A new report from Navigant Research predicts that over the next decade, global demand for storage for renewable energy will grow to 4.5 gigawatts (GW) of annual installed capacity, from 110 megawatts in 2016. Global installed energy storage capacity is forecast to grow from an annual market of 1.1 GW in 2016 to 21.6 GW in 2025. Energy storage for electricity generation capacity is expected to be the largest application throughout the forecast period, however, demand for renewable energy storage will see the fastest growth. Energy storage is well suited to lithium ion batteries, which will likely dominate for such applications. These systems are often co-located directly at, or close to, renewable energy facilities. Lithium ion batteries currently account for 83% of newly announced energy storage system capacity.

The US city of San Diego, California has begun using renewable diesel in its vehicle fleet. The initial phase will support about 900 heavy- and medium-duty vehicles, including service trucks, refuse packers, dump trucks, construction equipment and street sweepers—all of which are fueled at the City’s four major dispensing facilities. The City expects to begin using renewable diesel at fire stations in the coming weeks, which will result in all of the City’s 1,125 diesel-powered vehicles being powered by renewable diesel. San Diego joins other California fleets including the City of San Francisco, City of Oakland, City of Walnut Creek, City of Carlsbad, and County of Sacramento in using renewable diesel.

Toyota Motor intends to start mass-producing battery-electric vehicles capable of a range of more than 300 kilometers (186 miles) on a single charge by 2020. Toyota plans on having a two market strategy.  In some countries it will focus on hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and in others it will sell EVs. The choice will depend, to a large extent, on the energy policy and infrastructure situations in each country. In the long run, however, Toyota firmly believes that hydrogen vehicles will dominate due to their greater range and  refilling time, which is comparable to a conventional petrol vehicle.

Navigant Research forecasts the global market for medium and heavy duty electric buses is expected to grow from about 119,000 buses in 2016 to 181,000 in 2026. So far China has dominated the rapid growth of battery electric buses thanks to recent changes in incentives, while hybrid powertrains are growing strongly in other markets. As battery cell costs decline from the rapid growth of the consumer electric vehicle market, the battery electric is expected to become the best-selling type of electric powertrain for buses through 2026.

A study by the University of California, Berkeley campus found higher income groups in the US are more likely to receive government subsidies for the purchase of electric cars. On the other hand, lower income whites as well as Hispanic or African-American are less likely to receive these subsidies. Between 2010 and 2015, in the state of California 83% of rebate recipients had annual incomes of more than $100,000.

The small island of Aruba in the Caribbean Sea has committed to 100% renewable energy by 2020. Currently the island receives 40% of its energy from renewables.  The plan is to replace diesel generators with new solar and wind farms, converting waste to energy, and working to increase energy efficiency.

The Canadian government announced that all federal government buildings across the vast country will source their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2025. This will include all National Defence buildings. The plan is to invest in green infrastructure and vehicle fleets, green procurement and support for clean technology.

Saudi Arabia announced it intends to produce 9.5 gigawatts of electric power through renewable energy sources, including solar and wind, by 2030.


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