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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 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 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: Gas power plants assuming a constant capacity factor are being financially overvalued

IEEFA: Gas power plants assuming a constant capacity factor are being financially overvalued

Investors beware, capacity factor trends and LCOE analysis show gas-fired power plants likely to be stranded assets into the future

24 June 2021 (IEEFA Australia): The Australian government may be relying on inaccurate financial assumptions for its gas-fired recovery as most gas- and coal-fired power plants in Australia, the UK, the U.S. and China are being operated less and less – what’s called a declining capacity factor, finds a new report by the Institute for […]

IEEFA Pakistan: Coal gasification and liquefaction harmful to economy

IEEFA Pakistan: Coal gasification and liquefaction harmful to economy

There is no second life for coal

6 May 2021 (IEEFA Pakistan): Pakistan’s intention to use coal for power production through gasification and liquefaction technologies is likely to cause harmful economic impacts and a subsequent increased reliance on fossil fuels in Pakistan, finds a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Pakistan’s intention to explore a second […]

IEEFA U.S.: Energy transition to renewables likely to accelerate over next two to three years

IEEFA U.S.: Energy transition to renewables likely to accelerate over next two to three years

Coal, gas set to become biggest losers as renewable generation climbs quickly

March 31, 2021 (IEEFA) — The speed and scope of the energy transition to renewables will pick up pace over the next two to three years, according to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis’ U.S. Power Sector Outlook 2021. Solar and battery storage adoption is enjoying almost exponential growth, and wind and solar […]

IEEFA: Folly of wasting Australian taxpayer cash on Beetaloo gas 

IEEFA: Folly of wasting Australian taxpayer cash on Beetaloo gas 

Australia’s economic recovery from COVID-19 heading to a 'dead end'

The Australian Government’s obsession with wasting taxpayers’ money on gas is leading Australia’s economic recovery from COVID-19 to a “dead end”, according to a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The report finds that all indicators show Australian consumers and the country’s main export customers will use less gas […]

IEEFA Australia: Port of Newcastle’s roadblock on the path away from thermal coal

IEEFA Australia: Port of Newcastle’s roadblock on the path away from thermal coal

Planned fossil fuel exit by the world’s largest coal port is paralysed by lending constraints and a secret NSW government deal

The Port of Newcastle’s planned exit from fossil fuels suffered further setback last month after ANZ withdrew financing from the terminal, presently the world’s largest port for exporting thermal coal. ANZ had previously been a major lender to the port, however divested its position during the latest round of refinancing of approximately A$900 million in […]

March 18, 2021 Read More →
IEEFA U.S.: Virginia coal plant’s future isn’t bright: preparation for  transition should commence now

IEEFA U.S.: Virginia coal plant’s future isn’t bright: preparation for transition should commence now

Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center (VCHEC), one of the newest in U.S., risks closure due to market forces

December 16, 2020 (IEEFA)—Retiring the Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center (VCHEC) will bring unnecessarily abrupt economic hardship to Wise County if state and local officials do not begin to plan now for a transition, concludes a report published today by the Institute for Energy Economic and Financial Analysis. The 8-year-old coal-fired power plant, owned by […]

IEEFA: European gas pipeline companies mislead investors by underreporting CO<sub>2</sub>

IEEFA: European gas pipeline companies mislead investors by underreporting CO2

Reporting loophole means midstream operators aren't following the same guidelines as upstream or downstream sellers

December 14, 2020 (IEEFA) — European pipeline companies are using a loophole to market themselves as low-carbon businesses and avoid reporting on the climate effects of the natural gas they transport, according to a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The report, Hiding in Plain Sight—European Gas Pipeline Companies’ […]

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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 […]

Oil companies ask Canada for 75% of carbon capture construction costs

Reuters: Oil and gas companies have asked the Canadian government to design a tax credit to pay for 75% of the cost to build carbon capture facilities that will curb greenhouse gas emissions, the country’s main energy industry group said on Thursday. The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) made the request in August to […]

October 8, 2021 Read More →

IMF: Fossil fuel industry gets $11 million in subsidies every minute

The Guardian: The fossil fuel industry benefits from subsidies of $11m every minute, according to analysis by the International Monetary Fund. The IMF found the production and burning of coal, oil and gas was subsidised by $5.9tn in 2020, with not a single country pricing all its fuels sufficiently to reflect their full supply and […]

October 7, 2021 Read More →

Ohio utility regulators edited audit to support taxpayer coal bailout

Ohio Capital Journal: Documents show state utility regulators sought edits to draft versions of an audit they commissioned, prompting the removal of declarations that a ratepayer-funded bailout of two uneconomic coal plants was a bad deal for Ohio electric customers. Staff at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, which sets customers’ water and electric rates, […]

October 7, 2021 Read More →

Iron ore giant Fortescue pledges to decarbonize operations by 2040

Renew Economy: Fortescue Metals Group has become one of the first of Australia’s major industrial operators to commit to fully decarbonise its operations and supply chains, including a shift to coal-free steel processing and hydrogen-fuelled shipping. In a statement released to the ASX on Tuesday, the iron ore giant said it would adopt a net […]

October 5, 2021 Read More →

Morrison boosts support for carbon capture with tax credits

The Guardian: The Morrison government has increased support for controversial fossil fuel projects that promise to capture and store carbon dioxide emissions by approving a plan to award them carbon credits. It followed the oil and gas company Santos saying a proposed carbon capture and storage (CCS) project at its Moomba gas well in South […]

October 4, 2021 Read More →

Dominican Republic to increase production of renewables

Dominican Today: The Dominican government is committed to increasing the production of renewable energies to face the uncertainties of the future in terms of clean energy supply and accomodating society’s growth and welfare. This was stated by the Minister of Energy and Mines, Antonio Almonte, during the opening of the Energyear Caribe 2021 congress, which […]

October 1, 2021 Read More →
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 Europe: Overcapacity and investment fever push costs to Spanish consumers, yet Enagás profits
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IEEFA Europe: Overcapacity and investment fever push costs to Spanish consumers, yet Enagás profits

Spain’s gas regulations benefit Enagás and burden consumers

September 15, 2021 (IEEFA) – Empresa Nacional de Gas (Enagás) has benefited from a “security and diversity of supply” strategy as an excuse to build or expand liquefied natural gas regasification terminals, natural gas pipelines and gas storage facilities. The resulting overcapacity has meant low utilization rates for gas infrastructure assets in Spain, as well […]

IEEFA Europa: El exceso de capacidad y una fiebre por invertir suben las facturas de los consumidores españoles, pero Enagás se lucra
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IEEFA Europa: El exceso de capacidad y una fiebre por invertir suben las facturas de los consumidores españoles, pero Enagás se lucra

La regulación del gas en España beneficia a Enagás y perjudica a los consumidores

15 de septiembre de 2021 (IEEFA) – La Empresa Nacional de Gas (Enagás) se ha beneficiado de una estrategia de «seguridad y diversidad del suministro» como excusa para construir o ampliar plantas de regasificación de gas natural licuado, gasoductos de gas natural e instalaciones de almacenamiento de gas. Según un informe del Instituto de Economía […]