Wind and solar ‘could make up half of global grid by 2050’

Bloomberg New Energy Finance suggests the falling costs of wind, solar and battery technologies will help keep global temperatures from rising more than 2°C by 2030

EU approves €200m French state aid for renewable energy

It is designed to encourage the production of green power by businesses and individuals for their own use

Japan plans to cut plutonium stockpile

The country’s new energy plan outlines a reduction in dependence on fossil fuels and nuclear power

Global gas supply to grow 1.4% a year by 2030

Global gas supply is forecast to grow at a rate of 1.4% a year by 2030. That’s according to a new report from data and analytics firm McKinsey Energy Insights (MEI), which predicts natural gas will represent 23% of the global energy mix by 2030, up from 22% in 2016. The company expects total natural gas […]

Global carbon emissions ‘will peak in 2026’

Global carbon dioxide emissions are expected to peak in 2026. By 2040, they will be 4% lower than they were in 2016, according to a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). It also suggests renewable energy costs will undercut the majority of existing fossil power stations by 2030. The report predicts solar energy costs will drop two-thirds by […]

Natural gas to lead US power mix this summer

Natural gas is due to be the largest source of electricity generation in the US this summer. That’s according to new data from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), which projects the fuel will account for 34% of the total energy mix, down from 37% last summer but still above coal, which remains at 32%. […]

EU renewables hit 16.7% of energy mix in 2015

In 2015, power from renewable sources made up 16.7% of the EU‘s energy mix. That’s nearly double the 8.5% share recorded in 2004, according to a new set of statistics from Eurostat. European targets for 2020 hope to see renewables reaching 20% of gross final energy consumption, moving up to at least 27% by 2030. With 53.9% of Sweden’s energy coming from renewable […]

India’s renewable future – no coal, gas or nuclear on horizon

India has a 10-year window in which no new investments in coal, gas or nuclear power are likely. That’s according to a new report from The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), which says India’s existing capacity and capacity under construction will be able to meet demand until about 2026. If the price of solar power and batteries reaches as […]

Vietnam’s energy mix to ‘significantly transform’

The power generation mix in Vietnam is expected to “significantly transform” in the next two decades. That will follow the modernisation of the nation’s agrarian economy to become a more industrialised nation, according to a new report. The country plans to add “substantial” coal-fired capacity and build the first nuclear reactors in southeast Asia as […]

UK and Japan to work together on climate change

The UK and Japan have agreed to collaborate in the areas of energy efficiency, nuclear and renewable energy as well as co-operate in tackling climate change. Both the countries reaffirmed their commitment to ensuring security of supply and reducing carbon emissions during the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s two-day visit to the UK. In a […]