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IEEFA Australia: Ahead on solar, woefully behind on distributed energy resource standards

IEEFA Australia: Ahead on solar, woefully behind on distributed energy resource standards

Making the right technical decisions about DER

Despite being ahead on rooftop solar installs, Australia is behind other jurisdictions (like Germany and California) in putting sensible governance arrangements in place for distributed energy resource (DER) technical standards. DER technical standards – covering smart devices including rooftop solar systems, air conditioners, electric vehicle (EV) chargers, pool pumps and the like – are designed […]

IEEFA India: Financing options must be scaled up to boost adoption of rooftop solar

IEEFA India: Financing options must be scaled up to boost adoption of rooftop solar

Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) could be the next drivers of growth

29 September (IEEFA India): Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) could be the key to accelerating the adoption of rooftop solar in India – but financial institutions are often reluctant to lend to MSMEs because they prefer borrowers with strong financial track records and good corporate credit ratings. A new report by the Institute for […]

IEEFA: Defying global financial trends, Vietnam pivots back to coal power

IEEFA: Defying global financial trends, Vietnam pivots back to coal power

Latest draft power development plan puts clean energy transition at risk by sacrificing renewables for more coal

29 September (IEEFA Vietnam): In the lead up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP26, President Xi Jinping recently declared that China will no longer build new coal-fired power projects abroad. Despite limited details, the ramifications of China’s coal exit strategy for coal-centric developing economies like Vietnam could be immense. Before President Xi’s announcement, […]

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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 […]

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Europe’s Greencoat Capital to invest $5 billion in coming five years in U.S. renewables market

PV Tech: European renewables investment management firm Greencoat Capital has confirmed its entry to the US renewables market and is plotting to invest up to US$5 billion over the next five years. Greencoat is amongst Europe’s most prolific renewables investors and manages more than 200 solar, wind and bioenergy generation assets with a combined capacity […]

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Construction begins on 1.6 gigawatt solar farm in Indiana—largest in U.S.

WISHTV.com: Israel-based Doral Renewables LLC has broken ground on the first phase of a $1.5 billion solar farm in Starke and Pulaski counties. The developer says the 1.65 gigawatt Mammoth Solar project will create 50 full-time jobs by 2023 and ultimately generate enough clean energy to power 175,000 homes in Indiana and Illinois. The first […]

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Oregon utility PGE looking to add 2GW of renewable energy

ReNews.biz: U.S. utility Portland General Electric (PGE) has unveiled plans to source up to 2GW of renewable energy to help meet a target of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from power served to customers by at least 80% by 2030, 90% by 2035 and zero by 2040. The company has initiated a request for proposals […]

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Mining giant BHP signs deal for renewable energy to run Olympic Dam mine in South Australia

Renew Economy: Global mining giant BHP says it has signed a landmark deal with Iberdrola Australia to slash its emissions at the giant Olympic Dam mine by taking power from the new Port August Renewable Energy Park in South Australia. Olympic Dam is one of the biggest copper, gold and uranium deposits in the world, […]

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Colorado steel mill to run on 240MW solar farm

Colorado Public Radio: The official launch of a massive solar array that will power the steel mill in Pueblo was held Wednesday on top of a hill with a view that framed the array, mill and power station connecting the two. The Bighorn solar project, financed, built and operated by Lightsource BP, will generate electricity […]

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IEEFA: Spiking coal prices: Don’t blame the energy transition

Volatility highlights urgency for renewables-based energy solutions

“Energy crisis.” The phrase evokes nearly-forgotten images of gasoline queues in the 1970s, but increasingly describes the spike in global fossil fuel prices. A handful of commenters eagerly lay the blame on renewable energy, which they claim has distracted the world’s attention from investments in oil, gas, and coal production that could have calmed markets. […]

IEEFA Update: To be taken seriously, Australia needs a credible emissions reduction plan

Regional leadership up for grabs in the energy transition

The global transition to clean energy has ended its initial phase of incremental growth and is on the brink of transformational change. However imperfect may be the outcomes of November’s United Nations COP26 Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, policy, economic and financial forces are now combining to drive the rapid adoption of renewable energy around […]

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IEA: Renewable energy investment must triple by end of decade

Reuters: Investment in renewable energy needs to triple by the end of the decade if the world hopes to effectively fight climate change and keep volatile energy markets under control, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Wednesday. “The world is not investing enough to meet its future energy needs … transition‐related spending is gradually […]

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European Union plans push for end to Arctic fossil fuel production

Nikkei Asia ($): The European Union is to push for an end to the exploitation of Arctic gas, oil and coal even as energy shortages rock countries and companies across the world, according to a draft new bloc strategy for the polar region. Brussels plans talks with partners over a possible multilateral ban on the […]

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China launches first 100-gigawatt desert renewables phase

PV-Tech: China has started building work on the first 100GW phase of a solar and wind buildout that is likely to see hundreds of gigawatts deployed in the country’s desert regions. Speaking via video link at a United Nations Biodiversity Conference today (12 October), Chinese President Xi Jinping said construction on the initial phase, which […]

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