Switzerland: A major shift from nuclear to renewables but the horizon is still a blur!

On Sunday 21st of May, the Swiss voted for the second time in the last six months on a major energy issue. According to the last provisional final figures after Sunday’s referendum, a full 58.2% of Swiss voters supported the new law on energy, with only four of the country’s 26 cantons voting “No”. Doris [...]

By |May 24th, 2017|Categories: Analyst's Insight|Tags: , , , |

WWS 100% clean and renewable roadmaps

A new report of the Stanford, U.C. Berkeley and other researchers presents a proposed 100% Clean and Renewable Wind, Water, and Sunlight (WWS) transformation timeline for 139 countries: “It assumes 80% conversion to WWS by 2030 and 100% by 2050. The rate of transformation is based on what is necessary to eliminate air pollution mortality [...]

By |April 13th, 2017|Categories: Graph Analysis, Map|Tags: , , , , |

Renewable energy prospects in Indonesia

A recent IRENA report studied in details Indonesia’s renewable energy prospects. According to IRENA’s analysis: “Indonesia could achieve its 2050 renewable energy targets two decades sooner. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has worked with Indonesia’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) to develop a roadmap to 2030, highlighting ways to increase the uptake [...]

By |March 16th, 2017|Categories: Graph Analysis, Map|Tags: , |

Saudi Arabia kicks off a $50bn renewable energy plan to cut oil use – – 21/02/2017

Saudi Arabia has announced a kick-off of a $50 billion renewable energy project as the world’s top crude export turns to solar and wind power in meeting growing energy demand.

Source:, 2017/02/21

By |February 23rd, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Lower costs shifts the balance towards solar photovoltaics from fossil fuel alternatives

A recent report analyzed The Disruptive Power of Low-carbon Technology: “the global power mix out to 2050 in scenarios in which original and lower-cost solar PV assumptions are paired with climate policy that either exceeds current NDCs, ie ‘Strong’ policy effort, or under-delivers on the NDCs, ie ‘Weak’ policy. The scenarios with NDC level climate [...]

By |February 16th, 2017|Categories: Graph Analysis|Tags: , , , , , |

Uncertainty for Brazil’s renewable sector as energy auctions cancelled – – 31/01/2017

Brazil has been among the frontrunners in contracting renewable energy through the auction route. The country started with the auction mechanism way back in 2007, with the first alternative energy auction. Since then, the country has come a long way and auctions have been held at regular intervals for various technologies. The recent cancellation of [...]

By |February 2nd, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

India: Country received FDI worth $1.77 bn in renewables – The Asian Age – 19/01/2017

Total FDI equity inflow in the non-conventional energy sector during April 2014 to September 2016.

Source:  The Asian Age, 2017/01/19

By |January 20th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Renewable and non-renewable power capacity additions, 2001-2015

IRENA recently published its Rethinking Energy 2017 report. As shown in the report: “Since 2012, renewable power capacity installations have exceeded non-renewables by a rising margin . In 2015, renewable power capacity represented 61% of all new power generating capacity added worldwide.”

Renewable and non-renewable power capacity additions, 2001-2015

Source: IRENA. Rethinking Energy 2017. January 2017.

By |January 20th, 2017|Categories: Graph Analysis|Tags: , , |

China Aims to Spend at Least $360 Billion on Renewable Energy by 2020 – New York Times – 05/01/2017

China intends to spend more than $360 billion through 2020 on renewable power sources like solar and wind, the government’s energy agency said on Thursday. The country’s National Energy Administration laid out a plan to dominate one of the world’s fastest-growing industries, just at a time when the United States is set to take the [...]

By |January 12th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

UAE invests £134bn in renewables in push to reach 50% clean energy target – The Independent – 11/01/2017

Oil-rich Gulf state has pledged that half of its energy will be generated from renewable sources by 2050.

Source:  The Independent, 2017/01/11

By |January 12th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |