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IEEFA: Carbon capture goals miss the mark at Boundary Dam 3 coal plant

IEEFA: Carbon capture goals miss the mark at Boundary Dam 3 coal plant

Carbon capture at SaskPower’s Boundary Dam 3 facility falls far short of projections

April 20, 2021 (IEEFA) — An announcement by a Canadian power company that it’s met carbon capture goals shouldn’t be taken at face value, according to a briefing note released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. SaskPower, the operator of the Boundary Dam 3 coal plant, said March 31 that its […]

IEEFA U.S.: Energy transition to renewables likely to accelerate over next two to three years

IEEFA U.S.: Energy transition to renewables likely to accelerate over next two to three years

Coal, gas set to become biggest losers as renewable generation climbs quickly

March 31, 2021 (IEEFA) — The speed and scope of the energy transition to renewables will pick up pace over the next two to three years, according to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis’ U.S. Power Sector Outlook 2021. Solar and battery storage adoption is enjoying almost exponential growth, and wind and solar […]

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: European gas pipeline companies mislead investors by underreporting CO<sub>2</sub>

IEEFA: European gas pipeline companies mislead investors by underreporting CO2

Reporting loophole means midstream operators aren't following the same guidelines as upstream or downstream sellers

December 14, 2020 (IEEFA) — European pipeline companies are using a loophole to market themselves as low-carbon businesses and avoid reporting on the climate effects of the natural gas they transport, according to a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The report, Hiding in Plain Sight—European Gas Pipeline Companies’ […]

IEEFA: Australia should be a net-zero emissions leader

IEEFA: Australia should be a net-zero emissions leader

Setting a target of net-zero emissions by 2050 would maximise employment, investment and export opportunities

11 December 2020 (IEEFA Australia): Australia must align itself with the global push to go carbon-neutral to maintain strong trade in a net zero emissions world, the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) notes in its submission in support of a new climate change bill before the Australian parliament. The bill, introduced by Zali Steggall, […]

IEEFA Philippines: NPC-SPUG shift can drive savings to P13.5 billion per year

IEEFA Philippines: NPC-SPUG shift can drive savings to P13.5 billion per year

Shift from diesel to renewables can save electric coops P1.4-1.7 billion over next decade

3 December 2020 (IEEFA Philippines): The record-breaking disasters in the Philippines this year highlight the potential for renewable energy to power small island and isolated power grids and save the country up to P13.5 billion per year, and electric cooperatives an additional P1.4 to P1.7 billion over the next decade, finds a new report from […]

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

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: Philippines coal moratorium highlights dramatic pivot to renewable energy investment for lower prices and power system resilience

IEEFA: Philippines coal moratorium highlights dramatic pivot to renewable energy investment for lower prices and power system resilience

Policymakers and industry leaders ready to embrace new energy technologies

3 November 2020 (IEEFA Philippines): The Department of Energy’s call for a moratorium on greenfield coal power plants marks a clear break with past policies and comes as the Philippines prioritizes the need for more resilient, flexible and lower cost alternatives to fossil fuel baseload power, finds a new report from the Institute for Energy […]

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Rotterdam, major port cities, push to become hydrogen hubs

OilPrice.com: Hydrogen, produced without carbon emissions, will find use in many sectors of a future ‘hydrogen economy.’ Its high energy intensity can make it the basis of fuels that reduce carbon emissions in the ‘hard to abate’ transportation and industrial sectors. Its unmatched capacity to store energy long term and seasonally should make it an […]

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Satellite images show record emissions from Permian Basin

Houston Chronicle ($): The worst nightmare of the oil and gas industry has come true: environmental groups are using satellites to observe and report greenhouse gas emissions from their well pads. The Environmental Defense Fund, Harvard University, Georgia Tech and the SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research used a European Space Agency detector to take […]

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Major NSW coal miner warns of waning Asian financial support

The Australian Financial Review: Asian lenders’ support for Australian coal miners could dry up if local banks are not willing to participate in lending syndicates, according to the NSW coal miner that narrowly avoided a debt default last year. Centennial Coal supplies the feedstock for 30 per cent of NSW’s coal-fired electricity but said the […]

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ACWA strikes deal to build 1,500MW wind power plant in Central Asia

Arab News: Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power has struck a deal to build the largest wind power plant of its kind in Central Asia and one of the largest in the world. The plant has a production capacity of 1500 MW in Karakalpakstan, in the northwest of Uzbekistan “ACWA Power now produces about 42 gigawatts of […]

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Ørsted announces expansion into Vietnam offshore wind market

Vietnam Investment Review: Ørsted, a Danish majority state-owned energy company has announced its office opening in Vietnam with the goal of contributing to Vietnam’s green energy transition alongside local partners. It also committed to building a local team to explore promising investment opportunities around the country. Ørsted is also working diligently with government authorities and […]

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FERC focus under Biden shifts to climate risk, environmental justice

S&P Global Platts ($): US President Joe Biden’s first 100 days have brought a shift at a key independent regulator with oversight over energy markets and interstate gas pipelines, thrusting a Democrat with a strong interest in climate into a leadership position. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Richard Glick has sought to smooth tensions with […]

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New ERCOT analysis shows lost Texas wind power less than first thought

The Texas Tribune: An updated analysis of February’s Texas power crisis by experts at the Electric Reliability Council of Texas shows that lost wind power generation was a small component of the huge losses in electric generation that plunged much of the state into darkness during the severe cold weather. While Texas Republicans were quick […]

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Victoria targets halving CO2 emissions by 2030

The Guardian: The Victorian government has promised to cut the state’s greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030, in an announcement of long-awaited climate targets that outstrip commitments made by the Morrison government. The plan, announced on Sunday, will see Victoria power all government-owned enterprises, including schools and hospitals, by renewables by 2025. The plan […]

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Tightening ESG policies raise issues for coal-fired plant reinsurers

The Economic Times: Thermal power plants are finding it difficult to obtain reinsurance cover in international markets as global giants tighten their environment, social and governance (ESG) policies. This has created capacity constraints for insuring coal-fired power projects, which are too big for the balance sheets of domestic insurers. Most of the reinsurance markets in […]

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Energy transition threatens Russian exploitation of Arctic fossil wealth

OilPrice.com: The collapse of the Soviet Union was a geopolitical victory for the United States and a disaster for Russia which suffered politically, economically, and socially. Although citizens enjoyed more individual freedoms, the quality of life decreased substantially as state institutions collapsed and basic services disappeared. In the early 2000s, Moscow started exerting more influence […]

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