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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: There will be no smooth sailing for LNG investors in Vietnam 

IEEFA: There will be no smooth sailing for LNG investors in Vietnam 

Great enthusiasm will be met by regulatory, financing and market challenges

19 January 2020 (IEEFA Vietnam): Liquified natural gas (LNG) suppliers and gas power developers looking at making Vietnam an essential LNG market should not expect to replicate the success of renewable energy seen recently in the country, finds a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Author Thu Vu, Energy […]

and January 19, 2021 Read More →
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). […]

and December 22, 2020 Read More →
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 […]

and December 21, 2020 Read More →
IEEFA U.S.: FERC gives blank check approval to pipeline builders, while investors and consumers pick up costs

IEEFA U.S.: FERC gives blank check approval to pipeline builders, while investors and consumers pick up costs

Commission’s 21-year-old pipeline policy puts contracts ahead of utility customers

December 17, 2020 (IEEFA) — The federal agency responsible for approving interstate gas pipeline projects is basing its decisions on contracts rather than on today’s consumer energy needs or the public interest, according to a report released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The report—FERC’s Failure to Analyze Energy Market Forces—details […]

IEEFA: European gas pipeline companies mislead investors by underreporting CO<sub>2</sub>

IEEFA: European gas pipeline companies mislead investors by underreporting CO2

Reporting loophole means midstream operators aren't following the same guidelines as upstream or downstream sellers

December 14, 2020 (IEEFA) — European pipeline companies are using a loophole to market themselves as low-carbon businesses and avoid reporting on the climate effects of the natural gas they transport, according to a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The report, Hiding in Plain Sight—European Gas Pipeline Companies’ […]

IEEFA U.S.: Frackers cut capex to $5.8 billion during third quarter, lowest level in a decade

IEEFA U.S.: Frackers cut capex to $5.8 billion during third quarter, lowest level in a decade

Free cash flow surges as capital reductions may mark beginning of end for shale boom

December 8, 2020 (IEEFA) —Facing low prices and weak demand, a cross-section of 33 shale-focused oil and gas producers cut their capital expenditures (capex) to their lowest level in more than a decade, according to an analysis released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. Thirty-two of the 33 companies cut capex […]

IEEFA: Japanese and Korean investment in risky PJM gas-fired power calls for strategic decisions

IEEFA: Japanese and Korean investment in risky PJM gas-fired power calls for strategic decisions

Investing in gas-fired power plant development faces substantial climate risk

2 December 2020 (IEEFA): Japanese and Korean investors should reassess the growing financial risks to both their new and existing gas-fired power projects in the United States’ Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Maryland (PJM) system, finds a new report by Norman Waite at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The report, Growing Risks to PJM Network’s […]

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 Australia: Snowy Hydro gas plant expansions likely to be fuelled with taxpayer funds

IEEFA Australia: Snowy Hydro gas plant expansions likely to be fuelled with taxpayer funds

Gas is a poor bet, and coupled with the financially challenged Snowy Hydro 2.0, is a sure stranded asset maker

19 November 2020 (IEEFA Australia): Careful scrutiny of Snowy Hydro’s latest financial results show the company is heading towards an uneasy reliance on government and taxpayer subsidies post 2021, throwing into serious doubt the government’s heady push for further gas expansion in a declining market, finds a new briefing note by the Institute for Energy […]

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IEEFA: Bangladesh’s power system overcapacity problem is getting worse  
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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: There will be no smooth sailing for LNG investors in Vietnam 
and

IEEFA: There will be no smooth sailing for LNG investors in Vietnam 

Great enthusiasm will be met by regulatory, financing and market challenges

19 January 2020 (IEEFA Vietnam): Liquified natural gas (LNG) suppliers and gas power developers looking at making Vietnam an essential LNG market should not expect to replicate the success of renewable energy seen recently in the country, finds a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Author Thu Vu, Energy […]

and January 19, 2021 Read More →

IEEFA India: The false promise of ‘second life’ coal

India risks Rs4 trillion new investment in yet more stranded fossil fuel assets

Federal Home Minister Amit Shah’s suggestion that India should invest 4 trillion rupees (US$55billion) in expanding new and existing coal mines, as well as high-risk, speculative, domestic ‘clean coal’ projects over the next decade to create a hoped for ‘second life’ is, in our view, entirely inconsistent with the country’s policy direction and ignores the […]

January 19, 2021 Read More →

French central bank to exit coal sector, limit gas and oil investments

Reuters: The French central bank said on Monday it would exit from coal and limit exposure to gas and oil in its investment portfolio by 2024 as part of a shift towards more environmentally friendly assets. Many central banks have committed to green up their investment portfolios as part of a push to encourage the […]

January 19, 2021 Read More →
IEEFA: Vietnam’s extraordinary rooftop solar success deals another blow to the remaining coal pipeline

IEEFA: Vietnam’s extraordinary rooftop solar success deals another blow to the remaining coal pipeline

9.3 gigawatts peak of solar capacity, equal to 6 coal power plants, installed in less than a year

Vietnam’s solar power industry has sprung another surprise. As of 31 December 2020, the closing date for eligibility to the second solar feed-in-tariff program, a total of 9.3 gigawatts peak (GWp) (or 7.4GW) of rooftop solar capacity had been connected to the national power system, the state utility Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) has confirmed. There […]

January 12, 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 →
IEEFA: After a terrible 2020, the oil industry’s story has turned political
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IEEFA: After a terrible 2020, the oil industry’s story has turned political

For 2021, expect conflict and infighting to further muddy the industry’s prospects

It was a dismal year for oil and gas. As the pandemic sucked the wind from the sails of the global economy, oil demand slumped, stockpiles swelled, prices sagged, capital spending collapsed, debt ballooned, profits evaporated, and bankruptcies skyrocketed. After this torrent of bad news, the energy sector ended the year in last place in […]

IEEFA: NYS Comptroller DiNapoli’s bold divestment plan may inspire investors to follow suit

Divestment option should be emulated by other major funds

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, who heads one of the largest public pension funds in the U.S., concluded 2020 with a bold investment decision on fossil fuels. He will hold the entire industry to higher standards regarding climate change and establish broader scrutiny of a pension portfolio with holdings that span the entire economy in a […]

January 7, 2021 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 →

IEEFA Update: Coking coal’s decline likely to follow the path of thermal coal’s progressive demise

Technology disruption the likely theme of global energy markets in 2021

There has been a growing tsunami of climate commitment announcements combined with fossil fuel exclusion policies by globally significant financial institutions during December 2020, building on the pledges two months earlier by the leaders of China, Japan and South Korea committing to net zero emissions targets. On top of that, three leading corporate announcements show […]

December 22, 2020 Read More →