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Report: Solar PV could provide up to 13% of global electricity demand by 2030

June 23, 2016 | Michael Ravenscroft

A new report, Letting in the Light: How Solar Photovoltaics Will Revolutionize the Electricity System, published by the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena; United Arab Emirates) says that the share of electricity generated by solar photovoltaics...

Report: Average cost for solar, wind electricity, could fall by up to 60% by 2025

June 16, 2016 | Michael Ravenscroft

The average cost for electricity generated by solar and wind technologies could decrease considerably by 2025, according to a report, The Power to Change: Solar and Wind Cost Reduction Potential to 2025, by the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena...

Gurit to open plant in Poland for wind blade molds

June 13, 2016 | Michael Ravenscroft

Composite materials supplier Gurit (Zurich) has announced that it will open a production facility in Szczecin, Poland, for producing wind blade molds. The expansion is targeted at further increasing Gurit’s European market share in tooling, the company...

Amyris-Total biojet fuel to be used in Cathay Pacific Airbus delivery program over next two years

June 13, 2016 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Amyris's (Emeryville, CA) renewable jet fuel will be used on flights by newly delivered Cathay Pacific aircraft from Toulouse, France, to Hong Kong over the next two years, Amyris has announced. The trial began on 29 May, when Cathay Pacific took delivery of...

European court rules that German renewable energy support constituted state aid

May 10, 2016 | Michael Ravenscroft

The General Court of the European Union has dismissed in its entirety an action brought by Germany against the European Commission regarding Germany’s renewable energy law (EEG) of 2012. The commission classified a reduction in the EEG surcharge for...

Aemetis acquires cellulosic sugar firm Edeniq for $20 million

May 5, 2016 | Rebecca Coons

Aemetis (Cupertino, CA), a maker of advanced fuels and renewable chemicals, announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement with cellulosic sugar company Edeniq (Visalia, CA) to acquire Edeniq for $20 million. "The acquisition of Edeniq...

ADM to divest sugar, ethanol operations in Brazil

April 1, 2016 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM; Chicago) has reached an agreement to sell its sugarcane-ethanol operations at Limeira do Oeste, Brazil, to Brazil-based JFLim Participações. The transaction includes a sugarcane plantation and an ethanol distillery...

Europe's renewable energy use grows, GHG emissions decrease

March 31, 2016 | Michael Ravenscroft

Calculations by the European Environment Agency (EEA; Copenhagen) show that the share of energy in the European Union that is derived from renewable energy resources (RES) has increased, from 14.3 % in 2012 to 15.0 % in 2013, and is estimated to reach 15.2%...

EEA says renewables increasingly curbing reliance on fossil fuels in Europe

March 18, 2016 | Michael Ravenscroft

The use of fossil fuels across the European Union continues to decline, in part because of an increase in the consumption of energy from renewable sources such as wind, solar, and biomass, according to a report published by the European Environment Agency...

Renewable energy: doubling share by 2030 could save $4 trillion

March 18, 2016 | Michael Ravenscroft

Doubling the share of renewable energy in the overall global energy mix by 2030 could result in annual savings of up to $4.2 trillion by 2030, according to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena; United Arab Emirates). The annual...

European Commission unveils sustainable energy security package

February 18, 2016 | Michael Ravenscroft

The European Commission has presented a security package designed to address possible energy supply interruptions and to better equip the European Union for the transition to a low-carbon economy. The creation of a resilient European energy union with a...

Cefic calls on European Commission to adopt a balanced approach to energy efficiency, supports renewable energy

February 15, 2016 | Michael Ravenscroft

In a position paper responding to a consultation by the European Commission on the forthcoming energy efficiency directive (EED), Cefic has urged the commission to take a balanced approach towards energy efficiency. The significant achievements the chemical...

REG to acquire biorefiney in Wisconsin

February 3, 2016 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Renewable Energy Group (REG; Ames, IA) has signed an asset-purchase agreement with Sanimax Energy (DeForest, WI) to acquire Sanimax’s 20-million gal/year nameplate capacity biodiesel refinery at DeForest. REG will, under the terms of the agreement, pay...

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