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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 […]

July 22, 2021 Read More →
IEEFA: Eastern Australia is the 7th most expensive domestic gas market in the world

IEEFA: Eastern Australia is the 7th most expensive domestic gas market in the world

Investors are pouring money into a gas-fired recession

22 July 2021 (IEEFA Australia): Of the major exporters, eastern Australia has wholesale contract gas prices that are the 7th most expensive globally, being over 5½ times those of Qatar, the second largest exporter of LNG; over 3 times the price of gas in the U.S.; and nearly 5 times the price of gas in […]

IEEFA: Global investors are moving away from the massive climate-related risks associated with fossil fuels

IEEFA: Global investors are moving away from the massive climate-related risks associated with fossil fuels

Top debt and equity investors committed over $300 billion in 2020 into building renewable energy capacity

19 July 2021 (IEEFA Australia): Despite the economic disruption from COVID-19, top global debt and equity investors are continuing to drive capital into the renewable energy infrastructure sector due to its consistency in providing investment opportunities, finds a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). “Global investors are accelerating their […]

IEEFA India: Overestimated LCOEs of coal-fired power plants create a financial bubble

IEEFA India: Overestimated LCOEs of coal-fired power plants create a financial bubble

Massive stranded asset risk detrimentally affects the financial and power distribution sectors

7 July 2021 (IEEFA India): India’s future coal-fired power project pipeline carries a massive stranded asset risk due to the collapse in the average utilisation rate of its coal-fired power fleet leading to an underestimation of financial risk for new projects, finds a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). […]

IEEFA: Indonesia’s state-owned utility PLN’s 2060 net zero ambition not without flaws and gaps

IEEFA: Indonesia’s state-owned utility PLN’s 2060 net zero ambition not without flaws and gaps

Indonesia on the right emissions reduction pathway but same old coal stories persist

25 June (IEEFA Indonesia):  Recent announcements by Indonesia’s state-owned utility company Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060 must be met with caution and scrutinized as the numbers don’t stack up, according to a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The report’s authors IEEFA energy finance […]

IEEFA: Gas power plants assuming a constant capacity factor are being financially overvalued

IEEFA: Gas power plants assuming a constant capacity factor are being financially overvalued

Investors beware, capacity factor trends and LCOE analysis show gas-fired power plants likely to be stranded assets into the future

24 June 2021 (IEEFA Australia): The Australian government may be relying on inaccurate financial assumptions for its gas-fired recovery as most gas- and coal-fired power plants in Australia, the UK, the U.S. and China are being operated less and less – what’s called a declining capacity factor, finds a new report by the Institute for […]

IEEFA: Powering up solar irrigation effort will support India’s renewable energy targets

IEEFA: Powering up solar irrigation effort will support India’s renewable energy targets

States must overcome obstacles to ramp up installation of solar pumps

11 June 2021 (IEEFA India): India’s mission to deploy some 2 million off-grid solar-powered irrigation pumps is making sluggish progress, with only one-eighth of the target achieved so far, according to a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) which urges the central and state governments to remove bottlenecks in […]

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: Nuclear power euphoria in Indonesia is all smoke and mirrors with no current technical, financial or market viability

IEEFA: Nuclear power euphoria in Indonesia is all smoke and mirrors with no current technical, financial or market viability

Renewables should be the focus of Indonesia’s net-zero pledge

2 June 2021 (IEEFA Indonesia):  In growing energy markets like Indonesia, decision makers are facing a barrage of pro-nuclear media coverage as the nuclear industry floods the market with panels and webinars focused on the potential of nuclear power. A new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) highlights that while […]

IEEFA: Chinese regulators urged to tighten rules for carbon neutral bonds

IEEFA: Chinese regulators urged to tighten rules for carbon neutral bonds

Bond proceeds going to coal-dominated state-owned enterprises – ESG investors beware

1 June 2021 (IEEFA): China’s carbon neutral bonds fail to restrict the use of funds to green projects and are adding to the working capital of coal-dominated state-owned enterprises (SOEs), according to a new briefing note from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) which calls for deeper reforms to green finance standards […]

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IEEFA: China is supporting over 50% of coal power development in largest remaining project pipelines

IEEFA: China is supporting over 50% of coal power development in largest remaining project pipelines

As finance shifts from coal, China is looking isolated as the last enabler of coal-fired power overseas

A review of coal power proposals in countries with large remaining project pipelines indicates that 56% of the total capacity of these proposals is being supported by China. Historically just one of the major providers of finance to overseas coal power projects, China has more recently looked increasingly isolated as other nations and financial institutions […]

FirstEnergy to pay $230M fine for nuclear bailout bribery scheme

Wall Street Journal ($): Federal prosecutors on Thursday said utility FirstEnergy Corp. had agreed to pay $230 million to resolve charges that it was involved in a bribery scheme to pass a state bailout of nuclear power plants in Ohio. Under a three-year deferred prosecution agreement, FirstEnergy agreed to pay the penalty and develop a […]

July 23, 2021 Read More →
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 […]

July 22, 2021 Read More →
IEEFA: Eastern Australia is the 7th most expensive domestic gas market in the world

IEEFA: Eastern Australia is the 7th most expensive domestic gas market in the world

Investors are pouring money into a gas-fired recession

22 July 2021 (IEEFA Australia): Of the major exporters, eastern Australia has wholesale contract gas prices that are the 7th most expensive globally, being over 5½ times those of Qatar, the second largest exporter of LNG; over 3 times the price of gas in the U.S.; and nearly 5 times the price of gas in […]

EU polluters seeking carbon capture as solution despite poor results

Bloomberg ($): As the European Union gets serious about fighting climate change, experts are fielding more calls than ever from polluters seeking help to trap, process and store their carbon emissions. The business of capturing emissions from industrial plants that make everything from cement to energy will get a push from the European Commission’s ambitious […]

July 22, 2021 Read More →

Shareholder activists claim New Hope misled investors on coal future

The Guardian: Shareholder activist group Market Forces has asked the corporate watchdog to investigate whether coal company New Hope misled investors by claiming that coal would “remain a significant part of the energy mix”. In letters sent to New Hope Corporation and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, lawyers for Market Forces have alleged that […]

July 21, 2021 Read More →

Vistra plans to shutter 1.3GW coal-fired Ohio plant five years early

S&P Global Platts ($): Vistra on July 19 said it would close its 1.3-GW Zimmer coal-fired power plant in Ohio on May 31, 2022, five years earlier than previously announced, after the plant failed to clear the PJM capacity market. “The Zimmer coal-fueled power plant has recently struggled economically due to its configuration, costs, and […]

July 20, 2021 Read More →

BayWa finishes floating Netherlands PV plants, largest outside of Asia

PV Tech: German renewables developer BayWa r.e. has completed two installations in the Netherlands totalling 71MWp that it says are the largest floating PV plants outside of Asia. The company, together with its Dutch subsidiary GroenLeven, has commissioned its largest floating PV project to date, the 41.1MWp Sellingen park, as well as the 29.8MWp Uivermeertjes […]

July 20, 2021 Read More →
IEEFA: Global investors are moving away from the massive climate-related risks associated with fossil fuels
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IEEFA: Global investors are moving away from the massive climate-related risks associated with fossil fuels

Top debt and equity investors committed over $300 billion in 2020 into building renewable energy capacity

19 July 2021 (IEEFA Australia): Despite the economic disruption from COVID-19, top global debt and equity investors are continuing to drive capital into the renewable energy infrastructure sector due to its consistency in providing investment opportunities, finds a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). “Global investors are accelerating their […]

IEEFA: Bangladesh making progress on scrapping coal but LNG is not a wise replacement

IEEFA: Bangladesh making progress on scrapping coal but LNG is not a wise replacement

Decade-long coal-fired plant binge slows as government considers gas alternatives

Bangladesh has been faced with the prospect of a major rollout of coal-fired power plants for over a decade. The Bangladesh government’s focus on coal-fired power began with the 2010 Power System Master Plan, and was then reinforced by the 2016 version. Several of these plants are now under construction. For many years since, people […]