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IEEFA Australia: Afraid of the dark and clutching at coal, ESB still beating the capacity mechanism drum

Energy Security Board claims Dunkelflaute is a key reason for a capacity mechanism – where is the evidence?

The Energy Security Board (ESB) has cited periods of scarce wind and solar resources as a key reason to implement the contested capacity mechanism, which will see payments from energy consumers to primarily conventional power generators for their capacity to generate electricity, rather than for actually generating electricity. The ESB has claimed the market is […]

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 […]

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IEEFA: India’s new gas infrastructure investment must be part of a balancing act

Vital fiscal and environmental queries in optimising role of gas in transition to clean energy for cooking and mobility

6 October 2021 (IEEFA India): India’s strategy to cover unmet energy requirements by creating dual connections of gas and electricity requires a balancing act to ward off environmental and capital loss, according to a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), with volatility of global gas prices increasing the urgency of […]

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IEEFA U.S.: Surging generation from solar, wind on track to push renewable market share to 30 percent by 2026

Constant growth in renewable generation will push out costly coal and gas power

Data for the first eight months of this year show that wind generation has risen more than 25 percent since 2019 (pushing its market share to almost 9 percent) while utility-scale solar generation has jumped 55 percent (pushing its market share to nearly 3 percent). Combined, wind and utility-scale solar generation has gone up by […]

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