Vietnam considers the development of renewable energy a top priority in its national climate change strategy as the country's energy demands increase, say experts from the country’s National Energy Institute.
Greenpeace Indonesia and local communities in Batang, Central Java, have alleged alarmingly high figures for greenhouse gas emissions and pollutants from a coal-fired power plant being built in the district.
With the death from last month’s devastating typhoon Yolanda topping 6,000 with another 1,800 still missing and millions displaced, Greenpeace has called on the country to step up its renewable energy efforts, blaming the intensity of the storm squarely on climate change and the burning of fossil fuels.
A Japanese-Indonesia venture have signed a deal to build a JPY6 billion (USD61 million) geothermal plant in Indonesia. Details are so far sketchy but Japanese finance firm Sumitomo and Fuji Electric have teamed up with Indonesian engineering company Rekayasa to build a 35-MWh electricity plant.
Indonesia is betting big on geothermal exploration as the nation seeks to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels for electricity.
North America and Asia Pacific lead the world in terms of geothermal power projects with 56 in the final stages of development, according to a recent report from Navigant Research.
The Indonesian government is to promote business certainty by raising the price of electricity produced by geothermal power plants. The authorities hope the move will boost a number of geothermal projects that have stalled due to financial problems.
Market concentration of non-hydro renewables
April 17, 2013
The rapid expansion of renewable technologies is one of the few bright spots in an otherwise bleak assessment of global progress towards low-carbon energy, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in an annual report to the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM). “The drive to clean up the world’s energy system has stalled,” IEA executive director Maria van der Hoeven told the CEM, which brings together ministers representing countries responsible for four-fifths of global greenhouse-gas emissions.
Japan's geothermal ambitions
April 12, 2013
Japan is considering at least 21 new geothermal power projects as it searches for alternative energy sources to replace at least some of its idled nuclear power plants. Japan's generous feed-in tariff (FiT) scheme for renewable energy, together with the lifting of a moratorium on geothermal prospecting in national parks, has sparked a revival in interest in the sector which hasn't seen any new capacity added since 1999. The government is guaranteeing smaller geothermal plants a rate of JPN40 (40 US cents) per kWh after tax (the same level as the FiT for solar energy) while plants of over 15-MW capacity get JPY27.3 (27.4 US cents).
Geothermal company Ormat Technologies says that Sarulla Operations has signed joint operating and energy sales contracts for its 330-MW Sarulla geothermal power project in Indonesia.