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IEEFA U.S.: Investors hesitate to fund San Juan Generating Station CCS retrofit

IEEFA U.S.: Investors hesitate to fund San Juan Generating Station CCS retrofit

Enchant Energy’s carbon capture project is significantly behind schedule as it struggles to secure investors

May 27, 2021 (IEEFA) – Enchant Energy and the City of Farmington have failed to convince potential investors that retrofitting New Mexico’s San Juan Generating Station for carbon capture is financially viable, according to a report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA).  The project, which has yet to secure the funds […]

IEEFA U.S.: FERC neglects energy needs in pipeline decisions

IEEFA urges reevaluation of federal guidelines for new construction

May 25, 2021 (IEEFA) — The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis is urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to reevaluate its pipeline certification guidelines. In their current form, commission guidelines allow it to rely solely on the existence of applicants’ business contracts to certify the necessity of constructing new interstate gas pipelines, […]

IEEFA U.S.: Energy transition to renewables likely to accelerate over next two to three years

IEEFA U.S.: Energy transition to renewables likely to accelerate over next two to three years

Coal, gas set to become biggest losers as renewable generation climbs quickly

March 31, 2021 (IEEFA) — The speed and scope of the energy transition to renewables will pick up pace over the next two to three years, according to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis’ U.S. Power Sector Outlook 2021. Solar and battery storage adoption is enjoying almost exponential growth, and wind and solar […]

IEEFA Europe: Snam woos investors with net-zero claims, while growing its spending on fossil gas infrastructure

IEEFA Europe: Snam woos investors with net-zero claims, while growing its spending on fossil gas infrastructure

Italian gas giant publicizes hydrogen commitment while spending shows business as usual

March 16, 2021 (IEEFA) — Even as it seeks to attract funding from sustainability-led lenders, Europe’s largest gas pipeline company continues to devote the vast majority of planned capital spending to unabated fossil gas infrastructure, according to a report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Snam, the Milan-based gas transmission system […]

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 U.S.: Duke IRPs overstate likely future demand growth

IEEFA U.S.: Duke IRPs overstate likely future demand growth

More realistic estimates would undercut case for new gas-fired generation

February 3, 2021 (IEEFA) — Forecasts used by Duke Energy that predict steadily rising demand for electricity in the Carolinas ignore the company’s sales history in the past 15 years, which have been essentially flat, and should be challenged by state regulators, according to a new study by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial […]

IEEFA U.S.: Duke IRPs focus on new gas-fired generation, creating serious stranded-asset risks

IEEFA U.S.: Duke IRPs focus on new gas-fired generation, creating serious stranded-asset risks

Combined-cycle plants would be forced to retire well before end of operating life to meet 2050 net-zero goal

January 26, 2021 (IEEFA) — A pair of integrated resource plans (IRPs) for Duke Energy’s two North Carolina utilities rely heavily on the construction of gas-fired power plants that would have to be retired long before the end of their life span, according to a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial […]

IEEFA: Nhiệt điện khí LNG không dễ để bùng nổ ở Việt Nam

IEEFA: Nhiệt điện khí LNG không dễ để bùng nổ ở Việt Nam

Rào cản chính sách, nguồn vốn và thị trường sẽ thử thách các nhà đầu tư

Ngày 19 tháng 1 năm 2021 (IEEFA Vietnam): Trong thời gian vừa qua, Việt Nam đã nhanh chóng nổi lên là một trong những thị trường nhập khẩu khí thiên nhiên hóa lỏng (LNG) cho phát điện tiềm năng nhất ở châu Á. Tuy nhiên, không dễ để điện khí LNG tạo ra bước nhảy […]

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IEEFA: Canadian assessment of LNG ‘rising tide’ would drown balance sheets in red ink

IEEFA: Canadian assessment of LNG ‘rising tide’ would drown balance sheets in red ink

Hope springs eternal for Chinese demand but reality suggests bleak forecast for new projects

October 19, 2020 (IEEFA)— The Conference Board of Canada, an Ottawa-based research organization, has doubled down on a bad hand, according to an analysis by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The Conference Board’s report, A Rising Tide: The Economic Impact of B.C.’s Liquified Natural Gas Industry, claims an expansion of the British […]

IEEFA Australia: COVID-19 Advisory Board wants government to subsidise failing gas industry

IEEFA Australia: COVID-19 Advisory Board wants government to subsidise failing gas industry

Gas usage for gas powered generation has declined by 58% since 2014

28 August 2020 (IEEFA Australia): Proposals for providing long term subsidies to the flailing gas industry have the potential to cause significant long-term economic damage to Australia, finds a new report by energy thinktank, the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The National COVID-19 Commission (Advisory Board) (NCC) led by Western Australian gas […]

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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 […]

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IEEFA Europe: Snam and the hydrogen distraction

Consumers and taxpayers will pick up the tab for billion-euro hydrogen subsidies and investments

Earlier today, Marco Alverà, CEO of Snam, Europe’s largest gas pipeline company, published an opinion piece in the Financial Times (FT), titled “Energy is on the cusp of a new era.” In it, Alverà extols the virtues of hydrogen as an energy source, as well as promotes his new book on the topic.  I was […]

July 14, 2021 Read More →

EPA recommends against Mountain Valley Pipeline crossing permit

Virginia Mercury: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recommended that the Army Corps of Engineers not grant Mountain Valley Pipeline a critical permit to cross several hundred streams in Virginia and West Virginia.  “EPA has identified a number of substantial concerns with the project as currently proposed, including whether all feasible avoidance and minimization measures […]

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LNG exports reach new high even as Biden policy remains vague

E&E News ($): U.S. exports of liquefied natural gas are surging under President Biden, eclipsing prior records and poised to climb higher still. Even as the administration pledges to tackle climate change in part by distancing the United States from fossil fuels, the country’s LNG exports expanded to a new high this March, according to […]

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Plains All American, Valero scrap Tennessee-to-Mississippi Byhalia pipeline

Memphis Commercial Appeal: The company planning to build the Byhalia Connection pipeline on Friday announced that it is abandoning the project, bringing a sudden end to one of the biggest environmental controversies in recent Memphis history. The project, which would have put a crude oil pipeline through mostly Black South Memphis neighborhoods, sparked a complex […]

July 6, 2021 Read More →

Equinor, US Steel mull using Appalachian gas for cleaner blue hydrogen

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): Norwegian oil and gas producer Equinor ASA is teaming up with manufacturer U.S. Steel Corp. to explore converting Appalachia’s natural gas to cleaner “blue hydrogen,” the firms said June 29. Blue hydrogen uses steam methane reforming to make hydrogen and uses carbon capture and storage, or CCS, technologies to store […]

July 1, 2021 Read More →

IEEFA U.S.: Federal appeals court tosses out FERC approval for Spire STL Pipeline

Court rejects FERC acceptance of affiliate contract as evidence of public need

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia made a precedent-setting ruling on Monday, in a pivotal case challenging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approval of the Spire STL pipeline that would transport gas from Illinois to Missouri. The ruling is important for two reasons. First, it rejected FERC’s decision to base […]

Appeals court rejects FERC authorization of Spire STL pipeline

Reuters:  A federal appeals court on Tuesday threw out 2018 authorizations by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) allowing Spire STL to build a roughly $285 million natural gas pipeline near St. Louis, Missouri that is now operational, in a rare victory against the regulator by environmentalists who sued. A unanimous panel of the U.S. […]

June 23, 2021 Read More →

Rosneft claims low-sulfur Arctic oil to yield “green barrels”

The Barents Observer:  Russian state company Rosneft is about to start the development of one of Russia’s biggest ever oil projects, and company leader Igor Sechin is eagerly seeking justification of his multi-billion dollar investments in the remote tundra of Taymyr. The Vostok Oil is to produce as much as 30 million tons of oil […]

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IEEFA: Keystone XL project became another pipeline to nowhere
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IEEFA: Keystone XL project became another pipeline to nowhere

Demise of Keystone XL should spur regulators, investors to reconsider massive pipeline projects

As the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) reviews the public comments it recently received on its proposal to reconsider how it determines whether a gas pipeline should be granted a certificate of public convenience and necessity, it would do well to consider the cautionary tale of a massive fossil fuel infrastructure project, the Keystone XL […]