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Solar PV is “charging ahead” across the world as it outpaces other renewables, but far more significant action is required if a climate crisis is to be averted, the International Energy Agency has warned. This morning the IEA has released this year’s edition of its World Energy Outlook (WEO), including a mix of worldwide energy trends and forecasts under different models and scenarios.
Blockchain, the technology underpinning cryptocurrency bitcoin, has been recommended and theorized for uses across a broad spectrum of sectors and countries. Now, Singapore is putting the tech to work in reshaping its energy industry, where companies can buy and sell renewable energy certificates that represent a unit of green energy production from the likes of wind or solar power.
The world has so many existing fossil fuel projects that it cannot afford to build any more polluting infrastructure without busting international climate change goals. The International Energy Agency said almost all of the world’s carbon budget up to 2040 would be eaten up by today’s power stations, vehicles and industrial facilities.
Wind and solar have become the cheapest sources of power, and natural gas-fired plants are the best option to back them up. The levelized cost of energy from large solar installations has fallen to as low as $36 per megawatt-hour, while wind is as cheap as $29, Lazard said in a report Thursday.