A US offshore wind pioneer, Vineyard Wind’s Rachel Pachter is in charge of developing Vineyard Wind I, the US’s first commercial-scale offshore wind project. Energy Monitor sat down to talk to her.
Renewable energy sources will dominate the power mix in 2030. Data centres could provide much-needed flexibility, but concerns over the impact on their customers must be addressed, says BloombergNEF.
The availability of land and sea – and consent to use them – is the biggest bottleneck renewables face, says Mads Nipper, CEO of Ørsted, the world's biggest offshore wind developer, in conversation with Energy Monitor. He also stresses the critical role of grids and hydrogen.
The decarbonisation of maritime transport will require both energy efficiency and widespread use of cleaner fuels. To promote the latter, a carbon levy will be essential, says IRENA.
Distributed power was supposed to solve Africa’s electricity deficit, but much more investment is needed in off-grid and mini-grid solutions to make up this shortfall.
Coal and gas production will exceed pre-pandemic levels in 2021, with oil set to do so by 2023, according to current trajectories.
Methane leakage from oil and gas production could be tackled immediately and almost half of it avoided at no net cost, says the International Energy Agency (IEA).
With government investment and streamlined planning, widespread electrification of Australian households can save energy and cut costs, shows analysis from not-for-profit Rewiring Australia.
Portfolio standards have helped boost renewables in the US and cut vehicle fleet emissions in Europe. A push is under way to use them to align mortgage lenders with EU climate targets.
In the first attempt to map passenger-related CO2 emissions from airports, the Overseas Development Institute reveals which airports are driving up emissions.
LNG exports are sending an increasing share of the US’s natural gas production overseas, exposing the domestic market to higher global prices. Surging gas prices make renewables even more attractive.