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IEEFA U.S.: Testimony shines light on additional problems with Puerto Rico LUMA deal

Grid privatization contract suffers host of issues likely to result in higher prices for islanders

April 6, 2021 (IEEFA) ⎼ New research has revealed major problems in the procurement process that resulted in the selection of LUMA Energy to operate Puerto Rico’s electrical grid, according to testimony given today to a Puerto Rico House of Representatives committee. Tom Sanzillo, director of financial analysis at the Institute for Energy Economics and […]

IEEFA EE. UU.: Testimonio arroja luz sobre problemas adicionales con acuerdo de LUMA de Puerto Rico

El contrato de privatización de la red sufre una serie de problemas que probablemente resultarán en precios más altos para los isleños

6 de abril de 2021 (IEEFA) — Una nueva investigación ha revelado problemas importantes en el proceso de contratación pública que resultó en la selección de LUMA Energy para operar la red eléctrica de Puerto Rico, según testimonios entregados hoy a una comisión de la Cámara de Representantes de Puerto Rico. Tom Sanzillo, director de […]

April 6, 2021 Read More →
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 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.: 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 U.S.: Virginia coal plant’s future isn’t bright: preparation for  transition should commence now

IEEFA U.S.: Virginia coal plant’s future isn’t bright: preparation for transition should commence now

Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center (VCHEC), one of the newest in U.S., risks closure due to market forces

December 16, 2020 (IEEFA)—Retiring the Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center (VCHEC) will bring unnecessarily abrupt economic hardship to Wise County if state and local officials do not begin to plan now for a transition, concludes a report published today by the Institute for Energy Economic and Financial Analysis. The 8-year-old coal-fired power plant, owned by […]

IEEFA U.S.: Colorado electric wholesaler is alienating cost-conscious co-ops with its fossil commitments

IEEFA U.S.: Colorado electric wholesaler is alienating cost-conscious co-ops with its fossil commitments

Tri-State currently plans using coal through 2050 and expanding into gas; projected rate increases of 55% by 2050

Nov. 17, 2020 (IEEFA) — One of the biggest power suppliers to rural electric co-ops in the U.S. is putting its business model at risk as members clamor for better access to renewable energy, more affordable rates, and more say in how they buy or produce power, concludes a report released today by the Institute […]

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IEEFA U.S.: Investors in gas-fired projects in largest regional power system face substantial risks

IEEFA U.S.: Investors in gas-fired projects in largest regional power system face substantial risks

Eleven PJM projects under development may fail to prove financially viable

October 5, 2020 (IEEFA) — The landscape for developers of natural gas-fired power plants in the nation’s largest regional power system has shifted dramatically over the last decade, according to a joint study by the Applied Economics Clinic and the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Maryland (PJM) system coordinates the flow […]

IEEFA U.S.: Ratepayers face risks with Project Tundra’s retrofit of aging N.D. coal-fired plant

IEEFA U.S.: Ratepayers face risks with Project Tundra’s retrofit of aging N.D. coal-fired plant

Unproven technology funded by federal tax credits unlikely to pay off

September 22, 2020 (IEEFA) — A plan to retrofit an aging coal-fired plant in North Dakota with unproven carbon capture and storage technology is likely to raise rates for customers who get electricity from the Milton R. Young Unit 2 facility, according to a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis […]

IEEFA U.S.: Long-term contracts with American Municipal Power (AMP) saddle local communities with high prices

Dozens of communities in five states pay far above market price for electricity from Prairie State coal plant and Ohio River hydro projects

September 21, 2020 (IEEFA) — Long-term contracts with American Municipal Power (AMP) have stuck 83 communities in 41 counties across five states with extraordinarily high electricity prices for half a century, according to a briefing note released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The largest AMP member, Cleveland Public Power (CPP), […]

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IEEFA: Savings from Puerto Rico grid privatization off to a bad start

Contractor that promised savings set to exceed budget even before taking over

Puerto Rico’s key electrical system privatization initiative has been a longshot to save money for the people of Puerto Rico—and the odds are getting longer, according to an analysis of the 15-year contract with LUMA Energy and its proposed budgets for the next three years. An Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) review […]

April 8, 2021 Read More →

IEEFA EE. UU.: El ahorro de la privatización de la red de Puerto Rico tiene un mal comienzo

Contratista que prometió ahorros superará el presupuesto incluso antes de hacerse cargo de la red

La iniciativa clave de privatización del sistema eléctrico de Puerto Rico ha sido una posibilidad remota para ahorrar dinero al pueblo de Puerto Rico, y las probabilidades se están haciendo más lejanas, según un análisis del contrato de 15 años con LUMA Energy y sus presupuestos propuestos para los próximos tres años. Una revisión del […]

April 8, 2021 Read More →
IEEFA U.S.: Selection of Puerto Rico privatization contract winner based on identical scores, identical mistakes

IEEFA U.S.: Selection of Puerto Rico privatization contract winner based on identical scores, identical mistakes

Results of selection process raise new questions about Puerto Rico grid reconstruction contract

An objective analysis of the award of a 15-year privatization contract for Puerto Rico’s electrical system to LUMA Energy raises numerous red flags about the integrity of the process. LUMA is scheduled to take over the non-generation functions of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) on June 1, including transmission, distribution, billing, customer service, […]

April 7, 2021 Read More →

IEEFA EE. UU.: Selección del ganador del contrato de privatización de Puerto Rico basado en puntuaciones idénticas, errores idénticos

Los resultados del proceso de selección plantean nuevas preguntas sobre el contrato de reconstrucción de la red de Puerto Rico

Un análisis objetivo de la adjudicación de un contrato de privatización de 15 años para el sistema eléctrico de Puerto Rico a LUMA Energy levanta numerosas banderas rojas sobre la integridad del proceso. Luma tiene programado asumir las funciones de no generación de la Autoridad de Energía Eléctrica de Puerto Rico (AEE) el 1 de […]

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IEEFA U.S.: Testimony shines light on additional problems with Puerto Rico LUMA deal

Grid privatization contract suffers host of issues likely to result in higher prices for islanders

April 6, 2021 (IEEFA) ⎼ New research has revealed major problems in the procurement process that resulted in the selection of LUMA Energy to operate Puerto Rico’s electrical grid, according to testimony given today to a Puerto Rico House of Representatives committee. Tom Sanzillo, director of financial analysis at the Institute for Energy Economics and […]

IEEFA EE. UU.: Testimonio arroja luz sobre problemas adicionales con acuerdo de LUMA de Puerto Rico

El contrato de privatización de la red sufre una serie de problemas que probablemente resultarán en precios más altos para los isleños

6 de abril de 2021 (IEEFA) — Una nueva investigación ha revelado problemas importantes en el proceso de contratación pública que resultó en la selección de LUMA Energy para operar la red eléctrica de Puerto Rico, según testimonios entregados hoy a una comisión de la Cámara de Representantes de Puerto Rico. Tom Sanzillo, director de […]

April 6, 2021 Read More →

IEEFA Ghana: Reliance on LNG means increased fuel price risk and further unaffordable generation contracts

African nations must learn from developing Asia's expensive fossil-fuelled power problems

Ghana is set to become the first Sub-Saharan nation to import LNG as the government continues its attempts to renegotiate unaffordable power generation contracts. LNG is being pushed in emerging nations as a clean transition fuel that is “critical” for development. It is neither of these things. In fact, the need for expensive, associated LNG […]

March 30, 2021 Read More →
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 U.S.: Financial rationale for Mountain Valley Pipeline has evaporated in changing market
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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 […]

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IEEFA U.S.: Biden administration has historic opportunity to rebuild Puerto Rico electricity grid

Campaign promises of ‘low-cost, reliable and clean electricity’ must be kept

January 27, 2021 (IEEFA) — The devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in 2017 highlighted Puerto Rico’s “antiquated, expensive and fossil fuel-dependent” electricity grid, providing the Biden administration with an historic opportunity to transform a vital part of the island’s economy. The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) recommends in a new policy brief […]