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IEEFA: Australia’s climate policies could push New South Wales into a debt spiral

IEEFA: Australia’s climate policies could push New South Wales into a debt spiral

Climate policy failure will shrink Australia’s GDP by 6% and increase net debt in NSW to 100% by 2060, with taxpayers footing the bill

20 October 2021 (IEEFA Australia): Australia’s failure to commit to net zero targets or any credible climate policy is a growing economic threat to New South Wales and other states, argues a new report by the Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The Reserve Bank of Australia’s deputy governor Guy Debelle last week […]

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IEEFA U.S.: Skyrocketing plastics prices a major concern for public health, economy

IEEFA U.S.: Skyrocketing plastics prices a major concern for public health, economy

An ‘essential industry’ to the U.S. economy runs in the dark

October 18, 2021 (IEEFA) — Despite its growing importance to the U.S. economy, the nation’s plastics industry remains a heavily concentrated sector taking advantage of an opaque, unregulated price-setting mechanism to bolster profits for major oil and gas companies, as well as plastic producers. The sector, which has increased prices throughout the year, was deemed […]

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 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: Review of U.S. coal leasing program misses the point, may slow energy transition

IEEFA submits comments to Bureau of Land Management on coal leasing program

October 1, 2021 (IEEFA) – The United States government should not spend any time reforming the coal leasing process because new coal leases are no longer needed, according to comments submitted to the United States Bureau of Land Management by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. “As the owner of the coal reserves, […]

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 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: U.S. push for LNG in the Philippines paints unrealistic picture of global prices and market viability

IEEFA: U.S. push for LNG in the Philippines paints unrealistic picture of global prices and market viability

Overly optimistic claims about financial, economic and environmental benefits of LNG

Sept. 23, 2021 (IEEFA) – A recent white paper sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) promotes the benefits of liquefied natural gas in the Philippines. The report, however, is based on questionable assumptions about global LNG prices, long-term demand and market viability of U.S. exports to price-sensitive countries in Asia, according to […]

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Vestas 15-megawatt turbines to power New York Empire Wind project

offshoreWind.biz: Empire Offshore Wind, a joint venture between Equinor and bp, has named Vestas as the preferred turbine supplier for the 2.1 GW Empire Wind 1 and Empire Wind 2 offshore wind projects in New York, USA. Vestas will provide 138 V236-15.0 MW turbines for Empire Wind 1 and 2, located 15-30 miles off the […]

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Iberdrola to spend $8.2 billion on East Anglia offshore wind project

Reuters: Global wind power leader Iberdrola (IBE.MC) will pour six billion pounds ($8.24 billion) into a wind farm complex in the North Sea off the east coast of Britain, in its biggest project investment worldwide, it said on Monday. Iberdrola said in a statement it would foot the bill for the East Anglia Hub site, […]

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EDP plans to invest $13 billion in UK wind and solar projects by 2030

Reuters: Power distribution company WEL Networks and renewables developer Infratec are in the final stages of assessment for what will be New Zealand’s first utility-scale battery energy storage Power company Energias de Portugal (EDP.LS) (EDP) plans to invest 12.86 billion pounds ($17.65 billion) in wind and solar projects in Britain by 2030 as the country […]

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IEEFA U.S.: Skyrocketing plastics prices a major concern for public health, economy
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IEEFA U.S.: Skyrocketing plastics prices a major concern for public health, economy

An ‘essential industry’ to the U.S. economy runs in the dark

October 18, 2021 (IEEFA) — Despite its growing importance to the U.S. economy, the nation’s plastics industry remains a heavily concentrated sector taking advantage of an opaque, unregulated price-setting mechanism to bolster profits for major oil and gas companies, as well as plastic producers. The sector, which has increased prices throughout the year, was deemed […]

Solar investments produce 2.7 times more jobs than fossil fuel work

Huffington Post: As Congress debates whether to pare down the Biden administration’s signature climate proposals or allow the fossil fuel industry to benefit more from new government programs, new research suggests doing so would create far fewer jobs. For every million dollars the United States government invests, solar produces over 2.7 times more jobs than […]

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Puerto Rico grid woes lead to grassroots push for more renewables

The Guardian: Rosalina Marrero spends the best part of each day ironing and watching telenovelas at her modest bungalow in Puerto Rico’s coastal Guayama province. When it gets too hot or her asthma plays up due to the toxic coal ash from the nearby power plant, the 78-year-old widow rests on an adjustable hospital bed, […]

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Largest India conglomerate plans sixfold boost in renewables by 2030

Nikkei Asia ($): Looking to scale up its green energy portfolio from 4 gigawatts at present to 25 GW by 2030, Indian electricity producer Tata Power is betting heavily on the “huge potential” that the South Asian nation of over 1.3 billion people offers in the field of renewable energy. “For a country like India, […]

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Battery retrofit for solar plant to boost Vietnam renewable projects

Energy Storage News: A battery energy storage system (BESS) will be retrofitted to a utility-scale solar PV power plant in Vietnam, in a pilot project aimed at supporting the spread of renewable energy in the country while reducing power losses.  A grant for US$2.96 million has been awarded by the US Consulate General in Ho […]

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Consortium reaches agreement for 500-megawatt wind farm in Egypt

S&P Capital IQ ($): A consortium of companies agreed to develop, construct and operate a 500-MW wind farm in Ras Ghareb, Egypt. The consortium, composed of France’s Engie SA, Japan’s Toyota Tsusho Corp./Eurus Energy Holdings Corp. and Dubai’s Orascom Construction PLC, has reached an agreement with the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Co. for the wind project, […]

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Solar meets majority of Australia grid demand for first time

Renew Economy: The combined output of rooftop and large scale solar met more than half of Australia’s grid demand for the first time on Sunday, as records for renewable output and share of demand continued to tumble across the country and coal output hit a record low. As the National Party met on Sunday to […]

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