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    Battery storage now more cost effective than gas-fired peaker plants, research showsRenew Economy: Big batteries have emerged as the more effective provider of peaking services within the electricity market, beating out gas generators on cost and effectiveness, new analysis published by the [Australia] Clean Energy Council has argued. Peaking generators play an important role within the electricity system, providing additional supplies of power at short notice when demand ...
    IEEFA: Major investment advisors BlackRock and Meketa provide a fiduciary path through the energy transitionTwo major financial management firms, BlackRock and Meketa, have separately concluded that investment funds have experienced no negative financial impacts  from divesting from fossil fuels. In fact, they found evidence of modest improvement in fund return, according to draft reports undertaken at the request of New York City’s comptroller on behalf of three of the ...
    Wind and Solar U.S. Electric Market Share Daily IEEFA: Birchwood coal facility closure/redevelopment highlights transition from coal to renewablesThe Birchwood coal facility in Virginia is emblematic of the rapid transition from coal to renewable energy underway in the U.S. Four years ago, General Electric, which owns half of the 242-megawatt (MW) unit, planned to make the facility a showcase of its digital technologies, promising efficiency improvements, reduced emissions and lower costs. Earlier this ...
    Nebraska utility Omaha Public Power signs contract for state’s first solar projectAssociated Press: Omaha Public Power District has signed a contract to build the state’s first solar power plant in eastern Nebraska, just south of Yutan. The utility signed the contract last week to build an 81-megawatt solar farm on 500 acres of farmland in Saunders County, with construction to begin next year, the Omaha World-Herald reported. The ...
    IEEFA: Emissions and Qatar are neglected risk factors in Woodside’s Scarborough project14 April 2021 (IEEFA Australia): Investors are in the dark about the financial implications of emissions from Woodside’s proposed Scarborough gas field in the offshore North West Shelf, Western Australia, as the company has yet to release its carbon price sensitivity modelling, finds a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis ...
    New York state pension fund to divest from six Canadian oil sands companiesReuters: New York’s state pension fund is restricting investment in six Canadian oil sands companies because they have not shown they are prepared for a transition to a low-carbon future, the fund’s Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said on Monday. The New York State Common Retirement Fund will divest more than $7 million in securities already held in the ...
    Iberdrola begins construction at hybrid wind, solar project in South AustraliaRenewables Now: Spanish utility Iberdrola SA said today it has installed the first turbine at its 317-MW hybrid wind and solar power project in South Australia. The AUD-500-million (USD 381m/EUR 320m) Port Augusta Renewable Energy Park will consist of a 210-MW wind farm and a 107-MW solar park. The project will involve the installation of a total of ...
    A switch from coal to LNG risks derailing Bangladesh renewables progress IEEFA: Bangladesh needs a renewables focus, not a switch from ‘coal to gas’The emerging markets of Bangladesh and Vietnam are alluring for foreign energy companies looking to make money in the region. But these nations stand to lose both economically and environmentally through a pivot from coal to gas. Such a switch risks hindering investment into renewable energy and derailing climate progress across the continent. In Bangladesh, the ...
    ScottishPower planning solar, storage installation to push green hydrogen developmentPV Tech: British energy company ScottishPower is targeting up to 40MW of solar as part of its Green Hydrogen for Scotland project. The company has submitted a planning application for up to 40MW of solar, made up over 62,000 individual solar cells, and up to 50MW of battery energy storage, which would be located on a site ...
    San Juan map IEEFA U.S.: Selection of Puerto Rico privatization contract winner based on identical scores, identical mistakesAn objective analysis of the award of a 15-year privatization contract for Puerto Rico’s electrical system to LUMA Energy raises numerous red flags about the integrity of the process. LUMA is scheduled to take over the non-generation functions of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) on June 1, including transmission, distribution, billing, customer service, and ...