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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 […]

and November 3, 2020 Read More →
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 […]

Performanca e fortë e burimeve të ripërtëritshme dhe rënia e kostove mund të ndihmojnë Kosovën të shkëputet nga e kaluara e furnizuar me qymyr

Performanca e fortë e burimeve të ripërtëritshme dhe rënia e kostove mund të ndihmojnë Kosovën të shkëputet nga e kaluara e furnizuar me qymyr

Ekonomia, ambiciet për anëtarësim në BE drejtojnë nga burimet e ripërtëritshme si rruga më e mirë për nevojat e ardhshme të energjisë për vendin.

29 tetor 2020 (IEEFA) – Performanca e mirë nga fermat e para të erës dhe diellit në shkallë të gjerë në Kosovë tregon se vendi i Ballkanit Perëndimor i dominuar nga qymyri mund të shfrytëzojë rënien e kostove të ripërtëritshme dhe gatshmërinë për kredi të gjelbëra për tu lidhur më mirë me një tranzicion evropian […]

IEEFA: PLN still refusing to adapt, a move which will hurt investors, consumers, and the government purse

IEEFA: PLN still refusing to adapt, a move which will hurt investors, consumers, and the government purse

Utility’s latest planning report locks PLN into the past

23 October 2020 (IEEFA Indonesia): PLN would be better served restructuring its business to address the current energy transition rather than relying on a lifeline of government support while channelling more capital to old polluting technologies of the past, finds a new report by public think tank, the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis […]

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EDP shutters Sines power plant in Portugal, country to be coal-free by November

EURACTIV.com: The Sines coal plant in Portugal went offline at midnight yesterday evening (14 January), leaving the country with just one remaining coal power station in operation, which is scheduled for closure in November. Portuguese energy utility EDP announced its decision to shut down the 1,296 MW Sines coal plant in July last year, bringing […]

January 15, 2021 Read More →

BHP Group invests in startup aiming to produce steel without coking coal

Bloomberg: BHP Group, the world’s biggest mining company, has invested in a startup company seeking to develop less-polluting ways of making steel. While many in the mining industry have outlined how they plan to curb their own direct pollution, those emissions are a fraction of ones produced by customers, with steelmaking one of the biggest […]

January 15, 2021 Read More →

Japan’s Itochu Corp. sets 2024 thermal coal exit date

Reuters: Japanese trading house Itochu Corp said on Wednesday it plans to exit the thermal coal business, selling its stakes in mines in Columbia and Australia by March 2024 as it aims to promote decarbonisation. Itochu’s statement was the first confirmation from the company that it would completely withdraw from thermal coal business. It had […]

January 14, 2021 Read More →

Investors pressure HSBC to take stronger action to phase out coal financing

The Guardian: HSBC could be forced to slash its exposure to fossil fuels – starting with coal – from next year, after an influential group of investors filed a shareholder vote urging the bank to ramp up its climate commitments. Fifteen pension and investment funds are pushing HSBC to reduce the loans and underwriting services […]

January 11, 2021 Read More →

National Grid: Britain’s 2020 electricity generation was greenest on record

Reuters: Britain’s electricity system saw the greenest year on record in 2020, National Grid said on Monday, with record renewable power and its longest spell without coal since the industrial revolution. “Significant periods of coal-free electricity generation and record-breaking levels of power from zero carbon sources were key factors… while record low electricity demand during […]

January 11, 2021 Read More →

Latest South Korean electricity plan aims to cut coal-fired generation 23 percent by 2030

Argus Media: Coal-fired power generation in South Korea is expected to decrease by 23pc by 2030 from 2019’s level, under the government’s ninth basic electricity plan. This would reduce annual power-sector coal consumption by around 18.6mn t/year of NAR 5,700 kcal/kg-equivalent material. The ministry of energy and industry (Motie) last month finalised its plan to […]

January 7, 2021 Read More →

Units of South Korea’s Hanwha Group to stop financial support for coal projects

Power: Affiliates of one of South Korea’s largest business conglomerates announced they no longer will provide financial support for coal projects, putting in jeopardy plans to finish a 2,100-MW coal-fired power plant project that has been expected to come online in 2024. The six financial affiliates of the Hanwha Group, during a video conference on […]

January 6, 2021 Read More →

Enel, AES unit close coal plants in Chile

Power: Italy’s Enel is decommissioning one of its coal-fired power plants in Chile two years sooner than originally planned, with the unit’s closure coming two days after the Chile-based unit of a U.S. utility announced it would accelerate the closure of a pair of coal-fired power plants in the country. Enel on Dec. 31 is […]

January 4, 2021 Read More →

Australia testing possibility of reusing underground coal mine as a pumped hydro project

Bloomberg: Australia is studying plans to transform a disused underground coal mine into a pumped hydro facility, part of a wider effort to reuse retiring fossil fuel sites for renewable energy generation. The A$13 million ($9.9 million) pilot trial at the Newstan Colliery, in Fassifern, about 140 kilometers (87 miles) northeast of Sydney, could offer […]

December 23, 2020 Read More →
IEEFA Indonesia: PLN has ‘Green Ambition’ but is short on renewable energy credibility
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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). […]

and December 22, 2020 Read More →