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IEEFA U.S.: Skyrocketing plastics prices a major concern for public health, economy

IEEFA U.S.: Skyrocketing plastics prices a major concern for public health, economy

An ‘essential industry’ to the U.S. economy runs in the dark

October 18, 2021 (IEEFA) — Despite its growing importance to the U.S. economy, the nation’s plastics industry remains a heavily concentrated sector taking advantage of an opaque, unregulated price-setting mechanism to bolster profits for major oil and gas companies, as well as plastic producers. The sector, which has increased prices throughout the year, was deemed […]

IEEFA U.S.:  Pension funds investing indirectly in Ohio’s Gavin coal plant are at risk as financial, environmental disadvantages mount

IEEFA U.S.: Pension funds investing indirectly in Ohio’s Gavin coal plant are at risk as financial, environmental disadvantages mount

Declining demand for coal plants, credit agency downgrades and investor scrutiny create challenges for Lightstone investment prospects

October 14, 2021 (IEEFA) — The major pension and retirement funds that own a piece of the General J.M. Gavin (Gavin) coal plant in Ohio face increasing challenges from their investment. Most investors do not know that they own a share of the plant and some are just beginning to realize it, according to an […]

IEEFA: Review of U.S. coal leasing program misses the point, may slow energy transition

IEEFA submits comments to Bureau of Land Management on coal leasing program

October 1, 2021 (IEEFA) – The United States government should not spend any time reforming the coal leasing process because new coal leases are no longer needed, according to comments submitted to the United States Bureau of Land Management by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. “As the owner of the coal reserves, […]

IEEFA: Guyanese oil deal tax incentives raise income reporting concerns

IEEFA: Guyanese oil deal tax incentives raise income reporting concerns

Government pays annual income taxes for ExxonMobil, Hess and CNOOC

September 28, 2021 (IEEFA) — Guyana is giving tax breaks worth at least USD$1.7 billion over five years to three of the world’s largest oil companies, according to a report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Tax concessions granted to ExxonMobil, Hess and the China National Offshore Oil Company (CNOOC) by […]

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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: Accepting gas power plants as sustainable investments in Asian taxonomies heightens greenwash risk

IEEFA: Accepting gas power plants as sustainable investments in Asian taxonomies heightens greenwash risk

Accommodating the gas sector risks diluting standards and discouraging new pools of green capital

21 September 2021 (IEEFA Asia): Incorporating gas-powered generation as a sustainable investment into Asian taxonomies could have unintended consequences, finds a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Doing so could lock Asia into a high-emitting future while also posing a credibility and greenwashing problem that Asian policymakers and ESG […]

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IEEFA U.S.: Municipal ratepayers face mounting costs from expensive American Municipal Power projects

Gap between costs from Prairie State, Combined Hydro Project and market prices continues to grow

September 9, 2021 (IEEFA)—Newly available data shows American Municipal Power’s (AMP) Prairie State and Combined Hydro Project have caused costs to continue climbing for municipal ratepayers, according to an analysis by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA).  Data covering January 2020 through July 2021 showed that Cleveland Public Power (CPP) and its […]

IEEFA U.S.: LNG newcomer Tellurian asks investors to gamble on Driftwood project

IEEFA U.S.: LNG newcomer Tellurian asks investors to gamble on Driftwood project

Tellurian’s history, finances and new LNG deals raise questions about profitability

August 31, 2021 (IEEFA) — At first glance, Tellurian Inc.’s proposed Driftwood liquefied natural gas (LNG) project looks like a cause for optimism for the U.S. LNG market after a dismal 2020 saw demand and prices plummet while the COVID-19 pandemic raged. However, a closer look at Tellurian’s history, finances and structure of its newly […]

IEEFA: Despite strong Q2, ExxonMobil upstream continues to underwhelm

IEEFA: Despite strong Q2, ExxonMobil upstream continues to underwhelm

Exxon’s U.S. upstream division makes up little ground in the Permian Basin

August 9, 2021 (IEEFA) – ExxonMobil’s U.S. upstream operations have yet to regain their footing after a decade of turmoil. While the second quarter of 2021 was the company’s best in years, ExxonMobil has invested $61.5 billion on U.S. upstream capital projects since 2013, only to report $5.3 billion in cumulative losses. These losses may […]

IEEFA U.S.: Texas confronts decline in oil and gas industry

IEEFA U.S.: Texas confronts decline in oil and gas industry

Analysis of long-term trends indicates slower growth, fewer jobs and lower tax contributions

July 28, 2021 (IEEFA) ⎼ Texas policymakers, regulators and public opinion have long held that “what’s good for oil is good for Texas.” But Texas’s economy has become more broad-based and the oil and gas sector’s proportionate contribution has declined. State leaders face a new set of facts on the ground about the future of […]

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IEEFA Update: There is plenty of coal and gas in the world but a volatile market is nobody’s friend

Gas will be winding its way out of the energy system

Gas prices are continuing to surge around the world. The cost of gas is at unprecedented levels and global markets are buckling under the strain. Many countries are heavily reliant on imports of gas and high spot prices are making supplies unaffordable. There is plenty of coal and gas in the world but current market […]

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Almost one-third of U.S. gas plants losing money, $24 billion at risk

Engineering & Technology: Gas-fired power plants are increasingly making a loss in both Europe and the US, a situation not helped by soaring fuel prices, a report from Carbon Tracker reveals. The financial think tank estimates that developers of most gas plants planned or under construction will never recover their initial investment and more than […]

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RWE plans $21 billion in UK clean energy investment by 2030

Reuters: RWE (RWEG.DE), Germany’s largest power producer, said on Tuesday it expects its investment in green technologies and infrastructure in Britain to reach 15 billion pounds ($21 billion) by 2030. That includes the already announced 5 billion pounds RWE is spending with partners on two offshore wind parks – Triton Knoll and Sofia – and […]

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Solar energy now cheaper than coal in three-quarters of China

The Hill: China, the world’s largest carbon emitter, is on the cusp of a clean energy transition as new solar power becomes cheaper than coal throughout most of the country, according to a new study.  By 2023, China will have the capacity to deploy solar power nationwide at the same price as coal, and currently […]

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Ford Foundation to divest from coal, oil and natural gas

Associated Press: The Ford Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the United States, announced Monday that it will divest millions from fossil fuels, following similar investment decisions made by other sizable foundations in recent years. For years, climate activists have put pressure on endowed institutions, like Ford, to end their investments in companies […]

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Evergy plans to add 1,000 megawatts of wind power by end of 2026

Kansas City Business Journal: Evergy Inc.’s efforts to shift away from coal-fired power plants in favor of renewable energy sources got a boost on Monday. The Kansas City-based utility released a request for proposals to purchase up to 1,000 megawatts of wind energy [PDF] that could be in service by the end of 2026 or […]

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Banks using loopholes to dodge pledges to stop funding Arctic drilling

Wall Street Journal ($): Some of the world’s largest banks, including Goldman Sachs Group Inc., HSBC Holdings and BNP Paribas SA pledged in recent years to stop direct financing of Arctic oil exploration. The idea was to choke off money for fossil-fuel extraction in a pristine natural environment. A battle has broken out among investors, […]

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Vestas 15-megawatt turbines to power New York Empire Wind project

offshoreWind.biz: Empire Offshore Wind, a joint venture between Equinor and bp, has named Vestas as the preferred turbine supplier for the 2.1 GW Empire Wind 1 and Empire Wind 2 offshore wind projects in New York, USA. Vestas will provide 138 V236-15.0 MW turbines for Empire Wind 1 and 2, located 15-30 miles off the […]

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IEEFA U.S.: Skyrocketing plastics prices a major concern for public health, economy
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IEEFA U.S.: Skyrocketing plastics prices a major concern for public health, economy

An ‘essential industry’ to the U.S. economy runs in the dark

October 18, 2021 (IEEFA) — Despite its growing importance to the U.S. economy, the nation’s plastics industry remains a heavily concentrated sector taking advantage of an opaque, unregulated price-setting mechanism to bolster profits for major oil and gas companies, as well as plastic producers. The sector, which has increased prices throughout the year, was deemed […]

Solar investments produce 2.7 times more jobs than fossil fuel work

Huffington Post: As Congress debates whether to pare down the Biden administration’s signature climate proposals or allow the fossil fuel industry to benefit more from new government programs, new research suggests doing so would create far fewer jobs. For every million dollars the United States government invests, solar produces over 2.7 times more jobs than […]

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