IEA praises Canada clean energy transition efforts

Canada’s electricity system is amongst the cleanest in the world, thanks to hydro and nuclear power, a policy review by the International Energy Agency (IEA) has found. Launching the report on 13 January, IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol praised Canada’s leadership in the development of small modular reactors (SMRs) and expressed the agency’s support for the Canadian government’s “ambitious” clean energy transition.

The IEA regularly conducts in-depth peer reviews of its member countries’ energy policies, a process the agency says supports energy policy development and encourages the exchange of international best practices and experiences. Canada 2022: Energy Policy Review was drafted following a virtual in-depth review which took place in February 2021, when the IEA’s team met with Canadian government officials, energy companies, interest groups, research institutions, and other organisations and stakeholders, with information on subsequent policy developments gathered from government and private sector sources. Continue reading “IEA praises Canada clean energy transition efforts”

Plans for ‘world’s first carbon-negative green hydrogen project’ unveiled in US

carbon-negativeLos Angeles, California-based start-up Mote will convert wood waste into H2 and capture and store the CO2 — but it might not be the first to do so.

A US start-up says it will produce carbon-negative green hydrogen from wood waste at a plant in Bakersfield, California, as soon as 2024.

By utilising biomass that has absorbed carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as it grew, and then capturing and storing that CO2, the process actually removes carbon from the air.

Mote says it uses “proprietary integration of proven equipment in a novel process”. Continue reading “Plans for ‘world’s first carbon-negative green hydrogen project’ unveiled in US”

More than 80% of energy companies are investing in hydrogen or considering entering the market

HydrogenPoll of energy industry ‘decision-makers’ — from oil & gas, power and renewables and investment firms — also questioned respondents on their concerns about the H2 sector. A survey of 170 energy industry “decision-makers” — including those in oil & gas, power and renewables, and investment firms — has found that 81% are investing in hydrogen, planning to enter the market, or considering doing so.

According to US/UK law firm Womble Bond Dickinson’s 2022 Energy Transition Outlook Survey Report, 31% of respondents said they were already actively operating, investing in or researching blue or green H2, 29% were considering entering the market in the next one to five years, with 21% planning to move into the sector in the coming year. Only 19% said they were neither active nor currently considering hydrogen investments. Continue reading “More than 80% of energy companies are investing in hydrogen or considering entering the market”

Wind power becomes Spain’s leading energy source for 2021

windfarm spainRenewable sources already cover almost half of the country’s consumption needs – so far this year, they have contributed almost 47% of the total compared to less than 30% a decade ag0

Even if the wind stops blowing in the next three weeks, wind power will end the year as the leading source of electricity in Spain. This will mean wind overtaking nuclear in the national energy matrix for the first time since 2013, the only year since records began in which wind turbines were the main source of power. That year was particularly good in terms of wind resources while nuclear was affected by the closure of the Garoña plant in Burgos. Since then, however, wind power has continued to grow as a percentage of total energy generated both in absolute and relative terms, a trend that looks to continue in the near future.

The milestone, advanced by Spanish news site Nius, is just a taste of things to come. “Wind power is going to dominate the Spanish electricity grid for a long time,” says Francisco Valverde, a consultant at the energy company Menta Energía. Continue reading “Wind power becomes Spain’s leading energy source for 2021”

Renewable electricity growth is accelerating faster than ever worldwide

Renewable electricityRenewable electricity growth is accelerating faster than ever worldwide, supporting the emergence of the new global energy economy 

Stronger policies and raised climate goals leading into COP26 are driving renewables to new records, but faster deployment across all key sectors is needed to reach net zero

The growth of the world’s capacity to generate electricity from solar panels, wind turbines and other renewable technologies is on course to accelerate over the coming years, with 2021 expected to set a fresh all-time record for new installations, the IEA says in a new report

Despite rising costs for key materials used to make solar panels and wind turbines, additions of new renewable power capacity this year are forecast to rise to 290 gigawatts (GW) in 2021, surpassing the previous all-time high set last year, according to the latest edition of the IEA’s annual Renewables Market Report. Continue reading “Renewable electricity growth is accelerating faster than ever worldwide”

Andalusia committed to triple its renewable capacity in the region

Galán has conveyed his commitment to Andalusia to Juan Manuel Moreno: it will triple its renewable capacity in the region

 

The statements were made during a meeting at COP26 with the President of the Andalusian Regional Government.  Commitment to the energy transition and a cleaner community. This is the message conveyed by the chairman of Iberdrola, Ignacio Galán, to Juan Manuel Moreno, president of the Regional Government of Andalusia, at their meeting this morning during COP26.

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New Siemens Gamesa offshore turbine at massive Norfolk offshore wind projects

siemens gamesa norfolk236 meters & 3.6 GW: Siemens Gamesa & Vattenfall to partner using new Siemens Gamesa offshore turbine at massive Norfolk offshore wind projects

  • Nominated preferred supplier agreement reached for Norfolk offshore wind power projects in UK with Vattenfall
  • Total capacity of 3.6 GW for projects located 47 – 72 km from shore
  • Service agreement included; project expected to use new SG 14-236 DD offshore wind turbine
  • SG 14-236 DD offshore wind turbine can reach 15 MW capacity with Power Boost; is based on existing flagship turbine
  • Swept area increased to 43,500 m2
  • Prototype of 236-meter rotor machine to be installed in 2022; commercially available in 2024

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Johnson says UK energy production to go 100% green by 2035

renewable energyBritain will aim to shift all of its energy production to renewable sources by the middle of the next decade, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday.

“Looking at what we can do with other renewable sources, carbon capture and storage, with hydrogen, potentially we think we can get to complete clean energy production by 2035,” the UK leader told broadcasters.

The aspiration comes as he prepares to host world leaders next month at a crucial UN climate summit when they will be under unprecedented pressure to decarbonise economies and chart humanity’s path away from catastrophic global warming.

Britain has already committed to phasing out the sale of all polluting road vehicles by 2040 as part of plans to decarbonise its transport systems, while the country has become a leading offshore wind energy producer in recent years. Continue reading “Johnson says UK energy production to go 100% green by 2035”

How to tackle COVID-19 jobs crisis and climate change? Invest in clean energy


‘As the world grapples with rising heat and more extreme weather, as well as an employment squeeze, going green offers the chance to tackle both problems at once.’

  • A report from the WRI has shown that renewables create more jobs than fossil fuels.
  • These jobs must be accompanied by fair wages and work though warns the WRI.
  • But recovery and stimulus packages continue to support fossil fuels.

Investing in clean energy can help economies recover from the slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic as it will add more jobs than backing fossil fuels, researchers said. Continue reading “How to tackle COVID-19 jobs crisis and climate change? Invest in clean energy”

Philippines’ Clean Energy Ecosystem

Philippines’ Clean Energy EcosystemThe Philippines is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to climate change. Sea level rise is three to four times faster in this island nation than the global average, and it gets hit with an average of 20 typhoons a year. Energy equity is also a major concern as 10 percent of the Philippine population still lives in rural areas without access to electricity, and those that have electricity deal with frequent outages.

Fortunately, a small but mighty group of startups is helping the Philippines forge a clean energy future. According to research by New Energy Nexus (NEN), a founding partner of Third Derivative, and RMI, 15 young companies are helping transform the climate crisis—and close the region’s energy access gap—with renewable energy and clean-tech solutions. Continue reading “Philippines’ Clean Energy Ecosystem”