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IEEFA: Indonesia’s excess coal power capacity and PLN’s debt burden are blocking their decarbonization pathway

IEEFA: Indonesia’s excess coal power capacity and PLN’s debt burden are blocking their decarbonization pathway

Financial giants Japan and China can play a critical role in Indonesia’s green energy transition

18 November (IEEFA Indonesia): Japanese and Chinese investors combined have a 41% ownership interest in Indonesia’s coal independent power producer projects. According to the latest report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), financial giants Japan and China are responsible for Indonesia’s excessive coal power expansion over the past 15 years, but […]

IEEFA Update: Santos won’t solve the problem of Barossa LNG with carbon capture and storage

IEEFA Update: Santos won’t solve the problem of Barossa LNG with carbon capture and storage

Leaving the ‘dirty’ gas in the ground might now be the best course of action

20 October 2021 (IEEFA Australia): Even if it employed carbon capture and storage, Barossa gas will continue to release financially risky carbon dioxide emissions onsite, onshore and across the supply chain, making it one of the more expensive and dirtiest gas projects in the world, finds a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics […]

IEEFA: Defying global financial trends, Vietnam pivots back to coal power

IEEFA: Defying global financial trends, Vietnam pivots back to coal power

Latest draft power development plan puts clean energy transition at risk by sacrificing renewables for more coal

29 September (IEEFA Vietnam): In the lead up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP26, President Xi Jinping recently declared that China will no longer build new coal-fired power projects abroad. Despite limited details, the ramifications of China’s coal exit strategy for coal-centric developing economies like Vietnam could be immense. Before President Xi’s announcement, […]

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IEEFA: U.S. push for LNG in the Philippines paints unrealistic picture of global prices and market viability

IEEFA: U.S. push for LNG in the Philippines paints unrealistic picture of global prices and market viability

Overly optimistic claims about financial, economic and environmental benefits of LNG

Sept. 23, 2021 (IEEFA) – A recent white paper sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) promotes the benefits of liquefied natural gas in the Philippines. The report, however, is based on questionable assumptions about global LNG prices, long-term demand and market viability of U.S. exports to price-sensitive countries in Asia, according to […]

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IEEFA U.S.: Texas confronts decline in oil and gas industry

IEEFA U.S.: Texas confronts decline in oil and gas industry

Analysis of long-term trends indicates slower growth, fewer jobs and lower tax contributions

July 28, 2021 (IEEFA) ⎼ Texas policymakers, regulators and public opinion have long held that “what’s good for oil is good for Texas.” But Texas’s economy has become more broad-based and the oil and gas sector’s proportionate contribution has declined. State leaders face a new set of facts on the ground about the future of […]

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 […]

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Airlines risk failing without quicker action on slashing carbon emissions

Reuters: Some airlines risk failure if they do not cut carbon emissions quicker in the next three to five years due to a mismatch between short-term corporate travel targets and the airline industry’s 2050 net zero target, an industry report said. Airlines are also at a rising risk of shareholder activism at a time when […]

October 27, 2021 Read More →

IEEFA Update: There is plenty of coal and gas in the world but a volatile market is nobody’s friend

Gas will be winding its way out of the energy system

Gas prices are continuing to surge around the world. The cost of gas is at unprecedented levels and global markets are buckling under the strain. Many countries are heavily reliant on imports of gas and high spot prices are making supplies unaffordable. There is plenty of coal and gas in the world but current market […]

October 21, 2021 Read More →
IEEFA Update: Santos won’t solve the problem of Barossa LNG with carbon capture and storage

IEEFA Update: Santos won’t solve the problem of Barossa LNG with carbon capture and storage

Leaving the ‘dirty’ gas in the ground might now be the best course of action

20 October 2021 (IEEFA Australia): Even if it employed carbon capture and storage, Barossa gas will continue to release financially risky carbon dioxide emissions onsite, onshore and across the supply chain, making it one of the more expensive and dirtiest gas projects in the world, finds a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics […]

Consortium reaches agreement for 500-megawatt wind farm in Egypt

S&P Capital IQ ($): A consortium of companies agreed to develop, construct and operate a 500-MW wind farm in Ras Ghareb, Egypt. The consortium, composed of France’s Engie SA, Japan’s Toyota Tsusho Corp./Eurus Energy Holdings Corp. and Dubai’s Orascom Construction PLC, has reached an agreement with the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Co. for the wind project, […]

October 18, 2021 Read More →

Japan’s largest refiner announces plan to buy Japan Renewable Energy

Reuters: Japan’s biggest refiner, Eneos Holdings Inc (5020.T), said on Monday it would buy Japan Renewable Energy (JRE) for about 200 billion yen ($1.8 billion) to expand its low-carbon business, joining a list of major global companies moving away from climate-changing fossil fuels. Eneos, which aims to have net-zero emissions by 2040, will buy JRE […]

October 12, 2021 Read More →

IMF: Fossil fuel industry gets $11 million in subsidies every minute

The Guardian: The fossil fuel industry benefits from subsidies of $11m every minute, according to analysis by the International Monetary Fund. The IMF found the production and burning of coal, oil and gas was subsidised by $5.9tn in 2020, with not a single country pricing all its fuels sufficiently to reflect their full supply and […]

October 7, 2021 Read More →

Asia Development Bank plans funds for early coal power plant closures

Nikkei Asia ($): The Asian Development Bank plans to create funds, possibly next year, to facilitate early closures of coal-fired power plants in Southeast Asia. The new funds will buy such plants and take an active role in their management. Working with governments and financial institutions, the ADB plans to launch the funds in countries […]

October 7, 2021 Read More →

Nuclear power ‘indispensable’ for energy transition in Japan

Nikkei Asia ($): Nuclear power is “indispensable” to decarbonizing Japan, industry minister Koichi Hagiuda said Tuesday, a sign that the new government under Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will push hard to restart the country’s reactors. Most Japanese nuclear reactors have been offline since the 2011 meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, due to tougher regulations […]

October 6, 2021 Read More →
IEEFA: Defying global financial trends, Vietnam pivots back to coal power
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IEEFA: Defying global financial trends, Vietnam pivots back to coal power

Latest draft power development plan puts clean energy transition at risk by sacrificing renewables for more coal

29 September (IEEFA Vietnam): In the lead up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP26, President Xi Jinping recently declared that China will no longer build new coal-fired power projects abroad. Despite limited details, the ramifications of China’s coal exit strategy for coal-centric developing economies like Vietnam could be immense. Before President Xi’s announcement, […]

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JERA plans to invest $1.6 billion in Aboitiz Power to boost renewables

Nikkei Asia ($): Japanese power generator JERA is investing $1.58 billion in the leading utility company in the Philippines, Aboitiz Power, as it hopes to benefit from growing electricity demand in the country while making a transition from coal to cleaner energy. JERA, a joint venture between Tokyo Electric Power and Chubu Electric Power, has […]

September 28, 2021 Read More →