Let’s start with a reminder: just two days to go people! Deadline for normal proposals for REEEP’s 9th Call for Proposals is close of play this Friday, 21st September. All the details here: http://call4proposals.reeep.org/
News of events all over the world this week, from the Gulf to South East Asia and both Americas.
Dubai will build one of the biggest solar parks in the region with a capacity of 1,000 megawatts, Saeed Mohammad Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, announced at the Mena Renewable Energy Forum. The park, named Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, should be in operation with a 13 MW solar PV plant before the end of 2013, but will have a 1,000MW capacity by 2030 (Source: Gulf News).
Short-term energy outlook for the US
The US Energy Information Administration‘s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook predicts that the recent trend of substituting coal-fired electricity generation with natural gas generation will slow and is likely to reverse over the next year, because of the projected increase in natural gas prices relative to coal. From April to August 2012, average monthly natural gas prices to electric generators increased by 34 percent, while coal prices fell slightly. EIA expects that coal-fired electricity generation will increase by 9 percent in 2013, while natural gas generation will fall by about 10 percent, which means projected carbon emissions increase by 2.8 percent in 2013.
Does that sound to you like the US needs more renewables? Well RETECH 2012 (17-19 Oct, Washington DC, USA) is the only US event dedicated to delivering coverage on every discipline of renewable energy technology. RETECH is the renewable energy industry’s meeting place for over 3,000 Government, Utility, Finance and Technology professionals from 60 countries.
No need to wait for solar
According to the most recent newsletter of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Photovoltaics Power Systems Programme (Update 37, available here), PV is now on the agenda as a serious source of power generation, worldwide, today. As a percentage of newly established electricity power generating capacity in 2011 PV was 57% here in France, over 60% in Italy and 36% in Australia.
How about Brazil? Solar Brasil, 16-17 Oct, Sao Paolo, Brazil, will focus on the creation of a robust and sustainable grid connected solar industry in the country, and our very own Juan Cruz Monticelli, of REEEP’s Latin America and Caribbean Regional Secretariat will be one of the speakers.
Trading Carbon in Thailand
Jointly organized by the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) and Koelnmesse, Carbon Forum Asia (30-31 Oct, Bangkok, Thailand) is a trade fair and conference for Climate and Carbon Finance, Emissions Trading and Low Carbon Technologies. It offers the Asia and global carbon, energy and financial community the opportunity to network, develop new business opportunities and stay updated on the most current issues and trends.
Energy is critical in supporting economic growth. As Asia positions itself for a period of moderated growth, the region is looking increasingly toward renewable and sustainable alternatives to meet its energy needs. This bullish outlook for Asia’s sustainable energy future is shared by many, including the Asian Development Bank, which has committed to investing $1 billion to energy-efficiency projects in Asia through 2020.
The inaugural Asia Future Energy Forum (AFEF) & Exhibition, 22-24 Oct, Singapore, co-locating the 2nd Asia Smart Grid (ASG) will bring together nearly 100 notable speakers from international agencies, governments and enterprises to share valuable insights and critical knowledge with delegates from across the energy industry
A New Energy Landscape
The Singapore Energy Lecture and Summit taking place on 22 Oct as part of Singapore International Energy Week, is a feature of the week. The lecture provides a visionary perspective from an energy luminary. Drawing on SIEW’s theme for 2012, the Lecture will share insights into “Shaping a New Energy Landscape”.
More on events in two weeks, when I’ll be coming to you from REEEP central in Vienna.