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IEEFA: Emerging Asia’s unrealistic LNG-to-power project pipeline threatens macroeconomic and financial stability

IEEFA: Emerging Asia’s unrealistic LNG-to-power project pipeline threatens macroeconomic and financial stability

IEEFA’s investigative analysis reveals that only a small fraction of LNG projects are viable across seven emerging Asian countries

15 December (IEEFA Asia): The liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry has framed LNG as a cheap, reliable “bridge fuel” to help countries reduce coal consumption and transition to cleaner renewable energy. For many project developers and countries in emerging Asia, however, LNG is a bridge that may never be built, according to the latest report […]

IEEFA: Coal lock-in in Southeast Asia presents a challenge for the Asian Development Bank’s coal retirement plan

IEEFA: Coal lock-in in Southeast Asia presents a challenge for the Asian Development Bank’s coal retirement plan

ADB’s plan may not stop the large coal pipeline in Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines

10 December (IEEFA Asia): In August, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) announced an ambitious plan to buy high emissions coal-fired power plants in Southeast Asia and retire them within 15 years through an energy transition mechanism (ETM). According to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis’ (IEEFA) latest report, if the ETM is not […]

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IEEFA Update: Santos won’t solve the problem of Barossa LNG with carbon capture and storage

IEEFA Update: Santos won’t solve the problem of Barossa LNG with carbon capture and storage

Leaving the ‘dirty’ gas in the ground might now be the best course of action

20 October 2021 (IEEFA Australia): Even if it employed carbon capture and storage, Barossa gas will continue to release financially risky carbon dioxide emissions onsite, onshore and across the supply chain, making it one of the more expensive and dirtiest gas projects in the world, finds a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics […]

IEEFA U.S.:  Pension funds investing indirectly in Ohio’s Gavin coal plant are at risk as financial, environmental disadvantages mount

IEEFA U.S.: Pension funds investing indirectly in Ohio’s Gavin coal plant are at risk as financial, environmental disadvantages mount

Declining demand for coal plants, credit agency downgrades and investor scrutiny create challenges for Lightstone investment prospects

October 14, 2021 (IEEFA) — The major pension and retirement funds that own a piece of the General J.M. Gavin (Gavin) coal plant in Ohio face increasing challenges from their investment. Most investors do not know that they own a share of the plant and some are just beginning to realize it, according to an […]

IEEFA India: Why prices skyrocketed at the power exchange

IEEFA India: Why prices skyrocketed at the power exchange

Renewables can help stabilise the grid and level costs amid the vagaries of coal stocks

29 September (IEEFA India): With electricity demand in India recently peaking, a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) explores the supply and demand conditions that led to recent price spikes in the evening peak hours, starting in August through to September 2021. Electricity demand in India has peaked and […]

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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 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: $5.1 billion spend on offshore gas exploration until 2027 could have fostered 2.5GW of renewable capacity and 4,800 jobs

IEEFA: $5.1 billion spend on offshore gas exploration until 2027 could have fostered 2.5GW of renewable capacity and 4,800 jobs

The government is increasing issuance of gas exploration permits in the offshore sector ignoring risks imposed by global decarbonisation

20 September 2021 (IEEFA Australia): Increasing issuance of exploration permits over production, the Australian government has given the green light to oil and gas giants including Santos and Woodside to potentially spend $AUD5.1 billion throughout the next six years on risky offshore exploration activities despite industry-low success rates and the global energy transition, finds a […]

IEEFA Australia: AGL Energy has lost over 70% of its market value, destroying A$12 billion in shareholder wealth

IEEFA Australia: AGL Energy has lost over 70% of its market value, destroying A$12 billion in shareholder wealth

It’s an (expensive) sorry tale when companies ignore shareholders and continue to invest in fossil fuels

22 July 2021 (IEEFA Australia): In failing to realise its early green ambition AGL Energy, one of Australia’s biggest electricity generators and retailers wiped over 70% off its market value in just four years, destroying A$12 billion in shareholder wealth, finds a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Author […]

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Scientists pan Canada carbon capture tax credit plan

Bloomberg ($): Canada’s plans to introduce a tax credit for carbon capture in the country’s oil patch would amount to a fossil fuel subsidy for an ineffective technology, a group of academics said in a letter to the deputy prime minister. Carbon capture, where the carbon dioxide from oil and gas production facilities is sequestered […]

January 20, 2022 Read More →
IEEFA: Skyrocketing EV sales in China spell a no-turning-back step change in global energy landscape

IEEFA: Skyrocketing EV sales in China spell a no-turning-back step change in global energy landscape

The avalanche of technology, policy and finance moves is now unstoppable

The jury is in. The global race between passenger electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cells vs petrol vs diesel is over. EVs have won in China, the world’s biggest auto market. EV sales in China grew 154% year-on-year to 3.3 million in 2021. China now wants new energy vehicles (NEVs), including plug-in hybrids and hydrogen […]

January 19, 2022 Read More →
IEEFA Update: How Indonesia’s coal export ban could impact India

IEEFA Update: How Indonesia’s coal export ban could impact India

What does it mean for power generation and energy security?

Not long ago, India faced coal shortages due to a decline in domestic coal production after mines flooded during the monsoons. That had more to do with developers not maintaining enough coal stockpiles than a decline in domestic coal production. Some of this shortfall in domestic supply from August to October 2021 was met through […]

January 13, 2022 Read More →

ExxonMobil plans sale of Appalachian shale gas properties

Reuters: Exxon Mobil (XOM.N) on Tuesday launched the sale of shale gas properties stretching across 27,000 acres in the Appalachian basin of Ohio, the company confirmed, part of an ongoing divestiture of U.S. assets. The top U.S. oil producer is marketing 61 wells that last year produced around 81 million cubic feet per day equivalent […]

January 12, 2022 Read More →

Projects across Galilee Basin fail to materialize as coal falls into disfavor

The Guardian: Queensland’s huge untapped Galilee coal basin was touted as a jobs and revenue bonanza by its supporters, with the potential to liberate hundreds of millions of tonnes of harmful greenhouse gases. The Galilee’s potential as a “carbon bomb” was wrapped up in a dozen or more coalmining projects and estimates of billions of […]

January 10, 2022 Read More →

India committee recommends halt to new coal-based power capacity

The Economic Times: India is considering a proposal to halt new coal-based power units as the country works out a plan to meet commitments made at COP26. An expert committee tasked by the Union power ministry to update the National Electricity Policy (NEP) has recommended that no new coal-based capacity be considered, said people with […]

December 22, 2021 Read More →
IEEFA: A word of caution for Pakistan’s inclusion in the ADB Energy Transition Mechanism

IEEFA: A word of caution for Pakistan’s inclusion in the ADB Energy Transition Mechanism

ETM can work if Pakistan’s political and financial realities are taken into consideration

In August this year, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) launched an ambitious program to foster the energy transition in emerging Asia, the Energy Transition Mechanism (ETM) for Southeast Asia. The ETM is a blended finance facility that seeks to facilitate early coal-fired power plant retirements while replacing them with cleaner energy technologies. The ETM initially […]

December 20, 2021 Read More →

India renewables receive more loans than coal for third straight year

Bloomberg ($): Indian lenders channeled more funds to clean energy projects compared to coal-based ones for a third straight year in 2020 with more expected to flow into the renewables sector in the coming years after Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled ambitious goals last month for cutting emissions. Clean energy projects got 74% of the […]

December 16, 2021 Read More →
IEEFA: Emerging Asia’s unrealistic LNG-to-power project pipeline threatens macroeconomic and financial stability
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IEEFA: Emerging Asia’s unrealistic LNG-to-power project pipeline threatens macroeconomic and financial stability

IEEFA’s investigative analysis reveals that only a small fraction of LNG projects are viable across seven emerging Asian countries

15 December (IEEFA Asia): The liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry has framed LNG as a cheap, reliable “bridge fuel” to help countries reduce coal consumption and transition to cleaner renewable energy. For many project developers and countries in emerging Asia, however, LNG is a bridge that may never be built, according to the latest report […]

IEEFA: Coal lock-in in Southeast Asia presents a challenge for the Asian Development Bank’s coal retirement plan
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IEEFA: Coal lock-in in Southeast Asia presents a challenge for the Asian Development Bank’s coal retirement plan

ADB’s plan may not stop the large coal pipeline in Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines

10 December (IEEFA Asia): In August, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) announced an ambitious plan to buy high emissions coal-fired power plants in Southeast Asia and retire them within 15 years through an energy transition mechanism (ETM). According to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis’ (IEEFA) latest report, if the ETM is not […]

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