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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.

February 8th 2017
The US Now Employs More In Wind Power Than In Nuclear, Gas, Coal Or Hydro

Wind power employs just over 100,000 Americans according to new data released by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), more than work at nuclear, natural gas, coal, or hydroelectric power plants. “Wind means opportunity and job security for over 100,000 Americans,” said Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association. “The Department of Energy’s new jobs data underscore the incredible impact of wind power in creating American jobs for workers, who directly contribute to our nation’s energy independence and economic success story”.

February 6th 2017
INTERSOLAR SUMMIT USA East Returning To Brooklyn, New York On March 23, 2017

The development of the solar and energy storage industry at the U.S. East Coast has been very strong and dynamic over the past years. A total of 15,000 solar jobs are in Massachusetts, ranking 2nd in U.S. solar employment statistics, followed by New York and New Jersey in 4th and 5th place respectively. The State of New York has also pushed forward the energy transition by mandating 50% of renewable energy by 2030. In September 2016 New York City set its new target for solar capacity to 1 GW of solar PV by 2030 and its first energy storage deployment target to 100 MWh by 2020.

February 3rd 2017
Energy From Waste 2017 – Where The Waste To Energy Industry Does Business

Taking place Taking place on 21-22 February 2017 in London, the Energy From Waste 2017 conference agenda addresses the future of energy from waste, with insight provided on local authorities’ future role in operational waste contracts, and expert coverage on new secondary and tertiary technologies making energy from waste economically viable. In addition to the valuable content, the conference is the ideal environment to meet new suppliers and explore new opportunities, and delegates can also see for themselves how EfW technologies are being successfully utilised with an exclusive visit to an energy from waste facility thermally treating household and commercial waste.

January 9th 2017
Bangladesh Begins To Realise Solar Potential With 200MW Teknaf Solar PV Project

Bangladesh has begun to realise its immense solar potential and perhaps, also the associated challenges. Southern Solar Power Ltd, a Bangladesh-based subsidiary of the now-bankrupt US-based SunEdison is to build a solar power plant, within 18 months and will be the lead developer of the solar PV project. The project is the biggest ever solar-based electricity generation plant in Bangladesh and will be built at Teknaf in Cox’s Bazar, costing an estimated $300m.

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December 22nd 2016
German Energy Report: Electricity Generated From Renewables Continues To Grow

The Bundesnetzagentur and the Bundeskartellamt have published their joint Monitoring Report on the main developments in the German electricity and gas markets in 2015. Key findings are that “the proportion of electricity generated from renewables continues to grow”, said Jochen Homann, Bundesnetzagentur President and that “electricity consumers in Germany continue to benefit from having a large number of suppliers, said Andreas Mundt, President, Bundeskartellamt. Also that “liquid electricity wholesale markets encourage a greater number of competitors in retail markets”.

December 18th 2016
DEWA Reaches Financial Closure For 2,400MW Hassyan Clean Coal Power Project

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has reached financial closure for the 2,400MW Hassyan clean coal power project. Last June, DEWA signed the PPA, Shareholders Agreement (SHA), and other project agreements with the consortium led by ACWA Power. Total investment of the project is USD 3.4 billion through Hassyan Energy Company, which is a joint-venture between DEWA (51%) and a consortium comprising ACWA Power, Harbin Electric, and the Silk Road Fund (49%). The project consists of four 600MW net power units. They will be operational in March 2020, March 2021, March 2022, and March 2023 respectively.

December 12th 2016
Biofuels Industry Questions EU Commission’s Revised Renewable Energy Directive

Farmers and Industry leaders have questioned the European Commission proposals for new legislation on clean energy which has significant implications for crop-based biofuels. In turn, the Commission views this introduction of a cap on the contribution of food-based biofuels as a mechanism to minimise the Indirect Land-Use Change (ILUC) impacts.

December 10th 2016
DEWA And Masdar Sign PPA For 800MW 3rd Phase Of Mohammed Bin Rashid Solar Park

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) have signed a power purchase agreement with Abu Dubai Future Energy Company (Masdar) for the 800MW third phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Solar Park. The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is a major undertaking which will become an international reference point for the renewable energy industry,” said Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO of Masdar. The park was launched to diversify the energy mix so clean energy will generate 7% of Dubai’s total power output by 2020, 25% by 2030 and 75% by 2050. “Through the Solar Park, DEWA is making a significant contribution to the UAE’s vision for a green economy. The collaboration between all parties to reach this milestone has been exceptional”, added Al Ramahi.

December 8th 2016
WindEurope Calls On EU To Increase Ambition On Renewables

WindEurope calls on the European Parliament and EU Member states to build greater ambition on renewables toward 2030. Giles Dickson, CEO of WindEurope, said: “We welcome the Commission’s package on renewables and market design. But there is still a lot of work to do in the Parliament and the Council to ensure renewables investors stick with Europe after 2020. If Europe is going to deliver on its goal to be number one in renewables, the Commission’s proposals have to be further developed. Crucially Member States have to produce meaningful national plans to map out their energy transition. And that means all Member States. Today only 7 out of 28 have clear plans and policies in place for renewables beyond 2020.”

November 28th 2016
Vattenfall Wins 600MW Offshore Project For The Largest Wind Farm In The Nordics

Vattenfall has won the tender to build Kriegers Flak, a 600 MW offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea. The winning bid was €49.9 per MW, which is among the lowest costs in the world for offshore wind power. It will be Denmark’s largest offshore wind farm; supplying 23% of all households in Denmark, 600,000 in total, with clean energy. Vattenfall’s investment will be €1.1–1.3Bn, pending a final decision. Kriegers Flak is part of Denmark’s 2012 agreement to become a green and resource efficient economy entirely independent of fossil fuels by 2050.

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