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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: 50 new green hydrogen projects show Europe, Australia, Asia are lead players but US$75 billion in costs and government inaction could create delays

The green hydrogen industry needs more government backing to reach demand goals

24 August 2020 (IEEFA): The renewable rich green hydrogen industry is accelerating with 50 new projects announced in the last year including five just last month, but a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) finds the pace is not fast enough to meet global energy demand, with massive capital […]

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 India: Grid, storage, policy, and regulation: Areas of new focus to meet India’s ambitious renewable energy targets

Variable renewable energy is the least cost source of new Indian electricity capacity. The challenge is now on grid integration, and the need to leverage the lessons of other transition leaders.

5 September 2019 (IEEFA India): Finding the right pricing signals to drive technology adoption to solve the integration of an ever increasing share of variable renewable energy into India’s grid is becoming a central new challenge for policy makers and regulators, critical to enabling the ongoing transition away from coal to meet India’s ambitious renewable […]

IEEFA report: Electric vehicles (EVs) and batteries can drive growth in rooftop solar

IEEFA report: Electric vehicles (EVs) and batteries can drive growth in rooftop solar

Falling battery and EV costs with equal grid market access can accelerate transition to renewables: lessons from UK and Germany

(LONDON) – The falling costs of batteries and electric vehicles can help drive the next phase of growth in renewables including rooftop solar power, provided small-scale renewables and storage have the same access to electricity and grid services markets as conventional power plants, according to a report released today by the Institute for Energy Economics […]

IEEFA report: Argentina’s Vaca Muerta Patagonia fracking plan is financially risky, fiscally perilous

IEEFA report: Argentina’s Vaca Muerta Patagonia fracking plan is financially risky, fiscally perilous

Major investors Chevron, ExxonMobil, Equinor, Total, Shell and Tecpetrol are depending on tenuous subsidies

New York/Buenos Aires (March 21, 2019) — The Vaca Muerta oil and gas project, which promises to double oil and gas production over the next six years in Argentina, is facing such strong headwinds from current fiscal, market, political and environmental forces that “the plan is likely to fail,” according to a report released today […]

Informe IEEFA: El plan argentino de fracking en Vaca Muerta de Patagonia es financieramente riesgoso, fiscalmente peligroso

Informe IEEFA: El plan argentino de fracking en Vaca Muerta de Patagonia es financieramente riesgoso, fiscalmente peligroso

Los principales inversores Chevron, ExxonMobil, Equinor, Total, Shell y Tecpetrol dependen de subvenciones frágiles.

Nueva York/Buenos Aires (21 de marzo de 2019) – El proyecto de gas y petróleo Vaca Muerta, que promete duplicar la producción de ambos combustibles en los próximos seis años en Argentina, enfrenta obstáculos tan fuertes por las actuales fuerzas fiscales, de mercado, políticas y ambientales que “el plan probable fracase”, según un informe publicado […]

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IEEFA Germany: Halving RWE’s lignite output could spur low-carbon shift, avoid $100 million expense of saving aging plants

IEEFA Germany: Halving RWE’s lignite output could spur low-carbon shift, avoid $100 million expense of saving aging plants

Move would cut CO2 emissions in line with government energy policy

Oct 23, 2018, LONDON (IEEFA) – In a report released today, the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis finds that German utility RWE would benefit in the medium to long term by moving now to sharply reduce its lignite mining activities and begin closing its oldest lignite-fuelled generation stations. The report, “Lignite Retreat: RWE’s […]

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 […]

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Linde announces major green hydrogen investment

Recharge: Industrial gas giant Linde will build and operate what it claims will be the “world’s largest PEM (Proton Exchange Membrane) electrolyser” plant to produce green hydrogen once it is operational at the Leuna chemical complex in Germany. The 24MW electrolyser will produce green hydrogen to supply Linde’s industrial customers through the company’s existing pipeline […]

January 14, 2021 Read More →

Offshore wind expected to meet 10% of Belgium’s electricity needs in 2021

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): Belgium is set to produce 10% of its electricity demand from offshore wind in 2021 following the commissioning of two projects in its waters last year, with installed capacity soon planned to double with the implementation of a new development zone. Belgium now boasts 2.26 GW of offshore wind, making […]

January 6, 2021 Read More →

IEEFA Update: Coking coal’s decline likely to follow the path of thermal coal’s progressive demise

Technology disruption the likely theme of global energy markets in 2021

There has been a growing tsunami of climate commitment announcements combined with fossil fuel exclusion policies by globally significant financial institutions during December 2020, building on the pledges two months earlier by the leaders of China, Japan and South Korea committing to net zero emissions targets. On top of that, three leading corporate announcements show […]

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IEEFA: Repurposing coal plants into solar and battery can pay up to 5 times more than decommissioning
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IEEFA: Repurposing coal plants into solar and battery can pay up to 5 times more than decommissioning

An economic proposition for coal dominant developing countries

Worldwide, coal plants are grappling with environmental issues and low capacity utilization levels. They have not only become unprofitable to utilities, they are also uneconomical to customers. While retiring end-of-life coal plants can overall be very beneficial, and indeed necessary as finance continues to exit the fossil fuel sector driven by the global energy transition, […]

Renewable energy will supply 46.3% of Germany’s electricity this year—utility group

Reuters: Renewable sources met 46.3% of Germany’s power consumption in 2020, 3.8 percentage points more than in 2019, utility industry association BDEW said on Monday, adding that parts of the increase came from a drop in usage in the coronavirus crisis. “The share of renewables has risen yet again this year,” said BDEW managing director […]

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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’ […]

Amazon signs global deals for 3.4GW of new renewable energy generation

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): Amazon.com Inc. signed contracts to purchase power from 26 renewable energy projects on four continents totaling 3.4 GW, as part of its target to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2040. The wind and solar projects are located in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Sweden, the U.K. and the U.S. […]

December 10, 2020 Read More →

First German coal closure auction oversubscribed as utilities look to exit uneconomic sector

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): RWE AG was the major winner in Germany’s first tender for shutting down hard coal-fired power plants, taking two-thirds of the compensation handed out by the government, as strong competition elsewhere drove average prices down to well below the maximum available. RWE and Vattenfall AB both secured contracts for closing […]

December 1, 2020 Read More →

Significant potential to expand existing German wind power generation via repowering–study

Clean Energy Wire: Wind power production in Germany could be doubled by 2030 thanks to technological progress and greater capacity of each turbine at existing locations, wind energy lobby group BWE and regional renewable energy association LEE NRW have said. A study by Deutsche WindGuard commissioned by the two industry groups found that technological progress […]

November 25, 2020 Read More →

Renewable energy brightens outlook for RWE, EDF

Greentech Media: Two of Europe’s major utilities have demonstrated the signs of a post-coronavirus lockdown recovery, highlighted by growing renewables capacities. EDF and RWE both reported their Q3 results at the end of last week. While COVID-19 lockdowns have trimmed demand for electricity over the period, sustained renewables deployment and the associated revenue were bright […]

November 17, 2020 Read More →