29 June 2016 09:30 AM GMT

Michael Lewis, CEO of E.ON Climate and Renewables GmbH, has voiced caution on the UK government clean energy policy reversals. “The UK has been E.ON’s largest market in terms of gross investment but since the election last year, there have been a number of very substantial policy reversals here. This sends completely the wrong signals to investors.” He outlined that, the “EU generally and the UK specifically needs to come together and deliver some coherent policies across the renewable energy area”.

June 24th 2016
Chile Emerges As The Clean Energy ‘Tiger’ Of Latin America

Chile now plays host to the largest PV plants in Latin America. According to a CIFES report, the first quarter of the year saw an increase of around 254MW in solar, in addition to 6MW wind and small hydro and biomass projects. With this, the country continues to hold its position as the largest solar market in Latin America. While 10% of Chile’s power demand is now successfully met through renewable energy, their current volume is set to double under mandates set by new legislation, setting a new objective of 20% renewable energy in 2025, as well as further targets during the preceding years.

June 20th 2016
Electric Vehicles – An Astonishing Opportunity For Utilities, Storage And Grids

Utilities have been slow to adopt renewable innovations like wind and rooftop solar, according to some critics, however, utilities now have the opportunity to seize a share of the $400bn US petrol market from the oil companies. Capturing market share for light-duty vehicles alone, “power sales would rise by about 25%, adding roughly $100bn per year to electric utility revenues and saving car drivers about $300bn a year”, states Michael Shepherd, Chairman of E-Source, highlighting a superb opportunity for utilities to boost significantly the growth of EV transportation.

June 20th 2016
Intersolar, ees North America Workshop Program for Installers And Developers

Intersolar and ees North America, the most attended solar plus energy storage industry exhibition and conference dedicated to the North American market, will host more than 20 workshops this year to educate installers and project developers on the key trends and new products shaping the industry. The featured workshops this year are developed in partnership with the California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA), the North American Board of Certified Energy Professionals (NABCEP) and the National Alliance for Advanced Transportation Batteries (NAATBatt).

June 19th 2016
Stunning Growth of Clean Energy In Mexico

The recent state power auction in Mexico awarded 5.38 million megawatt-hours of energy to renewable energies; solar won 74 percent and wind won the remaining 26 percent. Solar in Mexico will now grow by an astonishing 521 percent in 2016, far exceeding projections made only months earlier. With the concentration of project developers in the country now matching the strategic objectives of its government, Mexico has the resources to become a strong and internationally significant clean energy hub.

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June 10th 2016
Energy Efficiency And Production: California Leads The Way

Even with the 2nd largest energy consumption and expenditure in the USA , California has some of the lowest per capita consumption patterns in the country. This; when combined with its robust renewable energy production (nearly 4000MW solar projects installed), and a more diversified energy portfolio, sees it trailblazing towards its landmark energy targets. In addition, shielding its economy from the volatility of oil prices, California provides a model that can be used nationally, as well as globally.

June 9th 2016
Santiago Pioneers Public Transport First; Solar Powered Metro Serving 2.2M Daily

Total and SunPower have announced that SunPower has signed a power purchase agreement for the supply of 300-gigawatt hours per year of clean solar energy to Metro of Santiago. With this agreement, the Metro of Santiago will become the first public transport system in the world to run mostly on solar energy. It currently serves 2.2 million passengers per day. “This project supports our ambition to become the responsible energy major,” says Bernard Clément, senior vice president of Business & Operations, of the New Energies division of Total.

June 6th 2016
A World After Oil: Saudi Arabia Plans $2 Trillion Fund Transforming Its Economy

Saudi Arabia is planning to create a $2 trillion sovereign wealth fund to reduce the country’s reliance on oil and fundamentally change its economy. The fund will then be in a position to buy the four largest publicly traded companies in the world; among them Apple Inc., Alphabet Inc. (Google parent company), Microsoft Corp. and Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and still be left with over a billion remaining. It’s a vision driven by the Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia who stated “undoubtedly, it will be the largest fund on Earth.

May 26th 2016
Unprecedented Unity As Record Numbers Of Nations Sign Climate Change Agreement

To enter legal force, the Paris Agreement needs a minimum endorsement from 55 countries, representing no less than 55% of greenhouse gas emissions. The World Resources Institute states that with more than 171 countries signing, these represent a total of 93% of global emissions. Among the most welcome surprises were the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitters; China, India, Brazil and the US, who all signed the treaty. The volume of first-day-signatures broke the record held by any international treaty to date.

May 25th 2016
Intersolar North America – A Key Station For The Solar Express

Intersolar North America is the most attended and first major solar industry event of the year. It brings together thousands of solar professionals, industry leaders, press and key influencers to recharge and accelerate business goals through the end of the year and beyond. It unites people and companies from around the world with the aim of increasing the share of solar power in the global energy supply.

May 19th 2016
“The Whole Energy Sector Is Moving From Black To Green” – Dong Energy IPO

With a potential valuation as high as $13billion, Danish wind developer DONG Energy is set to be the biggest company to raise money on European exchanges this year and the biggest ever at the Copenhagen Stock Exchange. Since its formation with a merger of the Danish state oil and gas company and five regional utilities 10 years ago, it has gone through a massive transformation to become the world’s largest offshore wind farm developer. At least 15 percent of the shares will be sold in the IPO and the Danish government, will keep 50.1 percent.

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