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January 30, 2019
Climate change policy can be overwhelming. Here’s a guide to the policies that work.

Climate change is such a large and sprawling problem — there are so many forces involved, so many decision makers at so many levels — that solving it can seem hopelessly complex. There are so many options available to policymakers, each with their own fierce constituencies. Where to begin? Which clean-energy policies actually work?

January 30, 2019
Singapore-based firm aims to power clean energy projects in South-east Asia

A new Singapore-based firm has set out to build and run clean energy projects across the region. CleanGrid Partners was unveiled yesterday as a collaboration by Singapore's WEnergy Global, consultancy ICMG Partners and energy firm Greenway Grid Global, which is backed by Japanese electricity giant Tokyo Electric Power Company's Tepco PowerGrid.

January 30, 2019
Will Indonesia keep its unrelenting grip on coal?

About 58 greenfield coal-fired power plants are due to come online in Indonesia by 2027, blurring the outlook for renewables development in the country. Despite a good run for Indonesian renewables in 2017, the country is undaunted in its voracious appetite for coal. According to Wood Mackenzie, about 58 greenfield coal-fired power plants are due to come online in the period to 2027.

January 30, 2019
Decoding the future of blockchain for ASEAN in 2019

The year 2019 will mark the tenth anniversary of the first deployment of blockchain technology. Since then, the concept of blockchain was inseparably linked with the world of cryptocurrencies. But the burst of the Bitcoin bubble seems to have resulted in a paradigm shift. While the popularity of cryptocurrencies may have taken a nosedive, the same cannot be said about the technology behind it at all.

January 24, 2019
Google signs first solar PPA in Asia

Global technology giant Google this week announced that it has signed an agreement to purchase the output from a 10 MW PV installation in Taiwan. The agreement represents Google’s first move to procure renewable energy anywhere in Asia, and the first agreement made since a recent change to Taiwan’s Electricity Act allowed non-utility companies to buy renewable energy directly.

January 24, 2019
Why Salesforce, Gap, Bloomberg, and others are teaming up to buy solar

Bloomberg, Salesforce, Gap Inc., Cox Enterprises, and Workday have teamed up to collectively act as the anchor tenant of a new 100-megawatt solar project in North Carolina. They’ll be able to use the shared solar to offset the energy use of some of their own operations across the country, and the purchase will help increase the share of clean energy flowing through the local grid.

January 24, 2019
It’s decision time for Southeast Asia as power demand soars

Southeast Asia’s energy demand is expected to grow by two-thirds by 2040, requiring massive investment in new energy generation and transmission. To meet their growing needs, countries have to make pivotal choices. They will either lock the region into a carbon-intensive energy future or open up a more sustainable, flexible path based on renewables and energy trading.

January 24, 2019
Solar will rebound this year with more than 100 GW of new capacity

After a year of turbulence for global solar, new capacity installations will break the 100 GW barrier for the first time in 2019, according to consultants Wood Mackenzie. The Scottish energy research company predicted 103 GW of new PV will be installed in the next 12 months.