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.
Hong Kong-listed China Wind Power has signed a strategic co-operation agreement with CNNC Rich Energy to co-invest in a total of 700-MW of renewable energy capacity.
China’s state-owned enterprises are behind some 81 percent of the country’s booming wind power industry, according to data released by the National Energy Administration (NEA).
China generated 100.8 billion KWh of wind power in 2012, marking a 41 percent rise from 2011, the National Energy Administration said in a statement on its website yesterday.
The average amount of time wind turbines in China were generating electricity shrank last year according to data released by the country's energy watchdog, underlining the need to boost grid construction to absorb more wind power.
A consortium of six Japanese banks led by the Development Bank of Japan (DBJ) will loan 18 billion yen (UD191 million) for a lrage wind power project in western Japan.
Japan power market liberalization
April 03, 2013
The Japanese cabinet is moving ahead with a proposal to revamp the country’s electricity industry and foster competition by obliging utilities to split power generation and distribution into separate businesses. The plan, which requires parliamentary approval, is aimed at encouraging innovation and grid modernization as  Japan grapples with its energy policy after the shutting down of almost all its nuclear power plants in the wake of the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. The idea of liberalizing Japan’s electricity market has been around for years and was included in a series of economic overhauls, intended to improve the country’s competitiveness, being discussed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration.
China coal pollution
March 22, 2013
Amid all the news about coal and pollution problems in China you might have missed this one: According to new statistics from the China Electricity Council, China’s wind power production actually increased more than coal power production for the first time ever in 2012. Thermal power use, which is predominantly coal, grew by only about 0.3 percent in China during 2012, an addition of roughly 12 terawatt hours (TWh)  more electricity. In contrast, wind power production expanded by about 26 TWh.
Germany’s Siemens will install 18-MW of wind power in north west Japan after being awarded a contract from Japanese developer Eurus Energy. Siemens will deliver and maintain six turbines Six 3-3.5 MW turbines which will be installed at Japan’s Akita Port and are expected to be operational by mid-2014.
Sinovel Wind Group, China’s biggest wind-turbine maker by market value, has become the third big Chinese renewable-energy company to replace the head of its board this month following the resignation chairman Han Junliang, for the usual euphemism of for personal reasons.