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October 28, 2020
Solar is now ‘cheapest electricity in history’, confirms IEA

The world’s best solar power schemes now offer the “cheapest…electricity in history” with the technology cheaper than coal and gas in most major countries. That is according to the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook 2020. The 464-page outlook, published today by the IEA, also outlines the “extraordinarily turbulent” impact of coronavirus and the “highly uncertain” future of global energy use over the next two decades. Reflecting this uncertainty, this year’s version of the highly influential annual outlook offers four “pathways” to 2040, all of which see a major rise in renewables. The IEA’s main scenario has 43% more solar output by 2040 than it expected in 2018, partly due to detailed new analysis showing that solar power is 20-50% cheaper than thought.

October 28, 2020
South Asia renewable energy market growth analysis 2020, promising opportunities and forecasts report till 2025

The Market Insights Reports has added a new statistical data to its repository titled as, South Asia Renewable Energy Market. It provides the industry overview with market growth analysis with a historical & futuristic perspective for the following parameters; cost, revenue, demands, and supply data (as applicable). Furthermore, the report also sheds light on recent developments and technological platforms, in addition to distinctive tools, and methodologies that will help to propel the performance of industries. South Asia renewable energy market is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 12.5% in the forecast period of 2020-2025. Geographically, South Asian countries are located in a region of tropical and humid climatic conditions, which provides the region with an opportunity to avail of huge potential for renewable energy resources.

October 28, 2020
$400 million transmission line to bring in Laos, Thailand power

The construction of a combined more-than $400 million power transmission line connecting Cambodia to Laos and the Thai border will start next year, according to an official from the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME). The government through the Council of Ministers approved a 500 kilovolt transmission line investment project from Phnom Penh to the Cambodia-Laos border and 500 kilovolt transmission line from Battambang to the Cambodian-Thai border. Victor Jona, MME’s director-general of the energy department, said that the government has invited SchneiTec Co Ltd to invest in these two projects after offering the company a technical study and environmental assessment. He said the transmission line connecting to the Laos border will be 300 kilometres (km) in length and the one from Battambang province to the Thai border will be about 110 km.

October 28, 2020
No more new coal plant applications under latest Philippines energy policy

The Philippines is no longer accepting new applications for greenfield coal power plants, under the latest policy announced by Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi. Cusi said the moratorium on endorsements is based on the latest assessment by the Department of Energy (DOE) which highlighted the need to shift to a "more flexible power supply mix" that would help build a more sustainable power system in the country. "While we have initially embraced a technology-neutral policy, our periodic assessment of our country's energy requirements is paving the way for innovative adaptations in our policy direction," Cusi said in a recorded speech at the 2nd Global Ministerial Conference on System Integration of Renewables on Tuesday, October 27. In September 2019, Cusi had blocked proposals to ban coal unless the Philippines meets its need for energy security.

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