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IEEFA Pakistan: Coal gasification and liquefaction harmful to economy

IEEFA Pakistan: Coal gasification and liquefaction harmful to economy

There is no second life for coal

6 May 2021 (IEEFA Pakistan): Pakistan’s intention to use coal for power production through gasification and liquefaction technologies is likely to cause harmful economic impacts and a subsequent increased reliance on fossil fuels in Pakistan, finds a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Pakistan’s intention to explore a second […]

IEEFA Japan: ¥26 billion loss on Australian coal power plant raises questions for Sumitomo and its investors

Sumitomo’s coal policies are lagging its trading house peers and the Japanese government

23 November 2020 (IEEFA Japan): As the government of Japan’s energy policy shifts significantly and Japanese trading houses exit coal projects overseas, Sumitomo Corporation continues to develop coal power projects and has seen its thermal coal output grow according to a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The report, […]

IEEFA: Pakistan’s new 27-year power plan risks locking in long-term overcapacity, leaving imported coal and LNG plants stranded

IEEFA: Pakistan’s new 27-year power plan risks locking in long-term overcapacity, leaving imported coal and LNG plants stranded

Wind and solar, the country’s cheapest source of new generation, also overlooked

3 September 2020 (IEEFA Pakistan): Pakistan risks locking itself into building more power capacity than it needs as a result of over-optimistic energy demand growth forecasts that do not take into account the impact of COVID-19, according to a new IEEFA report. Pakistan’s state-owned National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC) published its latest long-term power […]

IEEFA report: Transition planning a must as South Africa’s export markets pivot away from thermal coal

New energy technology replacing coal-fired power faster than predicted

16 September 2019 (IEEFA South Africa) ‒ South African coal exports are approaching long-term decline, finds a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) out today. Author of the report Simon Nicholas, energy finance analyst with IEEFA, says the sector needs to come to terms with the prospect of fading […]

IEEFA update: South Korea takes further steps away from thermal coal

Implications for Australian coal exports and the Bylong Coal mine proposal

(IEEFA Australia) – The South Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy has tabled a new draft energy master plan that increases the nation’s ambition to move away from coal and towards renewable energy, according to a briefing note released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The briefing note, South Korea Shifting […]

IEEFA Japan: Marubeni’s coal exit announcement a good first step but increased commitment needed

Investors still exposed to risk as Marubeni fails to swiftly adapt to changing energy technologies

March 12, 2019 (IEEFA Japan) – Despite announcing a coal exit, Japanese conglomerate Marubeni still has around twelve gigawatts of coal-fired power proposals in development, exposing investors to continued risk as the world moves away from coal. A new briefing note by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), ‘Marubeni Update: Continuing Coal-fired […]

IEEFA Global: A $51 Billion Gap (and a $51 Billion Opportunity) in BRICS Nations’ Renewable Energy Development

How to Meet the Goal? Through "Blended Finance" Where Public Funds Unleash Private Money

Here, in one chart, is an IEEFA picture worth a thousand words. While some $130 billion was invested last year in renewable-energy development in the BRICS countries—Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa—billions more are required if these countries are to meet their commitments to climate-change mitigation policies. The four countries, in all, have announced […]

October 17, 2016 Read More →

Coal Won’t Solve the Energy Poverty Problem

Times Have Changed; Old Electricity-Generation Models Don’t Work Anymore

Coal-fired electricity is no longer the economy builder its proponents say it is. Time was when coal in fact did contribute to growth in many economies, but times have changed. Today governments and private interests worldwide concede—even emphasize—the economic and environmental dysfunction of coal. We’ve just published an IEEFA Briefing Note (“Energy Poverty, Then and […]

March 3, 2016 Read More →

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Mozambique launches construction on first solar+storage project

Energy Storage News: Mozambique’s energy and mineral resources minister attended a ceremony to mark the start of construction on the first solar project in the country to be paired with utility-scale battery energy storage. Minister Ernesto Max Tonela made the ceremonial first solar panel installation at Cuamba Solar PV plant, which will combine 19MWp (15MWac) […]

June 15, 2021 Read More →

Norway renewable producer to develop 900MW solar plant in India

PV Tech: Oslo headquartered renewable power producer Scatec has announced a new partnership with ACME to develop a 900MW solar power plant in the state of Rajasthan, India. The project has a 25-year power purchase agreement with Solar Energy Corporation of India, which was secured during a tender in 2018. It marks Scatec’s first project […]

June 8, 2021 Read More →
IEEFA: Pakistan is planning to end coal imports, worsening outlook for South African coal

IEEFA: Pakistan is planning to end coal imports, worsening outlook for South African coal

The growing and irreversible risks being faced by South African coal exporters

As Thungela Resources’ CEO attempts to talk up the future of the Anglo American coal spin-off, South Africa’s second largest coal export destination Pakistan is planning to bring coal imports to an end. Thungela CEO July Ndlovu recently stated that a “just transition” for developing nations requires the continued operation of existing coal-fired power plants […]

Electric vehicles viewed as fastest route to clean transportation in Africa

Wall Street Journal ($): The electric-car revolution is reaching the streets of Africa. A handful of startups in several countries are building small electric-vehicle fleets of light carriers and motorcycles—vehicles well suited for the continent’s challenging roads—for taxi and delivery services. In February, Kenya-based ARC Ride launched electric two- and three-wheelers for Uber Eats deliveries […]

May 17, 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 →

Only one-third of increase in Africa electricity demand met by renewables

ESI Africa: Renewables supplied only a third of Africa’s electricity demand growth in 2020 according to energy think tank Ember’s The Global Electricity Review. The Global Electricity Review showed that wind and solar showed resilient growth in 2020, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. While this forced a record fall in global power figures, this was not […]

May 7, 2021 Read More →
IEEFA Pakistan: Coal gasification and liquefaction harmful to economy
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IEEFA Pakistan: Coal gasification and liquefaction harmful to economy

There is no second life for coal

6 May 2021 (IEEFA Pakistan): Pakistan’s intention to use coal for power production through gasification and liquefaction technologies is likely to cause harmful economic impacts and a subsequent increased reliance on fossil fuels in Pakistan, finds a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Pakistan’s intention to explore a second […]

Total declares force majeure at $20 billion LNG Mozambique plant

Associated Press: The French energy firm Total SE announced yesterday that it has halted all operations on its $20 billion investment in a liquefied natural gas project in northern Mozambique as a result of the extremist rebel insurgency there. Total’s declaration of force majeure casts doubt on the future of the gas project, which had […]

April 28, 2021 Read More →

Small energy companies betting against quick energy transition

Wall Street Journal ($): For all the talk of a transition away from fossil fuels, players in the energy sector are still willing to bet there is more money to be made in oil and coal. Major oil companies such as BP PLC and Royal Dutch Shell PLC are selling billions of dollars of assets […]

April 26, 2021 Read More →

Corporations added more than 20,000MW of new solar and wind in 2020

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): The COVID-19 pandemic proved to be a significant disruption for many corners of the global energy industry, but the corporate renewables market plowed ahead as if nothing had happened. S&P Global Market Intelligence tracked over 20,000 MW of new corporate wind and solar capacity throughout the year, making 2020 the […]

April 23, 2021 Read More →