China announced it will extend its tax rebate on the purchase of “New Energy Vehicles” until December 2020.  The rebate applies to the purchase of electric cars, plug-in hybrids, and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. Sales of New Energy Vehicles in China are expected to hit 700,000 units in 2018.

The head of Toyota Motor Company’s research and development division, Seigo Kuzumaki, believes internal combustion engines will be extinct by 2050. He believes this will happen due to more stringent emissions regulations imposed by governments worldwide and the growing adoption of electric and hydrogen vehicles. He thinks production on internal combustion engines may end as early as 2040, with none of these vehicles being sold by 2050. He noted his company is investing heavily in hydrogen transportation and solid state batteries.

Hydrogen is powering an experimental taxi service in Dubai. The experiment is being undertaken by Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority to test the capabilities of hydrogen technology and assess if the metro area should invest in future public hydrogen infrastructure for transportation.

Competitive auctions have made wind the lowest electricity generation source in India. Auctions conducted in Gujarat two weeks ago brought a record-low tariff of Rs2.43/kilowatt-hour (kWh). That is nearly 8% cheaper than the previous low of Rs2.44/kWh that the industry saw in October. This tariff is also less than the lowest solar power action price of Rs2.44/kWh that the country recorded in May this year. Until now renewable energy auctions have been organized by the central government; however, recently the country announced that the states will be able to run their own wind and solar auctions going forward. (Note: Rs2.43/kWh is ¢3.8/kWh US)

Taiwan’s new energy policy plans to cut the amount of electric power generated from coal-fired stations from 45% n 2016 to 30% by 2025. At the same time it wants to increase the amount generated from renewable energy from 12% to 20% over this period. Liquefied natural gas (LNG) and oil-fired power plant generation will account for the remainder. Taiwan is also closing its 4 nuclear power stations. The Asian country is heavily dependent on imported oil, coal and natural gas and the policy will also have the effect of reducing these imports by 2025.

South Korea Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy announced plans for the country to increase its solar electricity generation 5 times over by 2030. By that time renewable energy (wind and solar) would generate 20% of the country’s power, up from 7% in 2016.  1 out of every 30 households would be equipped with solar energy systems by 2022. South Korea’s 24 nuclear reactors supply a third of its electricity demand.

Scotland’s new Energy Strategy aims to have one-half of all of its total energy needs (including heat, transportion, and electricity) met with renewable energy sources by 2030. To achieve this goal, the government announced £80 million in new investment in the energy sector. The heating sector accounts for 51% of Scotland’s total energy consumed in households and businesses, and the transport sector accounts for 25% of total energy demand. The government is counting heavily on wind energy to meet its goals. Paul Wheelhouse, Scottish Minister of Business, Energy, and Innovation, said:

“We expect onshore wind to play a growing and invaluable role in our transition to a low carbon future. The support and investment frameworks for onshore wind have fundamentally changed, just as the technology is also changing – with moves towards larger, more efficient turbines which have made onshore wind highly cost-effective.”

Italy‘s new energy policy calls for renewable energy to reach 28% of total energy consumption in 2030, compared with 17.5% in 2015. Electricity from renewable sources would account for 55% that year, up from 33.5% in 2015. The renewable increase would mainly come from new wind installations as the country plans to increase this the output from this source from 15 terrawatt-hours (TWh) in 2015 to 40 TWh by 2030.







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