21 May 2017 09:15 AM GMT

Russia can increase the share of renewables in its energy mix from roughly 3 percent today to more than 11 percent by 2030, according to new findings by IRENA. The growth in renewable energy use would represent nearly a fourfold increase in the share of renewables between 2014 and 2030. To implement the study’s recommendations, an annual investment of approximately USD 15 billion per year between 2015 and 2050 is required, but IRENA shows that the benefits can exceed costs when externalities related to human health and climate change are considered. According to current estimates Russia has the largest wind potential in the world.

May 21st 2017
US Wind And Solar Surge: Providing Majority of New Generating Capacity Q1 2017

According to the latest issue of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) “Energy Infrastructure Update” (with data through March 31, 2017), wind and solar provided 50.84% of the new electrical generating capacity added to the U.S. grid during the first quarter of 2017. Significantly, renewables power sources are now almost 20% of the total US electrical generating capacity. If current growth rates continue, renewables should top 20% before the end of this year. Generating capacity from renewable sources is now more than double that of nuclear power (9.10%) and rapidly approaching that of coal (24.25%).

April 21st 2017
Renewables For Philippines: Accelerated Development And Energy Independence

A new report released by the IRENA, says that renewable energy policy making and institutional evolution can support Philippines’ development momentum and allow it to achieve energy independence. “Like many countries in its region, the Philippines faces a growing population and rising energy demand to power economic growth. Uniquely, the archipelago is also frequently exposed to tropical storms and natural disasters that affect its energy structure. Renewable energy can play a role in helping the country achieve greater energy security and distribution despite these challenges,” said IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin.

February 20th 2017
Renewables Provide 23% Of US Electrical Generation, As Wind, Solar Grow Rapidly

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA); renewables provided 23% Of US electrical generation in 2016, as wind and solar surged with an increase of 23%. Electrical generation by coal dropped by 8.30% and that from petroleum liquids & coke plummeted by 15.37%. (Solar-generated electricity is now more than double that from petroleum sources.) Electrical output attributable to natural gas and other gases increased by just 3.47% while growth in the nuclear power sector was an anaemic 1.02%. Beyond solar, wind, and hydro; geothermal also posted an impressive increase of 9.41% in 2016.

January 20th 2017
Tata Commissions Solar And Wind Projects, Strengthens Position In India

Speaking on this, Rahul Shah, CEO & Executive Director, Tata Power Renewable Energy Limited, said, “With the commissioning of these 2 projects, TPREL continues to fortify its position of being the largest renewable energy company in the country. Our strategic approach is in line with Tata Power’s aim to expand its clean energy portfolio up to 35-40% by 2025. We are extremely proud of this development and we continue to seek to grow our portfolio in India and in select international markets through organic and inorganic opportunities.”

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January 16th 2017
Enel Signs $115m USD Loan Agreement To Promote Renewable Investments In Brazil

The Enel Group and the Brazilian Development Bank, the main financing agency for development in Brazil, have signed a 20-year term loan agreement worth around $115m USD to promote renewable investments. The funding will also cover part of the investment required to build the recently inaugurated 102 MW Apiacas hydropower cluster, located in the state of Mato Grosso in Brazil’s Central-West Region. “We’re extremely pleased with the outcome of this transaction, which is a testament to the solidity of our Brazilian business,” said Francesco Venturini, Enel’s Head of Global Renewable Energies.

October 9th 2016
US, Canada Boost MIT Research On Clean Energy Sources Of Electricity

Hydro-Québec has announced it will provide a total of CA$100,000 over a 2-year period to research spearheaded by the MIT climate change think tank, Ouranos, located in Montréal, and the business school HEC Montréal, also in Montreal. The agreement provides for the development and implementation of a vital modeling tool that will be available for climate change researchers. The tool focuses on Québec and New England and will seek to identify opportunities for optimal expansion of renewable energy sources in the two regions, including expanded trade in electricity.

July 4th 2016
Africa Sets 300GW by 2030 Clean Energy Target

Africa has launched the African Renewable Energy Initiative which aims to produce 300 gigawatts of clean energy for the continent by 2030.

April 21st 2016
Hydropower Driving Ecuador Towards 100% Electricity Generation From Clean Energy

The renewable energy project is part of Ecuador’s goal of energy independence and its promotion of clean and alternative energy sources. According to Ecuador’s government officials, 93% of the country’s electricity was sourced from hydro power as of the end of 2015.

February 15th 2016
H2O Power Surges With Acquisition of 31MW Hydroelectric Facilities In PJM Market

The Allegheny 8 & 9 facilities have a 31.5MW capacity located on the Allegheny River in Armstrong and Indian Counties, Pennsylvania, within the Pennsylvania-Jersey-Maryland known (PJM) Interconnection. The assets are interconnected into the New York Independent System Operator in the PJM Interconnection Power Market. The capacity and energy generated by the Allegheny 8 & 9 facilities are sold to New York State Electric & Gas Corporation under a long-term power purchase agreement.

February 8th 2016
The State Of Play For Renewables In Central America (Infographic)

The renewables market in Central America is moving incredibly fast, with governments helping to create the right conditions for success: auctions in place, incentives and plans for distributed generation. But are the conditions for success really there and what is putting roadblocks to rapid expansion? How can the region fulfill its massive potential?

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