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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 […]

March 18, 2021 Read More →
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 […]

IEEFA Indonesia: DME coal gasification project could lose US$377 million annually

IEEFA Indonesia: DME coal gasification project could lose US$377 million annually

Investing in DME doesn’t make economic sense

10 November 2020 (IEEFA Indonesia): A proposed coal gasification plant for Sumatra could lose US$377 million dollars annually, finds a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Author and energy finance Analyst Ghee Peh says that with the COVID-induced economic contraction, this is not the time to be subsidizing a […]

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IEEFA: Philippines coal moratorium highlights dramatic pivot to renewable energy investment for lower prices and power system resilience

IEEFA: Philippines coal moratorium highlights dramatic pivot to renewable energy investment for lower prices and power system resilience

Policymakers and industry leaders ready to embrace new energy technologies

3 November 2020 (IEEFA Philippines): The Department of Energy’s call for a moratorium on greenfield coal power plants marks a clear break with past policies and comes as the Philippines prioritizes the need for more resilient, flexible and lower cost alternatives to fossil fuel baseload power, finds a new report from the Institute for Energy […]

IEEFA report: Foreign investors face tough times closing Vietnam’s remaining coal power deals

IEEFA report: Foreign investors face tough times closing Vietnam’s remaining coal power deals

Project bankability at risk as new regulations threaten usual contractual terms

3 November 2020 (IEEFA Vietnam): Foreign investors will face higher-than-usual risks in concluding coal power projects in Vietnam, finds a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Author Thu Vu, Energy Analyst with IEEFA, says new regulatory and market challenges will likely prove too onerous for foreign investors in four […]

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IEEFA: Renewables’ strong performance and falling costs can help Kosovo break from a coal-powered past

IEEFA: Renewables’ strong performance and falling costs can help Kosovo break from a coal-powered past

Economics, EU membership ambitions point to renewables as best path for country’s future electricity needs

October 29, 2020 (IEEFA) — Strong performance by Kosovo’s first large-scale wind and solar farms show the coal-dominated, Western Balkan country can exploit falling renewables costs and green lending appetite to align better with a low-carbon European transition and reduce losses from stranded fossil fuel assets. According to a new report by the Institute for […]

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Ireland to close its only coal plant, convert site to offshore wind hub

Silicon Republic: The [915 megawatt Moneypoint] coal-burning power plant in Co Clare will be transformed into a renewable energy site over the next decade. A 1,400MW floating offshore windfarm, a turbine construction hub and a hydrogen production facility are among the plans to transform ESB’s Moneypoint site into a green energy hub. Today (9 April) […]

April 9, 2021 Read More →
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IEEFA: India has a record level of stockpiled coal dampening need for new domestic mines

Proposed coal mining expansions at odds with excess supply

8 April 2021 (IEEFA India): India has stockpiled a record 132 million tonnes of coal – enough to run India’s power plants for two months – greatly exceeding the average of the previous five years, finds a new briefing note by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The note by analyst and […]

Czech utility CEZ to close remaining 600MW at coal-fired Detmarovice power plant

S&P Global Platts ($): Dominant Czech electricity producer CEZ a.s. will close all three remaining units of its coal-fired Detmarovice power plant, with a total capacity of 600 MW, by the end of the 2022-2023 heating season at the latest, the company said in a statement on April 6. The three units in the eastern […]

April 8, 2021 Read More →

Karnataka state government says it will not build any new coal-fired power plants

Energy Infra Post: The [Karnataka] state government [in India] has decided to cap thermal power production and not invest in such plants henceforth. “Karnataka Power Corporation Limited has decided to stop investing in thermal power plants any more. The existing plants will keep running and meet the state’s demands,” said KPCL managing director V Ponnuraj. […]

April 7, 2021 Read More →

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 […]

April 6, 2021 Read More →
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IEEFA U.S.: ‘New Promise Act’ would help communities transition from coal-based economy

O’Halleran legislation aims to cushion economic losses caused by plant closures

April 2, 2021 (IEEFA) — The recently introduced New Promise Act, sponsored by Rep. Tom O’Halleran, D-Ariz., marks a potentially important step forward in recognizing the need for a federal commitment to economic revitalization in communities that have been hard-hit by the decline of the coal economy. The bill, inspired by the closure of the […]

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 […]

April 2, 2021 Read More →

Mining firm South32 to pay $250 million to close sale of South African thermal coal assets

Reuters: South32 Ltd will provide up to $250 million in funds to smooth the sale of its South African energy coal business to mining group Seriti Resources, the company said on Thursday. South32 will pay $200 million across a decade to partly fund costs of the environmental clean up of the mines of its South […]

April 1, 2021 Read More →

Rise in renewable generation pushed coal output down in 2020—Ember

ReNews.biz: Electricity generated by new wind and solar in 2020 helped to force a record fall in global coal power, according to analysis from think tank Ember. Ember’s new report found this was only possible because the pandemic paused the world’s rising demand for electricity. Since 2015, rising electricity demand has outpaced growth in clean […]

March 29, 2021 Read More →

Turkey’s Garanti Bank to stop funding coal plants, mines

Argus Media: Turkey’s Garanti Bank, the country’s fifth-largest bank by asset size, has said it will no longer fund new coal-fired power plants or coal mining projects. Garanti bank, which is partly owned by Spain’s BBVA, said it has not financed a new coal project since 2014 but has committed to reducing its existing loan […]

March 29, 2021 Read More →