Solar PV and onshore wind now considered cheapest technologies in areas that count for 2/3 of the world’s population

The cost improvements in renewable energy technologies in recent years is staggering and now the cheapest energy options in most of the world according to new research. Giles Parkinson explains in an article on the Renew Economy website.   Solar, wind and battery storage now cheapest energy options just about everywhere Further cost reductions in … Continue reading Solar PV and onshore wind now considered cheapest technologies in areas that count for 2/3 of the world’s population

German wind energy build-up is stalling

Everyone has been watching Germany’s energy transition - energiewende - with great interest. Much of it relates to deploying renewable energy technologies.  Uwe Hessler writes on the Deutsche Welle website about how the wind industry is stalling.   German wind energy stalls amid public resistance and regulatory hurdles The German Economy Ministry has called a … Continue reading German wind energy build-up is stalling

Onshore wind farm in Saudi Arabia has announced what it says is a world record-low onshore wind levelised cost of electricity

We see costs dropping globally for renewable energy production.  Now one wind farm in Saudi Arabia claims that it now has a world record low energy cost.  Joshua S Hill explains in an article on the Renew Economy website.   Saudi Arabia wind farm claims world record low energy cost Saudi Arabia’s 400MW Dumat Al … Continue reading Onshore wind farm in Saudi Arabia has announced what it says is a world record-low onshore wind levelised cost of electricity

Low carbon energy transition underway in Texas

Texas has a long relationship with renewables but the momentum has certainly swung to see strong impact.  Ryan Prior writes on the CNN website that wind power has now surpassed coal for the first time in Texas. Wind is outpacing coal as a power source in Texas for the first time Wind power has surpassed … Continue reading Low carbon energy transition underway in Texas

In most of the United States, it’s now become cheaper to build a new solar or wind farm than to keep an existing coal plant running

Irina Ivanova writes on the CBS News website about latest developments in the low-carbon energy transition in the US. What are your views?   How wind and solar became America's cheapest energy source the price of renewable energy has been dropping exponentially over the past decade—and shows no sign of reversing. In most of the … Continue reading In most of the United States, it’s now become cheaper to build a new solar or wind farm than to keep an existing coal plant running

Small Greek island to become first in the Mediterranean to run exclusively on wind and solar power

The first time in Greece, I was amazed how little solar and wind power were used. Now, the energy transition is truly underway. A news item from Associated Press on the CBC website explains about the latest developments on the island of Tilos. If any of you have been there, please let us know what … Continue reading Small Greek island to become first in the Mediterranean to run exclusively on wind and solar power

Explaining why wind energy is growing so quickly around the world

In this second article this week on wind energy, John Hall, Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, University at Buffalo at the The State University of New York, explains why the wind industry is growing so quickly.   Wind energy’s swift growth, explained The wind industry is growing … Continue reading Explaining why wind energy is growing so quickly around the world

Comparing wind energy generation in the US and the EU

Michael MacDonald from the Energy Performance Measurement Institute and a friend of EiD provides an important comparison of wind energy developments in 2015, comparing the United States with the European Union.   Wind Electricity Generation for the US and EU28, 2015 Wind electricity generation has been growing dramatically this decade, and this brief note summarizes … Continue reading Comparing wind energy generation in the US and the EU

Reviewing the potential of wind energy cost reductions

We are in the midst of a dynamic period in the energy transition. Joshua S Hill writes a good article on the CleanTechnica website about a report from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on how we may be underestimating the potential for and uncertainty of wind energy cost reductions.   Berkeley Lab Suggests We’re Underestimating Potential … Continue reading Reviewing the potential of wind energy cost reductions

China overtakes Europe for installed wind power capacity

This week we have another post on the quality of China’s energy data. Our inclination is that this post by Lucy Hornby in the Financial Times is giving us the right data, and it is good news.   China breezes past EU as top wind power China has overtaken the EU to become the world’s … Continue reading China overtakes Europe for installed wind power capacity