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IEEFA: Pakistan’s new long-term power plan – one step forward, two steps back

Over reliance on hydro whilst slashing wind and solar increases risk of missing the 60% clean energy target

Pakistan has released a new version of its long term power plan – the Indicative Generation Capacity Expansion Plan (IGCEP) for 2021. IEEFA highlighted some issues with the 2020 version in September last year. The new iteration of the IGCEP – prepared by the National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC) – states on page 1 […]


IEEFA: Deploying batteries at scale in the Indian power sector

A case for battery targets complemented with discom-controlled dispatch

India needs to deploy batteries at scale in the power sector. The country envisages uptake of 450 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy capacity by 2030. The high penetration of intermittent renewable energy will bring up issues around managing system flexibility in terms of steeper ramps and peaking load requirements. In India, system flexibility has historically […]


IEEFA U.S.: Prices are up—but the oil industry’s return is more complicated

Rising oil prices fail to mask long-term fundamental weaknesses for oil business

Former ExxonMobil CEO Lee Raymond advanced the idea in the 1980s that the quality of management trumped all else in evaluating the oil industry’s prospects. He believed oil company executives were in the best position to project supply and demand, ride worldwide growth cycles, and provide robust returns to investors, no matter how oil markets […]

IEEFA Australia: From coal to inverters, AEMO’s engineering vision is ambitious and necessary

Regulators and governments must increase pace to match market operator's vision of 100% renewables by 2025

George Orwell wrote “Our civilisation is founded on coal … The machines keep us alive and the machines that make machines, are all directly or indirectly dependent upon coal”. From colonisation until recently, Australia too has been dependent on coal and gas and the large spinning turbines that turn these ancient, buried resources into electrons. […]

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