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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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United Arab Emirates becomes first Gulf petrostate to pledge net zero

Bloomberg ($): The United Arab Emirates has become the first of the Persian Gulf’s petrostates to commit to eliminating planet-warming emissions within its borders. “We are committed to seize the opportunity to cement our leadership on climate change within our region and take this key economic opportunity to drive development, growth and new jobs,” said […]

October 8, 2021 Read More →

Airline industry promises to reach net-zero emissions by 2050

Bloomberg ($): The airline industry’s main lobby group adopted a target of eliminating carbon emissions on a net basis by 2050, a goal that will require balancing the fight against climate change with the need to spur demand in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. Current airline targets aren’t ambitious enough, International Air Transport Association […]

October 5, 2021 Read More →

ACWA mulling bond issues to finance renewable energy projects

Reuters: ACWA Power, which is partly owned by Saudi Arabia’s PIF sovereign wealth fund, will look at issuing green bonds starting next year to finance some of its renewable energy projects, its chief executive said on Monday. ACWA Power already has five projects certified for green finance, which together will require just under $10 billion […]

September 27, 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 →

Denmark, Costa Rica seek countries willing to speed end of oil and gas

Reuters: Denmark and Costa Rica are trying to forge an alliance of countries willing to fix a date to phase out oil and gas production and to stop giving permits for new exploration, government ministers said and documents showed. Burning fossil fuels is the main source of the greenhouse gas emissions heating the planet, but […]

August 25, 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 →
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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 →