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IEEFA: Emissions and Qatar are neglected risk factors in Woodside’s Scarborough project

With ASX enforcing continuous disclosure provisions gas companies must release modelling on carbon price sensitivity

14 April 2021 (IEEFA Australia): Investors are in the dark about the financial implications of emissions from Woodside’s proposed Scarborough gas field in the offshore North West Shelf, Western Australia, as the company has yet to release its carbon price sensitivity modelling, finds a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis […]

IEEFA: Birchwood coal facility closure/redevelopment highlights transition from coal to renewables

Birchwood plant shifts from coal showcase to solar-plus-storage resource

The Birchwood coal facility in Virginia is emblematic of the rapid transition from coal to renewable energy underway in the U.S. Four years ago, General Electric, which owns half of the 242-megawatt (MW) unit, planned to make the facility a showcase of its digital technologies, promising efficiency improvements, reduced emissions and lower costs. Earlier this […]

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IEEFA: Bangladesh needs a renewables focus, not a switch from ‘coal to gas’

Renewables are cheaper and more sustainable than gas imports, and can provide better energy security in developing nations

The emerging markets of Bangladesh and Vietnam are alluring for foreign energy companies looking to make money in the region. But these nations stand to lose both economically and environmentally through a pivot from coal to gas. Such a switch risks hindering investment into renewable energy and derailing climate progress across the continent. In Bangladesh, […]

April 13, 2021 Read More →
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IEEFA webinar: What’s wrong with Duke Energy’s plans for new gas-fired power plants in the Carolinas?  

Lessons may apply to other parts of the U.S. planning new gas investments and sidestepping renewables

Discover how Duke Energy’s Carolina integrated resource plans (IRPs) over-rely on gas-fired generation while largely ignoring renewables-based options ⎼ a recurring oversight in utility planning efforts in the U.S. Log in Thursday, April 15th at 1:00 p.m. EDT for an accessible deep-dive with IEEFA energy analyst Dennis Wamsted who will explore current plans and discuss alternatives. Drawing on an in-depth […]

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IEEFA: India has a record level of stockpiled coal dampening need for new domestic mines

Proposed coal mining expansions at odds with excess supply

8 April 2021 (IEEFA India): India has stockpiled a record 132 million tonnes of coal – enough to run India’s power plants for two months – greatly exceeding the average of the previous five years, finds a new briefing note by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The note by analyst and […]

IEEFA: Savings from Puerto Rico grid privatization off to a bad start

Contractor that promised savings set to exceed budget even before taking over

Puerto Rico’s key electrical system privatization initiative has been a longshot to save money for the people of Puerto Rico—and the odds are getting longer, according to an analysis of the 15-year contract with LUMA Energy and its proposed budgets for the next three years. An Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) review […]

April 8, 2021 Read More →

IEEFA U.S.: Selection of Puerto Rico privatization contract winner based on identical scores, identical mistakes

Results of selection process raise new questions about Puerto Rico grid reconstruction contract

An objective analysis of the award of a 15-year privatization contract for Puerto Rico’s electrical system to LUMA Energy raises numerous red flags about the integrity of the process. LUMA is scheduled to take over the non-generation functions of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) on June 1, including transmission, distribution, billing, customer service, […]

April 7, 2021 Read More →

IEEFA U.S.: Winds shifting at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

FERC mulls changes to pipeline approval process, downstream emissions impact

April 7, 2021 (IEEFA) — The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) last week gave the public more time to comment on the review of a policy document that guides its decisions on approving new interstate gas facilities, including pipelines. FERC approves projects with Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity that require the commission to assess […]

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IEEFA: Backlog of unsigned power sale agreements risks slowing India’s renewable energy growth

Freeing up India’s ‘on-hold’ renewable energy capacity

7 April 2021 (IEEFA India): Delays in signing power sale agreements (PSAs) are a bottleneck in the growth of renewable energy capacity in India, jeopardising the government’s renewable energy target of 175 gigawatts (GW) by 2022, dampening investor confidence and threatening the viability of projects, finds a new briefing note from the Institute for Energy […]

IEEFA U.S.: Wind, solar transition in full view in Texas in March

Renewables account for 42% of ERCOT’s generation during the month

April 6, 2021 (IEEFA)—The transition from fossil fuels to wind and solar gained speed  in Texas in March. Data from the Energy Information Administration’s hourly electric grid monitor shows that wind generation in ERCOT smashed its previous high, topping 10.4 million megawatt-hours (MWh) during the month—2 million MWh above its previous high set last December. […]