Markets

Economic woes take wind out of India sales

Financial problems are currently the biggest block to wind energy achieving its full potential in India and with elections forecast for 2019, the situation will not be resolved in the coming months

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Four next steps to accelerate energy transition

Reports & books

In a discussion paper of refreshing clarity, think-tank The Australia Institute outlines the next steps its government should take to fast-track the energy transition: support dispatchable renewables and storage; build-out transmission links; modernise market rules; create a safety net for displaced fossil-fuel workers.The well argued advice is highly applicable to other countries with growing penetrations of renewables. The paper includes solutions for making investment in new capacity attractive in a world where electricity prices are being driven down by low-cost wind and solar.

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Grid stability benefits of wind compared with coal and gas

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Wind turbines can change their output in response to operator and market signals at least ten times faster than conventional thermal power facilities and their response is far more accurate, concludes a report by Sandia National Laboratories for the US government. The inertia of a wind turbine rotor stores kinetic energy in return for only a slight loss of the turbine’s operating efficiency. Battery storage may find it hard to compete with the flexibility of wind turbines in the frequency management market.

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Renovate buildings to save energy and improve health

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Those looking for new arguments to encourage policy makers and the private sector to invest in the renovation of buildings to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, would do well to take on board the findings in a study by Buildings 2030 and conducted by the Buildings Performance Institute Europe. It shows that making offices, schools and hospitals more energy efficient would greatly improve people’s health, well-being and productivity. The increase in productivity across Europe could be worth up to €500 billion.

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We face a fundamental change of the cost structure on the supply side and a need for a fundamental change.

Jochen Kreusel

- Market innovation manager in the power grids division at ABB Power

They [the European Commission] are looking at this stuff backwards. I still think they are convinced the short-term market model could work even though they are also starting to realise that you need something parallel, with long term price signals that give investors confidence to invest in infrastructure and allow them to see a decent market return.

Francesco Venturini

- Global head of renewables for Italian utility Enel

Despite tremendous cost decline of wind and solar technologies, electricity prices will probably remain too low to attract the level of investment needed.

Fatih Birol

- Executive director of the International Energy Agency

The greatest barrier to overcome is the integration of variable renewables into electricity systems. This will require developing power system flexibility and also a friendly deployment of variable renewables.

Fatih Birol

- Executive director of the International Energy Agency

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Electric vehicles for everyone

Investors get creative to fund low carbon shift

With the right regulations and better understanding of the advantages of wind and solar over other asset classes, investors can play a key role in speeding up the transition to a clean energy economy

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As heavy industry, business and investors rally round the 2050 strategic climate change vision launched this week by the European Commission, Jonathan Gaventa, Brussels-based Director of E3G, believes this is a defining moment for the energy transition globally

A turning point: Europe’s climate neutral 2050 vision

As heavy industry, business and investors rally round the 2050 strategic climate change vision launched this week by the European Commission, Jonathan Gaventa, Brussels-based Director of E3G, believes this is a defining moment for the energy transition globally

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Trucks and ships could be two means of transport running on hydrogen gas, produced using electricity, in the coming years

Hydrogen makes its case as a niche clean transport option

Trucks and ships could be two means of transport running on hydrogen gas, produced using electricity, in the coming years

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If we don’t electrify more, we won’t reach our decarbonisation goals, says Ralf Christian, CEO of Siemens Energy Management Division

Coming soon: the all-electric energy world

If we don’t electrify more, we won’t reach our decarbonisation goals, says Ralf Christian, CEO of Siemens Energy Management Division

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The reaction of the Australian government to the recent IPCC report was to reject a phase out of coal. But with research showing new wind and solar are competitive with new coal, economics, not politics, looks set to define the country’s energy mix

Energy transition economics outpace Australian politics

The reaction of the Australian government to the recent IPCC report was to reject a phase out of coal. But with research showing new wind and solar are competitive with new coal, economics, not politics, looks set to define the country’s energy mix

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As emissions from global aviation rise, companies are beginning to look closely at the idea of using electric planes for short-haul flights as a potential solution

Electric flight prepares for takeoff

As emissions from global aviation rise, companies are beginning to look closely at the idea of using electric planes for short-haul flights as a potential solution

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We have the technologies needed for the energy transition, but more funding is needed to find innovative ways to scale them up and win social acceptability, argues Peter Sweatman, Chief Executive of Climate Strategy & Partners

Innovating, not inventing, our net-zero emissions future

We have the technologies needed for the energy transition, but more funding is needed to find innovative ways to scale them up and win social acceptability, argues Peter Sweatman, Chief Executive of Climate Strategy & Partners

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Policy

Carbon storage struggles with costs

Carbon capture and storage may be needed to decarbonise highly polluting sectors such as steel production, but the power sector would be best advised to focus on renewables and efficiency given the significant costs of the technology

Changing minds about changing behaviour

The clean energy transition: good for business, communities and the economy

Wave power struggles to prove its viability

Strength in diversity

Investors pushing the energy transition

Lessons from an island go around the world

No shortage of capital

Power On Demand

Wind and solar could be biggest winners from carbon market reforms

Cement industry finds it difficult to ditch bad habits

A new lease of life

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