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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: 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: New coal-fired power plants in India will be economically unviable

IEEFA: New coal-fired power plants in India will be economically unviable

Coal capacity additions face major stranded asset risk

4 June 2021 (IEEFA India): Much of India’s 33 gigawatts (GW) of coal-fired power capacity currently under construction and another 29GW in the preconstruction stage will end up stranded, according to a new briefing note by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). “Coal-fired power simply cannot compete with the ongoing cost reductions […]

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 U.S.: FERC neglects energy needs in pipeline decisions

IEEFA urges reevaluation of federal guidelines for new construction

May 25, 2021 (IEEFA)—The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis is urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to reevaluate its pipeline certification guidelines. In their current form, commission guidelines allow it to rely solely on the existence of applicants’ business contracts to certify the necessity of constructing new interstate gas pipelines, disregarding the […]

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: Vietnam’s PDP8 delay is an opportunity to unlock more cost-effective renewable energy

IEEFA: Vietnam’s PDP8 delay is an opportunity to unlock more cost-effective renewable energy

The key is to refine new strategies and improve market structures

13 May (IEEFA Vietnam):  Vietnam’s Power Development Master Plan for 2021-2030 with a vision to 2045 (PDP8), was expected to be signed off at the end of March during the last days of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s administration, but it hit an unexpected delay. Rather than being a setback, however, this delay can be […]

IEEFA Pakistan: Coal gasification and liquefaction harmful to economy

IEEFA Pakistan: Coal gasification and liquefaction harmful to economy

There is no second life for coal

6 May 2021 (IEEFA Pakistan): Pakistan’s intention to use coal for power production through gasification and liquefaction technologies is likely to cause harmful economic impacts and a subsequent increased reliance on fossil fuels in Pakistan, finds a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Pakistan’s intention to explore a second […]

IEEFA: LNG-to-power investors in the Philippines risk exposure to $14 billion in stranded assets

IEEFA: LNG-to-power investors in the Philippines risk exposure to $14 billion in stranded assets

High regulatory and financial uncertainty in the Philippines market

5 May 2021 (IEEFA Philippines):  The race to develop liquified natural gas (LNG) facilities in the Philippines has gone from a marathon to a sprint but potential LNG investors must proceed at their own risk, according to a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). “Officials in the Philippines have […]

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Puerto Rico grid privatization running into problems early and often

Miami Herald: As a flash storm poured over San Juan on June 1, leaders and members of labor unions huddled under a yellow tent in front of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority to denounce LUMA Energy, the new private operator of the island’s power grid. “There won’t be peace, there won’t be peace, if […]

June 18, 2021 Read More →

Rosneft claims low-sulfur Arctic oil to yield “green barrels”

The Barents Observer:  Russian state company Rosneft is about to start the development of one of Russia’s biggest ever oil projects, and company leader Igor Sechin is eagerly seeking justification of his multi-billion dollar investments in the remote tundra of Taymyr. The Vostok Oil is to produce as much as 30 million tons of oil […]

June 18, 2021 Read More →

NSW commits $380 million to boost energy zone infrastructure

Renew Economy: The NSW government has committed $380 million over the next four years to boost network infrastructure for   the state’s first renewable energy zones, which it hopes will unlock tens of billions of dollars in new investment in wind, solar and storage projects. The funding will be used to underwrite the development of […]

June 18, 2021 Read More →

EU green bond standards will be voluntary, not binding

Bloomberg ($):  The European Union’s green bond standard will be voluntary rather than binding for issuers, according to a draft document seen by Bloomberg. The new bond rules, which will be tied to the bloc’s blueprint for environmentally-friendly investments, will be ready for use in 2022 and aim to “set the global standard,” according to […]

June 17, 2021 Read More →

Texas passes law banning investments with fossil divesting businesses

Bloomberg ($):  Texas is drawing battle lines in a fight against investors and companies turning their backs on fossil fuels. Governor Greg Abbott signed a bill into law on Monday banning state investments in businesses that cut ties with the oil and gas industry. The underlying message, according to one of the most powerful energy […]

June 16, 2021 Read More →

More than half of China overseas coal plant projects nixed since 2014

Bloomberg: Over half of the Chinese-backed overseas coal-fired power plant projects have been shelved or canceled over the past six years, underscoring the rising forces against coal investments globally. Of the 52 projects with Chinese financing announced between mid-2014 and the end of last year, 25 have been shelved and eight have been canceled, according […]

June 16, 2021 Read More →

Norway taken to human rights court over Arctic drilling plans

The Guardian: Six climate activists and two environmental NGOs have taken Norway to the European court of human rights (ECHR), arguing the Nordic country’s plans to drill for oil in the Arctic are harming young people’s futures. The activists, Greenpeace and Young Friends of the Earth, want the court to rule that Oslo’s 2016 decision […]

June 16, 2021 Read More →

IEEFA: Institutional investors have a major role to play in carbon emissions reduction

IEA Net Zero by 2050 report lays out roadmap for successful economic transition

The recently released International Energy Agency (IEA) roadmap to a net-zero economic transformation by 2050 not only lays out an energy-and-beyond vision, but also sets forth key steps needed to achieve it.  The situation is dire, and the message for institutional investors, particularly public funds, is stark. Maintaining returns that meet financial targets—and protecting the […]

June 15, 2021 Read More →

White House mulls using financial regulation to raise fossil capital costs

Houston Chronicle:  The Biden administration, facing a Congress unlikely to take significant action on climate change, is considering reaching beyond environmental law to establish tough, new financial regulations that raise the capital costs of the nation’s fossil fuel industries. To accomplish the president’s agenda of dramatically lowering greenhouse gas emissions, the Securities and Exchange Commission, […]

June 15, 2021 Read More →

U.S. on track for record-breaking growth of solar installations

Reuters: U.S. solar installations are on track for record-breaking growth over the next three years, a view that could be challenged by soaring project costs or accelerated by new subsidies championed by the Biden administration, according to an industry report released on Tuesday. In the first quarter, solar installations soared 46% to more than 5 […]

June 15, 2021 Read More →