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How much progress did we make in switching to green energy in 2017? What are the obstacles that remain to be tackled? Read on to find out.

Read more: http://www.eco-business.com/news/the-top-5-energy-stories-in-2017/

The Asian Development Bank (ADB), the European Union, and the governments of New Zealand and Samoa commissioned the Alaoa, Fale-o-le-Fee, and Samasoni hydropower plants, co-financed from the Samoa Renewable Energy Development and Power Sector Rehabilitation Project, which will help cut the country’s reliance on fossil fuel and increase energy security.

Read more: http://sobserver.ws/en/22_12_2017/local/28137/ADB-helps-rehabilitate-ydropower-plants.htm

According to the Electricity of Vietnam (EVN), Vietnam has about 30 solar power projects, a figure which, according to Le Chi Hiep, chair of the Institute of Sustainable Energy Research, an arm of the HCMC National University, is modest compared with Vietnam’s great potential in solar energy.

Read more: http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/192136/solar-energy-industry-poised-to-take-off.html

Thailand is seeking to improve its electricity production by leveraging solar energy and blockchain technology. Thai-backed BCPG will work with Power Ledger to make this happen.

Read more: https://bitcoinist.com/renewable-energy-trading-comes-to-thailand-power-ledger-and-bcpg-setting-the-pace/

Recent increases in power prices across Australia are set to go the other way as new power production comes on line, much of renewable from solar and wind sources.

Read more: http://econews.com.au/56315/wind-and-solar-generation-set-to-push-electricity-prices-down/

One of the initiatives of prime minister Narendra Modi’s 'Make in India' campaign is to project India as a sustainable country on a global platform. He once said: "Let us turn to the Sun to power our future.” So currently we are racing against time to accomplish one of our most ambitious solar targets ever – 100GW by the year 2022.

Read more: https://www.pv-tech.org/guest-blog/how-solar-manufacturers-can-contribute-to-the-make-in-india-dream

The South Korea Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy has announced its 8th long-term plan for electricity supply and demand, including environmental and safety factors, stable power supply and economic efficiency.

Read more: https://www.pv-tech.org/news/south-korea-announce-8th-basic-plan-for-long-term-energy-generation

Toyota has revealed that it will be marketing and selling over 10 all-electric vehicle models around the world by the early 2020s and investing around or over ¥1.5 trillion ($13 billion) into the development of battery technology through 2030 as well.

Read more: https://cleantechnica.com/2017/12/18/toyota-market-10-ev-models-globally-early-2020s/

Under Thailand's Alternative Energy Development Plan (AEDP) 2015, power generation from solar energy is targeted at 6,000 MW in 2036. Of this residential rooftop solar PVs will account for a significant portion.

Read more: https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/news/1378747/as-thailand-4-0-progresses-unstoppably-pea-is-now-developing-the-pea-hive-smart-home-platform

A concerned citizen has raised objections over the granting of a zoning variance in the Sasajyan valley property where a proposed renewable energy project will be built.

Read more: https://www.postguam.com/news/local/objection-to-renewable-energy-zoning-raised/article_360be1b0-e170-11e7-b408-f707e99be446.html

Here’s why a combination of solar power and energy are the best bet for a future energy supply that is clean, renewable, and affordable.

Read more: http://www.eco-business.com/opinion/a-new-world-in-which-solar-and-storage-becomes-the-cheapest-form-of-energy/

In a move that was roundly welcomed by environmental groups, National Australia Bank (NAB) on Thursday announced that it will stop financing new projects to mine thermal coal—that is, the coal used in power generation.

Read more: http://www.eco-business.com/news/nab-will-no-longer-fund-new-coal-projects/

At the beginning of 2017, the big question regarding solar in China was whether they could repeat the stunning ~35GW performance of 2016.

Read more: https://www.pv-tech.org/guest-blog/the-hungry-dragon-explaining-chinas-50gw-pv-market-in-2017

Lives in northern China are shorter than in the south because of air pollution from heating, reports Feng Hao.

Read more: http://www.eco-business.com/news/three-year-cut-to-life-expectancy-from-coal-heating/

In an interesting fact sheet we stumbled across today, an overview is given on the key areas of interest for potential geothermal development on the Pacific island group of Vanuatu.

Read more: http://www.thinkgeoenergy.com/developing-geothermal-energy-on-vanuatu-pacific-key-areas-of-interest/

Arguing the move would bring its lending practices into line with its “ongoing support to developing countries for the effective implementation of the Paris Agreement’s goals” the World Bank has announced it will no longer finance upstream oil and gas after 2019.

Read more: http://econews.com.au/56281/world-bank-will-no-longer-finance-upstream-oil-and-gas-after-2019/

Southeast Asia’s leading nation for solar energy—Thailand—could now be the frontrunner in wind energy after renewables developer WEH secured funding for the region’s biggest wind power project yet.

Read more: http://www.eco-business.com/news/southeast-asias-largest-wind-project-gets-11-billion-funding-injection/

Major Japanese business and government entities have extended their involvement in energy storage with the announcement of the country’s first virtual power plants, an investment in a US frequency regulation project and partnerships on technology.

Read more: https://www.energy-storage.news/news/big-japanese-players-invest-in-and-trial-vpps-balancing-services-for-deregu

Plans are in place for a combined 160MW solar and wind project with up to 40MWh of energy storage in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, while a smaller scale demonstration project experimenting with multiple technologies is being developed for Kerala.

Read more: https://www.energy-storage.news/news/indias-hybrid-solar-wind-storage-projects-take-shape-with-tenders-and-innov

In this modern era, it is undoubtedly true that energy becomes an inalienable part of our day to day life, and we become extremely dependent on it.

Read more: https://www.dhakatribune.com/opinion/op-ed/2017/12/12/theres-no-progress-without-energy/

At the end of 2017, Thailand looks back to seven tumultuous years of mostly favorable solar energy developments and a few failures. While 2010 saw the first significant installations of solar panels, the year 2017 marks the achievement of a significant milestone, a total of 3 GW of solar installations in the Land of Smile. This amounts to 50% of the 2036 target under the current 20-year roadmap (AEDP 2015).

Read more: https://pugnatorius.com/solar-energy-outlook-2018/

A unit of China Three Gorges Corp. is building a 1 billion yuan ($151 million) floating solar power plant, the world’s biggest, in the nation’s eastern province of Anhui.

Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-11/china-three-gorges-starts-world-s-biggest-floating-solar-project

The World Bank has backed a huge solar energy project in India as one of the major initiatives it is support at the One Planet Summit in France.

Read more: http://econews.com.au/56256/world-bank-backs-modi-moving-india-to-lower-carbon-energy-future/

Construction on Australia’s first utility-scale wind, solar and energy storage hybrid project to be connected to the national grid is about to start near Hughenden in northwest Queensland.

Read more: https://www.energy-storage.news/news/construction-imminent-on-major-solar-wind-storage-hybrid-plant-in-queenslan

On the 20th of November, it was announced that China’s green new energy license plates would be rolled out across the nation in three stages. Previously, the green licence plates had been implemented in Shanghai, Nanjing, Wuxi, Jinan, and Shenzhen on the 1st of December of 2016.

Read more: https://evobsession.com/chinas-green-licence-plates-scheme-goes-national/

After spending years building up its gas-power business, General Electric Co. is trying to figure out how to keep pace in a world that’s no longer all that interested in fossil fuels.

Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-07/ge-s-12-000-job-cuts-highlight-uneasy-shift-to-renewable-energy

A combination of growing energy demand, strong wind and solar resources, and political support for development has made investing in renewable energy an attractive prospect in the region. Aaron Daniels explains how companies can ensure their projects are bankable.

Read more: http://www.eco-business.com/opinion/boosting-renewable-energy-bankability-in-southeast-asia/

Just days ahead of a climate summit in Paris 80 top economists have said the development of oil, gas and coal energy must stop in order to avoid the worst ravages of global warming.

Read more: http://econews.com.au/56238/economists-urge-stop-investing-in-fossil-fuels-to-save-climate/

Building solar, wind or nuclear plants creates an insignificant carbon footprint compared with savings from avoiding fossil fuels, a new study suggests.

Read more: https://www.carbonbrief.org/solar-wind-nuclear-amazingly-low-carbon-footprints

China should reduce its coal use and also burn it more efficiently, write Zhang Kai and Yang Xiaotong.

Read more: http://www.eco-business.com/opinion/clean-coal-doesnt-merit-green-financing/

Hospitals and other healthcare facilities use a lot of energy – notably in heating systems and electrical power. To save costs, including environmental costs, Canterbury DHB is concerned to reduce energy consumption wherever possible.

Read more: https://www.nzdoctor.co.nz/article/undoctored/canterbury-district-health-board-now-energy-mark-silver-certified

Demand for imported biomass is expected to surge in Japan, in the midst of an aggressive energy landscape overhaul.

Read more: http://biomassmagazine.com/articles/14856/biomass-in-japanundefineds-best-energy-mix

An Australian tidal energy company has agreed to develop a power grid underpinned by a tidal power installation for a town in Papua New Guinea.

Read more: http://www.powerengineeringint.com/articles/2017/12/grid-powered-by-tidal-energy-for-papua-new-guinea-town.html

Here’s the good news: China has launched the first all-electric cargo ship. According to China Daily, the 230 foot long vessel is equipped with a 2,400 kWh lithium-ion battery that stores enough electrical energy to transport 2200 tons of cargo a distance of 50 miles on a single charge at a top speed of about 8 miles per hour.

Read more: https://cleantechnica.com/2017/12/02/china-launches-worlds-first-electric-cargo-ship-will-use-haul-coal/

Tesla turned on the world’s largest lithium-ion energy storage facility in the world earlier today in Hornsdale, Australia — with this announcement following closely on the news last week that construction work on the installation had been completed.

Read more: https://cleantechnica.com/2017/12/01/tesla-turned-worlds-largest-lithium-ion-battery-facility-world-today/