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9 November 2018 2018 12:57 PM GMT

US: EIA Data Shows Renewables Outpacing Nuclear Power In Electrical Generation

The latest data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is showing that electrical generation by renewable sources has edged past nuclear power. Additionally, wind and solar now provide 10% of the nation’s electricity, overall; with solar alone surpassing biomass and geothermal combined. Significantly, solar now triples electrical generation by oil.

Renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) accounted for nearly 20% of net domestic electrical generation during the first half of 2018 – narrowly surpassing that provided by nuclear power, according to a SUNDAY Campaign analysis of just-released data from the U.S. EIA. Each accounted for almost one-fifth of the nation’s electrical generation: renewables (including distributed solar) – 19.867%, nuclear power – 19.863%.

In addition, the latest issue of EIA’s “Electric Power Monthly” (with data through June 30, 2018) reveals that solar and wind both showed strong growth with solar (i.e., utility-scale + distributed PV) expanding by 27.6% and wind by 11.2% compared to the first half of 2017. Combined, they accounted for nearly a tenth (i.e., 9.9%: wind-7.5%, solar-2.4%) of the nation’s electrical generation.

 Electricity generated by solar alone is now surpassing that supplied by biomass (1.6%) and geothermal (0.4%) combined. Moreover, the net electrical generation by solar during the first half of 2018 more than tripled that of utility-scale oil-fired facilities (i.e., those using petroleum liquids + petroleum coke).

 Small increases were also reported by EIA for geothermal and biomass — 1.0% and 0.8% respectively. Combined, non-hydro renewables grew by 12.2%. However, a 7.1% drop in hydropower output netted an increase of only 3.6% for all renewables in the first half of 2018 compared to the same period in 2017.

 That modest gain, though, continued to close the gap between renewables and coal with the latter dropping by 5.6%; renewables now provide nearly three-quarters (i.e., 74.3%) as much electricity as does coal. In fact, electrical generation by all fossil fuels (i.e., coal, gas, oil) combined was just 60.0% for the first half of 2018 while barely five years earlier, utility-scale fossil fuels accounted for nearly 70% (i.e., 68.6% at the end of 2012). The change is mostly attributable to the growth in domestic electrical production by renewable energy sources.

November 9th 2018
US: EIA Data Shows Renewables Outpacing Nuclear Power In Electrical Generation

The latest data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is showing that electrical generation by renewable sources has edged past nuclear power. Additionally, wind and solar now provide 10% of the nation’s electricity, overall; with solar alone surpassing biomass and geothermal combined. Significantly, solar now triples electrical generation by oil. In addition, the data reveals that solar and wind both showed strong growth with solar (i.e., utility-scale + distributed PV) expanding by 27.6% and wind by 11.2%. Combined, they accounted for nearly a tenth of the nation’s electrical generation.

October 16th 2018
InnoEnergy, Deloitte: Smog Reduction Can Save European Citizens €183bn By 2025

InnoEnergy and Deloitte’s radical new research reveals that EU citizens could save €183bn by adopting innovative smog-reduction technologies to 2025. This is in response to the European Commission’s finding that smog will cost the EU an astonishing €475bn between 2018 and 2025. The report identifies best technologies to reduce Europe’s 400,000 pollution-related premature deaths a year. These key technologies include fast, interconnected and interoperable car charging solutions, solar thermal, and underground energy storage.

November 2nd 2018
Ingeteam’s Indian Wind Converter Factory Achieves DNV GL Certification First

Ingeteam has announced that it received DNV GL’s “Shop Approval in Renewable Energy” certification for the wind converter manufacturing facility recently established by the company in the Tamil Nadu region. Its new facility is the first-ever wind converter factory to receive such a certification in India. DNV GL’s Shop Approval is awarded upon successful completion of a comprehensive audit and enables Ingeteam to simplify the scope of subsequent quality inspections. This next level certification guarantees that a workshop operates within a high-standard manufacturing environment and that adequate working procedures and methods are consistently deployed by qualified staff.

November 8th 2018
Macquarie Capital Reach Financial Closure On Largest PPP Project In Netherlands

Ahead of speaking at the 17th annual Benelux Infrastructure Forum next month in Amsterdam, Macquarie Capital, Ballast Nedam, and DEME have recently announced that they’ve reached financial closure on the largest PPP project ever awarded in the Netherlands. The €1 billion Blankenburg Connection PPP project, which involves the construction of an immersed tunnel under the Rotterdam port waterway, a land tunnel and two junctions, aims to improve road links between Rotterdam and its port. This further establishes the Benelux PPP market as one of the most active and important regions for global infrastructure projects business.

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