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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’ […]

IEEFA Philippines: NPC-SPUG shift can drive savings to P13.5 billion per year

IEEFA Philippines: NPC-SPUG shift can drive savings to P13.5 billion per year

Shift from diesel to renewables can save electric coops P1.4-1.7 billion over next decade

3 December 2020 (IEEFA Philippines): The record-breaking disasters in the Philippines this year highlight the potential for renewable energy to power small island and isolated power grids and save the country up to P13.5 billion per year, and electric cooperatives an additional P1.4 to P1.7 billion over the next decade, finds a new report from […]

IEEFA Australia: Snowy Hydro gas plant expansions likely to be fuelled with taxpayer funds

IEEFA Australia: Snowy Hydro gas plant expansions likely to be fuelled with taxpayer funds

Gas is a poor bet, and coupled with the financially challenged Snowy Hydro 2.0, is a sure stranded asset maker

19 November 2020 (IEEFA Australia): Careful scrutiny of Snowy Hydro’s latest financial results show the company is heading towards an uneasy reliance on government and taxpayer subsidies post 2021, throwing into serious doubt the government’s heady push for further gas expansion in a declining market, finds a new briefing note by the Institute for Energy […]

IEEFA Indonesia: DME coal gasification project could lose US$377 million annually

IEEFA Indonesia: DME coal gasification project could lose US$377 million annually

Investing in DME doesn’t make economic sense

10 November 2020 (IEEFA Indonesia): A proposed coal gasification plant for Sumatra could lose US$377 million dollars annually, finds a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Author and energy finance Analyst Ghee Peh says that with the COVID-induced economic contraction, this is not the time to be subsidizing a […]

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IEEFA update: Australia’s gas-led recovery is flogging a dead horse

With LNG worse for the climate than coal, Australia must adjust to our export markets shrinking

With polluting emissions from LNG 13% higher than gas, and Australia’s primary export destinations targeting net zero emissions and therefore less dirty LNG, Australia’s gas-led recovery is looking increasingly like the Australian government is ‘flogging a dead horse’. Australia’s core export markets for LNG, coal and iron ore – Japan, South Korea and China – […]

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IEEFA: What Australia can learn from Texas’ embrace of clean energy

IEEFA: What Australia can learn from Texas’ embrace of clean energy

In the home of U.S. oil and gas, private investors are pouring money into renewables

19 October 2020 (IEEFA Australia): The Australian government’s plan for a gas-fired economic recovery from COVID-19 ignores the market’s clear preference for renewables over fossil fuels. That’s the conclusion of a new note from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) that argues Australia could learn from the experience of U.S. oil and […]

IEEFA: Canadian assessment of LNG ‘rising tide’ would drown balance sheets in red ink

IEEFA: Canadian assessment of LNG ‘rising tide’ would drown balance sheets in red ink

Hope springs eternal for Chinese demand but reality suggests bleak forecast for new projects

October 19, 2020 (IEEFA)— The Conference Board of Canada, an Ottawa-based research organization, has doubled down on a bad hand, according to an analysis by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The Conference Board’s report, A Rising Tide: The Economic Impact of B.C.’s Liquified Natural Gas Industry, claims an expansion of the British […]

IEEFA Australia: Gas and electricity prices will rise if Narrabri gas fields approved

IEEFA Australia: Gas and electricity prices will rise if Narrabri gas fields approved

29 September 2020 (IEEFA): Australian gas consumers will likely see higher, rather than lower gas prices if Santos’ Narrabri gas fields are approved due to the distance the gas must travel to reach consumers on infrastructure that will need to be built. Gas/LNG financial analyst Bruce Robertson concludes the proposed Narrabri gas fields are uneconomic […]

IEEFA report: In a deepening debt hole of $34 billion, Indonesia’s PLN must stop digging

IEEFA report: In a deepening debt hole of $34 billion, Indonesia’s PLN must stop digging

The utility has added IDR100 trillion in debt annually for the last five years

September 3, 2020 (IEEFA) — Utilities globally started changing the way they do business years ago, but Indonesia’s PLN power company stands out as a laggard, focused on a confused menu of piecemeal generation options rather than holistic planning that provides system-level solutions, finds a new report from IEEFA, the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial […]

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More News and Commentary

IEEFA: After a terrible 2020, the oil industry’s story has turned political
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IEEFA: After a terrible 2020, the oil industry’s story has turned political

For 2021, expect conflict and infighting to further muddy the industry’s prospects

It was a dismal year for oil and gas. As the pandemic sucked the wind from the sails of the global economy, oil demand slumped, stockpiles swelled, prices sagged, capital spending collapsed, debt ballooned, profits evaporated, and bankruptcies skyrocketed. After this torrent of bad news, the energy sector ended the year in last place in […]

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

IEEFA Europe: COVID has exposed Polish energy company’s continuing coal dependence
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IEEFA Europe: COVID has exposed Polish energy company’s continuing coal dependence

To turn around profits, PGE must increase the renewables ambition of its ‘Strategy 2030’

December 3, 2020 (IEEFA) — The coronavirus pandemic has exposed the costs of excessive coal dependence at Poland’s largest energy company, Polska Grupa Energetyczna (PGE), highlighting the need for more renewables and greater detail on coal power plant closures under the company’s new strategy, according to a report by the Institute for Energy Economics and […]

IEEFA Philippines: NPC-SPUG shift can drive savings to P13.5 billion per year
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IEEFA Philippines: NPC-SPUG shift can drive savings to P13.5 billion per year

Shift from diesel to renewables can save electric coops P1.4-1.7 billion over next decade

3 December 2020 (IEEFA Philippines): The record-breaking disasters in the Philippines this year highlight the potential for renewable energy to power small island and isolated power grids and save the country up to P13.5 billion per year, and electric cooperatives an additional P1.4 to P1.7 billion over the next decade, finds a new report from […]

IEEFA U.K.: Smart tariffs can cut electric vehicle charging costs by one-fifth
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IEEFA U.K.: Smart tariffs can cut electric vehicle charging costs by one-fifth

Country announces ban on new gasoline and diesel cars by 2030

Smart tariffs that have been enabled by the rollout of digital meters can cut the payback period on electric vehicles by more than one-fifth, according to U.K. data, and can help Britain achieve its target to ban all new gasoline and diesel cars by 2030, as announced this week. IEEFA published research in May 2019 […]

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IEEFA Australia: Snowy Hydro gas plant expansions likely to be fuelled with taxpayer funds
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IEEFA Australia: Snowy Hydro gas plant expansions likely to be fuelled with taxpayer funds

Gas is a poor bet, and coupled with the financially challenged Snowy Hydro 2.0, is a sure stranded asset maker

19 November 2020 (IEEFA Australia): Careful scrutiny of Snowy Hydro’s latest financial results show the company is heading towards an uneasy reliance on government and taxpayer subsidies post 2021, throwing into serious doubt the government’s heady push for further gas expansion in a declining market, finds a new briefing note by the Institute for Energy […]

IEEFA: High fossil fuel costs and unnecessary power developments like Lamu will lead to expensive electricity bills for Kenyans

IEEFA: High fossil fuel costs and unnecessary power developments like Lamu will lead to expensive electricity bills for Kenyans

Kenya should make the most of its abundant renewable energy resources and reduce costs for consumers

The belated release of Kenya Power’s financial results for the year ended 30 June 2019 confirmed what was already known – that new renewable energy installations have replaced thermal power in Kenya’s energy mix. New power generation from the Lake Turkana Wind Power project – the largest wind power installation in Africa – resulted in […]

November 11, 2020 Read More →
IEEFA Indonesia: DME coal gasification project could lose US$377 million annually
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IEEFA Indonesia: DME coal gasification project could lose US$377 million annually

Investing in DME doesn’t make economic sense

10 November 2020 (IEEFA Indonesia): A proposed coal gasification plant for Sumatra could lose US$377 million dollars annually, finds a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Author and energy finance Analyst Ghee Peh says that with the COVID-induced economic contraction, this is not the time to be subsidizing a […]

and November 10, 2020 Read More →
IEEFA update: New solar energy plan for Bangladesh provides solutions to overcapacity, energy security and rising costs

IEEFA update: New solar energy plan for Bangladesh provides solutions to overcapacity, energy security and rising costs

A shift in focus to renewables would help to reduce the need for power subsidies or tariff increases

A new National Solar Energy Action Plan that has reportedly been drafted by SREDA – the Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority – could be a significant and timely turnaround in Bangladesh’s renewable energy ambition. The report is coming at a time when Bangladesh is considering abandoning further coal-fired power development which has become increasingly […]

November 5, 2020 Read More →