New statistics by Carbon Brief shows that more electricity was generated by wind than coal in 2016. It’s the first time that wind has surpassed coal for an entire year, generating 11.5% of the UK’s power, compared to just 9.2% from coal. Overall, a quarter of the UK’s electricity came from renewables in 2016. This milestone is a significant first for the UK, reflecting a massive decline in coal generation, which contributed just 9.2% of UK electricity last year, with 11.5% from wind. The coal collapse has seen its output fall to the lowest level since 1935.
1366 Technologies And Hanwha Q CELLS Achieve Record 19.6% Solar Cells Efficiency

Silicon wafer manufacturer 1366 Technologies today announced that it has jointly achieved with Hanwha Q CELLS a new performance record of 19.6% cell efficiency for 1366’s Direct Wafer® technology. The result was independently confirmed by the Fraunhofer ISE CalLab and clearly, demonstrates the combined potential of the two inventions – 1366’s kerfless, drop-in 156 mm multicrystalline wafers and Hanwha Q CELLS Q.ANTUM, passivated emitter rear contact (PERC) cell process

DEWA Receives UN Climate Award For Leadership In Emissions Reduction

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has received the official Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) cancellation certificate issued by United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) for the successful offset of emissions during the Earth Hour 2016, in cooperation with Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (DCCE). “DEWA considers carbon emissions reduction an integral part of its environmental strategy. This is in adherence with our directives to reduce carbon emissions and move towards a green economy, and the long-term initiative launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum ‘Green Economy for Sustainable Development’, said HE Saeed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA.

DOE Announces $19.7m to Accelerate Energy-Efficient Transportation and Systems

The US Energy Department has announced a funding injection of $19.7 million, subject to appropriations, to support research and development of advanced vehicle technologies, including batteries, lightweight materials, and advanced combustion engines, as well as innovative technologies for energy-efficient mobility. It sees these investments in advanced, energy efficient transportation technologies and systems to improve national energy security and to support energy independence, reduce transportation emissions, and strengthen U.S. economic competitiveness.

Progress On Groundbreaking Energy Bill: Creating Jobs And Advancing Clean Energy

United States: Exelon Generation and ComEd have commended the House Energy Committee’s passage of a streamlined version of the Future Energy Jobs Bill that will maintain Illinois’ competitive electric rates, whilst preserving and creating thousands of jobs and expanding clean energy. The 10 to 1 vote from the Committee approves the measure. The legislation jumpstarts clean energy development by expanding aid and job training to low-income residents and supporting high-paying jobs. The bill has broad support from more than 200 business, labour, environmental and other groups.

Enel Signs $115m USD Loan Agreement To Promote Renewable Investments In Brazil

The Enel Group and the Brazilian Development Bank, the main financing agency for development in Brazil, have signed a 20-year term loan agreement worth around $115m USD to promote renewable investments. The funding will also cover part of the investment required to build the recently inaugurated 102 MW Apiacas hydropower cluster, located in the state of Mato Grosso in Brazil’s Central-West Region. “We’re extremely pleased with the outcome of this transaction, which is a testament to the solidity of our Brazilian business,” said Francesco Venturini, Enel’s Head of Global Renewable Energies.

New Low Carbon Era Arrives for the UK. Renewables Now Mainstream, Wind Central

New Government figures show that the UK has passed the point where we have a low carbon electricity system. For the first time, renewables and nuclear are delivering 50% of our electricity, thanks to continued dramatic growth in renewable generation. Coal use and fuel imports are falling dramatically in response as we balance our economy, increase energy efficiency, cut costs and cut carbon.

Emerging Uganda: Building Energy Achieves Financial Close For First Solar Plant

Uganda has one of the lowest electricity consumption per capita in the world, with an average electrification rate of 18.2%. The country’s power sector suffered from a shortage of generating capacity and a lack of reliable and affordable electricity is hindering more sustainable economic growth. In this scenario, the project will also contribute to the socio-economic development of the Tororo area in Eastern Uganda, where it is located. Additionally, it will play a role in terms of employment, thanks to the creation of 250 jobs during the construction phase, and 8 local jobs during the operational one. The solar plant will serve the equivalent of 36,200 people via generation and has an annual avoided GHG rate of 7,400 tCO2eq.USD 19.6 million for the construction of the 10 MW (14GWh/y) Tororo Solar North PV power project which will be ready in about 7 months.

German Energy Report: Electricity Generated From Renewables Continues To Grow

The Bundesnetzagentur and the Bundeskartellamt have published their joint Monitoring Report on the main developments in the German electricity and gas markets in 2015. Key findings are that “the proportion of electricity generated from renewables continues to grow”, said Jochen Homann, Bundesnetzagentur President and that “electricity consumers in Germany continue to benefit from having a large number of suppliers, said Andreas Mundt, President, Bundeskartellamt. Also that “liquid electricity wholesale markets encourage a greater number of competitors in retail markets”.

 
First Belgian Win For Siemens. 309 MW Offshore Wind Project Powering 300K Homes

Siemens has successfully entered the Belgian offshore wind market with a first order for the 309MW Rentel wind project. The customer is Rentel NV, part of the Otary partnership, a conglomerate of leading specialists from the Belgian renewable energy industry including investment and development companies. Siemens will supply, install, commission and service 42 wind turbines of the large direct drive platform. The output of the power plant will be sufficient to supply over 300,000 households in Belgium with clean power.

Belgium’s Largest Offshore Wind Park Selects Wind Turbines From Vestas

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind was awarded the firm & unconditional contract for the 370 MW Norther offshore wind power plant in Belgium. The project is owned by Norther N.V. a JV between Elicio and Boreas (Eneco & Mitsubishi Corporation). and will be developed with the three sponsors Elicio N.V. (50%), Eneco (25%) and Mitsubishi Corporation (25%). Norther is located off the coast of Zeebrugge and is able to produce clean energy for 400,000 Belgian households, contributing significantly to Belgium meeting its target of generating 13% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020.

DEWA Reaches Financial Closure For 2,400MW Hassyan Clean Coal Power Project

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has reached financial closure for the 2,400MW Hassyan clean coal power project. Last June, DEWA signed the PPA, Shareholders Agreement (SHA), and other project agreements with the consortium led by ACWA Power. Total investment of the project is USD 3.4 billion through Hassyan Energy Company, which is a joint-venture between DEWA (51%) and a consortium comprising ACWA Power, Harbin Electric, and the Silk Road Fund (49%). The project consists of four 600MW net power units. They will be operational in March 2020, March 2021, March 2022, and March 2023 respectively.

Kyocera, Mitsubishi, Tokyo Century And Yonden Complete 14.5 MW PV Plant In Japan

Takacho Yasudago Mega Solar Hatsuden LLC, an enterprise jointly established in October 2014 by Kyocera Corporation, Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc., Tokyo Century Corporation and Yonden Engineering Company, has announced the completion of a 14.5 MW solar power plant in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. The project has significant local community engagement as it seeks to revitalise it and the installation, which began operation on November 2, generates an estimated 16,060 MWh per year — enough to power 5,000 typical households.