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IEEFA: Santos’ Barossa gas field emissions create major risks for shareholders 

IEEFA: Santos’ Barossa gas field emissions create major risks for shareholders 

With export markets' changing expectations, investors and industry beware

31 March 2021 (IEEFA Australia): Santos’ proposed offshore Barossa gas field near Darwin, Northern Territory has the unfriendly tag of having more carbon dioxide than any gas currently made into LNG, finds a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The gas contains so much CO2 that most of it […]

IEEFA: Over US$50 billion in gas power projects and LNG import facilities at risk of cancellation in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Vietnam

IEEFA: Over US$50 billion in gas power projects and LNG import facilities at risk of cancellation in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Vietnam

Pakistan and Bangladesh have already cancelled tenders for LNG imports

14 January 2020 (IEEFA): Emerging markets such as Vietnam, Pakistan and Bangladesh that are turning to liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a source of power are likely to be hit by higher and more volatile prices going forward, according to a new briefing note from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Author […]

IEEFA: Japanese and Korean investment in risky PJM gas-fired power calls for strategic decisions

IEEFA: Japanese and Korean investment in risky PJM gas-fired power calls for strategic decisions

Investing in gas-fired power plant development faces substantial climate risk

2 December 2020 (IEEFA): Japanese and Korean investors should reassess the growing financial risks to both their new and existing gas-fired power projects in the United States’ Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Maryland (PJM) system, finds a new report by Norman Waite at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The report, Growing Risks to PJM Network’s […]

IEEFA South Korea: Why leading ESG investors didn’t buy KEPCO’s green bond [KOR]

IEEFA South Korea: Why leading ESG investors didn’t buy KEPCO’s green bond [KOR]

Funding of new overseas coal projects is a red flag for sustainable investors

성공적이라는 한전의 ‘그린본드,’ 정작 글로벌 ESG 투자자들에게는 외면 ‘해외 석탄 투자와 병행된 ‘그린본드’, 신뢰하기 힘들어’ 지난 6월 ESG 경영을 위해 한국전력이 발행한 글로벌 그린본드가 정작 지속가능한 투자를 중시하는 세계 주요 ESG 투자자의 신뢰를 얻는데 실패한 것으로 드러났다. 11월 23일(월), 에너지 및 환경 관련 금융 이슈를 분석하는 미국 에너지경제∙재무분석연구소(IEEFA)는 ‘한전 그린본드, ESG 시장 기대에 못 미치다’라는 […]

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IEEFA South Korea: Why leading ESG investors didn’t buy KEPCO’s green bond

IEEFA South Korea: Why leading ESG investors didn’t buy KEPCO’s green bond

Funding of new overseas coal projects is a red flag for sustainable investors

24 November 2020 (IEEFA South Korea): Korea Electric Power Corporation’s (KEPCO’s) recent green bond failed to attract leading sustainable investors, despite being 10 times oversubscribed, according to new research by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The South Korean state-owned utility’s June 2020 green bond raised US$500 million from international financial investors. […]

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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 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 report: Foreign investors face tough times closing Vietnam’s remaining coal power deals

IEEFA report: Foreign investors face tough times closing Vietnam’s remaining coal power deals

Project bankability at risk as new regulations threaten usual contractual terms

3 November 2020 (IEEFA Vietnam): Foreign investors will face higher-than-usual risks in concluding coal power projects in Vietnam, finds a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Author Thu Vu, Energy Analyst with IEEFA, says new regulatory and market challenges will likely prove too onerous for foreign investors in four […]

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IEEFA: Renewables continue to break records despite COVID-19

IEEFA: Renewables continue to break records despite COVID-19

Solar costs continue to decline

8 June 2020 (IEEFA Australia): Despite the devastating impact of COVID-19, during the months of April and May, renewable energy continued to break records, according to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA).  Most strikingly, April 2020 saw the Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC) award a 1.5 gigawatt (GW) solar tender to […]

IEEFA report: Question time for KEPCO’s board

IEEFA report: Question time for KEPCO’s board

Overseas investments add risk and unstable returns to KEPCO’s stressed financial outlook

June 2, 2020 (IEEFA South Korea) — KEPCO, South Korea’s national power company, has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, a problem compounded by the utility’s troubled overseas investments  and a lack of strategic awareness, finds a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Melissa Brown, Director of Energy Finance […]

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More than 200GW of offshore wind projects announced since 2020

Renew Economy:  More than 200GW worth of new offshore wind projects have been announced around the world since 2020, according to new figures published this week, but regulatory hurdles and supply chain constraints will nevertheless hinder the completion of the entire pipeline by 2030. The new figures were published this week by renewable energy consultancy […]

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Major South Korea insurers will stop underwriting coal projects

Reuters:  South Korea’s three major non-life insurers told Reuters on Tuesday they will no longer provide coverage for new coal power projects, including their construction and operation. DB Insurance, Hyundai Marine & Fire Insurance and Hana Insurance, said they will stop underwriting coal power projects. DB Insurance added it will gradually retract its existing insurance […]

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Asian renewable investments expected to double to $1.3T by 2030

Reuters:  Asia Pacific investments in renewable energy generation by 2030 may double to $1.3 trillion from the previous decade, dwarfing fossil fuel power expenditures that are expected to drop by about 25% to $54 billion annually, according to Wood Mackenzie. “Asia Pacific power generation investments are leading the world and expected to hit $2.4 trillion […]

June 22, 2021 Read More →

Iberdrola, GS Energy agree to cooperate on Asia renewables projects

Renewables Now: Spanish electric utility Iberdrola SA (BME:IBE) and South Korean multi-energy group GS Energy have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to cooperate on the renewables development in South Korea and other regions in Asia. The agreement is meant to create a platform through which the partners would seek out and develop projects, including […]

June 17, 2021 Read More →
IEEFA Australia: NSW Government accepts that thermal coal is set for major decline

IEEFA Australia: NSW Government accepts that thermal coal is set for major decline

A moratorium on new thermal coal mining capacity is needed to avoid chaotic employment impacts

The New South Wales (NSW) Treasury has concluded in a technical paper for the 2021 NSW Intergenerational Report that “global demand for coal is expected to weaken considerably”. The report further notes that “Declining global demand for coal will reduce New South Wales’ economic growth over the projection period and will have impacts both on […]

NSW study predicts possibility of coal jobs vanishing within 20 years

Sydney Morning Herald: Coal jobs would disappear entirely in NSW within 20 years if international demand shrinks, according to one of three scenarios about the future of the industry prepared for the government by the state’s Treasury Department. The other two scenarios predict that coal jobs will decline from the current level of about 22,000 […]

June 10, 2021 Read More →

White House pushing for world lead in lithium-ion battery race

Canary Media:  The United States has already lost the solar power manufacturing race to China. Now the Biden administration wants to make sure that it doesn’t lose the lithium-ion battery race. That’s the focus of a new set of policies announced by the Department of Energy on Tuesday, aimed at regaining market share from China, […]

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Delays and costs rise again at troubled Vogtle Nuclear Plant

Wall Street Journal ($):  The only nuclear-power plant under construction in the U.S. is facing delays and additional costs. Again. Earlier this week, an engineering expert working for the Georgia Public Service Commission testified that the startup of the Alvin W. Vogtle Electric Generating Plant would likely be delayed until the summer of 2022 and […]

June 9, 2021 Read More →

IEEFA: New U.S. LNG export projects face quartet of stiff headwinds

Glut, rising costs, fickle demand and Qatar threaten U.S. LNG rebound

June 7, 2021 (IEEFA)—Like many businesses, the U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry spent most of 2020 in a state of financial quarantine. As COVID-19 spread through gas-importing nations in Europe and Asia, global LNG demand fell, prices plummeted—and major U.S. liquefaction facilities stood mostly idle for the summer, their capacity neither needed nor wanted. […]

South Korea pension fund will limit investments in coal-tied sectors

Bloomberg ($): South Korea’s National Pension Service, the world’s third-largest retirement fund, “will adopt investment-restriction strategies” for coal-mining and power-generation industries, another sign of global pressure on large funds to invest sustainably. The NPS will implement “negative screening” to restrict its investments in these sectors, South Korea’s health ministry said in a statement Friday, without […]

June 1, 2021 Read More →