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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: $5.1 billion spend on offshore gas exploration until 2027 could have fostered 2.5GW of renewable capacity and 4,800 jobs

IEEFA: $5.1 billion spend on offshore gas exploration until 2027 could have fostered 2.5GW of renewable capacity and 4,800 jobs

The government is increasing issuance of gas exploration permits in the offshore sector ignoring risks imposed by global decarbonisation

20 September 2021 (IEEFA Australia): Increasing issuance of exploration permits over production, the Australian government has given the green light to oil and gas giants including Santos and Woodside to potentially spend $AUD5.1 billion throughout the next six years on risky offshore exploration activities despite industry-low success rates and the global energy transition, finds a […]

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.: 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 […]

IEEFA Australia: AGL Energy has lost over 70% of its market value, destroying A$12 billion in shareholder wealth

IEEFA Australia: AGL Energy has lost over 70% of its market value, destroying A$12 billion in shareholder wealth

It’s an (expensive) sorry tale when companies ignore shareholders and continue to invest in fossil fuels

22 July 2021 (IEEFA Australia): In failing to realise its early green ambition AGL Energy, one of Australia’s biggest electricity generators and retailers wiped over 70% off its market value in just four years, destroying A$12 billion in shareholder wealth, finds a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Author […]

IEEFA: Global investors are moving away from the massive climate-related risks associated with fossil fuels

IEEFA: Global investors are moving away from the massive climate-related risks associated with fossil fuels

Top debt and equity investors committed over $300 billion in 2020 into building renewable energy capacity

19 July 2021 (IEEFA Australia): Despite the economic disruption from COVID-19, top global debt and equity investors are continuing to drive capital into the renewable energy infrastructure sector due to its consistency in providing investment opportunities, finds a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). “Global investors are accelerating their […]

IEEFA: Indonesia’s state-owned utility PLN’s 2060 net zero ambition not without flaws and gaps

IEEFA: Indonesia’s state-owned utility PLN’s 2060 net zero ambition not without flaws and gaps

Indonesia on the right emissions reduction pathway but same old coal stories persist

25 June (IEEFA Indonesia):  Recent announcements by Indonesia’s state-owned utility company Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060 must be met with caution and scrutinized as the numbers don’t stack up, according to a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The report’s authors IEEFA energy finance […]

IEEFA: Vanguard funds destroy shareholder wealth with US$290bn in fossil fuels creating a 5.6% performance drag

IEEFA: Vanguard funds destroy shareholder wealth with US$290bn in fossil fuels creating a 5.6% performance drag

A global laggard that has minimal transparency, is passive on climate, and is abrogating its fiduciary duty to best manage risk for investors

22 June 2021 (IEEFA Australia): Vanguard Group, the world’s second largest asset manager, is leaving its investors to face profound wealth destruction risks as the world’s largest investor in fossil fuels, all while insisting climate change is a priority for the company, finds a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis […]

IEEFA: A loss of excise tax revenue should not stall the uptake of electric vehicles in Australia

IEEFA: A loss of excise tax revenue should not stall the uptake of electric vehicles in Australia

More pragmatic focus would be incentivising industry and modernizing the grid

8 June 2021 (IEEFA Australia): A new tax on EV users is unnecessary as the Australian (Commonwealth) government is well placed to deal with the potential revenue impact of the inevitable move to electric vehicles, finds a new briefing note by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Global automotive manufacturers have committed almost […]

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Salt River Project connects 25-megawatt battery storage to grid

Energy Storage News: A 25MW four-hour (100MWh) battery storage project has been connected to the grid by Arizona utility company Salt River Project (SRP). SRP said last week that the project at its Bolster substation is currently the biggest standalone battery energy storage system (BESS) in the southwestern US state, sited adjacent to the utility’s […]

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Sun Cable plans $2.5 billion Australia-to-Singapore solar undersea link

Reuters: Sun cable, an Australian-Singapore venture, will invest $2.5 billion in Indonesia as part of an ambitious solar power project to provide Singapore with up to 15% of its energy requirements, officials said on Thursday. The Australia-Asia Power Link will from 2027 harness solar energy from the world’s largest solar farm and battery storage facility […]

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EnergyAustralia plans 2040 closure of Mount Piper, three years early

Renew Economy: EnergyAustralia says it has brought forward the closure of the Mount Piper coal-fired power station in NSW by three years, as part of a plan to accelerate its exit from coal. EnergyAustralia had originally indicated that the 1,400MW Mount Piper coal power station – near Lithgow – could operate until at least 2043. […]

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IEEFA U.S.: Harvard fossil fuel divestment can serve as model for other institutions nationally and globally

Harvard divestment raises issue of climate, ethics and investments by higher ed and philanthropies

The recent decision by Harvard to divest from fossil fuels is part of a trend and also a precedent-setting event.  Earlier this year, BlackRock informed the New York City pension funds that the divestment movement is no longer limited to small investment funds. Its report found that an increasing number of large institutional investors are […]

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IEEFA China: President Xi Jinping’s profound United Nations General Assembly speech

IEEFA China: President Xi Jinping’s profound United Nations General Assembly speech

Already the world’s leading investor in zero emissions industries of the future, now China pledges it will end international funding of coal

President Xi Jinping of China has made a profoundly important announcement overnight at the United Nations General Assembly in a speech titled: ‘Building confidence and jointly overcoming difficulties to build a better world’. “China will step up support for other developing countries in developing green and low-carbon energy, and will not build new coal-fired power […]

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China foreign coal financing halt could scratch $50 billion investment

Reuters: China’s pledge to stop building coal-fired power plants overseas could cull $50 billion of investment as it slashes future carbon emissions, analysts said, although Beijing’s own domestic coal programme is still propping up the dirty fossil fuel. Chinese President Xi Jinping said in a pre-recorded address at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday […]

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Tri-State modified exit fees draw mixed reviews from members

S&P Capital IQ ($): Various utilities urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reject the Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association Inc.’s modified rules and procedures used to set its exit fees for departing members, while others said the changes marked a considerable improvement. Tri-State proposed a modified contract termination payment, or CTP, procedure, drawing both […]

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Solar industry warns tariffs threaten almost 30% of new U.S. capacity

Reuters: A U.S. solar industry group warned on Wednesday that tariffs on imported panels from three Asian countries would jeopardize nearly 30% of the solar capacity the nation is expected to install over the next two years. The Commerce Department is poised to decide by end-September whether to launch a trade investigation into solar cells […]

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South Africa plan for 1.5 gigawatts of coal faces legal challenge

Bloomberg ($): South Africa’s energy regulator and energy department have are facing a demand from some of the country’s leading environmental groups to halt plans to allow the construction of new coal-fired power plants or face legal action. Plans for the construction of 1,500 megawatts of coal generation capacity are included in the 2019 Integrated […]

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Construction finished on world’s largest floating wind farm project

The Scotland Herald: AN ABERDEEN-based renewables firm has hailed the completion of what is claimed to be the world’s largest floating windfarm. Kincardine Offshore Windfarm Ltd (KOWL) said the milestone also marks the start of the long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) signed in 2018 with Oslo-based Statkraft, which will purchase the electrical output from the […]

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