Hot Topics

Friday, September 30, 2016
Hot Topic: EU wind industry wants new RES Directive to support investor certainty
EU wind energy stakeholders gathered in Hamburg, Germany in what some consider one of the “largest wind fairs in the world”. During the four-day conference organized by WindEurope, the wind industry called on the EU to ramp up its RES commitments and to put measures ...

Friday, September 9, 2016
Hot Topic: EU to adapt ratification procedures for Paris Agreement before US Presidential election
In early September, during the G20 meeting in Hangzhou, China, both China and the US ratified the Paris Climate Agreement while a strong consensus was reached among the two countries on the importance of expedient bi-lateral climate action. This is an important breakthrough as these ...

Friday, September 2, 2016
Hot Topic: Solar competitiveness progressing, albeit at country specific paces
Solar PV generation is becoming increasingly economically viable globally. Reuters reports that, since 2009, solar module prices have fallen by 80% as a consequence of growing RES capacity and technical advancements. In late August 2016 alone, Solarpack, the Spanish solar energy developer, made a record ...

Friday, August 26, 2016
Hot Topic: Latest energy sector developments in light of Q2 power market trends
The international advisory firm Ernest and Young (“EY”) published its Report on ‘Power transactions and trends – Q2 2016’. The Report provides a review of the activities in the power and utilities sector in the past quarter and forecasts trends that have an influence on ...

Thursday, August 18, 2016
Hot Topic: Emerging multinational business trends could enhance RES development
Large private entities with strong market presence are showing that they can introduce RES into the market at an expedience that traditional utilities may not be able to follow. Strategic deals and vertical integrated business models are increasingly providing more cost effective and innovative methods ...

Friday, August 5, 2016
Hot Topic: US federal and state authorities advance RES developments
Last week saw some significant developments in the advancement of RES, such as solar power, offshore wind and hydro-power, at both the US federal and state levels. First, the Massachusetts State Legislature approved a ground-breaking Bill that requires big utilities to procure contracts for 1,6 GW ...

Friday, July 15, 2016
Hot Topic: European ocean energy initiatives receive boost through funding and expertise
Last week proved to be a good one for ocean energy initiatives in Europe as a number of ocean energy projects received (or are currently in the process of receiving) their desired financial sponsorship and/or technical assistance. First, the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) unveiled the ...

Friday, July 8, 2016
Hot Topic: Reducing the cost of RES – a balancing act between government support and encouraging competition
The German Parliament adopted the reform of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG 2016) that was proposed by the German Ministry for Economy in August 2015 (see news of 03 August 2015: “German Ministry presents new RES tender procedure”) and was agreed by the German government ...