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IEEFA U.S.: FERC gives blank check approval to pipeline builders, while investors and consumers pick up costs

IEEFA U.S.: FERC gives blank check approval to pipeline builders, while investors and consumers pick up costs

Commission’s 21-year-old pipeline policy puts contracts ahead of utility customers

December 17, 2020 (IEEFA) — The federal agency responsible for approving interstate gas pipeline projects is basing its decisions on contracts rather than on today’s consumer energy needs or the public interest, according to a report released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The report—FERC’s Failure to Analyze Energy Market Forces—details […]

IEEFA U.S.: Plummeting oil and gas prices leave New Mexico’s budget short by hundreds of millions of dollars

IEEFA U.S.: Plummeting oil and gas prices leave New Mexico’s budget short by hundreds of millions of dollars

Industry problems hit before the pandemic, were made worse by it and will persist even after the economy improves

October 20, 2020 (IEEFA) — After years of benefitting from record oil and gas revenues, global markets are signaling the beginning of the end of New Mexico’s financial reliance on fossil fuels. Leases, royalty payments and taxes from the oil and gas industry have directly accounted for as much as 30 percent of the state’s […]

IEEFA: Why India can’t match the Gulf region’s record-low solar tariffs

5-10% annual decline in tariffs estimated for the next decade

29 August 2020 (IEEFA India): A number of countries in the Gulf region have set record-low prices for solar in recent years, leading to hopes that India and other countries may soon be able to achieve similarly cheap – or cheaper – solar tariffs. But a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and […]

IEEFA brief: Second quarter results show that shareholder dividends pushed oil supermajors deep into red

IEEFA brief: Second quarter results show that shareholder dividends pushed oil supermajors deep into red

ExxonMobil, recently kicked out of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, posted the worst performance among supermajors in Q2

August 25, 2020 (IEEFA)— One day after ExxonMobil was kicked out of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, a new analysis shows that the company suffered through one of its worst quarters in years, characterized by sharply negative free cash flows and massive borrowing to sustain its shareholder dividends. Overall, the five global oil and gas […]

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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IEEFA U.S.: Prices are up—but the oil industry’s return is more complicated

Rising oil prices fail to mask long-term fundamental weaknesses for oil business

Former ExxonMobil CEO Lee Raymond advanced the idea in the 1980s that the quality of management trumped all else in evaluating the oil industry’s prospects. He believed oil company executives were in the best position to project supply and demand, ride worldwide growth cycles, and provide robust returns to investors, no matter how oil markets […]

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 →

Australia ranks last for climate action among 193 nations in UN report

Renew Economy:  Australia has been ranked dead last for climate action in the latest Sustainable Development Report, which assesses the progress of countries towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. In the latest edition of the report, produced by the UN-backed Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Australia received the lowest score awarded to any of the 193 […]

July 1, 2021 Read More →

Masdar inks deal with Iraq for 2 GW of solar projects

PV Tech:  Abu Dhabi-based renewables company Masdar has signed an agreement to develop solar projects in Iraq with a minimum total capacity of 2GW. The plants will be built in central and southern Iraq and support the country in its ambition to procure 25% of its energy from renewables, Oil Minister Ihsan Abdul Jabbar Ismail […]

June 28, 2021 Read More →

Saudi Aramco outlines plans for blue hydrogen investment

Bloomberg ($):  Saudi Aramco outlined plans to invest in blue hydrogen as the world shifts away from dirtier forms of energy, but said it will take at least until the end of this decade before a global market for the fuel is developed. “We’re going to have a large share” of the market for blue […]

June 28, 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 →

Germany and Australia sign accord to boost hydrogen production, trade

Reuters: Germany and Australia on Sunday signed a bilateral alliance on hydrogen production and trade to try to facilitate a renewable energy-based hydrogen supply chain between the two countries. Economy Minister Peter Altmaier and Education and Research Minister Anja Karliczek signed a letter of intent to set up a “Germany Australia Hydrogen Accord” with Australian […]

June 14, 2021 Read More →

Oil companies resisting boom-and-bust cycle as transition accelerates

Bloomberg ($): “This time is different” may be the most dangerous words in business: billions of dollars have been lost betting that history won’t repeat itself. And yet now, in the oil world, it looks like this time really will be. For the first time in decades, oil companies aren’t rushing to increase production to […]

June 1, 2021 Read More →

Adani Green acquires SoftBank’s India renewables assets in $3.5B deal

Wall Street Journal ($): SoftBank Group Corp. is selling its Delhi-based renewable-energy unit to an Indian rival, a step that effectively pulls the plug on what was once the world’s most ambitious solar investor. Adani Green Energy Ltd. said Wednesday it was buying SB Energy India in a deal that values the unit at $3.5 […]

May 19, 2021 Read More →

Saudi utility launches work on South Africa’s largest-ever renewable project

Arab News: ACWA Power, the utility developer backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), on Monday announced it had started construction on South Africa’s largest ever renewable energy project. The Redstone concentrated solar power (CSP) plant begun construction after it raised 11.6 billion rand ($828 million) from a range of South African and international […]

May 13, 2021 Read More →