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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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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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A South African Surge in Competitive Solar and Wind

Giles Parkinson for RenewEconomy: The cost of wind and solar energy has fallen so dramatically that wind and solar plants can now be built in South Africa at nearly half the cost of new coal, according to the country’s principal research organisation. A presentation from the energy division of the Centre for Scientific and Industrial […]

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The ‘Blended Finance’ Model for New Energy Investing in Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa

IEEFA has found that there is a gap in what is being spent and what is necessary, particularly in India, Brazil and Russia. China has a hefty US$21.5 billion shortfall, but has come a long way by hitting 80% of its target: Jai Sharda, IEEFA energy-markets consultant and managing partner of Equitorials, cited the introduction […]

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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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$51 Billion Gap Between Capital and Opportunity in Annual Renewables Investment in BRICS

From the Business Standard (India): BRICS countries will require additional annual investment of USD 51 billion on average to meet their current renewable energy capacity addition targets, says a report. The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) today said that overall nearly USD 10 billion would need to come in annually from public […]

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Growing Risk of Stranded Energy Assets in South Africa

Alex Lenferna for Business Day Live (South Africa): Financial markets across the world are waking up to the threat of a new financial bubble, one premised on the possibility that trillions of dollars worth of fossil fuel assets will be lost as the world takes action on climate change. Yet, as other economies prepare to […]

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South Africa Locks Onto Coal Despite Water Risks, Grim Market Trends

Keith Schneider for Circle of Blue: South Africa’s allegiance to coal mining and coal-fired power generation in an era of rising concern about water supply and quality, and weakening national and global demand is causing a furor in the country’s mining sector, affecting the financial community, and tearing holes in President Jacob Zuma’s veil of […]

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Mega-Coal Plants in South Africa: ‘Big Projects That Do Not Fit Their Time’

Keith Schneider for Circle of Blue: For over a century South Africa’s economy fueled itself with the nation’s ample coal reserves, which today generate 90 percent of the nation’s electricity and 35 percent of its liquid fuel, employ tens of thousands of workers, and consume two percent of the water. Kusile and Medupi, two of […]

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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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IEEFA Briefing Note: Coal Industry’s Solution to Energy Poverty Is Not Economically or Socially Feasible

Lessons From South Africa, India, Kosovo, Puerto Rico, and China

CLEVELAND, March 3, 2016 (IEEFA) — The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) today published a briefing note that challenges traditional coal-industry solutions to global energy poverty. The note, “Energy Poverty, Then and Now: How Coal Proponents Have It Wrong,” proposes modern, cleaner solutions to energy-accessibility problems that continue to affect millions of […]

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Arch Coal, the Second-Biggest U.S. Producer, Is in Trouble

Arch Coal has posted significant losses for three years running now and as 2015 unfolds it appears its performance will remain in the red. Last week the company announced it had lost $553 million in 2014, which is an improvement over 2013, when the company lost $736 million, but not very promising. A deeper look, […]

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