Category: Reports

Contrasting European hydrogen pathways

In Europe, the EU published its Hydrogen Strategy in July 2020, closely linked to its Energy Sector Integration Strategy. Several European countries have also published their own hydrogen strategies during 2020 (e.g. Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Germany, France, and Spain). While other countries (e.g. Italy and the UK) have not yet finalised formal strategies, they are actively developing plans for hydrogen to play a role in the energy transition.

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Los Angeles 100% Renewable Energy Study

To combat climate change while capturing health and economic benefits, the City of Los Angeles has set ambitious goals to transform its electricity supply, aiming for a 100% renewable energy power system by 2045, along with a push to electrify the buildings and transportation sectors. LADWP and NREL have prepared a highly detailed, rigorous, and science-based study to analyze potential pathways the community can take to achieve a 100% clean energy future.

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How could India decarbonize its energy system by 2050 while continuing to make strong progress on economic development?

Achieving India’s economic development ambitions – significant growth, universal electricity access and clean modern cooking fuels for all – requires significant industrial capacity to achieve and, unless carefully managed, has the potential to increase greenhouse gas emissions. The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and Shell have created a scenario sketch to explore the ongoing energy transition in India. It illustrates a technically possible, but highly challenging pathway to steer the domestic energy system towards net-zero emissions by 2050.

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Offshore wind energy permitting in the US

Wind energy is a fast-growing source of new electric power generation, and U.S. wind energy production capacity has been increasing consistently over the past several years. Currently, in contrast to Europe, all but one commercial wind power facility in the United States is based on land. However, multiple offshore wind and related infrastructure projects have been proposed in recent years to BOEM.

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CPP Investments Insights: Hydrogen’s new moment

The universe’s most abundant element has long been considered a potential alternative to traditional forms of fuel. However, until now, the cost barriers associated with hydrogen production were too high to make it a viable zero-carbon fuel source. The introduction of favourable climate-change policies, declining costs and growing use cases have resulted in renewed interest in hydrogen.

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Green Deal – What are the consequences of climate ambitions for your portfolio?

2020 was an important year for the environment for a number of other reasons. Europe raised its climate targets, in the United States the election of Joe Biden as president revived the climate debate, and even China committed for the first time to a date for becoming carbon neutral, while other countries also raised their climate ambitions. In addition, 2021 is also expected to be an important year for the planet.

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Can voluntary carbon markets change the game for climate change?

Several important developments have been observed in voluntary carbon markets over the past 5 years and there is potential for future important changes. Demand has shifted from compliance with the Kyoto protocol and carbon credits generated through industry, waste and renewable energy projects to carbon credits from nature-based solutions demanded by unregulated companies and individuals. There is a chance that these trends will continue in the future, with air travel companies planning to offset their additional emissions and big companies making zero-carbon pledges.

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The renewable energy transition in Africa

A renewables-based energy transition promises to deliver vast socio-economic benefits to countries across Africa, improving energy access, creating jobs and boosting energy security. To realise these benefits, African countries have an opportunity to leapfrog fossil fuel technologies to a more sustainable, climate-friendly power strategy aligned with the Paris Agreement and low-carbon growth.

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Transmission Planning for 100% Clean Electricity in the US

The widespread adoption of clean energy goals by many U.S. states and businesses is underway, spurred by accelerating commitments to combat climate change and the growing cost-competitiveness of renewable resources. In January 2021, the Biden administration adopted ambitious decarbonization plans that aim to reach 100 percent clean electricity by 2035 and net-zero emissions across the economy by 2050. Reaching these goals efficiently will require a doubling or tripling of the size and scale of the nation’s transmission system.

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The green, electric future of oil and gas

As oil and gas companies consider how best to weather the current storm and prepare for any lasting impacts from COVID-19, a pivot from a pure oil and gas focus to an energy services focus—especially energy from renewable or sustainable sources—is an effective overarching solution to the challenges they face.

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Oil companies and the energy transition

This report by International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) analyses the strategies of seven international oil companies (IOCs) in the context of the energy transition – BP PLC, Chevron Corp., Eni SpA, Equinor ASA, ExxonMobil Corp., Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Total SE. It describes how these companies are adapting to the ongoing transformation and assesses the measures they have implemented against the requirements of climate stabilisation.

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Hydrogen insights: A perspective on hydrogen investment, market development and cost competitiveness

At the beginning of 2021, over 30 countries have released hydrogen roadmaps, the industry has announced more than 200 hydrogen projects and ambitious investment plans, and governments worldwide have committed more than USD 70 billion in public funding. This momentum exists along the entire value chain and is accelerating cost reductions for hydrogen production, transmission, distribution, retail, and end applications.

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Accelerating fleet electrification in Europe

This report examines the challenges in tackling the electric mobility (e-mobility) agenda as Europe pushes towards decarbonisation. It focuses on the fleet transport segment as the most likely early catalyst in the e-mobility transition. ‘Fleet’, in this report, relates to company leased or owned vehicles that are predominantly for business use and which may vary in scale, from one or two vehicles to several thousand. And it explores key opportunity areas where e-mobility players can participate in the fleet value chain.

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Renewable energy investments in Asia Pacific

The Asia-Pacific region is expected to attract approximately 40% of the total global investment in Renewable Energy capacity between now and 2050. The region – especially South East Asia – benefits from a unique combination of electricity demand growth, electricity supply crunch and abundant solar, wind and water resources to spur investments in Renewable Energy assets.

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Electric Vehicle Market Status – Manufacturer Commitments to Future Electric Mobility in the US and Worldwide

The report summarizes the current status, and projected growth, of the U.S. electric vehicle (EV) industry over the next five to ten years. Key topics addressed include drivers of U.S. and global EV growth, auto manufacturer investments in EV development and in building a robust charging network for drivers, announced new EV model introductions, projected EV sales, projected battery pack costs, and projected date of EV “price parity” with internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles.

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US Hydropower Market Report, January 2021

Hydropower in the United States is used extensively for power system flexibility and resilience. In many parts of the country, hydropower provides more frequency regulation and reserves than its share of installed capacity. In nearly every balancing area assessed, hydropower was more extensively utilized for hourly ramping flexibility than any other resource.

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