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The International Energy Agency said government support and lower generation costs will lead to stronger than-expected global growth in renewable energy over the next five years. The agency said it anticipates global renewable electricity capacity will grow by 825 gigawatts by 2021, a 42% increase over last year. By that time hydro, solar, wind and other renewable sources will provide 28%  of world electricity production compared to 23% in 2015.  China is seen as “the undisputable global leader of renewable energy expansion.”  The projected increase in renewable generation is due to more friendly policies in the US, China, India and Mexico coupled with cost decreases of 25% for solar panels and 15% for onshore wind.

Iceland is exploring the energy potential of molten magma flowing 5 kilometers under the Earth’s surface.   Since August the Iceland Deep Drilling Project has been digging into the Earth’s crust, down into the landscape of old lava flows in Reykjanes in the southwest region of the country. The magma there has temperatures reaching from 400 to 1,000 degrees Celsius, capable of producing 10 times more electricity than traditional geothermal energy sources.  The steam from the magma has the potential to create 50 megawatts of energy, which could power 50,000 homes, compared to the typical 5-megawatt geothermal well.

Sweden could be producing all of its energy from renewable sources by 2040.  Currently hydro, wind and biomass account for 57% of the  nation’s 159 terawatt-hours of electric power production with nuclear making up the difference. Sweden plans to add 18 terawatt-hours of annual renewable electricity production by 2030.

The Global Wind Energy Council reports (Global Wind Energy Outlook) wind power could supply 20% of the world’s electricity by 2030 or about 2.1 terawatts. Today, wind energy makes up 8% of the global electric generation market. The report says “Onshore wind power has become the least-cost option when adding new capacity to the national electric grid in an increasing number of markets, and prices continue to fall.”

ThinkProgress wonders which country will be the first to ban petroleum fueled cars. Currently, Norway, The Netherlands, Germany and India have taken steps or are discussing a time-frame for banning sales of petrol cars in their countries. Norway and the Netherlands are looking at 2025 while Germany and India have 2030 in mind.

The US Environmental Protection Agency has rated the Honda Clarity hydrogen fuel cell car with a range of 366 miles..  The EPA calls it the longest range electric or zero emission car offered for sale in the US. Honda will lease the Clarity through a network of twelve dealers in the state of California. More dealers will be added as the infrastructure of hydrogen fueling stations expands. Refueling time is estimated to be five minutes or less.

carbuyer tells us what a plug-in hybrid car is while US News & World Report explains how a hybrid car works. Meanwhile, the Union of Concerned Scientists compares all electric cars – hybrid vs. BEV vs. PHEV vs. FCEV.

carbuyer gives us a complete guide on how to charge an electric car.

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US Renewable Energy Generating Capacity: 2008-2017



Source: US Energy Information Administration, October 2016

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Canada’s National Energy Board reported that as of 2015 renewable energy accounted for 11% of that country’s electricity generation. Wind, solar, biomass and hydroelectric plants had the capacity to produce 95 gigawatts.  Hydro is the dominant source of electricity accounting for 55% of total installed capacity. Four provinces and one territory — British Columbia, Manitoba, Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Yukon — derive more than 85% of their power from hydro. Canada is second in the world to China in terms of hydro production capacity.

The Indian state of Madhya Pradesh aims to install 2.2 gigawatts (GW) of rooftop solar power by 2022 under its newly announced decentralised renewable energy policy. Currently the state produces on 13 megawatts. The policy contains a number of consumer- and investor-friendly measures to encourage the use of solar panels. Nationally, the Asian country hopes to have 40 GW of rooftop solar by 2022.

India’s Ministry of Power has announced a waiver of losses and interstate electricity transmission charges for solar and wind projects as the country looks to encourage growth in renewable energy generation, in order to meet the government’s ambitious targets. No interstate transmission charges or losses will be levied on solar projects commissioned before June 30th 2017. Once a solar project is commissioned, the waiver will be available for 25 years. The policy change will provide projects with an option to sell electric power to the national grid without incurring losses or transmission charges. India is relying on large-scale & hybrid solar/wind projects in order to reach 175 gigawatts of renewable generation capacity by 2022.  The cost reduction brought about by the waiver is expected to attract more entrants to the renewable sector and solar power tariffs could fall by as much as 10% in some cases.

The US Energy Information Administration says in its latest report that solar power is the fastest-growing source of renewable energy in that country. The electricity generating capacity of utility-scale solar is expected rise from 10 gigawatts (GW) in 2014 to 27 GW in 2017, or by 39%. Yet despite this growth, other sources of renewable energy, such as wind power or the burning of liquid biofuels like ethanol, still represent a larger share of US renewable energy capacity.

Sandler Research forecasts global investment in renewable energy will exceed $350 billion by 2020. The Asian-Pacific region will account for about 60% of this expenditure, a region where there is a rising integration of renewable grid with smart grid technology.

Last year Scotland generated 5.3% of its non-electrical heat demand from renewable sources, up from 3.8% in 2014. The Scottish Government’s target is for 11% of non-electrical heat demand from renewable sources by 2020.  In 2015 renewable sources produced an estimated 4,1 terrawatt hours of heat, an increase of 37% from the previous year. The majority of the increase came from large commercial sites installing biomass and combined heat and electric power systems.

A new report from Allied Market Research projects that the world energy storage systems market is expected to reach $265 billion by 2022 up from $172 billion in 2015. It is anticipated that the pumped hydro storage technology segment would generate the highest revenue throughout the forecast period and the Asia-Pacific region would continue to attract the most investment. Energy storage systems have become more popular in the past few years due to keen interest of major economies for production of intermittent renewable energy. Storage systems enable renewable electricity to be stored for use at times when the wind is not blowing or the Sun is not shining.





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