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IEEFA India: Financing options must be scaled up to boost adoption of rooftop solar

IEEFA India: Financing options must be scaled up to boost adoption of rooftop solar

Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) could be the next drivers of growth

29 September (IEEFA India): Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) could be the key to accelerating the adoption of rooftop solar in India – but financial institutions are often reluctant to lend to MSMEs because they prefer borrowers with strong financial track records and good corporate credit ratings. A new report by the Institute for […]

IEEFA India: Why prices skyrocketed at the power exchange

IEEFA India: Why prices skyrocketed at the power exchange

Renewables can help stabilise the grid and level costs amid the vagaries of coal stocks

29 September (IEEFA India): With electricity demand in India recently peaking, a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) explores the supply and demand conditions that led to recent price spikes in the evening peak hours, starting in August through to September 2021. Electricity demand in India has peaked and […]

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IEEFA: Orsted’s transition provides key insights for India’s public utilities and renewable energy companies

IEEFA: Orsted’s transition provides key insights for India’s public utilities and renewable energy companies

Orsted transitioned from a coal intensive utility to a global renewable energy leader creating immense shareholder wealth

17 September 2021 (IEEFA India): Orsted, the once Danish state-owned utility, transitioned from being one of the most coal-intensive utilities in Europe to a global leader in offshore wind energy. A new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) charts Orsted’s energy transition journey and provides key insights for India’s massive […]

IEEFA India: Proposed power market reforms could reduce renewable energy costs further

IEEFA India: Proposed power market reforms could reduce renewable energy costs further

Increased competition will raise the stranded asset risk for expensive coal plants

9 September 2021 (IEEFA India): Two proposed reforms to the design of India’s electricity market – a national system of market-based economic dispatch (MBED) for procuring bulk power and new regulations for Frequency Control Ancillary Services (FCAS) – are positive developments that will help pave the way for the rollout of large-scale, ultra-low cost variable […]

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IEEFA: Reducing land-use impacts of renewable generation could smooth the path for India’s energy transition

IEEFA: Reducing land-use impacts of renewable generation could smooth the path for India’s energy transition

How much land would be needed to power a net-zero India?

6 September 2021 (IEEFA India): Judicious planning of land use for solar and wind generation will help India to achieve its renewable energy ambitions, according to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis’ (IEEFA) new report which examines how much land would be needed for the country to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. IEEFA […]

IEEFA: Renewable energy investment in India bounces back from COVID-19 slowdown

IEEFA: Renewable energy investment in India bounces back from COVID-19 slowdown

Investment in Indian renewables was US$6.6 billion between April and July 2021, beating the total for the previous financial year

19 August 2021 (IEEFA India): Renewable energy investment is rising again in India following the slowdown in the previous financial year due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, finds a new briefing note by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). In the first four months of this financial year (FY), from April […]

IEEFA: Commercial and industrial rooftop solar installs set to increase in India

IEEFA: Commercial and industrial rooftop solar installs set to increase in India

A new generation of technologies is making rooftop solar even more cost effective

28 July 2021 (IEEFA India): The rate of rooftop solar capacity addition by commercial and industrial (C&I) consumers in India is expected to accelerate this year, as new and innovative solar technology solutions provide opportunities for businesses to save on electricity costs and contribute to corporate renewable energy targets, finds a new report by the Institute […]

IEEFA: Global investors are moving away from the massive climate-related risks associated with fossil fuels

IEEFA: Global investors are moving away from the massive climate-related risks associated with fossil fuels

Top debt and equity investors committed over $300 billion in 2020 into building renewable energy capacity

19 July 2021 (IEEFA Australia): Despite the economic disruption from COVID-19, top global debt and equity investors are continuing to drive capital into the renewable energy infrastructure sector due to its consistency in providing investment opportunities, finds a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). “Global investors are accelerating their […]

IEEFA India: Overestimated LCOEs of coal-fired power plants create a financial bubble

IEEFA India: Overestimated LCOEs of coal-fired power plants create a financial bubble

Massive stranded asset risk detrimentally affects the financial and power distribution sectors

7 July 2021 (IEEFA India): India’s future coal-fired power project pipeline carries a massive stranded asset risk due to the collapse in the average utilisation rate of its coal-fired power fleet leading to an underestimation of financial risk for new projects, finds a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). […]

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IEEFA India: Energy crisis shows coal is an expensive and unreliable source of electricity generation

Any knee-jerk reaction that urges more investment in coal completely misses the point

India is teetering on the brink of joining a growing global energy crisis. This burning issue is not only keeping coal power producers, distribution companies, and state governments awake at night, but also the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Power and the Ministry of Coal. Daily analysis of coal stocks is taking place at […]

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Largest India conglomerate plans sixfold boost in renewables by 2030

Nikkei Asia ($): Looking to scale up its green energy portfolio from 4 gigawatts at present to 25 GW by 2030, Indian electricity producer Tata Power is betting heavily on the “huge potential” that the South Asian nation of over 1.3 billion people offers in the field of renewable energy. “For a country like India, […]

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IEEFA India: Green lending criteria could improve the performance of power distribution companies
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IEEFA India: Green lending criteria could improve the performance of power distribution companies

A hybrid (green + credit) rating for distribution companies would boost progress on decarbonisation goals

14 October (IEEFA India): To encourage change in high-carbon sectors, India’s power authorities could introduce a green rating when assessing financial support and bail-outs for power distribution companies (discoms), says a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). With lndia moving towards decarbonisation of its power sector, says report author […]

IEEFA: Spiking coal prices: Don’t blame the energy transition

Volatility highlights urgency for renewables-based energy solutions

“Energy crisis.” The phrase evokes nearly-forgotten images of gasoline queues in the 1970s, but increasingly describes the spike in global fossil fuel prices. A handful of commenters eagerly lay the blame on renewable energy, which they claim has distracted the world’s attention from investments in oil, gas, and coal production that could have calmed markets. […]

IEEFA Update: To be taken seriously, Australia needs a credible emissions reduction plan

Regional leadership up for grabs in the energy transition

The global transition to clean energy has ended its initial phase of incremental growth and is on the brink of transformational change. However imperfect may be the outcomes of November’s United Nations COP26 Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, policy, economic and financial forces are now combining to drive the rapid adoption of renewable energy around […]

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European Union plans push for end to Arctic fossil fuel production

Nikkei Asia ($): The European Union is to push for an end to the exploitation of Arctic gas, oil and coal even as energy shortages rock countries and companies across the world, according to a draft new bloc strategy for the polar region. Brussels plans talks with partners over a possible multilateral ban on the […]

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IEEFA Update: India and Australia’s richest race to net zero by 2030

Global finance is aligning with industry leaders

It appears that Reliance Industries’ Mukesh Ambani and Fortescue Metals Group’s Andrew Forrest have drunk the same cool-aid as the Chair of the biggest asset manager in the world, BlackRock’s founder Larry Fink. The richest man in India set his firm towards a net-zero emissions by 2035 pledge in June 2021 while Australia’s Andrew Forest […]

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IEEFA Update: Solar installation surge puts India on track to cap coal-fired power as early as 2024
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IEEFA Update: Solar installation surge puts India on track to cap coal-fired power as early as 2024

Recent increase in solar power installations could push coal to peak sooner than expected

If India keeps installing solar capacity at the rate it’s achieved for the last three months, coal-fired power could peak in the 2023-24 financial year, and increased solar generation alone could meet the country’s growing electricity requirements in subsequent years. India’s electricity demand has surged and slumped in recent months as the economy revives in […]

India’s Federal Bank Limited to drop financing of new coal projects

Mercom India: Federal Bank Limited will discontinue financing of any new-coal related projects, including coal-fired power projects. The announcement comes on the heels of the equity infusion from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in July 2021. In July 2021, IFC, the financial arm of the World Bank, acquired a 4.99% stake in Federal Bank for  […]

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Renewables could halve India electricity costs, speed path to net zero

PV-Magazine: India could cut its overall cost of electricity in half and reach net zero before 2050 by developing a 100% renewable energy power system, according to a power system modeling study by Wärtsilä and the Finnish Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology. The modeling shows that increasing the share of renewable energy in the overall installed […]

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