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IEEFA: Accepting gas power plants as sustainable investments in Asian taxonomies heightens greenwash risk

IEEFA: Accepting gas power plants as sustainable investments in Asian taxonomies heightens greenwash risk

Accommodating the gas sector risks diluting standards and discouraging new pools of green capital

21 September 2021 (IEEFA Asia): Incorporating gas-powered generation as a sustainable investment into Asian taxonomies could have unintended consequences, finds a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Doing so could lock Asia into a high-emitting future while also posing a credibility and greenwashing problem that Asian policymakers and ESG […]

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IEEFA Australia: There’s a better way to manage coal closures than paying to delay them

IEEFA Australia: There’s a better way to manage coal closures than paying to delay them

Energy Ministers and the energy industry should reject the ESB capacity mechanism proposal

21 September 2021 (IEEFA Australia): The Energy Security Board’s (ESB) proposal for consumers to pay conventional generators such as coal and gas an extra fee for their capacity, not just the actual power they produce, should be rejected by Energy Ministers at a forthcoming meeting this Friday argues a new report prepared by energy market […]

IEEFA: $5.1 billion spend on offshore gas exploration until 2027 could have fostered 2.5GW of renewable capacity and 4,800 jobs

IEEFA: $5.1 billion spend on offshore gas exploration until 2027 could have fostered 2.5GW of renewable capacity and 4,800 jobs

The government is increasing issuance of gas exploration permits in the offshore sector ignoring risks imposed by global decarbonisation

20 September 2021 (IEEFA Australia): Increasing issuance of exploration permits over production, the Australian government has given the green light to oil and gas giants including Santos and Woodside to potentially spend $AUD5.1 billion throughout the next six years on risky offshore exploration activities despite industry-low success rates and the global energy transition, finds a […]

IEEFA U.S.: LNG newcomer Tellurian asks investors to gamble on Driftwood project

IEEFA U.S.: LNG newcomer Tellurian asks investors to gamble on Driftwood project

Tellurian’s history, finances and new LNG deals raise questions about profitability

August 31, 2021 (IEEFA) — At first glance, Tellurian Inc.’s proposed Driftwood liquefied natural gas (LNG) project looks like a cause for optimism for the U.S. LNG market after a dismal 2020 saw demand and prices plummet while the COVID-19 pandemic raged. However, a closer look at Tellurian’s history, finances and structure of its newly […]

IEEFA Australia: Government cannot lower electricity bills by subsidising old and high cost power plants

IEEFA Australia: Government cannot lower electricity bills by subsidising old and high cost power plants

Refocusing attention on transmission and distribution of electricity will bring better results

27 August 2021 (IEEFA Australia): The Federal government can better achieve its ambition to lower electricity prices if it focuses on the transmission and distribution side of the energy market rather than the generation side, as its latest plan for keeping old coal plants open will in fact increase consumers’ electricity bills, not lower them, […]

IEEFA: Renewable energy investment in India bounces back from COVID-19 slowdown

IEEFA: Renewable energy investment in India bounces back from COVID-19 slowdown

Investment in Indian renewables was US$6.6 billion between April and July 2021, beating the total for the previous financial year

19 August 2021 (IEEFA India): Renewable energy investment is rising again in India following the slowdown in the previous financial year due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, finds a new briefing note by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). In the first four months of this financial year (FY), from April […]

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: EVN delivers strong 2020 financial performance by optimizing Vietnam’s dynamic generation mix

IEEFA: EVN delivers strong 2020 financial performance by optimizing Vietnam’s dynamic generation mix

Further spending needed on grid infrastructure

29 July 2021 (IEEFA Vietnam): Vietnam’s state utility Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) came through 2020 in surprisingly good financial health compared to many Southeast Asian peers, according to a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), which analyzed EVN’s recently released 2020 financial statements. “In a year when most regional […]

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IEEFA U.S.: Texas confronts decline in oil and gas industry

IEEFA U.S.: Texas confronts decline in oil and gas industry

Analysis of long-term trends indicates slower growth, fewer jobs and lower tax contributions

July 28, 2021 (IEEFA) ⎼ Texas policymakers, regulators and public opinion have long held that “what’s good for oil is good for Texas.” But Texas’s economy has become more broad-based and the oil and gas sector’s proportionate contribution has declined. State leaders face a new set of facts on the ground about the future of […]

IEEFA Australia: AGL Energy has lost over 70% of its market value, destroying A$12 billion in shareholder wealth

IEEFA Australia: AGL Energy has lost over 70% of its market value, destroying A$12 billion in shareholder wealth

It’s an (expensive) sorry tale when companies ignore shareholders and continue to invest in fossil fuels

22 July 2021 (IEEFA Australia): In failing to realise its early green ambition AGL Energy, one of Australia’s biggest electricity generators and retailers wiped over 70% off its market value in just four years, destroying A$12 billion in shareholder wealth, finds a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Author […]

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IEEFA: As fossil fuel prices skyrocket globally, renewables grow steadily cheaper

IEEFA: As fossil fuel prices skyrocket globally, renewables grow steadily cheaper

Stability of renewables an antidote to the volatility of gas and coal

While volatile energy commodity prices have been sharply increasing globally, renewable technologies have been steadily decreasing.  Over the last decade, the cost of electricity from utility-scale solar PV has fallen by 85 percent, concentrating solar power (CSP) by 68 percent, onshore wind by 56 percent and 48 percent for offshore wind, according to the International […]

Norway fund poised to insist stocks set targets for emission reductions

Bloomberg Green ($): The world’s biggest owner of publicly traded stocks, Norway’s sovereign-wealth fund, is about to get the political go-ahead to insist that all companies in its portfolio have clear targets for cutting CO2 emissions. Norway’s Labor Party, which this month won elections that focused on the country’s fossil-fuel dependence, has made clear it […]

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Enel announces plans to triple renewables and phase out coal by 2027

S&P Capital IQ ($): Enel SpA announced Sept. 24 plans to triple its renewable energy generation to 145 GW by 2030 up from around 49 GW by 2020, among several commitments made through the company’s participation in a United Nations “High-level Dialogue” convened by U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres. Enel also intends to reduce its scope […]

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ACWA mulling bond issues to finance renewable energy projects

Reuters: ACWA Power, which is partly owned by Saudi Arabia’s PIF sovereign wealth fund, will look at issuing green bonds starting next year to finance some of its renewable energy projects, its chief executive said on Monday. ACWA Power already has five projects certified for green finance, which together will require just under $10 billion […]

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Tokio Marine to stop underwriting, financing new coal mining projects

Nikkei Asia ($): Tokio Marine Holdings will stop underwriting and financing new coal mining projects that generate thermal power in Japan and abroad from October, Nikkei has learned, a move likely to be followed by other domestic insurers. Without insurance against accidents, natural disasters, fires and construction-related mishaps, coal miners will find it hard to […]

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Orsted, Williams sign deal to develop wind-powered hydrogen projects

S&P Capital IQ ($): Ørsted A/S signed a memorandum of understanding with Williams Cos. Inc. to explore the viability of developing hydrogen or synthetic natural gas projects powered by renewable energy, also known as power-to-x projects. Particularly, the companies will look into developing utility-scale wind projects, electrolysis, and synthetic gas-via-methanation co-development projects in western Wyoming […]

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CLP Holdings promises to exit coal from Asian operations by 2040

Nikkei Asia ($): Power plant operator CLP Holdings pledged on Thursday to phase coal out of its Asian operations by 2040, accelerating its previous commitment by a decade. The Hong Kong-based group also said it aims to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, in line with the decarbonization goal established by the city’s government. […]

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IEEFA Australia: ‘Race to replace’ – We need to tie new energy capacity with the exit of old generators
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IEEFA Australia: ‘Race to replace’ – We need to tie new energy capacity with the exit of old generators

There are many options to manage the energy transition that don’t involve capacity payments

Uncertainty in the national electricity market is driving investment risk, due to high levels of uncertainty around coal exits, short term market contracting, early mover disadvantage in power technologies subject to deflation, and unpredictable government intervention, among other things. The Energy Security Board’s capacity mechanism has been proposed as a solution to these challenges. It […]

Salt River Project connects 25-megawatt battery storage to grid

Energy Storage News: A 25MW four-hour (100MWh) battery storage project has been connected to the grid by Arizona utility company Salt River Project (SRP). SRP said last week that the project at its Bolster substation is currently the biggest standalone battery energy storage system (BESS) in the southwestern US state, sited adjacent to the utility’s […]

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IEEFA U.S.: Harvard fossil fuel divestment can serve as model for other institutions nationally and globally

Harvard divestment raises issue of climate, ethics and investments by higher ed and philanthropies

The recent decision by Harvard to divest from fossil fuels is part of a trend and also a precedent-setting event.  Earlier this year, BlackRock informed the New York City pension funds that the divestment movement is no longer limited to small investment funds. Its report found that an increasing number of large institutional investors are […]

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