Global wind turbine demand down in first half of 2017
Between January and June of 2017 only 1.6GW of wind turbine orders were announced.
The global demand for wind turbines declined by almost 2GW from the orders of the same period last year.
11,570.9MW worth of turbine orders have been made public in the first half of 2017. The first half of 2016 reached 13,477.6MW, with the second half hitting 14,743.9MW.
The information was sourced from the report Wind Turbine Order Tracker 4Q17 published by Navigant Research.
It is important to note that the data only reports on orders of turbines that were ‘publicly announced’, and so does not reflect the total capacity across the globe.
It is known that Chinese wind turbine OEMs have failed to publicise their orders, and with China being the largest wind energy market in the world, this information could make a great difference to the current data.
“Despite this year’s decrease in order capacity, the average turbine rating continues to grow, with many of the top turbine vendors having weight average ratings near 3 megawatts (MW) or higher,” said Adam Wilson, Research Analyst with Navigant Research.
“Total wind farm sizes are also increasing,” Adam Wilson added.
Vestas received more orders than any other company for wind turbines once again.
All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency
Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.
According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.
Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.
“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."
He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."
North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).
The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.