Transition to low-carbon electricity generation technologies

In many parts of the world, CO2 emissions are dominated by the electricity generation sector. In order to meet the reductions in CO2 emissions that they agreed to in the 2015 Paris Agreement, nations, regions and municipalities will increasingly need to move away from thermal power plants burning coal, oil, or natural gas. Renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and biomass are quickly becoming the best option not only for their lower CO2 emissions, but also because their electricity generation costs ($/MWh) often out-compete those of thermal power plants. I plan to collect here positive news items on the renewable energies front line.

Energy news

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2019 marks a pause in global energy-related CO2 emissions

2020-02-11 After two years of growth, global CO2 emissions were unchanged in 2019 even as the world economy expanded by 2.9%. This was primarily due to declining CO2 emissions from electricity generation in advanced economies. 

Six renewable energy trends to watch in 2019

2018-12-30 Forbes magazine proposes six renewable energy trends to watch in 2019.

Alberta annouces 4 wind power projects totalling 600 MW at competitive cost of 3.5c/kWh

2017-12-13 Alberta Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd and Premier Rachel Notley were rightly proud to announce the results of their call for bids for the generation of wind power in the Canadian province of Alberta. The total of 595 MW consists in four individual projects of 201 MW, 248 MW, 115 MW and 31 MW. What impressed me the most in this announcement is the very low 20-year price of 3.7 cents a kilowatt-hour, which is competitive with the price of natural gas-fired generation facilities.

Useful links

All forms of renewable energy

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The Renewables 2018 Global Status report provides detailed updates on the trends in solar, wind, geothermal, biomass and hydro sources of energy.

Solar power

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Wind power

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