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IEEFA: Emerging Asia’s unrealistic LNG-to-power project pipeline threatens macroeconomic and financial stability

IEEFA: Emerging Asia’s unrealistic LNG-to-power project pipeline threatens macroeconomic and financial stability

IEEFA’s investigative analysis reveals that only a small fraction of LNG projects are viable across seven emerging Asian countries

15 December (IEEFA Asia): The liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry has framed LNG as a cheap, reliable “bridge fuel” to help countries reduce coal consumption and transition to cleaner renewable energy. For many project developers and countries in emerging Asia, however, LNG is a bridge that may never be built, according to the latest report […]

IEEFA: Coal lock-in in Southeast Asia presents a challenge for the Asian Development Bank’s coal retirement plan

IEEFA: Coal lock-in in Southeast Asia presents a challenge for the Asian Development Bank’s coal retirement plan

ADB’s plan may not stop the large coal pipeline in Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines

10 December (IEEFA Asia): In August, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) announced an ambitious plan to buy high emissions coal-fired power plants in Southeast Asia and retire them within 15 years through an energy transition mechanism (ETM). According to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis’ (IEEFA) latest report, if the ETM is not […]

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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: High stakes for Asian Development Bank’s ambitious coal power retirement plan

IEEFA: High stakes for Asian Development Bank’s ambitious coal power retirement plan

Implementation challenges could block funding for other equally important high impact clean energy funding strategies

24 September 2021 (IEEFA Asia): In the lead up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP26, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) announced a plan to speed up the retirement of high emissions coal-fired power plants in Southeast Asia. This announcement sets the stage for a transformation of the Asian multilateral development bank’s (MDB) role […]

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: LNG-to-power investors in the Philippines risk exposure to $14 billion in stranded assets

IEEFA: LNG-to-power investors in the Philippines risk exposure to $14 billion in stranded assets

High regulatory and financial uncertainty in the Philippines market

5 May 2021 (IEEFA Philippines):  The race to develop liquified natural gas (LNG) facilities in the Philippines has gone from a marathon to a sprint but potential LNG investors must proceed at their own risk, according to a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). “Officials in the Philippines have […]

IEEFA Philippines: NPC-SPUG shift can drive savings to P13.5 billion per year

IEEFA Philippines: NPC-SPUG shift can drive savings to P13.5 billion per year

Shift from diesel to renewables can save electric coops P1.4-1.7 billion over next decade

3 December 2020 (IEEFA Philippines): The record-breaking disasters in the Philippines this year highlight the potential for renewable energy to power small island and isolated power grids and save the country up to P13.5 billion per year, and electric cooperatives an additional P1.4 to P1.7 billion over the next decade, finds a new report from […]

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: Philippines coal moratorium highlights dramatic pivot to renewable energy investment for lower prices and power system resilience

IEEFA: Philippines coal moratorium highlights dramatic pivot to renewable energy investment for lower prices and power system resilience

Policymakers and industry leaders ready to embrace new energy technologies

3 November 2020 (IEEFA Philippines): The Department of Energy’s call for a moratorium on greenfield coal power plants marks a clear break with past policies and comes as the Philippines prioritizes the need for more resilient, flexible and lower cost alternatives to fossil fuel baseload power, finds a new report from the Institute for Energy […]

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 […]

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Iberdrola inks deal for potential 3.5GW of Philippines offshore wind

offshoreWIND.biz: Iberdrola has signed an agreement with Triconti ECC Renewables, the Philippines’ largest independent wind developer, and Stream Invest Holding AG, a Swiss renewable energy group, sealing an option to enter five offshore wind projects with a combined capacity of up to 3.5 GW. This alliance opens the opportunity for Iberdrola to enter a new […]

January 13, 2022 Read More →

Philippines giant San Miguel to launch 690-megawatt battery storage

Bloomberg ($): San Miguel Corp., the Philippines’ largest company, said it will start to operate 690 megawatts of its battery-based energy storage facilities early this year, as it seeks to expand investments in renewables. Unit SMC Global Power Holdings Corp. targets to complete this year 31 energy storage facilities with total capacity of 1,000 megawatts, […]

January 5, 2022 Read More →

Construction starts on first unit of 500-megawatt Philippines solar farm

PV Magazine: Project developer Solar Philippines Nueva Ecija Corporation (SPNEC) has begun construction on the first 50MW unit of a 500MW PV facility on former ranchland in Peñaranda, in the province of Nueva Ecija, in the Central Luzon region. “The first 50MW is targeted to begin delivering power to the grid by the end of […]

January 3, 2022 Read More →
IEEFA: Emerging Asia’s unrealistic LNG-to-power project pipeline threatens macroeconomic and financial stability
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IEEFA: Emerging Asia’s unrealistic LNG-to-power project pipeline threatens macroeconomic and financial stability

IEEFA’s investigative analysis reveals that only a small fraction of LNG projects are viable across seven emerging Asian countries

15 December (IEEFA Asia): The liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry has framed LNG as a cheap, reliable “bridge fuel” to help countries reduce coal consumption and transition to cleaner renewable energy. For many project developers and countries in emerging Asia, however, LNG is a bridge that may never be built, according to the latest report […]

IEEFA: Coal lock-in in Southeast Asia presents a challenge for the Asian Development Bank’s coal retirement plan
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IEEFA: Coal lock-in in Southeast Asia presents a challenge for the Asian Development Bank’s coal retirement plan

ADB’s plan may not stop the large coal pipeline in Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines

10 December (IEEFA Asia): In August, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) announced an ambitious plan to buy high emissions coal-fired power plants in Southeast Asia and retire them within 15 years through an energy transition mechanism (ETM). According to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis’ (IEEFA) latest report, if the ETM is not […]

and December 10, 2021 Read More →

Sara Jane Ahmed, two others honored by Climate Breakthrough Project

The Business Mirror: Sara Jane Ahmed, advisor to the Vulnerable 20 (V20) Group of Finance Ministers and founder of the Financial Futures Center (FFC), was recognized as one of the awardees of the Climate Breakthrough Project this year. Ahmed is the first Filipino and Bangladeshi to receive this award. She has authored studies on renewable […]

December 9, 2021 Read More →

AC Energy begins construction of largest solar farm in the Philippines

Manilla Standard: AC Energy Corp. started the construction of a 283-megawatt solar farm in San Marcelino, Zambales as it continues to expand its renewables capacity in the Philippines. The company, through wholly-owned subsidiary Santa Cruz Solar Energy Inc. as project owner, tapped Power Construction Corp. of China Ltd. and PowerChina Philippines Corp. as the engineering […]

November 5, 2021 Read More →

More than 40 countries agree to phase out coal-fired power

The Guardian: More than 40 countries have agreed to phase out their use of coal-fired power, the dirtiest fuel source, in a boost to UK hopes of a deal to “keep 1.5C alive”, from the Cop26 climate summit. Major coal-using countries, including Canada, Poland, Ukraine and Vietnam, will phase out their use of coal for […]

November 4, 2021 Read More →

Critics: Asian Development Bank plan may keep coal plants open longer

Bloomberg ($): The Asian Development Bank has launched a plan that aims to help Indonesia and the Philippines retire 50% of their coal fleet over the next 10 to 15 years.  The plan, called the “Energy Transition Mechanism,” comprises two multi-billion-dollar funds. One will be used for the early retirement or repurposing of coal-fired power […]

November 3, 2021 Read More →

Battery retrofit for solar plant to boost Vietnam renewable projects

Energy Storage News: A battery energy storage system (BESS) will be retrofitted to a utility-scale solar PV power plant in Vietnam, in a pilot project aimed at supporting the spread of renewable energy in the country while reducing power losses.  A grant for US$2.96 million has been awarded by the US Consulate General in Ho […]

October 18, 2021 Read More →