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IEEFA Australia: Ahead on solar, woefully behind on distributed energy resource standards

IEEFA Australia: Ahead on solar, woefully behind on distributed energy resource standards

Making the right technical decisions about DER

Despite being ahead on rooftop solar installs, Australia is behind other jurisdictions (like Germany and California) in putting sensible governance arrangements in place for distributed energy resource (DER) technical standards. DER technical standards – covering smart devices including rooftop solar systems, air conditioners, electric vehicle (EV) chargers, pool pumps and the like – are designed […]

IEEFA: Enforcing outdated Australian-only demand response standard not in consumers’ long term interest

IEEFA: Enforcing outdated Australian-only demand response standard not in consumers’ long term interest

Energy Ministers urged to rethink AS4755 standard against more beneficial, consumer-friendly international solutions

5 August 2021 (IEEFA Australia): Mandating a new Australian standard for pool pumps, air conditioners, electric storage water heaters and electric vehicle chargers will consign households to outdated technology, finds a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Australia’s Energy Ministers have decided that various domestic appliances sold in the […]

IEEFA Australia: Reviewing access, pricing and incentive arrangements for distributed energy resources

IEEFA Australia: Reviewing access, pricing and incentive arrangements for distributed energy resources

Planning must begin for a zero-inertia zero-emissions electricity system

The Australian Energy Market Commission (AMEC) has sought assistance to make distributed energy resources an integrated part of the national electricity market (NEM) for the benefit of everyone. When the NEM operating on the east coast of Australia was designed, there was almost no rooftop solar or other small generation, demand response or storage in […]

IEEFA: New power and energy master plan must be designed in Bangladesh’s best interests, not Japan’s

IEEFA: New power and energy master plan must be designed in Bangladesh’s best interests, not Japan’s

JICA must deliver a low or zero emissions plan as promised, not fund Matarbari 2 coal plant

24 May 2021 (IEEFA Bangladesh): Clear understandings from the Bangladesh government’s recently released 8th Five-Year Plan must be incorporated into the new energy and power master plan currently under development by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to drive zero carbon transformation and financial sustainability in the energy system, finds a new report from the […]

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 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: What India can learn from Australia’s distributed energy transformation

IEEFA: What India can learn from Australia’s distributed energy transformation

Combining rooftop solar with batteries and electric vehicles is in India's near-future

31 March 2021 (IEEFA India): Policy makers and regulators must build the framework required for combining rooftop solar with battery storage and electric vehicles to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for a sustainable, energy-secure future, according to a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). In addition to the […]

IEEFA U.S.: Wind surpassed coal as No. 1 fuel source in 2020 for Southwest Power Pool

IEEFA U.S.: Wind surpassed coal as No. 1 fuel source in 2020 for Southwest Power Pool

Wind energy growth due to geography, design factors, and new installations

February 11, 2021 (IEEFA) — Wind surpassed coal as the primary power generation source last year for the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), an independent grid operator that provides electricity for a vast territory stretching from the Texas Panhandle to the Canadian border. An analysis by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) found […]

IEEFA U.S.: FERC gives blank check approval to pipeline builders, while investors and consumers pick up costs

IEEFA U.S.: FERC gives blank check approval to pipeline builders, while investors and consumers pick up costs

Commission’s 21-year-old pipeline policy puts contracts ahead of utility customers

December 17, 2020 (IEEFA) — The federal agency responsible for approving interstate gas pipeline projects is basing its decisions on contracts rather than on today’s consumer energy needs or the public interest, according to a report released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The report—FERC’s Failure to Analyze Energy Market Forces—details […]

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Solar investments produce 2.7 times more jobs than fossil fuel work

Huffington Post: As Congress debates whether to pare down the Biden administration’s signature climate proposals or allow the fossil fuel industry to benefit more from new government programs, new research suggests doing so would create far fewer jobs. For every million dollars the United States government invests, solar produces over 2.7 times more jobs than […]

October 18, 2021 Read More →

India’s Federal Bank Limited to drop financing of new coal projects

Mercom India: Federal Bank Limited will discontinue financing of any new-coal related projects, including coal-fired power projects. The announcement comes on the heels of the equity infusion from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in July 2021. In July 2021, IFC, the financial arm of the World Bank, acquired a 4.99% stake in Federal Bank for  […]

October 12, 2021 Read More →
IEEFA Australia: Ahead on solar, woefully behind on distributed energy resource standards

IEEFA Australia: Ahead on solar, woefully behind on distributed energy resource standards

Making the right technical decisions about DER

Despite being ahead on rooftop solar installs, Australia is behind other jurisdictions (like Germany and California) in putting sensible governance arrangements in place for distributed energy resource (DER) technical standards. DER technical standards – covering smart devices including rooftop solar systems, air conditioners, electric vehicle (EV) chargers, pool pumps and the like – are designed […]

Northwest Power Plan pivots to renewables, worrying Montana utilities

Associated Press: The latest roadmap for the region’s energy future is big on renewables and confident that coal-fired power plant retirements won’t lead to blackouts. Both assumptions had Montana utilities concerned this week. The Northwest Power Plan is probably most often cited in Montana for its blackout forecasts, which in the past had suggested that […]

October 4, 2021 Read More →

Dominican Republic to increase production of renewables

Dominican Today: The Dominican government is committed to increasing the production of renewable energies to face the uncertainties of the future in terms of clean energy supply and accomodating society’s growth and welfare. This was stated by the Minister of Energy and Mines, Antonio Almonte, during the opening of the Energyear Caribe 2021 congress, which […]

October 1, 2021 Read More →
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 […]

September 22, 2021 Read More →

Biden pushes plan to boost solar to 45% of U.S. electricity supply

New York Times ($): The Biden administration on Wednesday released a plan to produce almost half of the nation’s electricity from the sun by 2050 as part of its effort to combat climate change. Solar energy provided less than 4 percent of the country’s electricity last year, and the administration’s target of 45 percent would […]

September 8, 2021 Read More →

Illinois Legislature mulls Byron bailout, renewables-friendly measure

E&E News ($): A yearslong drama over the future of Illinois’ energy mix and climate policy may be entering the final act, if not the final scene. Chicago-based Exelon Corp. has set Monday as the day it pulls the plug on the Byron nuclear plant in northern Illinois — one of the nation’s largest — […]

September 7, 2021 Read More →

Los Angeles speeds up net-zero transition plans by a decade to 2035

Utility Dive: The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to transition to 100% clean energy by 2035, in line with President Biden’s national goals and a decade earlier than the city originally planned.  The LA100 plan would see the city replace its natural gas electricity generation with wind, solar and battery storage, while also improving […]

September 3, 2021 Read More →