The European Union wants more competition in internal countries’ energy markets said EurActiv in Brussels urges EU countries to stop energy market ‘distortions’. A recent report by the European Commission wants 19 countries to phase out price distorting regulations for electricity and natural gas prices which it says discourage companies from exploring cheaper, more efficient options and blocks new companies from entering the market. The EU believes lack of competition is preventing energy consumers from getting the best deal. Moreover, subsidies on natural gas and electricity prices  generate debts, which must by paid by these same consumers as taxpayers.

China Daily noted China’s ultra-high voltage transmission and new-energy industries will expand rapidly in the next three years, with a greater focus on overseas market. Some industry participants expect the country’s total transmission capacity will be enlarged several times by the end of 2020. In addition, Chinese companies are entering foreign markets, such as India, in an attempt to accelerate their growth.

Bloomberg BusinessWeek Technology told us what it is like to live one year with solar energy.

Clean Technica informed us that the largest solar power plant in the world is nearing completion in Abu Dhabi. The plant will have a generation capacity of over 100 MW and provide 20,000 homes in the region with electricity. The project will be followed shortly by another one planned to generate similar levels of electricity.

In Pakistan, solar power is now cheaper than diesel generators reports The Express Tribune. Meanwhile Romania expects solar to be cheaper than nuclear by 2016 according to AFP.

Azocleantech reported on India’s solar power prospects. A new report from Research and Markets finds India is emerging as one of the leading solar PV markets in the world with more than 300 sunny days. Solar power has the potential to generate 50 GW which would be enough to meet over 5% of the country’s power requirements by 2022.

We learned from Clean Technica that Algeria wants to have 22 GW of renewable energy by 2030. Much of this energy would be exported on the international market, mostly to Europe. The first phase is expected to start in 2013 and will include 1.2 GW from PV solar power plants, followed by 2.5 GW of concentrated solar (CSP) and 516 MW of wind energy by 2022.

REneweconomy told us why concentrating solar power is a good bet for the future.

From the Sydney Morning Herald we learn that solar and wind power could be cheaper than coal in Australia by 2030. This is the conclusion of that country’s Climate Commission. Australia wants to generate 20% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. That figure is now about 10%, two-thirds of which comes from hydroelectricity, nearly a quarter from wind and 3% from solar.

Energy & Capital posted that wind will supply 20% of global energy demand  by 2030. This is the conclusion of the Global Wind Energy Council and Greenpeace in a recent report. Total installed wind capacity is projected to increase more than four times from 240 GW  (2011) to 1,100 GW (2020). By that time it could  provide power for as much as 11.7% to 12.6% of the world’s electricity needs. By 2030 installed capacity would rise to between between 1,600 and 2,500 GW.

Reuters reported that Scotland’s independence from the UK is betting heavily on green energy. With its North Sea oil and natural gas reserves dwindling the country is hoping for 100% renewable electricity by the end of the decade and exporting some to neighbouring countries such as Ireland and mainland Europe. An independence referendum is scheduled for 2014.

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