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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 […]

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: Backlog of unsigned power sale agreements risks slowing India’s renewable energy growth

IEEFA: Backlog of unsigned power sale agreements risks slowing India’s renewable energy growth

Freeing up India’s ‘on-hold’ renewable energy capacity

7 April 2021 (IEEFA India): Delays in signing power sale agreements (PSAs) are a bottleneck in the growth of renewable energy capacity in India, jeopardising the government’s renewable energy target of 175 gigawatts (GW) by 2022, dampening investor confidence and threatening the viability of projects, finds a new briefing note from the Institute for Energy […]

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: India’s $122bn stimulus for energy promotes renewables but lacks clarity in additional funding streams

IEEFA: India’s $122bn stimulus for energy promotes renewables but lacks clarity in additional funding streams

Is India’s 'green recovery' green enough?

22 March 2021 (IEEFA India): While India has committed more public money than any other economy to date – at least US$122 billion – to supporting the energy sector since the start of the COVID-19 crisis in early 2020, a new report shows the government’s stimulus is a ‘mixed bag’ for the country’s energy transition. […]

IEEFA Australia: Port of Newcastle’s roadblock on the path away from thermal coal

IEEFA Australia: Port of Newcastle’s roadblock on the path away from thermal coal

Planned fossil fuel exit by the world’s largest coal port is paralysed by lending constraints and a secret NSW government deal

The Port of Newcastle’s planned exit from fossil fuels suffered further setback last month after ANZ withdrew financing from the terminal, presently the world’s largest port for exporting thermal coal. ANZ had previously been a major lender to the port, however divested its position during the latest round of refinancing of approximately A$900 million in […]

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IEEFA: Renewables should be focus of Vietnam’s Draft PDP8, not coal and gas

IEEFA: Renewables should be focus of Vietnam’s Draft PDP8, not coal and gas

Evidence was clear to inform the next stage of Vietnam’s power development

11 March (IEEFA Vietnam): Vietnam’s recently published draft power development plan for 2021-2030 (PDP8) has failed to acknowledge the importance of developing a more flexible system that can accommodate a changing technology mix, according to a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). “After a decade filled with disappointments from […]

IEEFA: Puerto Rico can provide resiliency to 100% of homes through solar expansion

IEEFA: Puerto Rico can provide resiliency to 100% of homes through solar expansion

Investing in renewables would lower costs, reduce price-volatility and provide resiliency to Puerto Rico

March 10, 2021 (IEEFA)—Investing $9.6 billion in distributed solar panels and batteries—funds that are already available from the federal government—could transform Puerto Rico’s electrical system into a resilient grid that provides every home on the island with a clean, reliable source of energy, according to a report released today. The report by Puerto Rico organization […]

IEEFA: India needs to be ready to ride the energy storage wave

IEEFA: India needs to be ready to ride the energy storage wave

Battery storage, green hydrogen and flexible coal-fired power plants can help India integrate renewable energy into the grid

26 February 2021 (IEEFA India): Battery storage, green hydrogen and flexible coal-fired power generation can help India address its next big challenge of integrating large-scale variable renewable energy into the electricity grid over the next decade, according to a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). “The transition to low-cost, variable renewable […]

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Orsted, Danish pension fund plan massive offshore “energy island”

Reuters ($): Wind farm developer Orsted (ORSTED.CO) plans to submit a joint bid with Danish pension fund ATP to finance and build the world’s first energy island in the North Sea. The artificial island, which will produce and store enough green energy to cover the electricity needs of 3 million European households, was approved by […]

April 23, 2021 Read More →

Gauging ambition of U.S. climate goal depends on the starting point

New York Times ($): The United States officially has a new goal for fighting climate change over the next decade. So how ambitious is it? President Biden announced Thursday that America would aim to cut its greenhouse gas emissions 50 percent to 52 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. That’s one of the more aggressive […]

April 22, 2021 Read More →

IEEFA: Finance needs to be at the centre of India’s ‘net zero’ discussion

India must exploit the growing pool of global capital as well as tap the resources of oil and gas majors pivoting to renewable energy

With U.S. climate envoy John Kerry’s visit to India a rumour of a potential net zero announcement by India is doing the rounds. A recent flurry of reports and commentary has thrown the spotlight on India’s emerging ‘net zero’ emissions position. Whether net zero is slated for 2050 to beat China by a decade, 2047 […]

April 21, 2021 Read More →

CIP raises €7 billion for new green energy development fund

ReNews.biz: Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) has reached final close on its global greenfield renewable energy fund Copenhagen Infrastructure IV, securing €7bn in investments. CIP said the fund was oversubscribed, with the target size of €5.5bn achieved already in December 2020. Commitments came from investors across the Nordics, Europe, North America, Asia and Australia, with a […]

April 20, 2021 Read More →

California utility building three battery storage projects, two hydrogen facilities

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): San Diego Gas & Electric Co. on April 19 announced plans to break ground on an energy storage project and build two hydrogen projects as part of its plan to reach net-zero emissions by 2045. The Sempra Energy subsidiary will break ground this month on the 20-MW/80-MWh Kearny Energy Storage […]

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Amazon backs first solar-plus-storage facility in latest green energy push

PV Tech: Amazon has announced plans for nine new utility-scale solar and wind projects in the US, Canada, Spain, Sweden and the UK, putting it on track to powering all its activities with renewables by 2025. The company now has 206 clean energy projects, including 71 utility-scale solar and wind plants and 135 PV rooftops […]

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RioZim moves forward with Zimbabwe solar project; funding woes stall coal plant

The Herald: Diversified resources firm, RioZim, says it is in the process of selecting an EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) contractor for its 178 megawatt (MW) solar project. According to RioZim chairman Rashid Beebeejaun, the solar project will commence once an energy uptake agreement has been completed with the Zimbabwe Electricity Distribution Company (ZETDC). “The […]

April 20, 2021 Read More →

IEEFA: Fossil fuel pressure and risks mounting for multilateral development banks

Further reliance on coal and LNG will lead to ever larger and unsustainable fossil fuel subsidies

“Gas is over”, proclaimed chief of the European Investment Bank (EIB), Werner Hoyer, at the beginning of this year as he stated clearly the bank’s vision for an end to unabated use of fossil fuels. European officials have since also called for the World Bank to phase out lending for gas projects globally in addition […]

April 19, 2021 Read More →

Stranded asset risks for gas investments climbing quickly

Bloomberg: Natural gas is falling out of favor with emissions-wary investors and utilities at a quicker pace than coal did, catching some power generators unaware and potentially leaving them stuck with billions of dollars of assets they can’t sell. Citigroup Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. are among the banks that strengthened their financing restrictions […]

April 19, 2021 Read More →

Group of U.S. utilities backs proposal to cut carbon emissions by 80% by 2030

Reuters: A group of U.S. electricity companies wrote to President Joe Biden this week saying it will work with his administration and Congress to design a broad set of policies to reach a near-term goal of slashing the sector’s carbon emissions by 2030. Washington should implement policies, including a clean energy standard, or CES, to […]

April 19, 2021 Read More →