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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 […]

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: Bangladesh’s power system overcapacity problem is getting worse  

IEEFA: Bangladesh’s power system overcapacity problem is getting worse  

Overcapacity, along with increased reliance on expensive coal and LNG imports, threaten to increase the cost of power generation

20 January 2021 (IEEFA Bangladesh): Overcapacity in Bangladesh’s power system has worsened and threatens to deteriorate further according to a new briefing note released by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) today. Data from the Bangladesh Power Development Board’s (BPDB) latest annual report shows that overall power capacity utilisation in fiscal year […]

IEEFA Indonesia: PLN has ‘Green Ambition’ but is short on renewable energy credibility

IEEFA Indonesia: PLN has ‘Green Ambition’ but is short on renewable energy credibility

A detailed sustainability roadmap going forward will assist PLN’s credibility with ESG investors

22 December 2020 (IEEFA Indonesia): PLN must be prepared for a much higher level of scrutiny around its continuing coal investments and lack of progress in renewable energy investment projects when the company launches its debut green and/or sustainable bonds, finds a new briefing note by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). […]

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IEEFA: AIA too important to lag global insurers in coal investment, divestment, and exclusion

IEEFA: AIA too important to lag global insurers in coal investment, divestment, and exclusion

AIA must back their climate pledges

21 December 2020 (IEEFA Asia): Major insurer AIA still holds anywhere between US $4 – 6 billion in coal and coal-fired power assets that if stranded will massively reduce wealth for investors and despite pledging its commitment to three significant global climate accords according to a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and […]

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IEEFA Japan: ¥26 billion loss on Australian coal power plant raises questions for Sumitomo and its investors

Sumitomo’s coal policies are lagging its trading house peers and the Japanese government

23 November 2020 (IEEFA Japan): As the government of Japan’s energy policy shifts significantly and Japanese trading houses exit coal projects overseas, Sumitomo Corporation continues to develop coal power projects and has seen its thermal coal output grow according to a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The report, […]

IEEFA update: Peabody Energy flirts with bankruptcy—again

IEEFA update: Peabody Energy flirts with bankruptcy—again

Bear market for coal, new financial pressures push world’s largest coal company towards default

Just three-and-a-half years after emerging from its previous bankruptcy, Peabody Energy—the world’s largest private coal miner—admitted to investors on Monday that it could face yet another trip to bankruptcy court in the coming months. Coal bankruptcies in the United States have become increasingly common. Cheap gas and renewable power have steadily replaced coal in the […]

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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 […]

Report finds most new wind, solar to provide cheaper power than coal

The Guardian:  Almost two-thirds of wind and solar projects built globally last year will be able to generate cheaper electricity than even the world’s cheapest new coal plants, according to a report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena). The agency found that the falling cost of new windfarms and solar panels meant 62% of […]

June 23, 2021 Read More →

Major South Korea insurers will stop underwriting coal projects

Reuters:  South Korea’s three major non-life insurers told Reuters on Tuesday they will no longer provide coverage for new coal power projects, including their construction and operation. DB Insurance, Hyundai Marine & Fire Insurance and Hana Insurance, said they will stop underwriting coal power projects. DB Insurance added it will gradually retract its existing insurance […]

June 23, 2021 Read More →

Hydro-Quebec finishes solar parks for test of diverse energy sources

PV Magazine: Canada-based power company Hydro-Quebec has announced the completion of two solar parks with a combined capacity of 10 MW. Construction on the two facilities, which are Quebec’s first operational PV plants, had started in the summer of 2019. The plants have capacities of 7.5 MW and 2.5 MW and are planned to help […]

June 23, 2021 Read More →
IEEFA: Vanguard funds destroy shareholder wealth with US$290bn in fossil fuels creating a 5.6% performance drag
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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 […]

Largest India power generator plans to almost double renewables

Bloomberg Quint: NTPC Ltd., India’s largest power generator, has increased its target for renewable energy capacity to 60 gigawatts by 2032, accelerating a shift away from coal.  The New Delhi-based company increased the target from 32 gigawatts set earlier, and the plan had been approved by the company’s board, finance director A.K. Gautam told analysts […]

June 22, 2021 Read More →

Asian renewable investments expected to double to $1.3T by 2030

Reuters:  Asia Pacific investments in renewable energy generation by 2030 may double to $1.3 trillion from the previous decade, dwarfing fossil fuel power expenditures that are expected to drop by about 25% to $54 billion annually, according to Wood Mackenzie. “Asia Pacific power generation investments are leading the world and expected to hit $2.4 trillion […]

June 22, 2021 Read More →

Australia rejects planned 26GW renewable energy hub

Bloomberg ($): One of the world’s biggest fossil fuels exporters rejected a proposal to build a massive renewable energy hub over concern about its environmental impact. The Asian Renewable Energy Hub, which planned 26-gigawatts of wind and solar generation to produce hydrogen and ammonia, would have disrupted tidal movements and impacted the habitats and lifecycle […]

June 21, 2021 Read More →

Japan pledges $10 billion for decarbonization projects in Asia

Reuters:  Japan on Monday pledged to offer $10 billion financial aid for decarbonisation projects in Asia, such as renewable energy, energy-saving and conversion to gas-fired power generation from coal-fired power to help with an energy transition. In a virtual meeting with ASEAN energy ministers, Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshi Kajiyama proposed various […]

June 21, 2021 Read More →

NSW commits $380 million to boost energy zone infrastructure

Renew Economy: The NSW government has committed $380 million over the next four years to boost network infrastructure for   the state’s first renewable energy zones, which it hopes will unlock tens of billions of dollars in new investment in wind, solar and storage projects. The funding will be used to underwrite the development of […]

June 18, 2021 Read More →