The international Energy Agency says India is becoming a driving force in global energy trends. Showing remarkable growth, half a billion Indians have gained access to electricity in India since 2000, almost doubling the country’s electrification rate. This growth rate puts India on course to achieving access to electricity for all in the early 2020s. Since 2012, more than 100 million people per year have gained electricity access, an acceleration from the rate of 62 million people per year seen between 2000 and 2012. Coal has fuelled about 75% of the new electricity access since 2000, with renewable sources accounting for around 20%. By 2030, the promotion of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and improved biomass cookstoves will give more than 300 million people gain access to clean cooking facilities. However, more than one-in-three people will still remain without. India has a population of 1.4 billion.

In the US, the California Air Resources Board has approved a $663-million low-carbon transportation plan to increase the use of clean energy cars, heavy-duty trucks, buses and freight equipment. The purpose is to replace petrol fuel in road transportation. The plan allocates $398 million of public funds to subsidize heavy-duty trucks, buses and freight projects, including $190 million for advanced-technology freight equipment such as yard trucks, forklifts and cranes. A fund of $140 million offers up to $5,000 in vehicle rebates for the purchase or lease of new, eligible zero-emission and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

The German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure announced it is offering €278 million (US$331 million) to promote the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in German maritime shipping. The funds are available for all means of maritime transport. The subsidies are available to companies that own a ship or plan to build a new ship, as well as corporations and public law institutions. Depending on the size of the company, projects can receive up to 60% of the eligible costs. The purpose is to replace diesel fuel in maritime transportation.

Greentech Media tells us The Inconvenient Truth About Renewables and Storage.

The Canadian province of Alberta now claims the lowest wind costs in Canada.  Using the first wind auction in that country, in a recent tender the province obtained a 20-year average price of 2.9 cents (US) per kilowatt-hour — less than half of sister province Ontario’s 2016 negotiated price that resulted in an average of 6.6 cents. The auction is for 60 megawatts of electric power in the southern part of the province. This will generate enough power for 250,000 homes.

International engineering firm ABB has just put 53 fast-charging stations on key roads across Bulgaria for electric vehicles. These stations now cover the international routes from Sofia to the Greek border, with installations in key locations including the cities of Sofia, Varna, Veliko Turnovo, Blagoevgrad, Sandanski, Rakov-ski, Stara Zagora, Liubumetz and Bourgas. The 50 kilowatt installations use the CHAdeMO, CCS and Type 2 AC standards and provide charging cycles between 15-60 minutes, depending on the capacity of the car battery. The fast charging network will be extended to all major roads and highways in the Eastern European country by the end of March, 2018.

The Central American country of Costa Rica has passed legislation to have 37,000 electric vehicles on its roads within 5 years. The would equal about 2.6% of all road vehicles. These cars will be running off renewable electricity. Costa Rica expects to supply 100% renewable electricity by 2021 from hydroelectricity, wind and geothermal.

The Canadian province of Ontario is offering subsidies up to $75,000 for buying electric and other low-carbon trucks, including electric and natural gas vehicles. Electrics will qualify for a 50% subsidy up to $75,000 while natural gas vehicles will get 30% to a maximum of $75,000. Ontario already offers subsidies up to $14,000 for electric cars,

Seeking Alpha looks at The Likely Rise Of Electric Vehicles And The Impact On Metals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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