The State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) reckons it will deliver about 50 Gigawatt-hours (GWh) of electricity this year from the remote regions of Northwest China to the country’s center via its new 2,210-km Southern Hami-Zhengzhou ultra high-voltage power transmission line, which became operational at the end of January.
India’s central government has a long-term plan to upgrade the country’s 26 million electric groundwater pumps, often powered by diesel generators, for more efficient solar-powered models.
Japanese telecoms conglomerate Softbank Corp announced on Friday that it is moving into the commercial power retail market in order to sell electricity from its renewable wind and solar subsidiaries.
China Solar Boom
China’s solar power developers installed a record 12-GW of photovoltaic (PV) projects in 2013, and a booming market at the very end of the year may even have pushed installations up to 14-GW according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). No country has ever added more than 8-GW of solar power in a single year prior to 2013, and China’s record outstripped even the most optimistic forecasts of 12 months ago.
Concerned about missing its target of connecting 5-GW of solar to its grid this year by up to 2-GW, the Chinese government has advised power companies to take up all excess solar energy in their respective coverage areas or be penalized.
Okinawa Electric Power says it will build a large battery storage system to manage the growing excess capacity being produced by solar energy plants on the southern Japanese island.
Japan Fukushima
November 15, 2013
Bowing to the inevitable, Japan has announced a much reduced carbon emissions target for 2020. The decision to aim for a 3.8 percent cut in emission below 2005 levels was announced in Tokyo Friday morning by Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.
Japan is starting its most ambitious reform of its electricity sector since 1951, which could result in the break-up of the country’s powerful regional monopolies.
ADB Asia Pac Energy eport
Cross-border power exchanges can play a central role in helping Asia and the Pacific meet its booming demand for power, which is set to sharply outpace the rest of the world over the next two decades, says a comprehensive new report from the Asian Development Bank (ADB). “Our projections show the region will consume more than half the world’s energy supply by 2035, with electricity consumption more than doubling as economic growth and rising affluence drive demand,” said S. Chander, Special Senior Advisor, Infrastructure and Public-Private Partnerships at ADB.
India and Germany are planning to invest USD6.9 billion into building the green energy corridors – a series of wind and solar farms in Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu which aim to add 30-GW of capacity to the national grid by 2020.