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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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Morrison pushes extra funds for carbon capture, hydrogen production

Associated Press: Australia’s prime minister has proposed spending an extra 539 million Australian dollars ($417 million) on hydrogen and carbon sequestration projects, seeking to burnish his government’s green credentials ahead of a climate summit to be hosted by President Biden. The money to be spent on building new hydrogen-producing hubs and carbon capture technologies would […]

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IEEFA: Finance needs to be at the centre of India’s ‘net zero’ discussion

India must exploit the growing pool of global capital as well as tap the resources of oil and gas majors pivoting to renewable energy

With U.S. climate envoy John Kerry’s visit to India a rumour of a potential net zero announcement by India is doing the rounds. A recent flurry of reports and commentary has thrown the spotlight on India’s emerging ‘net zero’ emissions position. Whether net zero is slated for 2050 to beat China by a decade, 2047 […]

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UAE makes argument for renewables while boosting oil production

Bloomberg Green: The United Arab Emirates, one of the world’s biggest oil producers, said the commercial case for renewable energy has never been stronger. The Middle Eastern country plans to be at the forefront of the transition to greener energy and the fight against climate change even as it boosts oil-production capacity, according to Sultan […]

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Eni Middle East, west Africa operations could be spun off into joint ventures

Reuters ($): Italy’s Eni (ENI.MI) is considering spinning off oil and gas operations in West Africa and the Middle East into new joint ventures to help reduce debt and fund its shift to low-carbon energy, according to company and industry sources. The move is part of a major overhaul the company launched last year as […]

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United Mine Workers seeks support for “any jobs that we can create”

The Washington Post ($): The United Mine Workers of America released a remarkable document on Monday, an articulation of how the country’s largest union representing coal miners understood the future of the industry. “Change is coming, whether we seek it or not,” read the report, titled “Preserving Coal Country.” “Too many inside and outside the […]

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Carney-led carbon reduction effort joined by companies with $70 trillion in assets

The Guardian: Banks and financial institutions with more than $70tn assets have pledged to cut their greenhouse gas emissions and ensure their investment portfolios align with the science on the climate. In the initiative, chaired by Mark Carney, the former governor of the Bank of England, 160 companies, including 43 banks from 23 countries, will […]

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PFI: Chinese banks “genuinely trying to exit coal”

Project Finance International ($): The number of coal-fired power plants that still have project finance debt is greatly diminished today, whereas 15 years or so back they were all financed with non-recourse debt. Those that do have to refinance or raise new working capital loans from banks face difficulties as liquidity is limited and Australia […]

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IEEFA: Carbon capture goals miss the mark at Boundary Dam 3 coal plant
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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: Fossil fuel pressure and risks mounting for multilateral development banks

Further reliance on coal and LNG will lead to ever larger and unsustainable fossil fuel subsidies

“Gas is over”, proclaimed chief of the European Investment Bank (EIB), Werner Hoyer, at the beginning of this year as he stated clearly the bank’s vision for an end to unabated use of fossil fuels. European officials have since also called for the World Bank to phase out lending for gas projects globally in addition […]

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Stranded asset risks for gas investments climbing quickly

Bloomberg: Natural gas is falling out of favor with emissions-wary investors and utilities at a quicker pace than coal did, catching some power generators unaware and potentially leaving them stuck with billions of dollars of assets they can’t sell. Citigroup Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. are among the banks that strengthened their financing restrictions […]

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