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IEEFA: A loss of excise tax revenue should not stall the uptake of electric vehicles in Australia

IEEFA: A loss of excise tax revenue should not stall the uptake of electric vehicles in Australia

More pragmatic focus would be incentivising industry and modernizing the grid

8 June 2021 (IEEFA Australia): A new tax on EV users is unnecessary as the Australian (Commonwealth) government is well placed to deal with the potential revenue impact of the inevitable move to electric vehicles, finds a new briefing note by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Global automotive manufacturers have committed almost […]

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: Chinese regulators urged to tighten rules for carbon neutral bonds

IEEFA: Chinese regulators urged to tighten rules for carbon neutral bonds

Bond proceeds going to coal-dominated state-owned enterprises – ESG investors beware

1 June 2021 (IEEFA): China’s carbon neutral bonds fail to restrict the use of funds to green projects and are adding to the working capital of coal-dominated state-owned enterprises (SOEs), according to a new briefing note from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) which calls for deeper reforms to green finance standards […]

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: 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: Consultants poised to make more than $1 billion from bankrupt Puerto Rico utility

IEEFA: Consultants poised to make more than $1 billion from bankrupt Puerto Rico utility

Huge consulting fees highlight systemic problems with reform of island utility

April 29, 2021 (IEEFA) ⎼ The transformation and financial restructuring of Puerto Rico’s bankrupt electric power authority have generated more than $440 million in consulting contracts during the last seven years and could cost island residents more than $1 billion before completion, according to a study released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and […]

IEEFA: Consultores listos para ganar más de $1,000 millones de la corporación de servicios públicos de Puerto Rico en bancarrota

Las enormes comisiones de consultoría ponen de relieve los problemas sistémicos con la reforma de la utilidad de la isla

29 de abril de 2021 (IEEFA) – La transformación y reestructuración financiera de la Autoridad de Energía Eléctrica de Puerto Rico en bancarrota ha generado más de $440 millones en contratos de consultoría durante los últimos siete años y podría costar a los residentes de la isla más de $1,000 millones antes de su finalización, […]

IEEFA: Regulatory over-reach in South Australia’s switch-off of household solar

IEEFA: Regulatory over-reach in South Australia’s switch-off of household solar

There are other solutions to minimum demand issues in the grid

28 April 2021 (IEEFA Australia): New measures allowing rooftop solar systems in South Australia to be remotely switched off without householders’ knowledge has set a worrying precedent, according to a new briefing note from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The rooftop solar cut-off measures give energy authorities powers to switch off […]

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 […]

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Avangrid-NextEra squabble threatens Massachusetts climate goals

MassLive: The dispute is over a 145-mile transmission line, which would cost nearly $1 billion and is being financed by Massachusetts electric ratepayers, which would eventually bring hydropower from Canada to Massachusetts. The two energy companies, NextEra Energy and Avangrid rival complaints are risking the state’s ability to comply with its new climate law signed […]

July 23, 2021 Read More →

Mercedes-Benz latest carmaker to announce transition to all-electric

The Hill: Mercedes-Benz on Thursday became the latest car manufacturer to unveil plans for a greater investment in electric vehicles, saying that it hopes to transition to solely manufacturing electric vehicles by 2025.  The German-based company said in a press release that by the end of the decade, it hopes to “go all electric” in […]

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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 →
IEEFA: Wyoming’s tough lesson: economic reality can’t be legislated away

IEEFA: Wyoming’s tough lesson: economic reality can’t be legislated away

Black Hills integrated resource plan shows futility of state’s pro-coal legislation

Wyoming politicians have worked feverishly over the last couple of years to protect the state’s struggling coal industry, but economic reality can’t be legislated away. That simple fact is readily apparent in the integrated resource plan (IRP) filed last month by Black Hills Corporation, which owns two small investor-owned utilities that do business in the […]

IEEFA: Navajo Nation, Hopi tribe advocates push for fair energy transition outcome in Arizona

IEEFA: Navajo Nation, Hopi tribe advocates push for fair energy transition outcome in Arizona

Decades of coal mining spur Navajo and Hopi efforts to urge federal intervention for environmental justice

As the energy transition gains momentum around the globe, the IEEFA documentary, “Local Leadership, Global Change: Navajo Nation & Hopi Tribe” focuses on how indigenous-led organizations are raising awareness of the need to shift away from a fossil fuel-based economy. The documentary centers on the Navajo and Hopi tribal members living on reservation lands in […]

July 22, 2021 Read More →

EU polluters seeking carbon capture as solution despite poor results

Bloomberg ($): As the European Union gets serious about fighting climate change, experts are fielding more calls than ever from polluters seeking help to trap, process and store their carbon emissions. The business of capturing emissions from industrial plants that make everything from cement to energy will get a push from the European Commission’s ambitious […]

July 22, 2021 Read More →

Total cost of 2050 net-zero goal pegged between $92T and $173T

Renew Economy: A massive increase in the deployment of wind, solar and battery storage over the next decade is essential if the world is to meet its goal of reaching net zero emissions by 2050 – the key to meeting the goals of the Paris climate target. BloombergNEF says in its latest New Energy Outlook […]

July 22, 2021 Read More →

Startup claims progress on iron-air batteries for grid storage

Wall Street Journal ($): A four-year-old startup says it has built an inexpensive battery that can discharge power for days using one of the most common elements on Earth: iron. Form Energy Inc.’s batteries are far too heavy for electric cars. But it says they will be capable of solving one of the most elusive […]

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 →
IEEFA: Puerto Rico has chance to use billions in federal aid for creation of resilient, renewable grid

IEEFA: Puerto Rico has chance to use billions in federal aid for creation of resilient, renewable grid

More than $14 billion in federal funds should be used to increase Puerto Rico renewable sources

Puerto Rico should take advantage of a unique opportunity to deploy billions of dollars of federal funding to create a resilient, decentralized electrical system based on renewable energy—an opportunity that neither the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) nor private operator LUMA Energy has shown any interest in pursuing. That was the core theme of […]

July 21, 2021 Read More →