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IEEFA Update: IEA, Still Behind the Curve, Nonetheless Indicates Rising Stranded-Asset Risk in Fossil-Fuel Holdings

A Not-So-Distant Future in Which Thermal-Fired Electricity Generation Declines Precipitously

The International Energy Agency, out with its annual energy-markets forecast, “World Energy Outlook 2016,” remains behind the curve but not as far behind as it was. A history of IEA underestimation of technology change has been partially remedied in this new report, but the agency’s solar and wind forecasts can at best be described still […]

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IEEFA Global: A $51 Billion Gap (and a $51 Billion Opportunity) in BRICS Nations’ Renewable Energy Development

How to Meet the Goal? Through "Blended Finance" Where Public Funds Unleash Private Money

Here, in one chart, is an IEEFA picture worth a thousand words. While some $130 billion was invested last year in renewable-energy development in the BRICS countries—Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa—billions more are required if these countries are to meet their commitments to climate-change mitigation policies. The four countries, in all, have announced […]

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IEEFA Report: India Clings to Questionable Ultra Mega Power Plant Plans

Viability Issues Continue to Complicate New Coal-Fired Projects

We’ve published a report today noting that while India has undergone an admirable energy-policy shift over the past few years, it is clinging unwisely to plans to build two costly coal-fired Ultra Mega Power Plants. Our report—“India’s Questionable Ultra Mega Power Plans”— details how these UMPP projects stand in jarring contrast to better-advised initiatives that […]

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A Step Backward for Bangladesh

Rampal Power Project: Fraught With Unacceptable Risk and Out of Step With the Times

We’ve published a report today that explains how the proposed coal-fired Rampal Power Plant in southwest Bangladesh would drive up electricity rates, cost far more than its promoters say, and put investors and consumers at a myriad of risks. Our report, “Risky and Over-Subsidized: A Financial Analysis of the Rampal Power Plant,” outlines why the […]

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India’s Plan to Build 12 New Nuclear Reactors Is Fraught With Risk


Projects at Kovvada and Mithi Virdi Are Not Economically or Financially Viable


We’ve just published a report that explores what we believe are unacceptably high risks and costs of the Indian government’s proposal to build 12 new nuclear reactors. Our study, “Bad Choice: The Risks, Costs and Viability of Proposed U.S. Nuclear Reactors in India,” finds the plan, which would put six reactors each at Kovvada and […]

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Coal Won’t Solve the Energy Poverty Problem

Times Have Changed; Old Electricity-Generation Models Don’t Work Anymore

Coal-fired electricity is no longer the economy builder its proponents say it is. Time was when coal in fact did contribute to growth in many economies, but times have changed. Today governments and private interests worldwide concede—even emphasize—the economic and environmental dysfunction of coal. We’ve just published an IEEFA Briefing Note (“Energy Poverty, Then and […]

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Report: Wollongong Coal Ltd’s Russell Vale Coal Mine A Likely Stranded Asset

Wollongong Coal Ltd’s Russell Vale Coal Mine A Likely Stranded Asset (pdf)

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Eight (8) Signs Now Is the Time to Invest in Energy Transformation

Rapid Change Is Already Being Driven by New Policies and the Shifting Sands of Finance

Evidence continues to mount that the world is beyond peak coal consumption and that its appetite for thermal coal is waning. This trend has gathered remarkable momentum in 2015, as seen in sharp consumption declines in key coal markets. We’ve published a report today that explores recent developments around the world: “Carpe Diem: Eight Signs […]

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Fact-Checking the Claim That Australian Coal Is Clean

Studiously Avoiding the Trend Toward a New Energy Economy

We’re seeing an increasing number of boastful assertions by Australian politicians that Australian coal is environmentally friendlier than other coal. It’s not true—and we’ve published a fact sheet here that gets into the weeds of it—but one illuminating comparison can be found when you stack Australian benchmark thermal coal up next to coal from Indonesia, […]

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Past Peak Coal in China

Past Peak Coal in China, Nov 2015  Chinese translation of press release (pdf)

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IEEFA Update: IEA, Still Behind the Curve, Nonetheless Indicates Rising Stranded-Asset Risk in Fossil-Fuel Holdings

A Not-So-Distant Future in Which Thermal-Fired Electricity Generation Declines Precipitously

The International Energy Agency, out with its annual energy-markets forecast, “World Energy Outlook 2016,” remains behind the curve but not as far behind as it was. A history of IEA underestimation of technology change has been partially remedied in this new report, but the agency’s solar and wind forecasts can at best be described still […]

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IEEFA Asia: Rosy Prospects in Indonesian Coal?

A Note of Caution on Assuming That Recent High Prices Are Sustainable

As the U.S. coal industry hopes for an unlikely revival on the back of U.S. political developments, the Indonesian coal sector is riding a surge in thermal coal prices. Confidence was high already, as evidenced by coal giants Bukit Asam and Adaro Energy joining a late-October U.S. capital market road show sponsored by the Indonesian […]

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IEEFA China: Why the Rally in Coal Prices Is Unsustainable

A Short-Term Surge Is at the Mercy of Long-Term Trends

While thermal coal export prices have doubled since the first of the year, IEEFA remains of the view that the price spike is due solely to the confluence of several short-term policy and weather factors in China and India. By far the more important trend to watch is what’s seen in the 10.7 percent year-on-year, […]

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China and India Will Step in Wherever U.S. Renewable Investment Slips

Maria Gallucci for Mashable: China and India stand to benefit if America’s progress on clean energy slips under President-elect Donald Trump, energy experts say. Trump has vowed to gut U.S. climate policies that favor wind, solar and other lower-emissions technologies and instead revive the struggling coal sector. But the world’s energy market is moving in […]

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On the Blogs: Climate Pact Will Drive Decline of Coal-Fired Electricity in Europe, China and India

Ken Silverstein for Environmental Leader: It’s all in the context of the Paris accord, signed by 191 countries in December 2015. Last week, it was ratified in Marrakesh. Under the agreement, countries will submit new blueprints every five years. The goal remains to limit global temperature increases to no more than 2 degrees Celsius by […]

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IEEFA Update: The Global Energy Transformation Remains on Track

U.S. Presidential Election Results Regardless, the Gathering Transition to Renewables Continues

Regardless of any potential or even likely shift in U.S. energy policies, the transition of global energy markets is firmly entrenched. A succession of financial and technology breakthroughs position renewable energy and efficiency as clearly price competitive in an increasing number of energy markets  Policy action, with the ratification of the Paris climate accord, reflects […]

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Op-Ed: An Increasingly Bold Push in India to Tap ‘That Ancient Gift of the Sun’

Gopal Patel, India’ Energy Minister, for CNN: Until now, India’s reliance on coal for almost three-fourths of its electricity supply has hindered its transition to clean energy. Part of the reason for India’s reliance on coal for so much of its power is to be found underground, in the country’s enormous reserves of the fossil […]

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Indian Electricity Giant Sees 30-40% Renewables by 2025

From the Economic Times of India: Tata Power will increase its renewable energy footprint to 30-40 per cent of the total 20,000-MW capacity it aims to build and operate by 2025, its chief executive and managing director Anil Sardana said. “The aim is to have 8,000-MW out of the 20,000-MW by 2025,” he said while […]

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IEEFA Asia: Adani, in Latest Report to Investors, Skips Mention of Its Australian Coal Project

As Energy Markets Continue to Evolve, Less Likelihood Carmichael Mine Will Be Developed

Adani Enterprises Ltd—the 100 percent owner of Adani Mining Australia Pty Ltd, the entity that owns the massive Carmichael open-cut coal proposal—is reporting a net loss of US$11 million for the three months to September 2016. This comes on the back of a 33 percent year-on-year decline in operating profits and an 18 percent rise […]

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IEEFA Asia: India’s High-Risk Rampal Coal-Plant Investment Puts Global Household-Name Asset-Management Companies at Risk

BlackRock, JPMorgan Chase, Reliance Group, Sun Life Financial, Franklin Resources, Royal Bank of Canada, AIG, Prudential, Axis Bank, Crédit Agricole, HSBC, Bank of New York Mellon, UBS, Credit Suisse …

In a continuation of our pictures-worth-a-thousand-words motif we started earlier this week, with the first one on the vast opportunity in BRICS renewables-investment markets, here’s one that offers a revealing look at which institutions exactly are at risk in the exceptionally high-risk Rampal coal-fired project in India. First, the EXIM Bank of India has a […]

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