20 May 2018 2018 09:15 AM GMT

EV, Renewables See CO2 Emissions Plateau By 2030, But Far From 2 Degree Pathway

McKinsey Energy Insights (MEI), the data and analytics specialist that provides distinctive insight and support to the global energy industry, has released the 2018 Reference Case of its Global Energy Perspective (GEP) on long-term global energy demand. Major shifts in the global energy landscape, particularly related to electric vehicles (EVs) and renewable energy sources, mean that MEI expects global CO₂ emissions to plateau by 2030. However, increased global energy demand means emissions will remain at more than double the level required for a 2 degrees Celsius warming pathway.

MEI forecasts that by 2030 every fifth car sold globally will be electric and not just in early adopter markets. Sales of EVs will rise from 3% in 2020 to 20% by 2030, however, the growth in light-duty electric trucks is expected to be slower, growing from 1% to 12% in the same period.

Renewables are expected to take almost all the growth in global power generation through to 2050. MEI expects that in the next 5-10 years it will become more economic to build renewable capacity than operate existing gas- or coal-fired power plants in most markets. This will trigger further declines in the utilization rates of fossil-fueled plants, with solar and wind growing 5-10 times faster than gas. Overall, the additional global net capacity of power generation to 2050 will be 80% renewables, with China and India contributing more than 50%.

However, despite major growth in the EV market and the increasing dominance of renewables, a rising population and increasing wealth in non-OECD countries will drive significant energy demand growth, offsetting CO₂emission reductions elsewhere.

Ole Rolser, Associate Partner and Solution Leader at MEI, comments: “Despite the significant momentum around EVs and renewable energy sources taking an increasing share of the power market, energy-related emissions remain flat from 2030 to 2050. As developing countries continue to rely heavily on cheap coal, non-OECD energy demand will replace the efficiency gains made by OECD countries. To realize the 2 degrees pathway scenario, we’d have to see much broader, much more disruptive change than what we’re seeing now.”

GEP was developed by MEI supported by McKinsey and energy experts globally and across industries. It delivers long-term projections on how the energy transition will unfold to 2050 across 145 countries, 28 sectors, and 57 energy types.

McKinsey Energy Insights, a specialist analytics unit within McKinsey, provides distinctive analysis, insights, and support to energy players. MEI’s dedicated specialists apply proprietary tools and methodologies and a data-driven approach. With its strong ties with McKinsey’s oil and gas consulting practice and collaborations with the wider McKinsey network, its research and analysis yield knowledge available nowhere else.

They have over 100 dedicated specialists, across London, Houston, Singapore, Amsterdam, and Wroclaw and an extended network, as part of McKinsey & Company, of over 500 energy specialists, in 105 offices across the globe. Focused on integrating market insight with analytics, MEI combines McKinsey’s industry knowledge and expertise with rigorous analytics delivered in market outlooks and cloud-based analytics software, bespoke scenario planning, and performance improvement programs.

June 22nd 2018
Growth Of Renewables In Peru As Enel Opens Largest Wind Farm In Country

Enel is now Peru’s leading renewable energy generator with around 1.1 GW of installed capacity following the commissioning of Wayra I which, with more than 132 MW, is now Peru’s largest wind farm. Built in approximately a year and comprising 42 wind turbines of 3 MW over each, it’s expected to produce 600 GWh per year; enough to avoid the annual emission of over 285,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere. The energy generated by the wind farm is being delivered to the Peruvian transmission grid (SEIN) through the Poroma substation. The project is supported by a 20-year energy supply contract with Peru’s Ministry of Energy and Mines.

June 20th 2018
Battery Boom: Wind And Solar Can Generate Half Of Worldwide Electricity By 2050

Coal is to shrink to just 11% of global electricity generation by mid-century, from 38% now, as costs shift heavily in favour of wind, solar and batteries. Wind and solar are set to surge to almost “50 by 50” – 50% of world generation by 2050 due to reductions in cost. “Cheap battery storage means that it becomes increasingly possible to finesse the delivery of electricity from wind and solar so that these technologies can help meet demand even when the wind isn’t blowing and the sun isn’t shining. The result will be renewables eating up more and more of the existing market for coal, gas and nuclear.”

June 18th 2018
IET’s Renewable Power Generation Conference Comes To Copenhagen

The Institution of Engineering and Technology’s popular Renewable Power Generation conference will be making its first visit to Denmark this year. The conference, now in its 7th iteration, will be hosted by the Center for Electric Power and Energy at DTU, which also manages the world-class experiment platform for research and development of renewables integration – PowerLabDK. Over 180 new research papers will be presented at the conference. Attendees will be able to find out the latest ideas and thinking around wind power plant modelling and control; wave and tidal energy; renewable energy forecasting; power conversion and grid interaction; Hybrid systems combining multiple energy sources; the impact of distributed generation and use of HVDC.