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IEEFA: Powering up solar irrigation effort will support India’s renewable energy targets

IEEFA: Powering up solar irrigation effort will support India’s renewable energy targets

States must overcome obstacles to ramp up installation of solar pumps

11 June 2021 (IEEFA India): India’s mission to deploy some 2 million off-grid solar-powered irrigation pumps is making sluggish progress, with only one-eighth of the target achieved so far, according to a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) which urges the central and state governments to remove bottlenecks in […]

IEEFA: Zero to 60% in 14 years – South Australia’s success in transitioning to renewables

IEEFA: Zero to 60% in 14 years – South Australia’s success in transitioning to renewables

Seven important lessons for energy planners around the globe in transitioning grids from fossil fuels to renewables

3 June 2021 (IEEFA Australia): South Australia offers vital lessons for other jurisdictions transitioning from a fossil fuel-based electricity grid to a low emissions, high renewables grid, finds a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). “The proportion of South Australia’s electricity demand met by large scale and small scale variable […]

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: QCA increase of Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal’s remediation provisions to $850m concerning

IEEFA: QCA increase of Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal’s remediation provisions to $850m concerning

Regulator should step back before taxpayer foots the bill

9 May 2021 (IEEFA Australia): The Queensland Competition Authority’s (QCA) massive ‘overnight’ increase in Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal’s remediation provision costs from $433 to $850 million highlights a very serious regulatory issue, finds a new briefing note by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Author of the note IEEFA guest contributor Owen […]

IEEFA U.S.: Duke Energy IRPs for Carolina utilities overlook opportunities for savings from renewables

IEEFA U.S.: Duke Energy IRPs for Carolina utilities overlook opportunities for savings from renewables

Integrated resource plans for Duke give short shrift to offshore wind, solar and battery storage

April 5, 2021 (IEEFA) ⎼ A pair of long-range plans for Carolina utilities owned by Duke Energy are all but ignoring potential savings from renewable energy sources over the next decade, according to a report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The IEEFA report is the fourth in a series examining the […]

IEEFA: Folly of wasting Australian taxpayer cash on Beetaloo gas 

IEEFA: Folly of wasting Australian taxpayer cash on Beetaloo gas 

Australia’s economic recovery from COVID-19 heading to a 'dead end'

The Australian Government’s obsession with wasting taxpayers’ money on gas is leading Australia’s economic recovery from COVID-19 to a “dead end”, according to a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The report finds that all indicators show Australian consumers and the country’s main export customers will use less gas […]

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: Puerto Rico can provide resiliency to 100% of homes through solar expansion

IEEFA: Puerto Rico can provide resiliency to 100% of homes through solar expansion

Investing in renewables would lower costs, reduce price-volatility and provide resiliency to Puerto Rico

March 10, 2021 (IEEFA)—Investing $9.6 billion in distributed solar panels and batteries—funds that are already available from the federal government—could transform Puerto Rico’s electrical system into a resilient grid that provides every home on the island with a clean, reliable source of energy, according to a report released today. The report by Puerto Rico organization […]

IEEFA U.S.: Financial rationale for Mountain Valley Pipeline has evaporated in changing market

IEEFA U.S.: Financial rationale for Mountain Valley Pipeline has evaporated in changing market

Falling demand, legal and regulatory challenges spell financial peril for pipeline project

March 8, 2021 (IEEFA) — A 303-mile pipeline that would move natural gas from the Appalachian Basin to markets in the eastern and southern U.S. is in financial jeopardy because of reduced demand projections and legal challenges, according to a report released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The Mountain […]

IEEFA Australia: Coal plant closures imminent as renewable energy surges

IEEFA Australia: Coal plant closures imminent as renewable energy surges

Several coal power plants in the National Electricity Market likely to be financially unviable by 2025

24 February 2020 (IEEFA Australia): Several of the 16 coal power plants in the National Electricity Market (NEM) will be financially unviable and at least one is likely to face closure several years sooner than planned due to coal plants’ poor flexibility and inability to adapt to a rapid influx of renewable energy, finds a new […]

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FirstEnergy to pay $230M fine for nuclear bailout bribery scheme

Wall Street Journal ($): Federal prosecutors on Thursday said utility FirstEnergy Corp. had agreed to pay $230 million to resolve charges that it was involved in a bribery scheme to pass a state bailout of nuclear power plants in Ohio. Under a three-year deferred prosecution agreement, FirstEnergy agreed to pay the penalty and develop a […]

July 23, 2021 Read More →

German energy demand possible through renewables alone in next 10-15 years

Renew Economy: Germany’s entire energy demand can be met through renewable energies alone within the next ten to fifteen years, according to a new report by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin). The prerequisite for this is that German expansion targets for both wind and solar energy are greatly increased, the authors write. […]

July 23, 2021 Read More →

San Miguel plans conversion of 300MW Philippines coal plant to LNG

BusinessMirror: SMC Global Power Holdings Corp. will convert a proposed 300-megawatt (MW) coal plant in San Carlos, Negros Occidental to a gas-powered facility. The power arm of conglomerate San Miguel Corp. said it has informed the Department of Energy (DOE) about the plan. The proposed coal plant, it said, would be “changed to LNG” (liquefied […]

July 23, 2021 Read More →

Renewables on pace to provide only one-third of grid power by 2030

PV Tech: If current trends continue, renewable energy will provide roughly one-third of US electricity to the grid by 2030, although this could reach half of generation if deployment increases, according to data by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Even this, however, would fall short of US President […]

July 22, 2021 Read More →

India increases estimate of renewable capacity growth to 68GW in five years

The Economic Times: India is expected to add 68 gigawatt (GW) of renewable capacity in five years, up marginally from previous year’s estimate of 60 GW, with solar occupying 65 per cent of the share, according to a recent survey. Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Karnataka emerged as the top three states for overall growth prospects of […]

July 22, 2021 Read More →

Singapore developer plans giant floating solar complex in Indonesia

Renewables Now: Singapore-based solar developer and operator Sunseap Group Pte Ltd is proposing to build a giant 2.2-GWp floating solar complex with battery storage on Indonesia’s Batam Island. The Singaporean firm said on Wednesday it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Batam Indonesia free zone authority Badan Pengusahaan Batam (BP Batam), outlining an […]

July 22, 2021 Read More →

Over 500 organizations say carbon capture hinders energy transition

Canada’s National Observer: Investment in carbon capture technology will hinder Canada’s transition away from fossil fuels and exacerbate the effects of climate change, says a new letter co-signed by hundreds of organizations. Over 500 environmental groups and other organizations from Canada and the U.S. put the piece together, which ran as a full-page ad in […]

July 21, 2021 Read More →

Mainstream strikes deal for 1GW hybrid renewable platform in Chile

ReNews.biz: Mainstream Renewable Power has unveiled a 1GW hybrid renewable energy platform in Chile. The Nazca Renovables platform consists of six projects, comprising three wind and three solar photovoltaic and is divided into three portfolios. Humboldt, the first of these, will provide 255MW of clean energy via the Tata Inti solar farm and the Entre […]

July 20, 2021 Read More →

Russian, Belgian joint venture plans 1GW Vietnam offshore wind farm

offshoreWind.biz: Russian oil & gas company Zarubezhneft and DEME Concessions Wind have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly develop a 1 GW Vinh Phong wind farm offshore Vietnam. The consortium plans to commission the project’s first phase with 600 MW capacity by 2026 and the second phase with 400 MW capacity by 2030. The […]

July 19, 2021 Read More →

Deal for $1.1 billion China-backed coal-fired plant in Bosnia threatened

Reuters: A Chinese-backed deal to help Bosnian utility EPBiH expand its Tuzla coal-fired power plant has run into problems following General Electric’s (GE.N) withdrawal from the project, a senior Bosnian official told Reuters on Thursday. Nermin Dzindic, industry and energy minister in the government of Bosnia’s autonomous Bosniak-Croat Federation, made the comments following the publication […]

July 16, 2021 Read More →