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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 […]

IEEFA: Orsted’s transition provides key insights for India’s public utilities and renewable energy companies

IEEFA: Orsted’s transition provides key insights for India’s public utilities and renewable energy companies

Orsted transitioned from a coal intensive utility to a global renewable energy leader creating immense shareholder wealth

17 September 2021 (IEEFA India): Orsted, the once Danish state-owned utility, transitioned from being one of the most coal-intensive utilities in Europe to a global leader in offshore wind energy. A new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) charts Orsted’s energy transition journey and provides key insights for India’s massive […]

IEEFA Australia: Government cannot lower electricity bills by subsidising old and high cost power plants

IEEFA Australia: Government cannot lower electricity bills by subsidising old and high cost power plants

Refocusing attention on transmission and distribution of electricity will bring better results

27 August 2021 (IEEFA Australia): The Federal government can better achieve its ambition to lower electricity prices if it focuses on the transmission and distribution side of the energy market rather than the generation side, as its latest plan for keeping old coal plants open will in fact increase consumers’ electricity bills, not lower them, […]

IEEFA Australia: Hit to power bills from coal bail-out plan

IEEFA Australia: Hit to power bills from coal bail-out plan

Energy Security Board’s unnecessary $2.9 - $6.9 billion payment for power station capacity will come at a high cost to consumers

20 August 2021 (IEEFA Australia): Households may soon face a new charge on their power bills – potentially double that from the carbon price – if Energy Ministers agree to a proposal for a new capacity payment to power companies, according to a new report prepared by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis […]

IEEFA Australia: AGL Energy has lost over 70% of its market value, destroying A$12 billion in shareholder wealth

IEEFA Australia: AGL Energy has lost over 70% of its market value, destroying A$12 billion in shareholder wealth

It’s an (expensive) sorry tale when companies ignore shareholders and continue to invest in fossil fuels

22 July 2021 (IEEFA Australia): In failing to realise its early green ambition AGL Energy, one of Australia’s biggest electricity generators and retailers wiped over 70% off its market value in just four years, destroying A$12 billion in shareholder wealth, finds a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Author […]

IEEFA India: Overestimated LCOEs of coal-fired power plants create a financial bubble

IEEFA India: Overestimated LCOEs of coal-fired power plants create a financial bubble

Massive stranded asset risk detrimentally affects the financial and power distribution sectors

7 July 2021 (IEEFA India): India’s future coal-fired power project pipeline carries a massive stranded asset risk due to the collapse in the average utilisation rate of its coal-fired power fleet leading to an underestimation of financial risk for new projects, finds a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). […]

IEEFA: Gas power plants assuming a constant capacity factor are being financially overvalued

IEEFA: Gas power plants assuming a constant capacity factor are being financially overvalued

Investors beware, capacity factor trends and LCOE analysis show gas-fired power plants likely to be stranded assets into the future

24 June 2021 (IEEFA Australia): The Australian government may be relying on inaccurate financial assumptions for its gas-fired recovery as most gas- and coal-fired power plants in Australia, the UK, the U.S. and China are being operated less and less – what’s called a declining capacity factor, finds a new report by the Institute for […]

IEEFA: Vanguard funds destroy shareholder wealth with US$290bn in fossil fuels creating a 5.6% performance drag

IEEFA: Vanguard funds destroy shareholder wealth with US$290bn in fossil fuels creating a 5.6% performance drag

A global laggard that has minimal transparency, is passive on climate, and is abrogating its fiduciary duty to best manage risk for investors

22 June 2021 (IEEFA Australia): Vanguard Group, the world’s second largest asset manager, is leaving its investors to face profound wealth destruction risks as the world’s largest investor in fossil fuels, all while insisting climate change is a priority for the company, finds a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis […]

IEEFA: New power and energy master plan must be designed in Bangladesh’s best interests, not Japan’s

IEEFA: New power and energy master plan must be designed in Bangladesh’s best interests, not Japan’s

JICA must deliver a low or zero emissions plan as promised, not fund Matarbari 2 coal plant

24 May 2021 (IEEFA Bangladesh): Clear understandings from the Bangladesh government’s recently released 8th Five-Year Plan must be incorporated into the new energy and power master plan currently under development by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to drive zero carbon transformation and financial sustainability in the energy system, finds a new report from the […]

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 […]

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Share of renewables on Australia main grid hits new record of 61.7%

Renew Economy: Just before state and federal energy ministers met on Friday to discuss the future design of Australia’s electricity market, records continued to tumble with renewables setting new benchmarks for total output and the biggest percentage to date. At 1.15pm on Friday, according to OpenNEM, the share of renewables on Australia’s main grid, the […]

September 24, 2021 Read More →
IEEFA: High stakes for Asian Development Bank’s ambitious coal power retirement plan
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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 […]

IEEFA Australia: ‘Race to replace’ – We need to tie new energy capacity with the exit of old generators
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IEEFA Australia: ‘Race to replace’ – We need to tie new energy capacity with the exit of old generators

There are many options to manage the energy transition that don’t involve capacity payments

Uncertainty in the national electricity market is driving investment risk, due to high levels of uncertainty around coal exits, short term market contracting, early mover disadvantage in power technologies subject to deflation, and unpredictable government intervention, among other things. The Energy Security Board’s capacity mechanism has been proposed as a solution to these challenges. It […]

Premier: Greece could shutter coal-fired plants as early as 2025

Bloomberg ($): Greece is moving faster than expected to phase out coal-fired power plants, as the government of Kyriakos Mitsotakis steps up efforts to tackle the effects of the global climate crisis.  “We said we would do it by 2028,” Mitsotakis said in an interview with Bloomberg TV on Thursday, referring to his government’s target […]

September 23, 2021 Read More →

EnergyAustralia plans 2040 closure of Mount Piper, three years early

Renew Economy: EnergyAustralia says it has brought forward the closure of the Mount Piper coal-fired power station in NSW by three years, as part of a plan to accelerate its exit from coal. EnergyAustralia had originally indicated that the 1,400MW Mount Piper coal power station – near Lithgow – could operate until at least 2043. […]

September 23, 2021 Read More →
IEEFA China: President Xi Jinping’s profound United Nations General Assembly speech

IEEFA China: President Xi Jinping’s profound United Nations General Assembly speech

Already the world’s leading investor in zero emissions industries of the future, now China pledges it will end international funding of coal

President Xi Jinping of China has made a profoundly important announcement overnight at the United Nations General Assembly in a speech titled: ‘Building confidence and jointly overcoming difficulties to build a better world’. “China will step up support for other developing countries in developing green and low-carbon energy, and will not build new coal-fired power […]

September 22, 2021 Read More →

China foreign coal financing halt could scratch $50 billion investment

Reuters: China’s pledge to stop building coal-fired power plants overseas could cull $50 billion of investment as it slashes future carbon emissions, analysts said, although Beijing’s own domestic coal programme is still propping up the dirty fossil fuel. Chinese President Xi Jinping said in a pre-recorded address at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday […]

September 22, 2021 Read More →

South Africa plan for 1.5 gigawatts of coal faces legal challenge

Bloomberg ($): South Africa’s energy regulator and energy department have are facing a demand from some of the country’s leading environmental groups to halt plans to allow the construction of new coal-fired power plants or face legal action. Plans for the construction of 1,500 megawatts of coal generation capacity are included in the 2019 Integrated […]

September 22, 2021 Read More →
IEEFA Canada: Teck’s possible met coal exit an ominous sign for U.S. coal companies

IEEFA Canada: Teck’s possible met coal exit an ominous sign for U.S. coal companies

Overseas demand, high prices and climate issues give Teck cover for met coal exit

Teck Resources, the Canada-based copper, zinc and coal mining company that is one of the biggest exporters of steelmaking coal in the world, is considering selling or spinning off its metallurgical coal operations, according to a Sept. 14 Bloomberg report. Any divestment of its big coal mines in British Columbia could be a signal that […]

September 21, 2021 Read More →

Sweden’s Vattenfall moves net zero pledge forward to 2040

Reuters: Swedish energy company Vattenfall said on Monday it increased its emission reduction goals for 2030 and brought forward its net zero target by 10 years to 2040, by phasing out coal and increasing wind and solar capacity. “The climate crisis is for real and not only do we have a responsibility to step up […]

September 20, 2021 Read More →