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The Saubhagya scheme to bring electricity to every household in India has been launched in the state of Manipur by Minister for Power and New & Renewable Energy, R.K. Singh.

Read more: https://www.pv-tech.org/news/indias-new-power-for-all-scheme-launched-in-manipur-for-175000-househo

Rooftop PV is the fastest growing renewable energy sub-segment in India, with individual system sizes increasing and the C&I sector maturing, but a new report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) predicts that India will still only reach 9.5GW out of its 40GW target by 2022.

Read more: https://www.pv-tech.org/news/indian-residential-solar-to-pick-up-rapidly-post-2021-with-or-without-disco

This presentation is provided by Mr. Mikael Jakobsson, Executive Director from the Asia Pacific Urban Energy Association (APUEA) to give an introduction of APUEA. It is presented at the International District Cooling & Heating Conference, 24th-25th October 2017, in Doha, Qatar.

Click here to download the presentation [pdf 1.5 mb].

Australia can reach a renewable energy tipping point in 2020, with renewable generation costs to be less than fossil fuels, EY power leaders say.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/business/energy/renewable-energy-to-reach-cost-parity-with-coal-by-2020-20171126-gztbyh.html

The case for solar remains strong in Southeast Asia since power demand is still growing rapidly in many of its markets, but traversing the unique regulations and policies of each country and knowing which PV segment is most suitable remains challenging.

Read more: https://www.pv-tech.org/editors-blog/navigating-solar-snags-in-southeast-asia-land-bankability-and-regulation-so

Indonesian power company PT Pembangkitan Jawa-Bali (PT PJB), a subsidiary of state utility PLN, and the UAE's Masdar have signed an agreement to develop the world’s largest floating solar project with a capacity of 200MW in Indonesia.

Read more: https://www.pv-tech.org/news/masdar-and-indonesian-power-giant-to-build-worlds-largest-floating-solar-pl

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) has launched a two-year renewable energy training programme for Pacific island countries financed by Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), the leading national entity for development aid.

Read more: https://www.tradearabia.com/news/IND_333488.html

The energy market in Australia’s central northern region, the Northern Territory, will undergo a massive transformation as the Labor government tries to reach a 50 per cent renewable energy target (RET) by 2030.

Read more: http://econews.com.au/56122/nt-pushes-for-renewable-energy-target-of-50-per-cent-by-2030/

A new large fuel storage facility in Timaru that could potentially help drive fuel price competition has been granted resource consent this month.

Read more: https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/business/344798/fuel-storage-facility-raises-prospect-of-more-competition

With a major boost for electric vehicles planned in private and public transportation by the Indian government over the next few years, a similar push is now being planned in the battery manufacturing sector as well.

Read more: https://cleantechnica.com/2017/11/27/india-eyes-300-billion-battery-market-national-ev-push/

India has announced plans for an unprecedented solar procurement regime that aims to tender 20GW in 2017/18, followed by another 30GW in each of the two following years, but analysts have described the policy as "completely unrealistic".

Read more: https://www.pv-tech.org/news/indias-new-multi-gigawatt-solar-tender-plan-unrealistic

A total of 11,570.9 megawatts worth of wind turbine orders were announced through the first half of 2017, a nearly 2 gigawatt decline on the same time a year ago and over 3 gigawatts on the second half of 2016, and was led once again by Vestas.

Read more: https://cleantechnica.com/2017/11/24/global-wind-turbine-orders-reach-11-6-gw-1h17-2-gw-vestas-still-leads/

Six of the 10 major car companies that appear committed to electrification of their vehicle lines are Chinese. Most of them have international partners, but the international partners are mostly the four that have equivalent commitments.

Read more: https://cleantechnica.com/2017/11/23/6-10-big-electric-car-companies-china/

The world has been whipsawed in less than two years. Only time will tell whether China will rise to fill the vacuum in climate leadership left by the United States, but here’s what to watch out for, according to WRI experts.

Read more: http://www.eco-business.com/opinion/chinas-climate-leadership-3-signs-to-watch-in-the-year-ahead/

New government modelling has revealed wholesale electricity price reductions Australia’s conservative Liberal-National government attributes to its preferred National Energy Guarantee (NEG) policy will really be driven by the existing Renewable Energy Target (RET).

Read more: http://econews.com.au/56095/lib-nat-govts-energy-guarantee-relies-on-ret-to-cut-costs/

Trade associations the Australian Solar Council and counterpart the Energy Storage Council have merged together to form the national Smart Energy Council.

Read more: https://www.energy-storage.news/news/australian-solar-storage-trade-bodies-combine-to-create-new-national-voice

Unveiling its first electric truck in Los Angeles the world’s best-known electric vehicle company Tesla has finally revealed the zero-emission vehicle it hopes will make the major inroads into the commercial freight market.

Read more: http://econews.com.au/56040/tesla-to-electrify-freight-emissions-with-new-electric-truck/

Toyota is now mulling the idea of selling locally designed and manufactured all-electric vehicle models in China — rather than continuing to design models outside of the country and then adapt them to the local market.

Read more: https://cleantechnica.com/2017/11/19/toyota-mulling-sale-locally-designed-manufactured-electric-vehicles-china/

“Further, faster ambition together” is the mission statement of the global leaders attending the 23rd Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Climate Change (COP23) in Bonn. It has been met with a mixture of scepticism and urgency, particularly after the new raised projections for this year’s global carbon emissions suggested a peak has yet to be reached.

Read more: https://theconversation.com/so-much-for-cop23-theres-a-whole-class-of-carbon-emissions-were-totally-ignoring-87544

Bangladesh: 'We have been on track to implement the prime minister’s directive. We have already stopped providing new gas connections'

Read more: http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/power-energy/2017/11/16/govt-planning-reduce-gas-supply-captive-power-plants/

New Delhi: The year 2017 will be remembered as a significant one for defining India’s mobility architecture. From big ticket announcements on the marque Ahmedabad-Mumbai high-speed rail project to Hyperloop, India has seized its moment in the sun to announce big plans for finding next generation transportation solutions.

Read more: http://gearsofbiz.com/indias-electric-vehicle-drive-challenges-and-opportunities/204589

BENGALURU: Sumant Sinha-led ReNew Power is making a Rs 1,000-crore acquisition of wind power assets of the KC Thapar Group, helping India’s biggest renewable energy player strengthen its position in the rapidly consolidating sector.

Read more: https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/energy/power/renew-power-to-buy-wind-power-business-of-kc-thapar-group-for-rs-1000-crore/articleshow/61664975.cms

The Ministry of Power in the Indian state of Kerala has directed the state utility to provide training on grid-connected solar rooftop systems to its field-level employees, in what has been claimed to be a first in India.

Read more: https://www.pv-tech.org/news/kerala-directs-utility-to-provide-indian-first-rooftop-solar-training

IRENA has analysed NDCs in relation to national energy plans and actual deployment trends.

Read more: http://www.irena.org/publications/2017/Nov/Untapped-potential-for-climate-action-NDC

Hawaiian Electric Co. and Pacific Biodiesel Technologies signed a three-year biodiesel supply contract for the new 50-megawatt Schofield Generating Station, 8-megawatt Honolulu International Airport Emergency Power Facility, and other Oahu generation facilities.

Read more: http://www.biodieselmagazine.com/articles/2516205/pacific-biodiesel-to-supply-fuel-to-new-schofield-power-plant

Four large-scale shifts in the global energy system set the scene for the World Energy Outlook 2017: the rapid deployment and falling costs of clean energy technologies, the growing electrification of energy, the shift to a more services-oriented economy and a cleaner energy mix in China, and the resilience of shale gas and tight oil in the United States.

Read more: http://www.iea.org/weo2017/

Banks are channeling more funds into climate change projects than ever before, says University of Bath’s Simon Wilde. What’s in it for them?

Read more: http://www.eco-business.com/opinion/green-finance-why-global-banks-are-pledging-billions-to-fight-climate-change/

Australia’s Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) will help finance the country’s first “unsubsidised large-scale grid-connected battery”, co-located with a wind farm in South Australia.

Read more: https://www.energy-storage.news/news/cefcs-unsubsidised-debt-finance-of-south-australia-wind-plus-storage-is-imp

You are definitely living under a rock if you haven’t heard that many cities in China are suffering from record-breaking pollution levels. If you’re a hardcore regular of CleanTechnica, you also know that electric buses have been selling like hotcakes in China.

Read more: https://cleantechnica.com/2017/11/12/100-electric-bus-fleet-shenzhen-pop-11-9-million-end-2017/

Vietnam wants to build a massive number of coal plants. But a former United States secretary of state is offering the country a cleaner path forward.

Read more: http://grist.org/article/john-kerry-is-plotting-a-renewable-energy-future-starting-in-vietnam/

Clean energy investments slowed considerably in 2016 in both OECD and non-OECD markets but the drop-off was most significant in emerging markets, falling by $40.2 billion to only $111.4 billion in 2016, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s new Climatescope 2017 report.

Read more: https://cleantechnica.com/2017/11/10/clean-energy-investment-slows-globally-lags-significantly-emerging-markets/

Investment banks aren’t interested, and neighborhood banks just don’t understand. So where is someone who has a great commercial solar project supposed to get funding?

Read more: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2017/11/the-smartest-money-for-c-i-solar-is-coming-from-inside-the-house.html

BONN, 8 November, 2017 – If you think a world powered by 100% renewable electricity – and significantly cheaper than today’s – is an impossible dream, there’s a surprise in store for you.

Read more: http://climatenewsnetwork.net/100-renewable-electricity-in-reach-by-2050/

South Australia’s renewables-heavy electricity market has been turned upside down, moving from importing power to exporting it, and from having some the most expensive wholesale prices in the country to having some of the cheapest.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/nov/08/south-australia-experiences-dramatic-fall-in-energy-costs-after-gas-deal

TOKYO -- Major Indonesian coal miner Adaro Energy, which in recent years has entered the power-plant business at home, is looking to build power plants in neighboring countries in Southeast Asia.

Read more: https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Global-Management-Forum-2017/Indonesian-energy-conglomerate-looks-abroad-for-power-plant-expansion

The Eco Expo Asia 2017 conference could have come as a directive from China’s 19th Communist Party Congress. The speakers and exhibitors were all on point regarding the new sustainable green economic directives from the congress earlier in the month. Held in Hong Kong in late October and organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, the conference and exhibition covered topics such as mainland China’s latest green policies, reduction of air and water pollution, waste reduction, recycling, offshore wind farms and solar as the future of Chinese energy.

Read more: http://www.ecogeneration.com.au/chinas-clean-leap-forward/

SINGAPORE, Nov 7 (Reuters) - The rising demand for crude oil that can more easily produce transportation fuels when refined has some Australian and Malaysian producers boasting cargoes valued at close to $70 a barrel, a hefty premium to global benchmarks.

Read more: http://www.rigzone.com/news/wire/oil_at_70barrel_already_a_reality_for_some_as_asian_premium_bites-07-nov-2017-152375-article/

Granite Power has announced it has entered into a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with The Samoan Electric Power Corporation (EPC) for the installation and management of the world’s best recycling technology for the generation of renewable and sustainable energy.

Read more: http://www.esdnews.com.au/australian-company-export-energy-solutions-samoa/

Alison Sweeney of the University of Pennsylvania has been studying giant clams since she was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Read more: http://biodieselmagazine.com/articles/2516197/penn-researchers-mimic-giant-clams-to-enhance-biofuel-production

Mercury NZ chief executive Fraser Whineray has lashed out at electricity network monopolies, saying they represent a threat to people's "energy freedom". His comments to the NZX-listed, government-controlled electricity generator and retailer's annual meeting coincided with a report from the Electricity Authority that also questioned whether regulated monopolies, such as NZX-listed Auckland network company Vector, are using their regulated asset bases to subsidise activities where they face competition from unregulated businesses.

Read more: http://home.nzcity.co.nz/news/article.aspx?id=258840

Climate change is a true test of political leadership, and now is the time for governments to do more, says former UNFCCC executive secretary Christiana Figueres.

Read more: http://www.eco-business.com/opinion/just-signing-the-paris-agreement-is-not-enough/

Air Liquide Japan is to open the first ever permanent hydrogen (H2) station in Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture – and it is expected to complete construction in March 2018 and open in April 2018. The station, which is the first to be built in the city except a mobile one, will be subsidised by METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan), as well as municipal government of Kanagawa Prefecture.

Read more: https://www.gasworld.com/air-liquide-to-open-first-hydrogen-station-/2013757.article

This highlights challenges and opportunities as the world seeks climate-safe energy solutions. 

Read more: http://www.irena.org/publications/2017/Nov/Turning-to-renewables-Climate-safe-energy-solutions

As officials gather in Bonn for the annual COP climate talks, the Government of Samoa and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today officially launched a multi-million dollar project (dubbed “IMPRESS” – “Improving the Performance and Reliability of Renewable Energy Power System in Samoa”) to enhance sustainable and cost-effective energy production in the Small Island Developing State.

Read more: http://www.samoagovt.ws/2017/11/renewable-energy-grant/

Several solar projects in India are facing delays and inflated costs as customs officials have blocked more than 900 containers of panel shipments for more than a month by demanding higher import duties.

Read more: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2017/11/import-dispute-is-putting-india-solar-in-a-bind.html

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation annual report for 2016-17 has been tabled in the Australian Senate, showing commitments for the financial year of $2 billion in 35 transactions.

Read more: http://www.ecogeneration.com.au/cefc-reports-on-2016-17-a-record-2bn-in-35-projects/

Despite demand for oil perhaps flatlining in many parts of the world over the coming decades, it will continue growing in Southeast Asia until at least 2040, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency.

Read more: https://cleantechnica.com/2017/11/01/iea-oil-demand-southeast-asia-grow-least-2040/

Southeast Asia has the potential to leapfrog fossil fuel-based energy generation methods, but only if the renewable energy sector can attract investors.

Read more: http://www.eco-business.com/news/half-of-southeast-asias-renewable-energy-projects-are-unbankable/

Google uses more electricity than the city of San Francisco and its energy demands are growing by 20 per cent a year. The tech giant is aiming to be completely powered by renewables in 2017, and wants Asian policymakers to make it easier for companies to buy clean energy.

Read more: http://www.eco-business.com/news/google-wants-asia-to-get-serious-about-renewable-energy/