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Small wind industry poised to triple

[img:Pike%20-%20Pic%201%20(2)_0.gif| ]Washington D.C., United States --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 04 October 2011 - The small wind industry ‒ representing about 50 MW of capacity additions each year around the world ‒ is set to triple by 2015, bringing yearly capacity up to 152 MW.

Revealing this here, new analysis from Pike Research added that steady scaling would allow total installed costs to fall further, declining from about US$5.40 per watt on average today to US$4.10 per watt in 2015.

Oil shows largest quarterly drop since 2008 financial crisis

[img:Oil%20-%20w_0.jpg| ]London, England --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 03 October 2011 - Oil capped its largest quarterly drop since the 2008 financial crisis by tumbling to a one-year low as signs of slowing growth in China, the United States and Germany heightened concern that fuel demand will weaken.

Futures dropped 3.6% after China’s purchasing managers’ index fell for a third month, while German retail sales declined in August and U.S. consumer spending slowed. Prices tumbled 17% from the end of June, the biggest quarterly decline since the 56% plunge during the last three months of 2008.

Angola to start export of liquid natural gas

[img:Angola%20sh_0.jpg|One of the vessels
which will carry
Angolan LNG to the
United States
]Luanda, Angola --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 30 September 2011 - Angola is due to start exporting liquid natural gas (LNG) to the United States when the country’s first liquid natural gas processing unit starts operating.

Revealing this to Rádio Nacional de Angola, the director-general of the Angola LNG project, Daniel Rocha, also said that exports of a large proportion of the country’s natural gas production would begin in the first quarter of 2012, and would go to the United States initially.

22GW of new PV capacity in 2011

[img:IResearch_0.jpg| ]London, England --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 30 September 2011 - Research company IMS Research has increased its global photovoltaics (PV) forecast for the full year of 2011 by more than 1 GW, and predicts that more than 22 GW of new PV capacity will be added during the course of the year.

The company cited growing demand in all major markets, notably in Asia and the Americas, as well as a pick-up in the sluggish German market. It said installations in the second half would be nearly double that seen in the first six months.

Its latest Global PV Demand report, it predicts that despite weak first and second quarters, demand will grow rapidly in the second half of 2011 due to rapidly falling module prices, incoming incentives in new markets, and planned end of year cuts in existing markets.

Senior research director Ash Sharma commented, “Although installations grew just 13% in Q2 from Q1 the results of our latest report show that there will be a huge surge in installations in the second half of the year. Several mid-sized markets like the USA are growing massively, while markets like Germany and Italy are starting to pick up too.”

According to the report, several European markets, including Germany, will see a major slowdown or even a fall in 2011. However, Europe overall will be only one percent down this year due to geographic diversification, with high demand coming from a number of new countries such as Slovakia and the UK.

The report revealed that 11 countries in Europe will install at least 100 MW this year, with 20 countries globally installing this amount or more – up from just 13 the previous year.
China is Key

“In China we're forecasting installations of 1.3GW this year and more than 2GW in 2012,” commented Sharma. In the longer term, IMS projects that China will become a key player for PV – and not just for production, with the country becoming one of the top three markets in 2015.

Germany still exporting electricity

[img:Exports%20t_0.jpg|A German solar
energy facility ‒ a
growing industry in
the country
]Berlin, Germany --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 30 September 2011 - Germany is continuing to export electricity despite closing seven nuclear reactors, and at the same time continued renewable energy expansion in the country is driving down power prices.

Renewable Energy World quotes Germany's bureau of statistics as reporting that the country exported more electricity than it imported during the first half of 2011. This disproves widespread rumours circulating in North America that Germany is closing its nuclear power plants by relying on imports of electricity from its neighbors.

Brazil’s clean energy ratio approaches the half-way mark

[img:Brazil%20-%20Pic%201_3.jpg|Rio de Janeiro in
Brazil ‒ an emerging
world leader in clean
energy
]Sao Paolo, Brazil --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 29 September 2011 - All heads in the renewable energy world are turned towards Brazil, which provided 44.8% of its energy requirements from clean energy sources last year, and expects to increase that figure to 46.3% by 2020.

Wangari Maathai dies

[img:Maathai%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg| ]Nairobi, Kenya --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 28 September 2011 - Known as “The Tree Mother of Africa”, Wangari Maathai ‒ Africa's first female winner of the Nobel Peace Prize ‒ has died in hospital following a battle with cancer. She was 71.

Maathai believed that a healthy environment helped improve lives by providing clean water and firewood for cooking, thereby decreasing conflict. The Kenyan organisation she founded planted 30 million trees in hopes of improving the chances for peace ‒ a triumph for nature that inspired the United Nations to launch a worldwide campaign that resulted in 11 billion trees being planted.

German renewable energy surge cuts 2013 power prices

[img:Germany%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpeg|Fabrication of the
tower segment of one
of the massive new
wind turbines being
built in Germany
]Berlin, Germany --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 27 September 2011 - A surge in renewable energy in Germany is pushing power prices for 2013 below next year’s level even as natural gas, coal and emissions rise.

Broker prices on Bloomberg show that electricity for 2013 was 45 euro cents a megawatt-hour cheaper than next year’s contract today, after the gap widened to as much as 1.25 euros at the start of last week. The country ‒ Europe’s biggest power consumer ‒ will build 7,000 megawatts (MW) of solar and wind capacity in 2013 ‒ 32% more than the additions planned for next year, according to Societe Generale SA.

Chile struck by massive power blackout

Blackout
 
Santiago, Chile --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 26 September 2011 - A massive power blackout darkened vast swaths of Chile, including the capital city, over the weekend, and also paralysed crucial copper mines in the country before energy started to be restored.

China and India to lead global surge in energy demand

[img:Report%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg| ]Washington D.C., United States --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 26 September 2011 - China and India are expected to lead the global surge in energy demand over the next two-plus decades, and while renewable energy is expected to grab a growing share of that mix, fossil fuels will still dominate world consumption by 2035.

The World Energy Outlook of 2011, released here by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, updates its projections for current markets through 2035, though it does not factor in potential changes in policy. For renewable energy, its future capacity is expected to be greatly determined by existing and future policies for economic giants and developing nations alike.

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