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IEEFA: High stakes for Asian Development Bank’s ambitious coal power retirement plan

IEEFA: High stakes for Asian Development Bank’s ambitious coal power retirement plan

Implementation challenges could block funding for other equally important high impact clean energy funding strategies

24 September 2021 (IEEFA Asia): In the lead up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP26, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) announced a plan to speed up the retirement of high emissions coal-fired power plants in Southeast Asia. This announcement sets the stage for a transformation of the Asian multilateral development bank’s (MDB) role […]

IEEFA: Accepting gas power plants as sustainable investments in Asian taxonomies heightens greenwash risk

IEEFA: Accepting gas power plants as sustainable investments in Asian taxonomies heightens greenwash risk

Accommodating the gas sector risks diluting standards and discouraging new pools of green capital

21 September 2021 (IEEFA Asia): Incorporating gas-powered generation as a sustainable investment into Asian taxonomies could have unintended consequences, finds a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Doing so could lock Asia into a high-emitting future while also posing a credibility and greenwashing problem that Asian policymakers and ESG […]

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IEEFA Australia: There’s a better way to manage coal closures than paying to delay them

IEEFA Australia: There’s a better way to manage coal closures than paying to delay them

Energy Ministers and the energy industry should reject the ESB capacity mechanism proposal

21 September 2021 (IEEFA Australia): The Energy Security Board’s (ESB) proposal for consumers to pay conventional generators such as coal and gas an extra fee for their capacity, not just the actual power they produce, should be rejected by Energy Ministers at a forthcoming meeting this Friday argues a new report prepared by energy market […]

IEEFA Australia: ESB fails to deliver substantive progress on integration of distributed energy resources

IEEFA Australia: ESB fails to deliver substantive progress on integration of distributed energy resources

It's time to think big about small-scale DER

The Energy Security Board’s (ESB’s) final post-2025 market design advice to Energy Ministers has been very controversial. First there was the unnecessary proposal for a capacity payment paid by electricity consumers to power stations not just for the electricity they generate, but also for the size of capacity installed in the plant, irrespective of how […]

IEEFA: Orsted’s transition provides key insights for India’s public utilities and renewable energy companies

IEEFA: Orsted’s transition provides key insights for India’s public utilities and renewable energy companies

Orsted transitioned from a coal intensive utility to a global renewable energy leader creating immense shareholder wealth

17 September 2021 (IEEFA India): Orsted, the once Danish state-owned utility, transitioned from being one of the most coal-intensive utilities in Europe to a global leader in offshore wind energy. A new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) charts Orsted’s energy transition journey and provides key insights for India’s massive […]

IEEFA U.S.: Municipal ratepayers face mounting costs from expensive American Municipal Power projects

Gap between costs from Prairie State, Combined Hydro Project and market prices continues to grow

September 9, 2021 (IEEFA)—Newly available data shows American Municipal Power’s (AMP) Prairie State and Combined Hydro Project have caused costs to continue climbing for municipal ratepayers, according to an analysis by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA).  Data covering January 2020 through July 2021 showed that Cleveland Public Power (CPP) and its […]

IEEFA India: Proposed power market reforms could reduce renewable energy costs further

IEEFA India: Proposed power market reforms could reduce renewable energy costs further

Increased competition will raise the stranded asset risk for expensive coal plants

9 September 2021 (IEEFA India): Two proposed reforms to the design of India’s electricity market – a national system of market-based economic dispatch (MBED) for procuring bulk power and new regulations for Frequency Control Ancillary Services (FCAS) – are positive developments that will help pave the way for the rollout of large-scale, ultra-low cost variable […]

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IEEFA: Reducing land-use impacts of renewable generation could smooth the path for India’s energy transition

IEEFA: Reducing land-use impacts of renewable generation could smooth the path for India’s energy transition

How much land would be needed to power a net-zero India?

6 September 2021 (IEEFA India): Judicious planning of land use for solar and wind generation will help India to achieve its renewable energy ambitions, according to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis’ (IEEFA) new report which examines how much land would be needed for the country to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. IEEFA […]

IEEFA Australia: Government cannot lower electricity bills by subsidising old and high cost power plants

IEEFA Australia: Government cannot lower electricity bills by subsidising old and high cost power plants

Refocusing attention on transmission and distribution of electricity will bring better results

27 August 2021 (IEEFA Australia): The Federal government can better achieve its ambition to lower electricity prices if it focuses on the transmission and distribution side of the energy market rather than the generation side, as its latest plan for keeping old coal plants open will in fact increase consumers’ electricity bills, not lower them, […]

IEEFA: Renewable energy investment in India bounces back from COVID-19 slowdown

IEEFA: Renewable energy investment in India bounces back from COVID-19 slowdown

Investment in Indian renewables was US$6.6 billion between April and July 2021, beating the total for the previous financial year

19 August 2021 (IEEFA India): Renewable energy investment is rising again in India following the slowdown in the previous financial year due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, finds a new briefing note by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). In the first four months of this financial year (FY), from April […]

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IEEFA: As fossil fuel prices skyrocket globally, renewables grow steadily cheaper

IEEFA: As fossil fuel prices skyrocket globally, renewables grow steadily cheaper

Stability of renewables an antidote to the volatility of gas and coal

While volatile energy commodity prices have been sharply increasing globally, renewable technologies have been steadily decreasing.  Over the last decade, the cost of electricity from utility-scale solar PV has fallen by 85 percent, concentrating solar power (CSP) by 68 percent, onshore wind by 56 percent and 48 percent for offshore wind, according to the International […]

Enel announces plans to triple renewables and phase out coal by 2027

S&P Capital IQ ($): Enel SpA announced Sept. 24 plans to triple its renewable energy generation to 145 GW by 2030 up from around 49 GW by 2020, among several commitments made through the company’s participation in a United Nations “High-level Dialogue” convened by U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres. Enel also intends to reduce its scope […]

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ACWA mulling bond issues to finance renewable energy projects

Reuters: ACWA Power, which is partly owned by Saudi Arabia’s PIF sovereign wealth fund, will look at issuing green bonds starting next year to finance some of its renewable energy projects, its chief executive said on Monday. ACWA Power already has five projects certified for green finance, which together will require just under $10 billion […]

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South Australia rooftop solar closer to providing 100% of demand

Renew Economy: Rooftop solar PV has a few important new benchmarks in South Australia, contributing 84.4 per cent of total energy demand on Sunday afternoon, as well as setting a new low for minimum “operational demand”. The 84.4 per cent rooftop solar share was set in a five minute interval at 1.15pm, on a mild […]

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IEEFA: High stakes for Asian Development Bank’s ambitious coal power retirement plan
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IEEFA: High stakes for Asian Development Bank’s ambitious coal power retirement plan

Implementation challenges could block funding for other equally important high impact clean energy funding strategies

24 September 2021 (IEEFA Asia): In the lead up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP26, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) announced a plan to speed up the retirement of high emissions coal-fired power plants in Southeast Asia. This announcement sets the stage for a transformation of the Asian multilateral development bank’s (MDB) role […]

IEEFA: A circular economy can support India’s push for clean energy and self-reliance
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IEEFA: A circular economy can support India’s push for clean energy and self-reliance

End-of-life solar panels and batteries contain valuable raw materials for the clean energy transition

23 September 2021 (IEEFA India): The adoption of a ‘circular’ approach to managing end-of-life solar photovoltaic (PV) modules, wind blades and batteries would reduce future wastage of the high-value, critical raw materials needed for India’s massive clean energy transition, according to a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The […]

BLM reports more than 40 pending renewable projects on public lands

E&E News ($): The Bureau of Land Management currently has more than 40 renewable energy projects in the permitting pipeline, making significant inroads toward meeting President Biden’s onshore green energy goal, a senior Interior Department official said today. These proposals comprise 23 solar, four wind and five geothermal power projects, as well as five transmission […]

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Natural gas plants accounted for majority of Texas winter storm failures

The Hill: While some politicians sought to blame renewable energy for deadly power disruptions in February, a new report from two key agencies shows that natural gas was also a major factor.  The new preliminary report found that of the 1,045 generators that experienced outages, reductions or failures to start, 604 of them  — or […]

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Orsted, Williams sign deal to develop wind-powered hydrogen projects

S&P Capital IQ ($): Ørsted A/S signed a memorandum of understanding with Williams Cos. Inc. to explore the viability of developing hydrogen or synthetic natural gas projects powered by renewable energy, also known as power-to-x projects. Particularly, the companies will look into developing utility-scale wind projects, electrolysis, and synthetic gas-via-methanation co-development projects in western Wyoming […]

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CLP Holdings promises to exit coal from Asian operations by 2040

Nikkei Asia ($): Power plant operator CLP Holdings pledged on Thursday to phase coal out of its Asian operations by 2040, accelerating its previous commitment by a decade. The Hong Kong-based group also said it aims to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, in line with the decarbonization goal established by the city’s government. […]

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