The US electricity system is at an extremely sensitive and uncertain juncture. More and more indicators point toward a future in which wind and solar power play a large role. But that future is not locked in. It still depends in large part on policies and economics that, while moving in the right direction, aren’t there yet.
The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand is showing signs of decline as the 49-year-old wholly owned state utility struggles to tighten costs and reorganise in the wake of market decentralisation and private competition. The cost of renewables, energy storage and distributed generation has been spreading on a global scale, finally reaching Thailand's shores.
For around 10 years, the conventional wisdom in the energy sector has been that natural gas is ascendant. Coal is dirty, and it’s getting expensive, but it’s too early to jump all the way to renewable energy. To get from the fossil fuel present to the renewable future, we will need ... a bridge. Natural gas is meant to be that bridge. Or so the story goes.
Water pollution, plastic waste, sustainable agriculture and environmental protection—these were a few concerns highlighted by students at the Youth Ecosperity Dialogue as the most pressing global problems of their time.
A mixed picture for global clean energy investment in 2018 is emerging, with dollar investment in solar under pressure while commitments to wind power and energy smart technologies such as electric vehicles and batteries are running above last year’s levels. The latest authoritative figures from research company BNEF show world investment in clean energy in the first six months of 2018 down 1% from the same period in 2017.
The renewable energy revolution is on an explosive growth path from China to India to Latin America, but it appears to have not yet properly reached ASEAN, a regional grouping of 10 countries with a combined population of 640 million people.
Can the increasing penetration of wind power be handled without threatening the stability of the power system? Experts stress that recent power challenges in Asia are proving that it is time to put these energy assets to good use, especially as the cost of wind power continues to plummet.
Thai agro-industrial and food conglomerate Charoen Pokphand Foods has signed an agreement with local clean energy firm Gunkul Engineering to install a 40MW rooftop solar project at CPF’s manufacturing plants for self-consumption. The solar rooftop project is expected to be the largest collective solar rooftop project to date in Thailand.