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IEEFA U.S.: Skyrocketing plastics prices a major concern for public health, economy

IEEFA U.S.: Skyrocketing plastics prices a major concern for public health, economy

An ‘essential industry’ to the U.S. economy runs in the dark

October 18, 2021 (IEEFA) — Despite its growing importance to the U.S. economy, the nation’s plastics industry remains a heavily concentrated sector taking advantage of an opaque, unregulated price-setting mechanism to bolster profits for major oil and gas companies, as well as plastic producers. The sector, which has increased prices throughout the year, was deemed […]

IEEFA U.S.:  Pension funds investing indirectly in Ohio’s Gavin coal plant are at risk as financial, environmental disadvantages mount

IEEFA U.S.: Pension funds investing indirectly in Ohio’s Gavin coal plant are at risk as financial, environmental disadvantages mount

Declining demand for coal plants, credit agency downgrades and investor scrutiny create challenges for Lightstone investment prospects

October 14, 2021 (IEEFA) — The major pension and retirement funds that own a piece of the General J.M. Gavin (Gavin) coal plant in Ohio face increasing challenges from their investment. Most investors do not know that they own a share of the plant and some are just beginning to realize it, according to an […]

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: Review of U.S. coal leasing program misses the point, may slow energy transition

IEEFA submits comments to Bureau of Land Management on coal leasing program

October 1, 2021 (IEEFA) – The United States government should not spend any time reforming the coal leasing process because new coal leases are no longer needed, according to comments submitted to the United States Bureau of Land Management by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. “As the owner of the coal reserves, […]

IEEFA India: Financing options must be scaled up to boost adoption of rooftop solar

IEEFA India: Financing options must be scaled up to boost adoption of rooftop solar

Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) could be the next drivers of growth

29 September (IEEFA India): Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) could be the key to accelerating the adoption of rooftop solar in India – but financial institutions are often reluctant to lend to MSMEs because they prefer borrowers with strong financial track records and good corporate credit ratings. A new report by the Institute for […]

IEEFA: Defying global financial trends, Vietnam pivots back to coal power

IEEFA: Defying global financial trends, Vietnam pivots back to coal power

Latest draft power development plan puts clean energy transition at risk by sacrificing renewables for more coal

29 September (IEEFA Vietnam): In the lead up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP26, President Xi Jinping recently declared that China will no longer build new coal-fired power projects abroad. Despite limited details, the ramifications of China’s coal exit strategy for coal-centric developing economies like Vietnam could be immense. Before President Xi’s announcement, […]

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IEEFA India: Why prices skyrocketed at the power exchange

IEEFA India: Why prices skyrocketed at the power exchange

Renewables can help stabilise the grid and level costs amid the vagaries of coal stocks

29 September (IEEFA India): With electricity demand in India recently peaking, a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) explores the supply and demand conditions that led to recent price spikes in the evening peak hours, starting in August through to September 2021. Electricity demand in India has peaked and […]

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IEEFA: Guyanese oil deal tax incentives raise income reporting concerns

IEEFA: Guyanese oil deal tax incentives raise income reporting concerns

Government pays annual income taxes for ExxonMobil, Hess and CNOOC

September 28, 2021 (IEEFA) — Guyana is giving tax breaks worth at least USD$1.7 billion over five years to three of the world’s largest oil companies, according to a report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Tax concessions granted to ExxonMobil, Hess and the China National Offshore Oil Company (CNOOC) by […]

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IEEFA: High stakes for Asian Development Bank’s ambitious coal power retirement plan

IEEFA: High stakes for Asian Development Bank’s ambitious coal power retirement plan

Implementation challenges could block funding for other equally important high impact clean energy funding strategies

24 September 2021 (IEEFA Asia): In the lead up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP26, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) announced a plan to speed up the retirement of high emissions coal-fired power plants in Southeast Asia. This announcement sets the stage for a transformation of the Asian multilateral development bank’s (MDB) role […]

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Biden Administration expands leasing plans for offshore wind farms

The New York Times: The Biden administration announced on Wednesday a plan to develop large-scale wind farms along nearly the entire coastline of the United States, the first long-term strategy from the government to produce electricity from offshore turbines. Speaking at a wind power industry conference in Boston, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said that her […]

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IEEFA: Spiking coal prices: Don’t blame the energy transition

Volatility highlights urgency for renewables-based energy solutions

“Energy crisis.” The phrase evokes nearly-forgotten images of gasoline queues in the 1970s, but increasingly describes the spike in global fossil fuel prices. A handful of commenters eagerly lay the blame on renewable energy, which they claim has distracted the world’s attention from investments in oil, gas, and coal production that could have calmed markets. […]

IEEFA Update: To be taken seriously, Australia needs a credible emissions reduction plan

Regional leadership up for grabs in the energy transition

The global transition to clean energy has ended its initial phase of incremental growth and is on the brink of transformational change. However imperfect may be the outcomes of November’s United Nations COP26 Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, policy, economic and financial forces are now combining to drive the rapid adoption of renewable energy around […]

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Putin reverses stance to pledge net zero by 2060 for Russia

Bloomberg ($): Russia will seek to become carbon neutral within four decades, President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday, marking a stunning reversal in his stance on climate change.  “We set a specific aim here — no later than 2060,” Putin said in his speech at the Russian Energy Week conference in Moscow. His pledge is […]

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European Union plans push for end to Arctic fossil fuel production

Nikkei Asia ($): The European Union is to push for an end to the exploitation of Arctic gas, oil and coal even as energy shortages rock countries and companies across the world, according to a draft new bloc strategy for the polar region. Brussels plans talks with partners over a possible multilateral ban on the […]

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China launches first 100-gigawatt desert renewables phase

PV-Tech: China has started building work on the first 100GW phase of a solar and wind buildout that is likely to see hundreds of gigawatts deployed in the country’s desert regions. Speaking via video link at a United Nations Biodiversity Conference today (12 October), Chinese President Xi Jinping said construction on the initial phase, which […]

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Transgrid estimates Australia renewables could hit 91% by 2030

Renew Economy: One of Australia’s largest transmission network operators, presiding over the nation’s most coal dependent state, says the national grid could – and should – be 100% renewable powered by 2035, with all coal generation phased out completely by 2032. Transgrid, which manages and operates the high voltage electricity transmission network in New South […]

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IEEFA Update: India and Australia’s richest race to net zero by 2030

Global finance is aligning with industry leaders

It appears that Reliance Industries’ Mukesh Ambani and Fortescue Metals Group’s Andrew Forrest have drunk the same cool-aid as the Chair of the biggest asset manager in the world, BlackRock’s founder Larry Fink. The richest man in India set his firm towards a net-zero emissions by 2035 pledge in June 2021 while Australia’s Andrew Forest […]

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IEEFA Update: Solar installation surge puts India on track to cap coal-fired power as early as 2024
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IEEFA Update: Solar installation surge puts India on track to cap coal-fired power as early as 2024

Recent increase in solar power installations could push coal to peak sooner than expected

If India keeps installing solar capacity at the rate it’s achieved for the last three months, coal-fired power could peak in the 2023-24 financial year, and increased solar generation alone could meet the country’s growing electricity requirements in subsequent years. India’s electricity demand has surged and slumped in recent months as the economy revives in […]

Illinois city to close coal plant two years early rather than repair it

S&P Capital IQ ($): The city of Springfield, Ill., is closing a unit of the Dallman coal plant early, citing repair costs. The city said the 192-MW Unit 33, located in the Midcontinent ISO’s territory, was initially scheduled to close Sept. 15, 2023. Damage to the unit in June forced the generator offline, necessitating repairs […]

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