AsiaElec - Asia Power

27 November 2019

Record fall predicted for global coal generation

26 November 2019

New research forecasts falling global coal-fired generation in 2019, as declining output in the EU and US outpaces expansion in Asia

AfDB abandons coal in Africa

13 November 2019

The AfDB will not fund Kenya's Lamu coal project, but Beijing is unlikely to walk away from coal as a key tool of its investment strategy in Africa

Denmark’s Ørsted completes opening of Taiwan’s Formosa 1 wind farm

12 November 2019

Denmark’s Ørsted has completed the launch of operations at phase 2 of the Formosa 1 wind farm in Taiwan,

UN chief calls on Asia to address coal addiction

5 November 2019

Asia is particularly vulnerable to climate change and must reduce its dependency on coal, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said at the weekend.

Origin Energy renews gas commitment in South Australia

29 October 2019

Origin Energy has renewed its commitment to supply gas to support 240 MW of generating capacity at Engie Australia’s Pelican Point thermal power plant for four years from July 1, 2020.

Sunny news for Asia’s fossil fuel burners

29 October 2019

Sun Cable has drummed up customers interest in its 3GW subsea cable from Australia to Singapore, as Australian green investors try monetise the country’s solar potential

Wind lobby argues against tariff barriers

22 October 2019

The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) has called for trade barriers that hurt wind turbine exports to be slashed, arguing that tariff walls could hinder global attempts to mitigate climate change.

Vestas wins 61-MW Taiwanese offshore turbine order from wpd

22 October 2019

Vestas has secured a 61-MW order from Germany’s wpd to supply its V117-3.45-MW wind turbine model to the Chuangwei and Leadway wind farms in Taiwan.

Sydney goes green as Australia dithers

22 October 2019

Sydney City Council has put forward ambitious A$60m ($41.2) plans to become 100% green and use wind and solar power at all its properties by 2020.

Green expansion cannot keep pace with emissions, demand growth

22 October 2019

The IEA has raised its five-year green energy expansion forecast to 50%, although this is not enough to rein in emissions

Japan's JERA takes majority ownership of Formosa 2 wind farm

15 October 2019

Japanese LNG trader and power generator JERA is to buy a 49% stake in the 376-MW Formosa 2 offshore wind project in Taiwan from Australia’s Macquarie Capital

Poor countries face higher green financing costs – study

15 October 2019

Developing countries are finding it more expensive to finance renewables energy projects, as risks in frontier economies are higher

Japan’s commitment to coal could be costly

15 October 2019

Japan’s coal-fired generating sector faces becoming uncompetitive and a risky investment as the cost of renewables falls

ADB aims to bring investors closer to green energy

8 October 2019

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Singaporean government-backed Infrastructure Asia fund are to create a new financing forum to drive more investment in green and sustainable infrastructure in South-East Asia.

Eni acquires solar assets in Australia

8 October 2019

Eni has completed the acquisition of two construction-ready solar projects at Batchelor and Manton Dam in Australia's Northern Territory

India tries to balance climate change campaigning with growing appetite for coal

1 October 2019

Coal will continue to be the key pillar of India’s power sector, despite the government’s latest target of having 450 GW of renewable capacity in the future.

Extension for Adani in Queensland

1 October 2019

The Queensland government has agreed to an extension in talks on a royalties agreement with India’s Adani Power for the controversial Carmichael coal project in the state’s Galilee Basin.

China to close 8.7 GW of old coal power plants in 2019

1 October 2019

China aims to close 8.66 GW of old and outdated coal-fired generating capacity during 2019 in a bid to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Rio Tinto to cut emissions in steel industry

1 October 2019

Rio Tinto is to work with China’s China Baowu Steel Group and Tsinghua University to find new ways to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emission in the steel industry.

Russia signs off on Paris accord, sets itself an easy CO2 target

24 September 2019

The Russian government has ratified the 2015 Paris Agreement on combating climate change, committing itself to reducing carbon dioxide emissions to 70% of 1990 levels by 2030.

Magnolia terminal to supply gas to Vietnamese LNG-to-power project

18 September 2019

Australia-listed LNG Ltd has struck a deal to supply gas to a province in Vietnam from its Magnolia export terminal in Louisiana, on the US Gulf Coast.

TEPCO struggles to deal with post-typhoon power cuts

17 September 2019

TEPCO customers in Japan’s Chiba Prefecture could face two weeks of power cuts after Typhoon Faxai caused unprecedented damage to the region.

Tata sells off African wind interests

17 September 2019

India’s Tata Power has divested its 50% stake in its South African wind IPP Cennergi for $106mn as it sells off non-core assets in a bid to pay down debt.

Total enters China’s distributed solar market

17 September 2019

Total and its Chinese partner Envision Group are looking to tap into China’s huge solar potential by offering off-grid energy solutions that use Internet of Things (IoT) technology.

Asian power sector waits nervously for fallout from Saudi drone strikes

17 September 2019

Any effects from the drone strikes on the Abqaiq petroleum processing plant and the Khurais oilfield in Saudi Arabia are unlikely to be felt quickly downstream in the power sector in Asia.

Karpowership aims to provide 15% of Senegal’s power

11 September 2019

Karpowership’s 235-MW floating power plant Ayşegül Sultan will be able to meet 15% of Senegal’s needs when it comes online in October.

Gneiss Energy focuses solar hybrid to push forward the Energy Transition in Africa

11 September 2019

The falling cost of battery storage is making African commercial and industrial off-gird projects more attractive for investors

Japan's Cosmo Eco Power plans 1 GW of offshore wind

10 September 2019

Japan’s Cosmo Eco Power has unveiled ambitious preliminary plans to build the country’s largest wind farm off the island of Hokkaido.

Ørsted commissions second phase of Taiwan’s Formosa 1 wind farm

10 September 2019

Ørsted has begun commissioning the second phase of Taiwan’s Formosa 1 offshore wind farm

SE Asia’s hydro potential must balance power needs and potential environmental damage

10 September 2019

International observers are closely watching the boom in hydro projects on the Mekong River, where China’s Belt and Road ambitions and the region’s power politics collide

Vietnam aims for 2,000 MW of rooftop solar

3 September 2019

Vietnam is forecast to have 2,000 MW of rooftop solar capacity by the end of 2020

Bangladesh seals power deal with Reliance Power, JERA

3 September 2019

Bangladesh is to buy 718 MW over 22 years from 2022 from a privately owned gas-fired power plant to be built by India's Reliance Power and Japan’s JERA.

Africa’s pay-as-you-go potential whets Japanese investment appetite

28 August 2019

Mitsubishi’s investment in BBOXX paves the way for Japan’s deeper engagement with Africa’s power development and the global energy transition

BCPL to invest in Indian FSRU

27 August 2019

India’s Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) has unveiled plans to build an offshore LNG import terminal at Krishnapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.

floating nuclear first for Russia

27 August 2019

Russia’s Akademik Lomonosov, the country’s pioneering floating nuclear power plant, set sail from Murmansk on August 23 bound for Pevek, Chukotka, via the Northern Sea Route.

Thai aims to boost cross-border links

27 August 2019

Thailand aims to become Southeast Asia’s electricity trading hub as the government pushes forward ambitious plans to make the country’s fossil fuel-reliant power systems cleaner and cheaper.

Indian power producers favour coal over gas

21 August 2019

India has touted natural gas and renewable energy as the answer to mounting urban air pollution, but structural inefficiencies within the power sector should help coal keep its pole position.

Japan’s SoftBank invests $110 in energy storage

20 August 2019

Softbank’s $100bn Vision Fund has made its first investment in energy storage technology by backing Swiss-based energy storage start-up Energy Vault with $110mn.

India, China argue over climate change costs

20 August 2019

India and China are leading a call by the world’s largest emerging economies for established industrialised countries to carry the costs of fighting climate change

China to step up mine safety record

20 August 2019

China is to begin a series of safety inspections at its coal mines during September after a number of fatal accidents in recent months

Dutch Heerema picks up Taiwanese offshore construction contracts

13 August 2019

Dutch offshore contractor Heerema is to install turbine foundations at Ørsted’s 900MW Greater Changhua 1 and 2a projects off Taiwan.

GE’s Cypress turbines to be used at Australia’s Bango Wind Farm

13 August 2019

GE’s pioneering 5.3MW Cypress onshore wind turbines are to be used at Partners Group’s 244 MW Bango Wind Farm in Australia

Japanese utilities respond to low LNG spot prices

8 August 2019

Japanese utilities are becoming more aggressive in their price reviews for long-term LNG contracts and seeking to buy more LNG on the spot market.

Report: Green energy unable to tempt energy establishment away from fossil fuels

6 August 2019

The world is unlikely to meet the Paris goals of a 2 degree rise in temperatures by 2040 as long as fossil fuels offer easier profits than renewables

Taiwan’s Swancor sells Formosa wind farms to Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners

5 August 2019

Taiwanese chemicals group Swancor has sold its pioneering offshore wind unit to US investor Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners