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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: New power and energy master plan must be designed in Bangladesh’s best interests, not Japan’s

IEEFA: New power and energy master plan must be designed in Bangladesh’s best interests, not Japan’s

JICA must deliver a low or zero emissions plan as promised, not fund Matarbari 2 coal plant

24 May 2021 (IEEFA Bangladesh): Clear understandings from the Bangladesh government’s recently released 8th Five-Year Plan must be incorporated into the new energy and power master plan currently under development by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to drive zero carbon transformation and financial sustainability in the energy system, finds a new report from the […]

IEEFA: Over US$50 billion in gas power projects and LNG import facilities at risk of cancellation in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Vietnam

IEEFA: Over US$50 billion in gas power projects and LNG import facilities at risk of cancellation in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Vietnam

Pakistan and Bangladesh have already cancelled tenders for LNG imports

14 January 2020 (IEEFA): Emerging markets such as Vietnam, Pakistan and Bangladesh that are turning to liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a source of power are likely to be hit by higher and more volatile prices going forward, according to a new briefing note from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Author […]

IEEFA U.S.: Virginia coal plant’s future isn’t bright: preparation for  transition should commence now

IEEFA U.S.: Virginia coal plant’s future isn’t bright: preparation for transition should commence now

Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center (VCHEC), one of the newest in U.S., risks closure due to market forces

December 16, 2020 (IEEFA)—Retiring the Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center (VCHEC) will bring unnecessarily abrupt economic hardship to Wise County if state and local officials do not begin to plan now for a transition, concludes a report published today by the Institute for Energy Economic and Financial Analysis. The 8-year-old coal-fired power plant, owned by […]

IEEFA: Japanese and Korean investment in risky PJM gas-fired power calls for strategic decisions

IEEFA: Japanese and Korean investment in risky PJM gas-fired power calls for strategic decisions

Investing in gas-fired power plant development faces substantial climate risk

2 December 2020 (IEEFA): Japanese and Korean investors should reassess the growing financial risks to both their new and existing gas-fired power projects in the United States’ Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Maryland (PJM) system, finds a new report by Norman Waite at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The report, Growing Risks to PJM Network’s […]

IEEFA Japan: ¥26 billion loss on Australian coal power plant raises questions for Sumitomo and its investors

Sumitomo’s coal policies are lagging its trading house peers and the Japanese government

23 November 2020 (IEEFA Japan): As the government of Japan’s energy policy shifts significantly and Japanese trading houses exit coal projects overseas, Sumitomo Corporation continues to develop coal power projects and has seen its thermal coal output grow according to a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The report, […]

IEEFA update: Peabody Energy flirts with bankruptcy—again

IEEFA update: Peabody Energy flirts with bankruptcy—again

Bear market for coal, new financial pressures push world’s largest coal company towards default

Just three-and-a-half years after emerging from its previous bankruptcy, Peabody Energy—the world’s largest private coal miner—admitted to investors on Monday that it could face yet another trip to bankruptcy court in the coming months. Coal bankruptcies in the United States have become increasingly common. Cheap gas and renewable power have steadily replaced coal in the […]

IEEFA report: Foreign investors face tough times closing Vietnam’s remaining coal power deals

IEEFA report: Foreign investors face tough times closing Vietnam’s remaining coal power deals

Project bankability at risk as new regulations threaten usual contractual terms

3 November 2020 (IEEFA Vietnam): Foreign investors will face higher-than-usual risks in concluding coal power projects in Vietnam, finds a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Author Thu Vu, Energy Analyst with IEEFA, says new regulatory and market challenges will likely prove too onerous for foreign investors in four […]

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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: 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 […]

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Japanese plan to push renewables rattles global LNG markets

Bloomberg ($): Japan’s aggressive new plan to champion clean energy is shaking up the liquefied natural gas market that it helped pioneer 60 years ago. The country, the world’s top LNG importer, called for more renewables such as wind and solar to replace natural gas in a revised plan released last week. The shift aims […]

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Solar deployment likely to top 1-terawatt mark next year, 2TW by 2026

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): Global solar installations could break the 1-terawatt mark in 2022, industry group SolarPower Europe said in its “Global Market Outlook” on July 21, despite rising raw-material costs that could create headwinds for the renewable energy industry. Capacity stood at 773.2 GW at the end of 2020 with the addition of […]

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

Japan plans to hike renewable mix to almost 40 percent by 2030

Yomiuri Shimbun: The Japanese government aims to increase the ratio of renewable sources in the energy mix to 36-38 per cent from the current 22-24 per cent in fiscal 2030, and maintain nuclear power at 20-22 per cent, according to a draft of the basic energy plan currently under review. The goal is for energy […]

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IEEFA: Bangladesh making progress on scrapping coal but LNG is not a wise replacement

IEEFA: Bangladesh making progress on scrapping coal but LNG is not a wise replacement

Decade-long coal-fired plant binge slows as government considers gas alternatives

Bangladesh has been faced with the prospect of a major rollout of coal-fired power plants for over a decade. The Bangladesh government’s focus on coal-fired power began with the 2010 Power System Master Plan, and was then reinforced by the 2016 version. Several of these plants are now under construction. For many years since, people […]

Australia under pressure to follow EU lead on carbon taxes

The Guardian: Australia is facing growing pressure over its climate policies as the US edges closer to following the European Union in imposing new charges on imports of emissions-intensive products. The trade minister, Dan Tehan, has criticised the EU’s new carbon tariffs, saying they are revenue raising and will undermine free trade. But Labor declared […]

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WoodMac estimates Asia Pacific solar PV capacity could triple by 2030

PV Tech: Solar PV capacity in Asia Pacific could triple to 1,500GW by 2030, with China driving deployment and Indonesia set to be the region’s fastest-growing market, according to Wood Mackenzie. The research firm said ambitious solar targets mean China will add 619GW of PV by the end of the decade, by which time it […]

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IEEFA: Japan still seeking to exploit coal power loopholes

IEEFA: Japan still seeking to exploit coal power loopholes

JBIC wants to continue burdening developing nations with its expensive coal-fired power technology

Japan is continuing to push its expensive coal-fired power technology on developing nations if such projects feature carbon capture and storage (CCS) or if a proportion of ammonia or biomass is co-fired with the coal. The Japan Bank for International Cooperation’s (JBIC) announcement comes only a few months after it was reported that the state-owned […]

Vestas set to build world’s largest turbine for German offshore project

Reuters: Vestas (VWS.CO) said on Friday that EnBW (EBKG.DE) had picked its new turbine, which will be the world’s biggest, as the preferred option for the 900 MW He Dreiht project in the German North Sea, which will be operated without subsidies. Colossal turbines, which will dwarf many skyscrapers, are key for the offshore wind […]

July 12, 2021 Read More →

Japan plans to almost double previous solar capacity target by 2030

PV Tech: Japan is aiming to have 108GW of solar capacity by 2030, 1.7 times higher than the country’s previous target. The new target was presented by the Japan’s environment and trade ministries and comes as it said it would reduce its emissions by 46% by 2030 compared with 2013 levels. According to the report, […]

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