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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 […]

IEEFA report: Volts from the blue – floating solar to generate 900% more electricity across Asia-Pacific

IEEFA report: Volts from the blue – floating solar to generate 900% more electricity across Asia-Pacific

From below 1MW before 2019, ASEAN nations now have over 51MW installed and 858MW planned

July 1, 2020 (IEEFA) – Asia leads Europe in deploying floating solar, also known as floating photovoltaic (FPV), a new IEEFA report finds. Energy finance analysts Sara Jane Ahmed and Elrika Hamdi note that power demand in the Philippines and Malaysia has dropped by as much as 16% during the COVID-19 lockdown, causing extreme stress […]

IEEFA Philippines: Reshaping the power market by moving towards renewables and energy resilience by 2021

IEEFA Philippines: Reshaping the power market by moving towards renewables and energy resilience by 2021

Less reliance on big coal power and accelerating auctions will reduce prices and provide a more reliable electricity system

June 24, 2020 (IEEFA Philippines) – The Philippines could come out COVID-19 with cheaper electricity prices and a more competitive and reliable power sector if it swapped its reliance on expensive coal power for cheaper renewables and structured a transition plan using auctions, finds a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial […]

IEEFA: Philippines Central Bank offers new support for energy transition and renewables

IEEFA: Philippines Central Bank offers new support for energy transition and renewables

The Sustainable Finance Framework promotes compliance with environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards

May 7, 2020 (IEEFA) – The Philippines’ Central Bank (Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas) has approved a Sustainable Finance Framework to safeguard the financial system from the evolving material hazards from climate change and energy transition risk including stranded assets, the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) reports in a new briefing note. “COVID-19 […]

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IEEFA: High stakes for Asian Development Bank’s ambitious coal power retirement plan
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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
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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 Europe: Overcapacity and investment fever push costs to Spanish consumers, yet Enagás profits
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IEEFA Europe: Overcapacity and investment fever push costs to Spanish consumers, yet Enagás profits

Spain’s gas regulations benefit Enagás and burden consumers

September 15, 2021 (IEEFA) – Empresa Nacional de Gas (Enagás) has benefited from a “security and diversity of supply” strategy as an excuse to build or expand liquefied natural gas regasification terminals, natural gas pipelines and gas storage facilities. The resulting overcapacity has meant low utilization rates for gas infrastructure assets in Spain, as well […]

IEEFA Europa: El exceso de capacidad y una fiebre por invertir suben las facturas de los consumidores españoles, pero Enagás se lucra
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IEEFA Europa: El exceso de capacidad y una fiebre por invertir suben las facturas de los consumidores españoles, pero Enagás se lucra

La regulación del gas en España beneficia a Enagás y perjudica a los consumidores

15 de septiembre de 2021 (IEEFA) – La Empresa Nacional de Gas (Enagás) se ha beneficiado de una estrategia de «seguridad y diversidad del suministro» como excusa para construir o ampliar plantas de regasificación de gas natural licuado, gasoductos de gas natural e instalaciones de almacenamiento de gas. Según un informe del Instituto de Economía […]

Philippines has OK’d 928 renewable contracts, 30 gigawatts of capacity

Manila Standard: The Department of Energy awarded 928 renewable energy contracts with a combined capacity of 30 gigawatts (3,000 megawatts) as of May, an official said Wednesday. Energy Undersecretary Jesus Cristino Posadas said during The Global Hyperscaler Market Forum the DOE was aggressively pushing for the Philippines to become a haven of energy investment. “The […]

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Activists fear San Miguel coal exit simply part of pivot to natural gas

Eco-Business: San Miguel Corp (SMC), through its energy arm SMC Global Power Holdings Corp, dropped more coal projects from its portfolio, after announcing last month that it was removing the fossil fuel from its expansion plans. But renewable energy advocates charge that the Philippines’ largest conglomerate may be pivoting to fossil gas, watering-down its intention […]

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Major Philippines bank announces 2033 coal financing exit

Philippine Daily Inquirer: Ayala-led Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) aims to stop by 2033 all lending to coal-fired power projects—which form 45 percent of its current power generation portfolio—and channel more funds to renewable energy projects moving forward. BPI, which is celebrating its 170th anniversary this year, has identified sustainability among its four key […]

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IEEFA: In the Philippines, coal’s demise makes way for a renewable energy boom

IEEFA: In the Philippines, coal’s demise makes way for a renewable energy boom

Imported gas lock-in could undermine the economic benefits of a clean energy transition

The Philippines’ energy sector is on the brink of rapid change, with fossil fuels struggling to maintain relevance and a renewable energy industry poised for takeoff. Much of the country’s progress on clean energy and climate goals is due to the exceptional work of local activists applying pressure on policymakers to accelerate the clean energy […]

July 30, 2021 Read More →

San Miguel plans conversion of 300MW Philippines coal plant to LNG

BusinessMirror: SMC Global Power Holdings Corp. will convert a proposed 300-megawatt (MW) coal plant in San Carlos, Negros Occidental to a gas-powered facility. The power arm of conglomerate San Miguel Corp. said it has informed the Department of Energy (DOE) about the plan. The proposed coal plant, it said, would be “changed to LNG” (liquefied […]

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Major Philippines power generator announces end to new coal projects

Bloomberg ($): San Miguel Corp., one of the Philippines’ largest power generators, will drop new coal projects from its expansion plans as it prepares for a transition to a low-carbon future. “This has not been easy as our country still depends much on reliable and affordable traditional power sources,” the company’s President Ramon Ang said […]

July 12, 2021 Read More →