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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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Czech Republic pushing EU to scrap deadlines for nuclear investment

Reuters: The Czech Republic is pushing for the European Union to scrap proposed deadlines for investment in nuclear energy, a Czech newspaper reported on Friday, as the EU tries to come up with a plan to transition to fully renewable energy. In a proposal on Dec. 31, the EU Commission allows gas and nuclear investments […]

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Iberdrola inks deal for potential 3.5GW of Philippines offshore wind

offshoreWIND.biz: Iberdrola has signed an agreement with Triconti ECC Renewables, the Philippines’ largest independent wind developer, and Stream Invest Holding AG, a Swiss renewable energy group, sealing an option to enter five offshore wind projects with a combined capacity of up to 3.5 GW. This alliance opens the opportunity for Iberdrola to enter a new […]

January 13, 2022 Read More →

France prepares for 1.5 gigawatts wind project off Normandy coast

offshoreWIND.biz: France is opening a period of public consultation on a second wind farm project located within the ‘Centre Manche’ zone offshore Normandy. The Centre Manche covers an area of 500 square kilometres in the Channel off the Cotentin Peninsula which was identified in 2020. The competitive tendering procedure for the first wind farm within […]

January 4, 2022 Read More →

EU plan to include gas and nuclear power as “green” draws fire

The Guardian: The European Commission is facing a furious backlash over plans to allow gas and nuclear to be labelled as “green” investments, as Germany’s economy minister led the charge against “greenwashing”. The EU executive was accused of trying to bury the proposals by releasing long-delayed technical rules on its green investment guidebook to diplomats […]

January 3, 2022 Read More →

Largest battery facility in France raises capacity to 61 megawatts

Energy Storage News: A second installation phase has been completed at TotalEnergies’ battery energy storage facility in Dunkirk, northern France, bringing its output and capacity to 61MW / 61MWh.   The battery energy storage system (BESS) was already France’s biggest system of its type — at 25MW / 25MWh — when it was inaugurated in January […]

December 23, 2021 Read More →

European solar installations have jumped a record 34% over 2020

PV Tech: The European Union’s (EU) solar PV sector has navigated a year beset by supply chain disruptions and module prices hikes to post record levels of annual deployment, according to research from SolarPower Europe (SPE). Around 25.9GW of solar PV was added by the bloc’s 27 member states in 2021, a 34% increase on […]

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Biden orders government to stop financing overseas fossil fuel projects

Reuters: The Biden administration has ordered U.S. government agencies to immediately stop financing new carbon-intensive fossil fuel projects overseas and prioritize global collaborations to deploy clean energy technology, according to U.S. diplomatic cables. The cables, seen by Reuters, say U.S. government engagements should reflect the goals set in an executive order issued at the start […]

December 13, 2021 Read More →

EDF-China joint venture launch 200-megawatt offshore wind farm

ReNews.biz: The EDF Group and China Energy Investment Corporation (CEI) have commissioned the 200MW Dongtai 5 offshore wind farm off China. The project is located in the China Sea, off the Jiangsu coast, north of Shanghai, and took 20 months to construct. Together with the 300MW Dongtai 4 wind farm commissioned in December 2019, the […]

December 10, 2021 Read More →

Italy energy efficiency “superbonus” boosting GDP, adding 153,000 jobs

Reuters: When Briton Candida Arvanitakis decided to make her 18th century Italian holiday home more energy efficient, she was pleasantly surprised to find it would cost her next to nothing as Italy is stumping up about 150,000 euros of the bill. Under a scheme introduced in July last year the Italian government pays an eye-watering […]

December 10, 2021 Read More →

Edison sells minority renewables stake to accelerate solar, wind growth

PV Tech: Italian energy company Edison has sold a 49% stake in its renewables division to Crédit Agricole Assurances (CAA) to accelerate its growth plan that aims to deploy 4GW of solar PV and wind by 2030. Under the transaction, which values Edison Renewables at more than €2 billion (US$2.26 billion), French insurer and investor […]

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