May 17, 2020

Wind to Become Brazil's Second Largest Power Source

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Brazil's wind power to reach 11.5 GW by 2020
Under Brazil's new energy expansion plans, the government plans to boost wind power capacity to 11.5 GW by 2020 up from today's 1.5 GW level...

 

 

Under Brazil's new energy expansion plans, the government plans to boost wind power capacity to 11.5 GW by 2020 up from today's 1.5 GW level. The plan is so aggressive that wind farms may topple natural gas thermal plants, becoming the country's second largest power generation source in the next five years, second only to hydroelectric power, according to Greenpeace.

"Right now the majority of the thermal power plants are running on natural gas, accounting for five percent of generation, though there is a small percentage of oil and diesel, accounting for four percent and coal for 1.8 percent," Ricardo Baitelo, Greenpeace's renewable energy campaign coordinator in São Paulo, explains to Renewable Energy World. "But the government doesn't want to build more fuel-powered plants after 2015 as oil and biodiesel are more expensive to import and more polluting."

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Industry leaders are anxious for the expected upcoming auctions that will install a minimum of 6 GW of capacity by 2015. With incentives from the government, the production price will also significantly decrease. Building a wind power plant in Brazil is now 70 percent cheaper than it was seven years ago, according to Brazilian Windpower Association CEO Elbia Melo.

Melo believes Brazil is the world's most coveted wind power market, telling Renewable Energy World, “China purchases everything it needs to build its own farms domestically while India buys from China, so European and US developers are left with Brazil as the only real viable market.”

Furthermore, wind power is seen in a more positive light compared to hydropower projects, which cut through the Amazon rain forest, hurting its ecosystem and indigenous populations.

As a cheap source of power that will bring good power prices to consumers, Brazil's wind power market has incredible promise. But with recent price drops in solar as well, it is expected that many other large-scale renewable energy schemes will take off in the next year.

 

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Apr 21, 2021

UK Government pledges to cut carbon emissions by 78% by 2035

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UK Government to enshrine new emission targets in law by the end of June as Prime Minister Boris Johnson targets new technologies and green innovation
The UK government has agreed to stick to Climate Change Committee recommendations and cut carbon emissions by 78% by 2035 compared to 1990 levels, it announced today.
 
The sixth Carbon Budget limits the volume of greenhouse gases emitted over a 5-year period from 2033 to 2037, taking the UK more than three-quarters of the way to reaching net zero by 2050.
 
The budget will ensure Britain remains on track to end its contribution to climate change while remaining consistent with the Paris Agreement temperature goal to limit global warming to well below 2°C and pursue efforts towards 1.5°C.
 
For the first time, the budget will incorporate the UK’s share of international aviation and shipping emissions – an important part of the government’s decarbonisation efforts that will allow for these emissions to be accounted for consistently.
 
This comes ahead of Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressing the opening session of the US Leaders’ Summit on Climate, hosted by President Biden on Earth Day (April 22). The Prime Minister will urge countries to raise ambition on tackling climate change and join the UK in setting stretching targets for reducing emissions by 2030 to align with net zero.
 
The government is already working towards its commitment to reduce emissions in 2030 by at least 68% compared to 1990 levels through the UK’s latest Nationally Determined Contribution - the highest reduction target made by a major economy to date. Today’s world-leading announcement builds on this goal to achieve a 78% reduction by 2035.
 
The new target will become enshrined in law by the end of June, with legislation setting out the UK government’s commitments laid in Parliament tomorrow.
 
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK will be home to "pioneering businesses, new technologies and green innovation as we make progress to net zero emissions".
 
Through its presidency of the crucial UN climate summit, COP26, which will take place in Glasgow later this year, the UK is urging countries and companies around the world to join the UK in delivering net zero globally by the middle of the century and set ambitious targets for cutting emissions by 2030.
 
The government has already laid the groundwork to end the UK’s contribution to climate change by 2050, starting with ambitious strategies that support polluting industries to decarbonise while growing the economy and creating new, long-term green jobs.
 
This includes the publication of the Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy, an ambitious blueprint for the world’s first low carbon industrial sector, slashing emissions by two-thirds in just 15 years, as well as over £1 billion government funding to cut emissions from industry, schools and hospitals.
 
Further, the UK is the first G7 country to agree a landmark North Sea Transition Deal to support the oil and gas industry’s transition to clean, green energy while supporting 40,000 jobs.
 
Through the deal, the sector has committed to cut emissions by 50% by 2030, while the government, sector and trade unions will work together over the next decade and beyond to deliver the skills, innovation and new infrastructure required to decarbonise North Sea production.

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