Close to 1.8 billion kilowatt hours of electricity have been generated from renewable sources since June 2009.
According to state-owned Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Organization, aka Satba, this electricity has helped the country save 412 million liters of water in the last nine years, of which 13 million liters were saved between Nov. 22 and Dec. 21, 2017, ILNA reported on Sunday. Thermal plants turn water into steam and spin a steam turbine to produce more than 80% of Iran's installed power capacity of about 77,000 megawatts. The share of renewables stands at a meager 458 MW, yet 597 MW of new renewable power capacity are being developed. Satba noted that between Nov. 22 and Dec. 21, 2017, the country curbed its greenhouse emissions by 41,000 tons. According to the report, the electricity generated since 2009 has helped the country save as much as 531 million cubic meters of fossil fuels, which are the main cause of air pollution.
Iran’s Energy Minister Reza Ardekanian unveiled plans for a major boost to the country’s power generating capacity from renewable energy, inviting German companies to engage in this effort.
Overseas coal shipments from Indonesia, one of the world's largest exporters of thermal coal, rose by 12.24% to 281.03 MnT in January to August this year, from 250.4 MnT in the same period last year, data from the country's central bank, Bank Indonesia shows.
Bioenergy from liquid biofuels and biogas will lead growth in renewable energy consumption to 2023, due to its rising use in the heating and transport sectors, according to the International Energy Agency.
Limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels requires a cut of 73-97% in the use of coal for primary energy by 2050, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said in a special report Monday.
China invested a total of $126.6 billion in renewable energy in 2017, the highest figure ever and accounting for 45% of global green energy investment, the "Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2018" report showed.
Following in Apple's footsteps, Microsoft has purchased 100% of the renewable output from Sunseap Group's new 60-megawatt solar project and will use it to power datacenter operations in Singapore.