Oct 28, 2020 - Energy & Environment

The global investment slump

Data: IEA; Chart: Sara Wise/Axios
Data: IEA; Chart: Sara Wise/Axios

A few days ago the International Energy Agency updated its analysis of the pandemic-fueled decline in investment.

Driving the news: IEA now sees global industry investment on the upstream (exploration and production) side falling by 35% this year, a slightly steeper drop than their prior analysis in May.

Why it matters: "This somewhat weaker outlook stems from cuts of around 45% by shale companies in the United States, which have experienced a surge of bankruptcies, layoffs and shut-ins, as well as a 50% jump in financing costs," IEA notes.

The big picture: Investment is falling across the energy industry, but some sectors are faring much better than others.

  • "Annual spending for renewable power is now seen down by only 3% compared to the prior year, supported by continued development of large projects with long lead times, such as offshore wind ... and hydropower," IEA said.
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