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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 Australia: Reviewing access, pricing and incentive arrangements for distributed energy resources

IEEFA Australia: Reviewing access, pricing and incentive arrangements for distributed energy resources

Planning must begin for a zero-inertia zero-emissions electricity system

The Australian Energy Market Commission (AMEC) has sought assistance to make distributed energy resources an integrated part of the national electricity market (NEM) for the benefit of everyone. When the NEM operating on the east coast of Australia was designed, there was almost no rooftop solar or other small generation, demand response or storage in […]

IEEFA U.S.: Texas confronts decline in oil and gas industry

IEEFA U.S.: Texas confronts decline in oil and gas industry

Analysis of long-term trends indicates slower growth, fewer jobs and lower tax contributions

July 28, 2021 (IEEFA) ⎼ Texas policymakers, regulators and public opinion have long held that “what’s good for oil is good for Texas.” But Texas’s economy has become more broad-based and the oil and gas sector’s proportionate contribution has declined. State leaders face a new set of facts on the ground about the future of […]

IEEFA: Commercial and industrial rooftop solar installs set to increase in India

IEEFA: Commercial and industrial rooftop solar installs set to increase in India

A new generation of technologies is making rooftop solar even more cost effective

28 July 2021 (IEEFA India): The rate of rooftop solar capacity addition by commercial and industrial (C&I) consumers in India is expected to accelerate this year, as new and innovative solar technology solutions provide opportunities for businesses to save on electricity costs and contribute to corporate renewable energy targets, finds a new report by the Institute […]

IEEFA: Global investors are moving away from the massive climate-related risks associated with fossil fuels

IEEFA: Global investors are moving away from the massive climate-related risks associated with fossil fuels

Top debt and equity investors committed over $300 billion in 2020 into building renewable energy capacity

19 July 2021 (IEEFA Australia): Despite the economic disruption from COVID-19, top global debt and equity investors are continuing to drive capital into the renewable energy infrastructure sector due to its consistency in providing investment opportunities, finds a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). “Global investors are accelerating their […]

IEEFA India: Overestimated LCOEs of coal-fired power plants create a financial bubble

IEEFA India: Overestimated LCOEs of coal-fired power plants create a financial bubble

Massive stranded asset risk detrimentally affects the financial and power distribution sectors

7 July 2021 (IEEFA India): India’s future coal-fired power project pipeline carries a massive stranded asset risk due to the collapse in the average utilisation rate of its coal-fired power fleet leading to an underestimation of financial risk for new projects, finds a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). […]

IEEFA: Indonesia’s state-owned utility PLN’s 2060 net zero ambition not without flaws and gaps

IEEFA: Indonesia’s state-owned utility PLN’s 2060 net zero ambition not without flaws and gaps

Indonesia on the right emissions reduction pathway but same old coal stories persist

25 June (IEEFA Indonesia):  Recent announcements by Indonesia’s state-owned utility company Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060 must be met with caution and scrutinized as the numbers don’t stack up, according to a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The report’s authors IEEFA energy finance […]

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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 […]

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 […]

September 27, 2021 Read More →

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 […]

September 27, 2021 Read More →
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 […]

September 24, 2021 Read More →

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 […]

September 24, 2021 Read More →

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. […]

September 24, 2021 Read More →

Seven countries sign on to UN plan to “consign coal to history”

Bloomberg ($): Seven countries have signed a pledge initiated by the United Nations to stop building new coal power plants, with the aim to gather more signatures before the global climate summit COP26 in Glasgow next month. The No New Coal agreement is the latest attempt to try and piece together a global phase-out of […]

September 24, 2021 Read More →

Share of renewables on Australia main grid hits new record of 61.7%

Renew Economy: Just before state and federal energy ministers met on Friday to discuss the future design of Australia’s electricity market, records continued to tumble with renewables setting new benchmarks for total output and the biggest percentage to date. At 1.15pm on Friday, according to OpenNEM, the share of renewables on Australia’s main grid, the […]

September 24, 2021 Read More →
IEEFA Australia: ‘Race to replace’ – We need to tie new energy capacity with the exit of old generators
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IEEFA Australia: ‘Race to replace’ – We need to tie new energy capacity with the exit of old generators

There are many options to manage the energy transition that don’t involve capacity payments

Uncertainty in the national electricity market is driving investment risk, due to high levels of uncertainty around coal exits, short term market contracting, early mover disadvantage in power technologies subject to deflation, and unpredictable government intervention, among other things. The Energy Security Board’s capacity mechanism has been proposed as a solution to these challenges. It […]