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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 […]

August 24, 2020 Read More →
IEEFA update: Aftermath of Saudi oilfield bombings sound warnings for future volatility

IEEFA update: Aftermath of Saudi oilfield bombings sound warnings for future volatility

State-owned oil interests hold back global progress on climate change

September 24, 2019 (IEEFA) – The recent bombings of Saudi Arabia’s oilfields boosted energy stocks globally only to return to previous levels a few days later. The fleeting jump in oil prices confirmed the over-abundance of supply as well as the need to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, according to a briefing note released today […]

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Iraq announces plans to use clean energy to support gas projects

Asharq Al-Awsat: Iraq’s Oil Minister Ihsan Abdul Jabbar announced Saturday that Iraq would rely on green energy to invest in gas and produce renewable energy. During his participation at a workshop organized by the International Energy Organization (IEA), the Minister stressed the government and ministry’s keenness on supporting clean energy projects. This support is represented […]

September 13, 2021 Read More →

Iraq urges other OPEC nations to move to renewable energy production

The Guardian: The finance minister of Iraq, one of the founding members of the global oil cartel Opec, has made an unprecedented call to fellow oil producers to move away from fossil fuel dependency and into renewable energy, ahead of a key Opec meeting. Ali Allawi, the deputy prime minister and finance minister of Iraq, […]

September 1, 2021 Read More →

Aramco makes first investment into Saudi renewables program

S&P Global Platts ($): Saudi Aramco is investing, alongside the country’s sovereign wealth fund and Riyadh-based ACWA Power, in the oil exporter’s largest solar project with a capacity of 1.5 GW as the world’s biggest energy company makes a push into renewables. The Saudi Aramco Power Co., a unit of the parent company, has joined […]

August 16, 2021 Read More →

First power begins flowing from Saudi Arabia giant wind farm

ReNews.biz: A consortium of Masdar and EDF Renewables has delivered first power from the 415MW Dumat Al Jandal wind farm in Saudi Arabia. Dumat Al Jandal will comprise 99 Vestas V150-4.2MW turbines when fully complete next year. Vestas is installing the hardware as part of an engineering, procurement and construction contract secured in July 2019. […]

August 10, 2021 Read More →

UK net-zero goals at risk due to foreign control of North Sea licenses

The Guardian: Foreign control of North Sea oil licences could put the UK’s plans to reach net zero emissions at risk, a study has warned. The research shows state-backed fossil fuel companies and private equity firms are taking a tighter grip on North Sea oil, raising concerns about the government’s ability to wind down fossil […]

July 30, 2021 Read More →

BlackRock proxy climate votes against companies rose 502% in 2021

Bloomberg ($): BlackRock Inc. rejected almost five times more board directors at companies, including Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and Exxon Mobil Corp., during the recent proxy season because they failed to act on climate issues. The New York-based asset manager voted against 255 directors in the period ended June 30, up from 55 a year earlier, […]

July 21, 2021 Read More →

Saudi-backed ACWA Power plans $16 billion in investments in 2021

Arab News: ACWA Power, the utility developer backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), is planning to invest $16 billion in new projects around the world in 2021, ahead of plans for an initial public offering (IPO). Early last year, CEO Paddy Padmanathan said the company planned to invest $10 billion in new projects […]

July 9, 2021 Read More →

UAE considering becoming first OPEC member to set net-zero goal

Bloomberg ($):  The United Arab Emirates could become the first nation among the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries to set a net-zero goal, a move that would please Western countries pushing for stronger climate commitments but won’t require it to sell less oil. The country is considering a 2050 target to align with a […]

June 25, 2021 Read More →

More than 200GW of offshore wind projects announced since 2020

Renew Economy:  More than 200GW worth of new offshore wind projects have been announced around the world since 2020, according to new figures published this week, but regulatory hurdles and supply chain constraints will nevertheless hinder the completion of the entire pipeline by 2030. The new figures were published this week by renewable energy consultancy […]

June 24, 2021 Read More →

Shell faces accelerated business overhaul in wake of Dutch court ruling

Wall Street Journal ($): To comply with a Dutch court order to cut carbon emissions, Royal Dutch Shell PLC may have to overhaul its business and cut its oil output faster than it had planned, analysts and investors said. Potential ways to curb emissions include selling assets, rethinking exploration spending and halting growth of its […]

May 28, 2021 Read More →