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The lowest bids in two tenders for up to 350 MW of concentrated solar power (CSP) capacity in Morocco have been made by tie-ups led by Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power and Spanish firm Abengoa, Reuters reported. The lowest bids in two tenders for up to 350 MW of concentrated solar power (CSP) capacity in Morocco have been made by tie-ups led by Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power International and Spanish firm Abengoa. Results of tenders for constructing and operating the two Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plants near the city of Ouarzazate, one of at least 200 MW and the other of at least 100 MW, are expected in the next few weeks, the sources said. Then plants are scheduled to start generating power in 2017. The two Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plants are the second phase of the 500 MW Ouarzazate project, which is part of a government plan to produce 2 gigawatts of solar power by 2020, equivalent to about 38 percent of Morocco’s current installed generation capacity. Moroccan solar energy agency Masen said consortiums led by Spain’s Abengoa, GDF’s International Power Gand ACWA Power had been pre-selected for the 200 MW (Noor II) tender. The three groups have also pre-qualified for the 100 MW (Noor III) tender, along with another consortium led by Electricite de France. The consortium led by ACWA group, which includes Spanish international engineering company Sener, bid $0.1601 per kilowatt-hour in power tariffs from the completed plant, the lowest bid received by Masen to build Noor II, the sources said. Abengoa’s consortium made the cheapest offer of $0.1672 per Kwh to build Noor III. If Masen decides to combine the bids for the two plants, the ACWA bids overall would beat Abengoa’s, the sources said. “The two options have been considered. We are studying the two tenders separately as the technology is not the same, but we are also considering combining the two bids as almost the same bidders have been selected for the two plants,” a source from Masen said. Masen has chosen parabolic mirror technology for the 200 MW solar plant, while the 100 MW plant will be built as a solar power tower. Banking sources have said the estimated cost is 1.7 billion euros ($2.1 billion) — 1 billion for the 200 MW plant and 700 million for the 100 MW plant. To finance the plants, Morocco has secured loans of $519 million loan from the World Bank, 654 million euros from German state-owned bank KFW, and the rest from the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Commission and European Investment Bank. ACWA Power is already building a 160 MW plant in the first stage of the project in the Ouarzazate area.

Abengoa awarded 950 GWh/year of Concentrated Solar Power and PV in Chilean supply tender for 15 years

Abengoa will generate the power from a combination of Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) and photovoltaic plants. Abengoa (MCE: ABG.B/P SM /NASDAQ: ABGB), the international company that applies innovative technology solutions for sustainability in the energy and environment sectors, has been awarded 950 GWh/year in the Distribution Companies Supply tender (Tender Process SIC 2013/03-2º Llamado) held […]

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Global Energy and Carbon Intensity Continue to Decline

Global energy intensity, defined as worldwide total energy consumption divided by gross world product, decreased 0.19 percent in 2013. Although this may not seem impressive, considering that energy intensity increased steeply between 2008 and 2010, this small decline continues a much-needed trend toward lower energy intensity, writes Haibing Ma, China Program Manager at the Worldwatch […]

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Nebraska Transmission Infrastructure Ready to Accommodate At Least 2,000 MW of Additional Wind Energy

Economists at The Brattle Group authored a study that identifies the factors that impact the desirability of developing 5,000 to 10,000 MW of renewable generation in Nebraska for export purposes. Prepared for the Nebraska Power Review Board (PRB) and submitted to the Nebraska Legislature for consideration today, the study also presents options available to policy […]

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Greenhouse Gas Increases Are Leading to a Faster Rate of Global Warming

According to the most recent estimates, 2014 emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), the main contributor to global climate change, are projected to be 2.5 percent higher than 2013 levels, which translates into the release of 37 billion additional tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. As negotiators wrap up their talks at the international climate conference in […]

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AfDB promotes renewable energy investment in Swaziland

The African Development Bank (AfDB) will issue a grant of US $990,000 to finance three studies under an energy sector support programme in Swaziland. The objective of the programme is to provide technical assistance to Swaziland aimed at promoting investment in the electricity supply industry to expand reliable energy supplies and enhance the country’s electricity […]

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The Importance of Africa to Enel Green Power

Enel Green Power is playing a leading role in the development of renewable energy in Morocco, South Africa and eastern Africa, where rapidly-growing economies are stimulating energy demand.   Rapid population growth, abundant resources and a growing energy demand are the reasons why many African nations have chosen renewable energy to respond to their needs, […]

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China would need at least 400 GW of hydro power, 500 GW of wind energy and 300 GW of solar power by 2030

China State Grid Corp will spend about 400 billion yuan this year on its electricity networks as the country, which last month reached a deal with the United States to curtail fossil fuels, copes with an unprecedented influx of clean energy and higher demand.   Spending would need to be maintained at current levels for […]

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Towards the climate conference PARIS – mapping the way towards 100% renewable energies

The COP20 Presidency has branded the related WBA/WWEA Side Event of 5 December as “Lima Climate Action Highlight” and will showcase a summary during the COP20 High-level Session on 11 December.    Regions, cities and communities leading the transformation towards 100 % renewables Regions, cities and communities demonstrate that the transformation to a 100% renewable fuelled […]

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Eight out of 10 Americans Now Believe the Climate is Changing

Of the 1,000-plus Americans surveyed, 83 percent believe that climate change is occurring. 63 percent are concerned about changes in the frequency and intensity of natural disasters, such as floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes. From a regional perspective, Americans living in the Northeast are more concerned (71 percent) about changes in the severity of weather events […]

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German economy minister supports E.ON’s focus on renewable energy

German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said German top utility firm E.ON’s plans to split and focus on renewable energies and smart grids was positive and helpful for the country’s new energy policy, a local newspaper reported Monday. EON SE’s plan to spin off its fossil-fuel plants marks a watershed moment in Germany’s renewables effort that […]

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E.ON to focus on renewables

E.ON will focus on renewables, distribution networks, and customer solutions and combine its conventional generation, global energy trading, and exploration and production businesses in a new, independent company (“New Company”), a majority of which will be spun off to E.ON SE shareholders. This new organizational setup is the logical consequence of the new strategy that […]

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Levelized Cost Of Electricity: Solar power and wind energy are rapidly becoming competitive

Solar power and wind energy are rapidly becoming competitive with conventional electric generating technologies like natural gas and coal. At least that is what many of Wall Street’s most esteemed investment firms seem to be telling anyone willing to listen to them. Last week, Diane Cardwell, a reporter at the New York Times, did just […]

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Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation plan to double the share of renewable energy in the region’s mix

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) members plan to double the share of renewable energy in the region’s energy mix within 15 years, according to the APEC Energy Working Group. APEC energy officials agreed to advance a number of measures on renewable energy at the week-long 48th meeting of the Energy Working Group. Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) […]

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Minnesota Can Accommodate Significant Additional Renewable Energy Generation

GE’s Energy Consulting business (NYSE: GE) served as the lead technical consultant for the recent Minnesota Renewable Energy Integration and Transmission Study (MRITS), performed by the Minnesota utilities and transmission companies in coordination with the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO), and directed by the Minnesota Department of Commerce. The study demonstrated that Minnesota’s power system […]

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China Can Nearly Quadruple Share of Modern Renewable Energy by 2030

China can increase its use of renewable energy from 13 to 26 per cent by 2030, according to a new report released today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The growth in renewable energy use would represent nearly a fourfold increase in the share of modern renewables between 2010 and 2030. China can increase […]

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Five key actions to achieve a low-carbon energy sector

The International Energy Agency (IEA) laid out five actions needed over the short- and long-term to achieve a low-carbon energy sector, and proposed concrete options for their implementation in the international climate negotiations to be held next month in Lima, Peru. “Energy accounts for two-thirds of global greenhouse gas emissions, so any climate agreement that […]

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China climate pledge needs 30 times more solar energy or nine times more wind power

China, which does nothing in small doses, will need about 1,000 nuclear reactors, 500,000 wind turbines or 50,000 solar power plants farms as it takes up the fight against climate change.   Chinese President Xi Jinping agreement last week with President Barack Obama requires a radical environmental and economic makeover. Xi’s commitment to cap carbon […]

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