, 2021 Read More →

Engie unveils new corporate strategy including focus on renewables

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): After a long search for focus and direction, and five months since its new leader took charge, French multi-utility Engie SA presented a new corporate strategy. The result is a four-pronged group — slimmed down from 25 business units — focused on renewables, energy solutions, networks, and thermal and supply. […]

May 20, 2021 Read More →

Leaked EC plans show commission plans to push states for more renewables

OilPrice.com: The European Commission intends to ask EU Member States to make an additional effort to increase their share of renewable energy in the power mix, according to a leaked draft of an official document revealed by Euractiv on May 4th. Brussels wants to upgrade its current 32% renewable energy target for 2030 to at […]

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