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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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IEEFA Australia: Coal plant closures imminent as renewable energy surges

IEEFA Australia: Coal plant closures imminent as renewable energy surges

Several coal power plants in the National Electricity Market likely to be financially unviable by 2025

24 February 2020 (IEEFA Australia): Several of the 16 coal power plants in the National Electricity Market (NEM) will be financially unviable and at least one is likely to face closure several years sooner than planned due to coal plants’ poor flexibility and inability to adapt to a rapid influx of renewable energy, finds a new […]

IEEFA: India’s new net metering limit risks stalling progress on rooftop solar target

IEEFA: India’s new net metering limit risks stalling progress on rooftop solar target

A net feed-in mechanism could offer a solution for the Indian rooftop solar industry, consumers and distribution companies

19 February 2021 (IEEFA India): A new regulation that excludes rooftop solar systems over 10 kilowatts (kW) from net metering will stall adoption of larger installations in India, undermining progress towards the government’s rooftop solar target of 40 gigawatts (GW) by 2022. This is according to a new briefing note from IEEFA and JMK Research & Analytics […]

IEEFA: Global capital mobilising for India’s $500bn renewable energy infrastructure opportunity

IEEFA: Global capital mobilising for India’s $500bn renewable energy infrastructure opportunity

The key domestic and international institutions driving renewable energy growth in India

16 February 2021 (IEEFA India): A huge global capital pool is mobilising to invest in renewable energy and grid projects in India, according to a new IEEFA report, with pull factors including solar power tariffs hitting record lows, plunging solar module costs, record low interest rates, and the security of government-backed, 25-year power purchase agreements (PPAs). […]

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Greece officially closes four lignite-powered plants with 1,200MW of capacity

Ekathimerini.com: Four of the country’s most polluting power production plants are being formally shut down as Greece phases out the use of brown coal, or lignite, in line with European Union environmental protection rules and government pledges for a transition to sustainable energy sources. According to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA-MPA), energy regulator RAE published […]

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Rosendin, Tokyo Gas begin construction of 500MW solar farm in Texas

PV Magazine: Rosendin’s Renewable Energy Group (REG) and Tokyo Gas America have begun building a 500 MWac/631 MWdc solar power project in Texas. The Aktina Renewable Power Project will be brought online in blocks starting in mid-2021 with energy sold to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) wholesale market. The facility will include around […]

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IRENA: Record 260GW of renewable energy capacity added worldwide in 2020

ReNews.biz: A record of over 260GW of new renewable energy capacity was installed in 2020, despite the impact of Covid-19, according to new data from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). IRENA said in its ‘Renewable Capacity Statistics 2021’ report that new capacity in 2020 exceeded expansion in 2019 by close to 50%. More than […]

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Longi, world’s largest solar company, enters hydrogen market

Bloomberg: China’s Longi Green Energy Technology Co., the world’s biggest solar company, is entering the hydrogen market, industry publication Solarzoom reported. Xi’an Longi Hydrogen Technology Co. was registered March 31 in China, according to Solarzoom. Longi’s billionaire founder and president Li Zhenguo is serving as the company’s chairman, and the shareholders are Xi’an Longi Green […]

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Masdar triples size of Uzbekistan wind project to 1.5GW

REVE: Masdar, one of the world’s leading renewable energy companies, has signed an Implementation Agreement with the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan to extend the capacity of its utility-scale wind farm project – the first such project in Uzbekistan – to up to 1.5 gigawatts (GW). H.E. Sardor Umurzakov, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister […]

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J-Power to convert Virginia coal plant to solar-plus-storage facility

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): Tokyo-headquartered Electric Power Development Co. Ltd., through its J-POWER USA Development Co. Ltd. unit, and funds managed by affiliates of Fortress Investment Group LLC jointly agreed to convert the 242-MW, coal-fired Birchwood Power Facility in King George County, Va., into a solar generation and energy storage facility, J-Power said in […]

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NextEnergy begins commercial operation at two subsidy-free solar farms in U.K.

PV Tech: Solar investor NextEnergy Capital has energised two new subsidy-free solar farms in the UK, claiming one of these – a 75MWp asset in south Wales – to be the largest constructed PV plant in the country. Llanwern – which is located in Newport, Wales – takes up c.260 acres spread across three separate […]

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Xcel proposes 85% cut in carbon dioxide emissions at its Colorado utility by 2030

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): Aiming to slash carbon-dioxide emissions 85% by 2030 from 2005 levels, Xcel Energy Inc. on March 31 pitched Colorado energy regulators a sweeping clean energy transition that would accelerate subsidiary Public Service Co. of Colorado’s move away from coal-fired generation by leaning more heavily on new wind, solar and energy […]

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Germany to close 1,514MW of coal-fired generation in second round of phaseout auctions

Reuters: More than 1,500 megawatts (MW) of coal-fired generation will be shut from Dec. 8 this year, Germany’s energy regulator said on Thursday, announcing the results of a second round of auctions designed to cushion the cost of closing polluting plants. Germany has promised to abandon coal by 2038 and achieve a mostly carbon-free energy […]

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California aiming to install 1,700MW of new battery storage by summer

Bloomberg: With summer’s heat approaching, California’s plan for avoiding a repeat of last year’s blackouts hinges on a humble savior – the battery. Giant versions of the same technology that powers smart phones and cars are being plugged into the state’s electrical grid at breakneck speed, with California set to add more battery capacity this […]

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