Electric Grid

IEEFA Research

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 […]

IEEFA: Zero to 60% in 14 years – South Australia’s success in transitioning to renewables

IEEFA: Zero to 60% in 14 years – South Australia’s success in transitioning to renewables

Seven important lessons for energy planners around the globe in transitioning grids from fossil fuels to renewables

3 June 2021 (IEEFA Australia): South Australia offers vital lessons for other jurisdictions transitioning from a fossil fuel-based electricity grid to a low emissions, high renewables grid, finds a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). “The proportion of South Australia’s electricity demand met by large scale and small scale variable […]

IEEFA: Consultants poised to make more than $1 billion from bankrupt Puerto Rico utility

IEEFA: Consultants poised to make more than $1 billion from bankrupt Puerto Rico utility

Huge consulting fees highlight systemic problems with reform of island utility

April 29, 2021 (IEEFA) ⎼ The transformation and financial restructuring of Puerto Rico’s bankrupt electric power authority have generated more than $440 million in consulting contracts during the last seven years and could cost island residents more than $1 billion before completion, according to a study released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and […]

IEEFA: Consultores listos para ganar más de $1,000 millones de la corporación de servicios públicos de Puerto Rico en bancarrota

Las enormes comisiones de consultoría ponen de relieve los problemas sistémicos con la reforma de la utilidad de la isla

29 de abril de 2021 (IEEFA) – La transformación y reestructuración financiera de la Autoridad de Energía Eléctrica de Puerto Rico en bancarrota ha generado más de $440 millones en contratos de consultoría durante los últimos siete años y podría costar a los residentes de la isla más de $1,000 millones antes de su finalización, […]

IEEFA: Regulatory over-reach in South Australia’s switch-off of household solar

IEEFA: Regulatory over-reach in South Australia’s switch-off of household solar

There are other solutions to minimum demand issues in the grid

28 April 2021 (IEEFA Australia): New measures allowing rooftop solar systems in South Australia to be remotely switched off without householders’ knowledge has set a worrying precedent, according to a new briefing note from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The rooftop solar cut-off measures give energy authorities powers to switch off […]

IEEFA Australia: Preparing the grid for a future without coal, blackouts or emissions

IEEFA Australia: Preparing the grid for a future without coal, blackouts or emissions

Re-thinking how a renewables supplied electricity system can work without a reliance on inertia

19 March 2021 (IEEFA Australia): Australia’s electricity grid has always relied on coal-fired power for stability, but with more renewables coming into the mix, that needs to change, finds a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Liddell power station in NSW is closing in 2023, Yallourn in Victoria will […]

IEEFA update: T&D agreement for Puerto Rico power grid sets off alarm bells

IEEFA update: T&D agreement for Puerto Rico power grid sets off alarm bells

Fails to include accountability mechanisms for meeting cost, labor, and green energy goals, Sanzillo tells U.S. House Committee

August 4, 2020 (IEEFA U.S.) – In testimony submitted to the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources, IEEFA’s director of finance Tom Sanzillo warned of significant problems with a recent agreement for LUMA Energy to take over transmission and distribution (T&D) of Puerto Rico’s electric power grid. The agreement fails to address three major challenges, […]

IEEFA brief: India’s power system operators demonstrate the fine art of grid management

Symbolic switch-off risked cascading outages across the system

April 15, 2020 (New Delhi) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on citizens to switch off their lights at 9 pm for nine minutes on April 5 to express their solidarity with India’s healthcare and emergency services workers amid the national coronavirus lockdown. How India’s electricity grid stood up to such a test demonstrated not […]

IEEFA India: Grid, storage, policy, and regulation: Areas of new focus to meet India’s ambitious renewable energy targets

Variable renewable energy is the least cost source of new Indian electricity capacity. The challenge is now on grid integration, and the need to leverage the lessons of other transition leaders.

5 September 2019 (IEEFA India): Finding the right pricing signals to drive technology adoption to solve the integration of an ever increasing share of variable renewable energy into India’s grid is becoming a central new challenge for policy makers and regulators, critical to enabling the ongoing transition away from coal to meet India’s ambitious renewable […]

IEEFA India: Roundtable explores grid integration challenges for renewable energy in Gujarat

IEEFA India: Roundtable explores grid integration challenges for renewable energy in Gujarat

Key issues pertaining to the transformation of Gujarat’s Electricity Sector were discussed at a roundtable organised by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), Climate Trends, and Gujarat Energy and Resource Management Institute (GERMI) at GERMI’s Gandhinagar campus on 27 August 2019. The workshop was attended by representatives from Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission […]

More News and Commentary

IEEFA U.S.: Coal-fired carbon capture projects are waste of tax dollars
and

IEEFA U.S.: Coal-fired carbon capture projects are waste of tax dollars

San Juan, New Mexico CCS plan part of push for more ‘carbon dioxide factories’

The federal government’s support for carbon capture projects at coal-fired power plants may be politically necessary (see Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.), but it is environmentally and fiscally misguided. The potential for Department of Energy funding and the lure of federal tax credits are pushing plant owners and avaricious developers to push for the conversion of […]

Report finds most new wind, solar to provide cheaper power than coal

The Guardian:  Almost two-thirds of wind and solar projects built globally last year will be able to generate cheaper electricity than even the world’s cheapest new coal plants, according to a report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena). The agency found that the falling cost of new windfarms and solar panels meant 62% of […]

June 23, 2021 Read More →

Major South Korea insurers will stop underwriting coal projects

Reuters:  South Korea’s three major non-life insurers told Reuters on Tuesday they will no longer provide coverage for new coal power projects, including their construction and operation. DB Insurance, Hyundai Marine & Fire Insurance and Hana Insurance, said they will stop underwriting coal power projects. DB Insurance added it will gradually retract its existing insurance […]

June 23, 2021 Read More →

New Colorado law requires utilities to offer electrification incentives

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): Colorado will require investor-owned electric utilities to incentivize building electrification, marking a new strategy to reduce the building sector’s reliance on natural gas and other fossil fuels for heating and cooking. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed the legislation, SB21-246, into law on June 21, setting in motion a process that […]

June 23, 2021 Read More →

Hydro-Quebec finishes solar parks for test of diverse energy sources

PV Magazine: Canada-based power company Hydro-Quebec has announced the completion of two solar parks with a combined capacity of 10 MW. Construction on the two facilities, which are Quebec’s first operational PV plants, had started in the summer of 2019. The plants have capacities of 7.5 MW and 2.5 MW and are planned to help […]

June 23, 2021 Read More →

South Carolina regulators reject Duke Energy IRP, boosting renewables

E&E News ($): South Carolina energy regulators rejected Duke Energy Corp.’s long-term electricity plan Thursday, an unusual rebuke that could push one of the biggest U.S. utility companies to add more solar and battery storage to the grid. Meanwhile, some North Carolina Democratic lawmakers, clean energy advocates and consumer groups pushed back against a wide-ranging […]

June 22, 2021 Read More →

Largest India power generator plans to almost double renewables

Bloomberg Quint: NTPC Ltd., India’s largest power generator, has increased its target for renewable energy capacity to 60 gigawatts by 2032, accelerating a shift away from coal.  The New Delhi-based company increased the target from 32 gigawatts set earlier, and the plan had been approved by the company’s board, finance director A.K. Gautam told analysts […]

June 22, 2021 Read More →

PTT subsidiary plans $635 million renewable investment in Asia

Nikkei Asia ($):  The power-generating subsidiary of PTT, Thailand’s state-owned oil and gas group, will invest 20 billion baht ($635 million) in renewable energy in India, China and elsewhere in Asia, stepping up a shift from fossil fuels to cleaner energy sources. Global Power Synergy said it is borrowing up to 20 billion baht from […]

June 22, 2021 Read More →

Asian renewable investments expected to double to $1.3T by 2030

Reuters:  Asia Pacific investments in renewable energy generation by 2030 may double to $1.3 trillion from the previous decade, dwarfing fossil fuel power expenditures that are expected to drop by about 25% to $54 billion annually, according to Wood Mackenzie. “Asia Pacific power generation investments are leading the world and expected to hit $2.4 trillion […]

June 22, 2021 Read More →
IEEFA: Puerto Rico’s electric grid suffers series of setbacks under Luma Energy management

IEEFA: Puerto Rico’s electric grid suffers series of setbacks under Luma Energy management

Power outages and services delays should raise alarms for the future

More than two weeks into its management of Puerto Rico’s electrical system, private contractor LUMA Energy is not off to a good start. Frequent power outages and service delays have tested the patience of an already over-burdened customer base since LUMA Energy took control of the island’s electric system in a privatization switchover on June […]

June 21, 2021 Read More →