State power utility Saudi Electricity Co. is currently the only offtaker of power in Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Electricity Co.) Alternative Fuels

Saudi Arabia presses on with power privatisation

Saudi Arabia’s power sector reforms will shift the state power utility into the role of system operator, but the constant changes are taking their toll.

By Verity Ratcliffe 26 April 2017
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US solar workers outnumbered coal in 2016

The solar industry employed more Americans in 2016 than the coal industry.

26 April 2017
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Myanmar plans 20 hydro projects

Myanmar’s Ministry of Electricity and Energy plans to build 20 new hydropower projects with a combined capacity of more than 6.2 GW.

26 April 2017
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Indonesia’s PLN reconsidering nuclear power

Indonesia’s state electricity company, PLN, has revisited the idea of using nuclear power to meet its long-term electricity needs in a new business plan.

26 April 2017
Brightsource Energy’s 34 MW thermal solar-to-steam power plant at Chevron’s Coalinga oilfield. (PA) Alternative Fuels

Solar on track to compete with fossil fuels

Solar power is now cost-competitive with fossil fuels in the US, but the market’s growth will depend on a number of factors.

26 April 2017
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Tanzania electricity access passes 32%

The share of households on mainland Tanzania with access to electricity has increased to 32.8%.

25 April 2017
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Mercedes-Benz Energy launches home battery system

Mercedes-Benz Energy has launched a domestic energy storage system.

24 April 2017
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Philippines considers the nuclear option

Donato Marcos, the energy undersecretary of the Philippines, has suggested that nuclear power could be a long-term option to meet the country’s growing energy needs.

21 April 2017
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India’s oil buyers to cut Iranian imports over Farzad B dispute

India’s oil buyers have said they will cut their imports from Iran in a bid to exert pressure on Tehran over a dispute concerning the development of the Farzad B gas field.

19 April 2017
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Total completes work on Japanese solar power project

Total, ISE Group and SunPower have started up a 27 MW photovoltaic power plant in the Japanese city of Nanao.

19 April 2017
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Saudi Arabia plans 30 wind and solar projects

Saudi Arabia plans to build 30 solar and wind projects over the next 10 years as part of a $50 billion power generation programme.

18 April 2017
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Brussels signs nuclear safety project with Iran

The European Commission has signed an agreement on the first project for nuclear safety co-operation with Iran.

18 April 2017
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Karadeniz powership starts supplying Maluku islands

Karadeniz Holdings has started supplying electricity to Indonesia from a powership anchored at the island of Ambon in the Maluku archipelago.

13 April 2017
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Algeria launches tender for 4 GW of solar PV plants

Algeria plans to invite bids for three photovoltaic solar power plants with a total capacity of about 4 GW, according to the country’s energy ministry.

10 April 2017
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Enel to invest $157 million in Australian solar PV project

A joint venture between Enel’s renewable energy subsidiary Enel Green Power and investment firm Dutch Infrastructure Fund has signed an agreement to acquire Bungala Solar One.

10 April 2017
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Engie Brasil expects bids for 1.2 GW of coal power capacity

Engie’s Brazilian unit is expecting to receive bids for 1.2 GW of coal-fired power capacity, Chief Executive Maurício Bahr.

7 April 2017
Datteln coal-fired power plant in Germany. Future investment in coal-fired power in the country is uncertain. (E.On) Alternative Fuels

Eurelectric’s coal pledge sparks controversy

A pledge by European power companies not to build new coal-fired plants after 2020 comes as a surprise, but its real impact seems hard to measure without further details.

6 April 2017
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Hebei to close 4 GW of coal-fired capacity by 2020

Hebei, home to six of China’s 10 smoggiest cities in the first two months of 2017, plans to close 4 GW of coal-fired power capacity by 2020.

5 April 2017
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European power companies pledge no new coal plants after 2020

European power industry association Eurelectric has said its members do not plan to build new coal-fired power plants after 2020.

5 April 2017
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Eni to sell Belgian gas and power retail operations to Eneco

Eni is continuing its divestment plan by selling its gas and power retail operations in Belgium to Dutch energy company Eneco.

3 April 2017
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India becomes net power exporter

India has become a net exporter of electricity for the first time in decades, according to local media.

31 March 2017

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