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IEEFA: China, Japan and South Korea stand to gain most from increased scrap steel recycling

IEEFA: China, Japan and South Korea stand to gain most from increased scrap steel recycling

Mature, cost-competitive recycling technology offers an immediate opportunity for emissions reductions

17 December (IEEFA Australia): Investors are increasingly pressuring global steel companies to set out credible decarbonisation plans and these demands will only intensify. A significant trend that will lower emissions will be the expansion of scrap steel recycling, says a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). “Steel recycling is […]

IEEFA: Emerging Asia’s unrealistic LNG-to-power project pipeline threatens macroeconomic and financial stability

IEEFA: Emerging Asia’s unrealistic LNG-to-power project pipeline threatens macroeconomic and financial stability

IEEFA’s investigative analysis reveals that only a small fraction of LNG projects are viable across seven emerging Asian countries

15 December (IEEFA Asia): The liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry has framed LNG as a cheap, reliable “bridge fuel” to help countries reduce coal consumption and transition to cleaner renewable energy. For many project developers and countries in emerging Asia, however, LNG is a bridge that may never be built, according to the latest report […]

IEEFA: Coal lock-in in Southeast Asia presents a challenge for the Asian Development Bank’s coal retirement plan

IEEFA: Coal lock-in in Southeast Asia presents a challenge for the Asian Development Bank’s coal retirement plan

ADB’s plan may not stop the large coal pipeline in Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines

10 December (IEEFA Asia): In August, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) announced an ambitious plan to buy high emissions coal-fired power plants in Southeast Asia and retire them within 15 years through an energy transition mechanism (ETM). According to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis’ (IEEFA) latest report, if the ETM is not […]

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IEEFA: Agrivoltaics – how India can combine solar power and farmland

IEEFA: Agrivoltaics – how India can combine solar power and farmland

With measures to protect farmers and food production, agrivoltaics could accelerate the renewable energy roll-out

8 December (IEEFA India): Agrivoltaics, the practice of generating solar power on farmland in ways that complement agricultural production, could become an important new renewable energy sector in India, according to a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). But for the sector to thrive, measures to safeguard farming communities and agricultural […]

IEEFA/JMK Research: Round-the-clock tenders can help meet demand for firm renewable power

IEEFA/JMK Research: Round-the-clock tenders can help meet demand for firm renewable power

Tenders have evolved from “vanilla” solar or wind, to hybrid, to round-the-clock

24 November (IEEFA/JMK Research India): Electricity distribution companies (discoms) demand firm and uninterrupted renewable power. A new report by IEEFA and JMK Research highlights the important role that different mixes of generation sources and storage technologies can play in overcoming the intermittency challenge of variable renewable energy (VRE) and ensuring grid stability. Renewable energy blended […]

IEEFA: Battery storage and green hydrogen can boost India’s renewable energy efforts

IEEFA: Battery storage and green hydrogen can boost India’s renewable energy efforts

Markets for grid-scale batteries and green hydrogen are taking shape in India

21 October (IEEFA India): Battery storage and green hydrogen – markets that are critical for India’s renewable future and energy security – could scale up rapidly in the country, bolstered by government policy and private company ventures, according to a new briefing note from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). “Grid-scale energy […]

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 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: Renewable energy investment in India bounces back from COVID-19 slowdown

IEEFA: Renewable energy investment in India bounces back from COVID-19 slowdown

Investment in Indian renewables was US$6.6 billion between April and July 2021, beating the total for the previous financial year

19 August 2021 (IEEFA India): Renewable energy investment is rising again in India following the slowdown in the previous financial year due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, finds a new briefing note by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). In the first four months of this financial year (FY), from April […]

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IEEFA: China, Japan and South Korea stand to gain most from increased scrap steel recycling
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IEEFA: China, Japan and South Korea stand to gain most from increased scrap steel recycling

Mature, cost-competitive recycling technology offers an immediate opportunity for emissions reductions

17 December (IEEFA Australia): Investors are increasingly pressuring global steel companies to set out credible decarbonisation plans and these demands will only intensify. A significant trend that will lower emissions will be the expansion of scrap steel recycling, says a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). “Steel recycling is […]

IEEFA India: Renewable energy capacity additions poised to reach five-year high

IEEFA India: Renewable energy capacity additions poised to reach five-year high

Renewable energy capacity additions could hit 15GW this financial year, hastening retirement of expensive coal plants

Renewable energy capacity additions in India are poised to hit about 15 gigawatts (GW) this financial year, eclipsing the record high of 14GW achieved in FY2016/17. As India’s second wave of COVID-19 subsided, renewable capacity commissioning began to bounce back. A total of 8.6GW of renewable energy (RE) capacity – 7.6GW of which was solar […]

December 16, 2021 Read More →
IEEFA: Emerging Asia’s unrealistic LNG-to-power project pipeline threatens macroeconomic and financial stability
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IEEFA: Emerging Asia’s unrealistic LNG-to-power project pipeline threatens macroeconomic and financial stability

IEEFA’s investigative analysis reveals that only a small fraction of LNG projects are viable across seven emerging Asian countries

15 December (IEEFA Asia): The liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry has framed LNG as a cheap, reliable “bridge fuel” to help countries reduce coal consumption and transition to cleaner renewable energy. For many project developers and countries in emerging Asia, however, LNG is a bridge that may never be built, according to the latest report […]

IEEFA: Coal lock-in in Southeast Asia presents a challenge for the Asian Development Bank’s coal retirement plan
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IEEFA: Coal lock-in in Southeast Asia presents a challenge for the Asian Development Bank’s coal retirement plan

ADB’s plan may not stop the large coal pipeline in Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines

10 December (IEEFA Asia): In August, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) announced an ambitious plan to buy high emissions coal-fired power plants in Southeast Asia and retire them within 15 years through an energy transition mechanism (ETM). According to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis’ (IEEFA) latest report, if the ETM is not […]

and December 10, 2021 Read More →
IEEFA: Agrivoltaics – how India can combine solar power and farmland
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IEEFA: Agrivoltaics – how India can combine solar power and farmland

With measures to protect farmers and food production, agrivoltaics could accelerate the renewable energy roll-out

8 December (IEEFA India): Agrivoltaics, the practice of generating solar power on farmland in ways that complement agricultural production, could become an important new renewable energy sector in India, according to a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). But for the sector to thrive, measures to safeguard farming communities and agricultural […]

IEEFA Update: How India’s clean energy drive is supercharged by Reliance’s grand ambitions

Critical mass of investment boosts India's clean energy value chain, delivers significant localisation while deploying disrupt-and-dominate strategy

With more than 100 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy on its grid, India is now commencing what some energy industry experts are referring to as chapter 3 of its clean energy story. Chapter 1 began in 2010 when the government set a 20GW solar capacity target by 2020 under the National Solar Mission. In Paris […]

November 30, 2021 Read More →

IEEFA Update: India’s coal crisis produced twin glaring conclusions – coal is expensive and unreliable

The coal crisis must accelerate the push for renewables – and solar is now the prime low-cost source of electricity in India

A key takeaway from India’s coal crisis is the urgent need for the country to accelerate its transition to a secure, reliable and low-emissions electricity system. India faced huge coal shortages from mid-August to October 2021. Monsoons impact Coal India Ltd. (CIL) production every year, but this year was different – India witnessed an extended […]

November 30, 2021 Read More →
IEEFA Australia: How fossil fuel subsidies are thwarting Queensland’s renewable energy ambitions

IEEFA Australia: How fossil fuel subsidies are thwarting Queensland’s renewable energy ambitions

Acceleration is needed on 50%-by-2030 target but Federal Government undermining private investment in zero-emissions capacity

Queensland has made strong progress in driving electricity sector decarbonisation with renewable energy’s share trebling to 21% over the last four years. However, a Queensland Audit Office report released this week wants the state to go faster, calling for accelerated action and a public roadmap to ensure the government’s ambitious 50% renewable energy target for […]

November 26, 2021 Read More →
IEEFA/JMK Research: Round-the-clock tenders can help meet demand for firm renewable power
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IEEFA/JMK Research: Round-the-clock tenders can help meet demand for firm renewable power

Tenders have evolved from “vanilla” solar or wind, to hybrid, to round-the-clock

24 November (IEEFA/JMK Research India): Electricity distribution companies (discoms) demand firm and uninterrupted renewable power. A new report by IEEFA and JMK Research highlights the important role that different mixes of generation sources and storage technologies can play in overcoming the intermittency challenge of variable renewable energy (VRE) and ensuring grid stability. Renewable energy blended […]

Op-ed: Puerto Rico electric grid continues to fail residents and ratepayers

Op-ed: Puerto Rico electric grid continues to fail residents and ratepayers

Service interruptions and outages continue to plague grid under LUMA Energy management

Commentary by Tom Sanzillo and Alexer Valencia* Recently a Puerto Rico judge found Wayne Stensby, CEO of the private company LUMA Energy that took over operation of Puerto Rico’s electrical grid this summer, in contempt of court and ordered his arrest due to LUMA’s continued refusal to provide information to the Puerto Rico legislature. For […]

November 22, 2021 Read More →