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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The top five countries for renewable energy investment

A number of the largest economies are now looking towards clean energy sources to help reduce their reliance on high-polluting fossil fuels amid the energy transition

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IHS Markit has tracked the attractiveness for investment for non-hydro renewables – offshore wind, onshore wind and solar. Clean energy technologies have grown at a rapid pace in recent years – but which countries top the charts for renewable energy investment?

A number of the largest economies are now looking towards cleaner sources to help reduce their reliance on high-polluting fossil fuels amid the energy transition, making them more attractive landing spots for renewables investment. Continue reading “The top five countries for renewable energy investment”

Renewables met 97% of Scotland’s electricity demand in 2020

New figures reveal it reached 97.4% from renewable sources.

This target was set in 2011, when renewable technologies generated just 37% of national demand.

Industry body Scottish Renewables said output had tripled in the last 10 years, with enough power for the equivalent of seven million households.

Chief executive Claire Mack, said: “Scotland’s climate change targets have been a tremendous motivator to the industry to increase deployment of renewable energy sources.

“Renewable energy projects are displacing tens of millions of tonnes of carbon every year, employing the equivalent of 17,700 people and bringing enormous socio-economic benefits to communities.”

In 2019 Scotland met 90.1% of its equivalent electricity consumption from renewables, according to Scottish Government figures. Continue reading “Renewables met 97% of Scotland’s electricity demand in 2020”

Renewable Energy Outperforms Fossil Fuels in UK

Renewable electricity generation in the UK outperformed fossil fuels for the first year ever in 2020, with offshore and onshore wind providing more than half of the country’s renewable electricity last year.

Renewables generated 43 per cent of the UK’s electricity, while fossil fuels provided 38.5 per cent. Offshore and onshore wind accounted for 24.2 per cent in the renewables share: offshore wind 13 per cent and onshore wind 11.2 per cent. Low carbon sources, including renewables and nuclear power, together generated 59 per cent of the UK’s electricity in 2020, according to the figures in the latest Energy Trends report published by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Electricity generation from renewable sources has increased year on year and the latest annual record was driven mainly by high levels of generation from wind, which increased by 18 per cent compared to 2019. Continue reading “Renewable Energy Outperforms Fossil Fuels in UK”

Why Solar Execs Say the Game Is Already Over for Non-Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy SourcesSolar power may currently make up less than 2% of the world’s energy mix, but the outlook of solar company executives is, uh, sunny.

“What’s important is new [energy] generation, and in the US, renewables are 70% of new generation. It’s game over,” said Tom Werner, CEO of SunPower, the California-based solar company, speaking at the Fortune Global Sustainability Forum on Thursday in Yunnan, China. “That’s why big companies in electric distribution, oil and gas are flooding into renewables.”

Christian Rynning-Tønnesen, CEO of Statkraft, the Norwegian renewable producer, was similarly bullish. “Solar will be the biggest source for electricity on the planet from 2035,” he said, adding that his calculations show renewables accounting for 80% of electricity production by 2050.

“The conversion to renewables is inevitable and it’s happening—it’s climate change and it’s costs…capitalism works,” said Werner, who claims solar will continue to benefit from the equivalent of technology’s Moore’s Law (the price of the technology has been plummeting). Continue reading “Why Solar Execs Say the Game Is Already Over for Non-Renewable Energy”

Utilities Leveraging AI to Harness the Power of Renewable Energy


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Over the next several years, AI is expected to boost efficiencies across the renewable energy sector by automating operations in the solar and wind industries

Artificial Intelligence (AI), along with a slew of advanced technologies such as machine learning, deep learning, and advanced neural networks, has demonstrated huge potential to transform the energy and utilities sector. With decarbonization, decentralization, and the rollout of novel technologies, utilities, independent power producers (IPPs), and other energy companies are employing AI to manage the imbalance in demand and supply caused by the growing share of renewable energy sources.

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100 U.S. cities commit to 100% renewable energy

On December 5, Cincinnati, Ohio became the 100th city in the nation to establish this goal when its City Council approved a resolution committing to 100% renewable energy by 2035.

Cincinnati’s community-wide commitment builds upon its Green Cincinnati Plan from May, which commits the city to powering its municipal operations with 100% renewable energy and advances other aggressive climate measures aimed at creating an equitable energy system.

“It has become clear that cities will lead the effort to fight climate change, and Cincinnati is on the front lines,” said Mayor John Cranley of Cincinnati, Ohio. “I am encouraged by the changes we are making, but we have a lot of work left to do.”

Recently, Cincinnati was announced as a winner of the Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge. Cincinnati is the second city in Ohio to commit to an equitable and just transition to 100% clean energy, after Cleveland.

In addition to the 100 cities, the states of California and Hawaii have adopted goals to be powered entirely by renewable sources of energy, like wind and solar. The full list of commitments can be found here. Continue reading “100 U.S. cities commit to 100% renewable energy”