THE DAILY ROUNDUP – Friday

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PROGRESS IN ROLLING OUT OF NATIONAL POWER GRIDS HAS STALLED ACROSS AFRICA

Three years ago, the African Development Bank launched an initiative to speed up the supply of electricity in Africa in 2016. Launching the New Deal on Energy for Africa, the bank’s President Akinwumi Adesina said, “Africa is tired of being in the dark.”Other high-profile initiatives — including Power Africa and Sustainable Energy for All — have also…


Iran’s power over Iraq includes electricity

President Trump’s decision to use a drone to kill Iranian General Qassem Suleimani in Baghdad and Iran’s retaliatory launch of missiles have caused a furor in diplomatic and political circles. While the long-term repercussions of Soleimani’s death remain unknown, one thing that is clear is that Iran’s grip on Iraq isn’t limited to military and political…


The World’s Largest Floating Wind Farm Is Already Hard at Work

For nearly 30 years, the world has been collecting renewable wind energy by installing giant wind turbines off shorelines, anchored to the seafloor. That surplus of wind power helps turn wind turbines, converting wind’s kinetic energy into a renewable source of electrical energy for homes and businesses. Now, a new kind of floating wind farm has…


Can Microgrids Help Improve Our Cybersecurity?

Cybersecurity incidents and threats are an everyday occurrence. For several years running, this topic has been at or near the top of the growing list of issues that keep power industry leaders awake at night. At the same time, technology advancements and customer expectations are driving electric utilities to become increasingly digital and…


Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week: The energy transition revolution can’t happen without revolutionary technology

The energy industry is entering a new era, triggered by the relentless rise of renewables, electric cars, and smart grids. And like previous industrial revolutions, technology – and the willingness to embrace it – will determine the winners and losers. Over the past decade, the greatest disruptor in the energy industry has been the unlocking of vast shale…


New US building codes will make every home ready for electric cars

In January, the International Code Council (ICC) approved changes to building standards that preview a world in which every home has at least one electric car. The building standards organization, which sets voluntary guidelines for new homes, voted to approve a new provision that, functionally, will make all new homes built in the US…

My best guess is that at least half the states in the nation will be adopting these new national provisions.

Bob Raymer of the California Building Industry Association

‘They Must Scale Up:’ Greenpeace Ranks China’s Tech Giants on Renewable Energy

Greenpeace released its first-ever renewable energy ranking of China’s biggest tech companies on Thursday. The conclusion? Companies like Alibaba and Tencent are taking steps in clean energy, but they need to do a lot more. E-commerce giant Alibaba—China’s largest company by market value—scored 60 out of a possible 100 points on…

Many of China’s biggest tech companies have made some progress on renewable energy procurement in recent years, but they still lag behind their global peers. They must scale up their ambition and action.

Greenpeace East Asia climate and energy campaigner Ye Ruiqi

New microgrid technology set to bring Melbourne renters solar energy

Renowned company Ovida has kicked off its first development in its $2.3 million Community Energy Hubs project. Featuring a 52-resident community housing apartment hub in the thriving surroundings of Preston, Melbourne, it includes an innovative solar and a battery storage system. As a first for Australia in a microgrid…


Hydrogen On The Rise At CES, From Drones And Daimler Trucks To Toyota’s City Of The Future

CES, the sprawling Las Vegas extravaganza that’s now the preeminent showcase for cutting-edge transportation tech, made clear that a wave of eye-catching battery-powered vehicles is coming, including Ford’s Mustang Mach-E muscle car, the Byton M-Byte crossover and Henrik Fisker’s Ocean SUV—even an electric Sony sedan. This year’s show also…

This would be a truly unique opportunity to create an entire community, or city, from the ground up and allow us to build an infrastructure of the future that is connected, digital and sustainable, powered by Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cell technology.

Akio Toyoda, company president and grandson of its founder

Power of the PPA: the risks and rewards of buying energy at source

As the world shifts to a clean energy mix, the landscape of power purchase agreements could change. Private companies are now looking to buy power directly from producers, cutting out utility companies and encouraging renewable power, despite the financial risks attached. Some of the more unexpected consequences of the world’s shift…

The shorter tenor means that at some point that may be recontracting risk. So a traditional utility PPA might be for 25 years, that’s a typical term. When you put the debt against that, then you can actually amortize the debt over a 25 year period, which makes maybe the economics of the equity more interesting, because they can spread the debt over a longer period.

Trevor d’Olier-Lees, a senior director at financial services group S&P

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