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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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Sweden’s Volvo to begin producing first cars with fossil-free steel by yearend

The Driven: Swedish automotive giant Volvo Group plans to produce the world’s first vehicles to be made from fossil fuel-free steel, with the first vehicles expected later this year. The race to decarbonise more than just a vehicle’s operating emissions is on, with automakers around the world investigating and investing in fossil fuel-free materials production. […]

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Wind investment in Europe totaled €43 billion in 2020—trade group

ReNews.biz: Europe invested €43bn in new wind farms in 2020, the second highest annual amount on record and equal to 20GW of capacity, according to WindEurope. This is around 70% up on 2019, with €17bn for onshore wind, covering 13GW of new capacity and €26bn for offshore wind, covering 7GW of new capacity. Large projects […]

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U.K. firm Australis proposes 300MW offshore wind farm in Western Australia

Renew Economy: Plans to build a $1 billion, 300MW offshore wind farm in Western Australian waters around 140km south of Perth, and have it generating electricity by the summer of 2026, have been submitted for state environmental approval. The project was referred to the WA Environmental Protection Authority this week by Australis Energy, a UK-based […]

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Talen, Pattern Energy venture planning $2 billion investment in renewables by 2025

North American Windpower: Talen Energy Corp., a power generation and infrastructure company, has entered into a joint venture (JV) with Pattern Energy Group LP, a privately owned developer and operator of wind, solar, transmission and energy storage projects. Named PT Energy Transitions, the JV aims to pursue the development, financing, construction and operation of approximately […]

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Xcel proposes 460MW, $575 million solar project in Minnesota

Minneapolis Star Tribune: Xcel Energy has unveiled plans for the largest solar-energy plant in Minnesota by far, a $575 million project in Becker adjacent to the company’s Sherco coal-power complex. The Minneapolis-based company said the Sherco project would be among the lowest-cost solar power plants in the state; it’s economics will be enhanced by using […]

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IEEFA: Bangladesh needs a renewables focus, not a switch from ‘coal to gas’

IEEFA: Bangladesh needs a renewables focus, not a switch from ‘coal to gas’

Renewables are cheaper and more sustainable than gas imports, and can provide better energy security in developing nations

The emerging markets of Bangladesh and Vietnam are alluring for foreign energy companies looking to make money in the region. But these nations stand to lose both economically and environmentally through a pivot from coal to gas. Such a switch risks hindering investment into renewable energy and derailing climate progress across the continent. In Bangladesh, […]

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Battery storage now more cost effective than gas-fired peaker plants, research shows

Renew Economy: Big batteries have emerged as the more effective provider of peaking services within the electricity market, beating out gas generators on cost and effectiveness, new analysis published by the [Australia] Clean Energy Council has argued. Peaking generators play an important role within the electricity system, providing additional supplies of power at short notice […]

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ScottishPower planning solar, storage installation to push green hydrogen development

PV Tech: British energy company ScottishPower is targeting up to 40MW of solar as part of its Green Hydrogen for Scotland project. The company has submitted a planning application for up to 40MW of solar, made up over 62,000 individual solar cells, and up to 50MW of battery energy storage, which would be located on […]

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Nebraska utility Omaha Public Power signs contract for state’s first solar project

Associated Press: Omaha Public Power District has signed a contract to build the state’s first solar power plant in eastern Nebraska, just south of Yutan. The utility signed the contract last week to build an 81-megawatt solar farm on 500 acres of farmland in Saunders County, with construction to begin next year, the Omaha World-Herald […]

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Iberdrola begins construction at hybrid wind, solar project in South Australia

Renewables Now: Spanish utility Iberdrola SA said today it has installed the first turbine at its 317-MW hybrid wind and solar power project in South Australia. The AUD-500-million (USD 381m/EUR 320m) Port Augusta Renewable Energy Park will consist of a 210-MW wind farm and a 107-MW solar park. The project will involve the installation of […]

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