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India Needs $500-$700Bn to Meet Renewable Energy Targets (Int'l.)
Central Electricity Authority
Date: 2020-03-04
India's Central Electricity Authority (CEA), an arm of the power ministry, is reporting the country's renewable energy power generation stood at 10.325 billion units (BU) in January 2020, a 9.46 per cent increase from 9.433 BU generated in the same month in 2019.

The combined generation from solar, wind turbines, solar thermal, small hydro, biomass, bagasse, and other sources stood at 10.647 BU in December 2019, as against 9.083 BU of green energy generation for the same month in 2018, the data showed. Among renewable sources, wind power generated the highest amount of power followed by solar at 3,943 million units (MU) and 3,932 MU, respectively, in December 2019. For the corresponding month in 2018, solar generated more power than wind energy at 3,182.12 MU and 2789.24 MU, respectively.

According to the Australia-based Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, India's renewable energy sector needs between $500 billion and $700 billion by 2030 in new investments to meet its target of 450 GW of installed capacity. (Source: India Central Electricity Authority, PR reve, 2 Mar., 2020) Contact: India Central Electricity Authority, www.cea.nic.in

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Environment Am. Launches 15 State Renewables Campaign (Ind Report)
Environment America
Date: 2020-02-03
The Denver-headquartered hot-for-profit Environment America organization is reporting in 2019 it and its state affiliates played a key role in convincing New Mexico, Maine and Washington to make commitments to 100 pct clean or renewable energy. Environment America is now calling on fifteen additional states to enact similar renewable energy goals in 2020.

Following a landmark victory in California in 2018, Environment America's 100 pct Renewable Campaign set out to get 10 states to set ambitious renewable energy targets by 2023. To date, six states have enacted laws requiring 100 pct clean electricity by 2050 or earlier.

According to Emma Searson, Environment America's 100 pct Renewable Campaign director, "By 2019, the United States produced almost five times as much renewable electricity from the sun and wind as it did just ten years earlier. Committing to a healthier future powered fully by clean, renewable energy should be a no-brainer, and we're here to make sure states take action sooner rather than later." (Source: Environment America, PR, 29 Jan., 2020) Contact: Environment America, (303) 801-0581, (202) 683-1250 - Washington DC, Fwww.environmentamerica.org

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Amazon Announces New Renewable Energy Projects (Ind. Report)
Amazon
Date: 2019-12-04
Online shopping juggernaut Amazon is reporting three new renewable energy projects in the US and Spain that support its Climate Pledge to reach 80 pct renewable energy by 2024, 100 pct renewable energy target by 2030 and net-zero carbon by 2040.

Amazon's newest renewable energy project in Europe will be the company's first large-scale solar project generating 149 MW near Sevilla. The company's newest renewable energy solar projects in the US will be located in Lee County, Illinois and in Northern Virginia. Together, they total 180 MW and are expected to generate almost 400,000 MWh of renewable energy annually. Once complete, the three new renewable energy solar projects will provide an estimated 329 MW of additional renewable capacity.

To date, Amazon has launched over 70 renewable energy projects providing more than 1,900 MW and over more than 5.3 million MWh of renewable energy annually. These projects include 21 utility-scale wind and solar farms and more than 50 solar rooftops installed on fulfillment centers and sort centers around the globe. (Source: Amazon, PR, BusinessWire, Dec., 2019)

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EBRD Confirms Kazakhstan Renewables Support (Int'l Report)
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Date: 2019-09-16
The London, UK-headquartered European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) reports it has committed to support Kazakhstan's drive to promote renewable energy, with the help of a second phase of the Bank's Kazakhstan Renewables Framework of up to €300 million.

The first phase supported the creation of 262 MW of renewable power-generation capacity across the country, attracted four private international investors and supported a grid-strengthening project.

In addition to the EBRD funding, the Framework will be supported by concessional finance from the Green Climate Fund and benefit from a comprehensive technical cooperation programme, which will support competitive tendering for wind projects and the development of a carbon market in Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan's renewable energy target aims for 3 pct of power generation by 2020 and 50 pct by 2050.

To date, the EBRD has invested over €8.3 billion ($9.1 billion) through 262 projects in the economy of Kazakhstan. Over €2 billion of this funding has supported Green Economy Transition projects. The Bank is the largest international investor in the country's economy outside of the oil and gas sectors and has a wide presence in Kazakhstan. (Source: EBRD, kazinform, 15 Sept., 2019)Contact: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, +44 (0) 207 338 6000, www.ebrd.com

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Malaysia Needs $7.8Bn to Reach Renewable Energy Target (Int'l)
Malaysain Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change
Date: 2019-09-04
In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysain Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin has announced the country needs $7,821,660,000 in investment capital to achieve its target of 20 pct electricity generation from renewable energy (RE) sources by 2025.

According to the Minister, the necessary funds would be contributed by the government, public-private partnerships and private financing. The Minister further announced "The Securities Commission has already done a six-month study on green financing; it had formed the financing task force (for this purpose). It gave a report on 21 action items to facilitate the necessary investment in RE and the government will look at all the action items and implement them accordingly." The Minister added, the government would continue its current incentives such as the Green Technology Financing Scheme and the Green Investment Tax Allowance to incentivize the growth of RE. (Source; Malaysain Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change, Bernama , The Sun Daily, 3 Sept., 2019) Contact: Malaysain Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change, www.mestecc.gov.my

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Illinois Renewable Resource Procurement Plan Update -- (Ind. Report)
Illinois Power Agency
Date: 2019-06-26
In the Land of Lincoln, the Illinois Power Agency (IPA), the state agency responsible for managing Illinois' renewable energy program has indicated that the state will likely miss its renewable energy target without legislative action. Illinois legislation requires the state to procure 25 pct of its electricity from renewable sources by 2025, but the IPA predicts current policy will only provide enough funding to reach roughly 10 pct by 2030, according to Path to 100, a group supported by labor and renewable energy organizations working to create jobs in Illinois.

Illinois has seen rapid growth in wind and solar energy in recent years, driven in part by policy changes from the 2016 Future Energy Jobs Act. This policy supported new utility-scale wind and solar developments; enabled homeowners, businesses and public entities to lower their energy bills through on-site solar; and generated thousands of new jobs, according to Path to 100. But, IPA contends, without legislative change, renewable energy development will contract in 2020 and dry up almost completely between 2021 and 2025 due to funding constraints written into current law.

Download the Illinois Long-Term Renewable Resource Procurement Plan Update Stakeholder Workshop -- Overview of the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) and the Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan; RPS Budgets; Utility-Scale Procurements HERE. (Source: Illinois Power Agency, 20 June, 2019) Contact: Illinois Power Agency, www2.illinois.gov/sites/ipa/Pages/default.aspx

More Low-Carbon Energy News Illinois Power Agency,  IPA,  Renewable Energy,  


Sign of the Times -- Solar Powers Coal Mine Museum (Ind. Report)
Solar
Date: 2019-05-06
In the Land Down Under, the State Coal Mine -- Wonthaggi Coal Mining Museum state park reports it is now powered by a 91 KW on-site, ground-mounted solar PV array and a 41 kWh battery storage system as part of an "Old Energy New Energy Project" being run by the not-for-profit Energy Innovation Co-op aiming to demonstrate how renewable energy, energy efficiency and new technology are "changing the name of the energy game."

The project is partially funded by over $241,000 from the state Labor Government's New Energy Jobs Fund and $58,460 from the Victorian government's Local Government Energy Saver Program -- a $3.4 million fund which supports resource constrained councils across regional Victoria to reduce their energy consumption and operating costs of community facilities. A further $15,000 grant from the state government supporting Bass Coast Shire Council in their goal to transition the community to zero-net emissions will support the expansion of work begun by the coastal community of Phillip Island, which has committed to to being carbon neutral by 2030. The Victorian Labor government has pledged a 50 pct Renewable Energy Target (VRET) by 2030. (Source: PV Mag., Various Media, 3 May, 2019) Contact: Wonthaggi Coal Mining Museum, www.parkstay.vic.gov.au/state-coal-mine-wonthaggi

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Vestas Commits to Aussie Wind Turbine Production (Int'l)
Vestas
Date: 2019-02-18
In the Land Down Under, Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas is reporting a partnership with Geelong-based Marand Precision Engineering for the production of wind turbine hubs and drive trains. Vests's commitment is aimed at helping its clients win round one of the Victorian Renewable Energy Target auction, where the state government intends to maximize local content and increase local investment and skills transfer.

To that end, Vesta's will train Marand's Australian workers on its turbine production lines in Denmark before the Geelong plant begins production of Vesta's 4.2 MW turbines for the Dundonnell Wind Farm and Berrybank Wind Farm projects in Victoria.

Eighty turbines are planned for Dundonnell and 43 machines for Berrybank. Vestas has committed to local assembly of 100 hubs and 50 drivetrains -- including bedplate, gearbox, driveshaft and generator. (Source: Vestas, ecogeneration, 14 Feb., 2019) Contact: Marand Precision Engineering, +61 3 8552 0600, www.marand.com.au; Vestas, Peter Cowling Clive, NZ and Australia Country Head, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com

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Alcazar's 86.1MW Jordanian Wind Farm Now Online (Int'l Report)
Alcazar Energy,EBRD
Date: 2018-11-28
Further to our March 3o coverage, Alcazar Energy, an independent renewable energy producer is reporting the completion and start of commercial operation of the Al Rajef wind farm in Jordan.

The plant includes a substation and 41 Siemens Gamesa wind turbines with a total combined capacity of 86.1MW.

The $185 million project, which was financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Proparco and DEG, is in line with Jordan's renewable energy targets and could save more than 160,000 tonnes of CO2 and 380,000 cbm of water per year. Alcazar Energy will oversee and manage the wind farm operation and maintenance (O&M) through O&M contractors Elecnor/Siemens Gamesa. (Source: Alcazar Energy, ME Construction News, 26 Nov., 2018) Contact: Alcazar Energy, Daniel Calderon, CEO, +962 6 461 4005, www.alcazarenergy.com; European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, +44 (0) 207 338 6000, www.ebrd.com

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Victoria State Ups Renewable Target to 50 pct by 2030 (Int'l)
Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-11-12
In the Land Down Under, the newly elected Victorian State Labor government has indicated it will increase its target for renewables generation from the present 25 pct to 40 pct by 2025 and 50 pct by 2030 if re-elected.

The Victorian target aligns with its federal counterpart, which proposes a nationwide target of 50 pct renewables by 2030, and matches the targets made by the Queensland and Northern Territory Labor governments. (Source: Various Media, ReNew Economy, 8 Nov., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Australia Renewable Energy,  Renewable Energy Target,  


Guardian Comments on Paris Agreement Progress (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Paris Climate Agreement
Date: 2018-08-20
According to the London School of Economics and Political Science there are 1,500 climate laws and policies globally. Only 20 years ago when the Kyoto protocol was signed, there were only 72. These policies include carbon pricing -- countries representing 56 pct of global emissions are on track to be covered soon -- 179 countries have renewable energy targets and vehicle emissions standards to which nearly 80 pct of new light duty vehicles sold globally are subject.

Although the Paris agreement has been ratified by 179 countries including the US, China and other major emitters, US president Trump has stated that the US intends to leave the agreement, but legally they cannot formally withdraw until November 2020. Despite Trump's efforts, with clean technology costs falling and concerted action from US states, polluting coal plants are continuing to close and renewable energy and gas are expected to dominate the future of the US power system.

Both China and India have committed to emissions targets under the Paris agreement. China has committed to lower the carbon intensity of its economy by 60 to 65 pct below 2005 levels by 2030. India committed to reduce the emissions intensity of its economy by 33-35 pct below 2005 level over the same period.

The Guardian notes the world is currently not on track to achieve the objectives of the Paris agreement. And, although progress has been made more will need to be done by all countries to limit global warming to well below 2 degree C. (Source: Guardian, Aug., 2018)

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EU Finalizes 2030 Renewable Energy, Climate Targets (Int'l)
EU
Date: 2018-06-25
After 18 months of negotiations, the European Union last week finalized new climate targets increasing the present 17 pct share of renewable energy to 32 pct, and setting an energy efficiency target of 32.5 pct by 2030.

Germany reportedly blocked a previous effort to set an even higher renewables target of 35 pct called for by the European Parliament and member states including Spain and Italy, saying it is unrealistic. The country, which still relies on coal to generate much of its electricity, announced last week that it would not meet its 2020 emissions target due to economic and population growth.

In addition to the newly agreed targets, the EU set a wider goal of bringing greenhouse gas emissions to 40 pct below levels in 1990. Member state governments will now devise their own plans to meet these goals, in line with the Paris Agreement.

Green Group MEPs and environmental campaigners, however, said the new targets are not sufficient to meet goals set by the Paris Agreement, particularly limiting warming to below 2 degrees Celsius. The final deal allows the EU to revisit climate goals in 2023 and increase the agreed targets if so desired. (Source: EU, European Scientist, 23 June, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News EU,  Renewable Energy Targets,  Climate Change,  Emissions,  Energy Efficiency,  


UAE, Saudis Lead MENA Renewable Energy Sector (Int'l Report)
Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation
Date: 2018-05-21
According the Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP), an energy sector development bank, the UAE and Saudi Arabia are leading the Middle East and North Africa's (MENA) renewable energy market, where the demand for power is expected to increase by 6.4 pct annually until 2022.

APICORP notes that MENA's major energy-importing companies are working to improve renewable energy legislation and infrastructure, while most exporting countries have "done little to incorporate renewables."

According to APICORP large oil and gas reserves and cheap extraction costs mean that hydrocarbons continue to meet rising demand in countries like Kuwait and Algeria. Legislative factors such as "policy uncertainty" and the lack of an efficient and supportive regulatory framework, are also contributing factors to the slow uptake of renewable energy. Even so, the UAE and Dubai are "on trackā€ with their renewable energy targets and the introduction of competitive bidding, feed in tariffs (FiTs), tax exemptions, and power-purchase agreements (PPAs) to encourage renewable energy projects.

The MENA countries typically include: Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, West Bank and Gaza, and Yemen. Ethiopia and Sudan are sometimes included. (Source: APICORP, Construction Week, 20 May, 2018) Contact: Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation, www.apicorp-arabia.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Renewable Energy,  Renewables,  MENA,  


GE Renewable Energy Confirms First Jordanian Wind Project (Int'l)
General Electric Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-04-11
GE Renewable Energy is reporting it will supply its latest generation of 3.6-137 wind turbines to Mass Energy Group Holding, a subsidiary of Mass Global, for installation at the 100 MW Mass Wind project in the Jordan. When fully operational by the end of 2019, the wind farm is expected to generate sufficient power for 150,000 homes and reduce carbon emissions by 233,800 metric tpy. The project is both GE Renewable Energy's and Mass Global's first project in Jordan.

The project supports the Kingdom of Jordan's commitment to meeting its Vision 2025 renewable energy targets to increase the share of renewable energy in the total energy mix to 11 pct and drive domestic energy production to 39 pct. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, SmarterAnalyst, 9 April, 2018) Contact: Mass Energy Group Holding, www.massgroupholding.com; GE Renewable Energy, Vikas Anand, General Manager Onshore Wind Business, www.ge-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News General Electric Renewable Energy,  GE Renewable Energy,  Wind,  


Neoen Closes on 194 MW Aussie Wind-Energy Storage Project (Int'l)
Neoen
Date: 2018-03-23
Following up on our Jan. 10 coverage, French renewable energy company Neoen is reporting financial closure on the $350,000,000 (AUS) Bulgana Green Power Hub project combining 194 MW of wind and 20MW/34MWh of energy storage in Victoria, Australia.

The project, which will incorporate Siemens Gamesa Rwind turbines and Tesla batteries for an expected annual power output 740 GWh, will sell power to an area greenhouse operation and to the grid under a Support Agreement with the State Government of Victoria.

The project supports the Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET) under which the state aims to reach a 40 pct renewables share by 2025. (Source: Neoen, Renewables Now, Others, 22 Mar., 2018) Contact: Neoen S.A.S., +33 805 160 022, www.neoen.com/en; Hornesdale Power Reserve, www. hornsdalepowerreserve.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neoen,  Wind,  Energy Storage,  Tesla,  Siemens Gamesa,  


EU Energy Ministers Supports 27 pct Renewables Target (Int'l)
Council of EU Energy Ministers
Date: 2017-12-22
On Monday, the Council of EU Energy Ministers came out in support of the European Commission's proposed renewable energy target of at least 27 pct by 2030. The Council also agreed on a 14 pct renewable fuel target for the transport sector by 2030 for each member state, with a 3 pct sub-target for advanced biofuels, for which double-counting will be possible. The existing 7 pct cap on first-generation biofuels is maintained, the Council said and added that if a member state sets a lower cap, it could reduce its overall target for renewables in transport. (Source: Council of EU Energy Ministers, 19 Dec, 2017)Contact: Council of EU Energy Ministers, www.consilium.europa.eu/en/topics/energy

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Target,  Renewables,  EU,  


EP Favours Food Crop Biofuels Subsidies to 2030 (Int'l Report)
European Union, EU Parliament
Date: 2017-12-01
In Brussels, the Industry Committee of the European Parliament (EP) reports it has voted to reinstate a renewable energy target for transport in 2030, including the ongoing subsidization of high-emitting, food-based biofuels. If passed in the plenary of the EU Parliament, it would increase transportation related emissions, push up global food prices and negatively impact people around the world who live from the land, according to OXFAM.

The Industry Committee also favoured a 10 pct blending mandate for advanced biofuels fuels and renewable electricity and widening the definition of advanced biofuels to anything that is not produced from food or feed crops. Under such a definition, unsustainable feedstocks, including co-products of the palm oil industry would qualify as advanced biofuels. In principle, the raw materials for advanced biofuels should be limited to waste and residues, which comply with the waste hierarchy, cascading use and strong sustainability criteria.

The Industry Committee also supports a 12 pct target for renewable energy in transport by 2030. The current 2020 target for renewables in transport is set at 10 pct. The share of biofuels in transport was 4,2 pct in 2015. (Source: OXFAM, EU, WebWire, Various Media, 28 Nov., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Parliment,  Biofuel Feed Crop,  


Target Touts 100 pct Renewable Energy Target (Ind. Report)
Target
Date: 2017-10-23
American Big Bax retailer Target is touting a new climate policy and goals based on the Science-Based Targets initiative -- a commitment to source 100 pct renewable energy for all their domestic operations.

Target's initiative is focused on: increasing adoption of renewable energy operations wide; driving energy and water efficiency; investing in innovations supporting the transition to a lower-carbon transportation system; considering climate impacts in raw materials sourcing, particularly the impacts of land use change, and designing plans to mitigate those impacts; and supporting communities most heavily impacted by climate change and building their resilience to climate change impacts like extreme weather events (Source: Target, CleanTechnica, Others, 19 Oct., 2017)

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