The global energy system is undergoing rapid transformation. With the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement serving as inspiration, countries, cities and corporations all over the world continue to take meaningful action on renewable energy development. While a pressing need to increase momentum exists, 2018 has been a year of bold ambition and remarkable achievements.
Here are 20 reminders, from media outlets around the world, of how the energy transformation has advanced over the last 12 months.
31 Jan — Ahead of its 2022 target by four years, India reaches 20 gigawatts of solar capacity and vows to reach 100 gigawatts by that date instead. (The Economic Times)
15 Mar — Norway’s state oil company pledges to broaden itself beyond fossil fuels, towards renewables, with a rebranding, joining ranks with a growing Nordic effort to divest from oil and gas. (Bloomberg)
16 Apr — Combining the power of the sun, wind, and earth, East Africa’s economic powerhouse is powering economic development and growing energy demand. (Clean Technica)
24 Apr — Renewable energy shows it is on at least equal footing (if not better) with fossil fuels prices, becoming for the first time having cheaper production costs across G20 energy markets. (Forbes)
8 May — For seven months in a row, Australia installed more than 100 megawatts of rooftop solar. Enough solar power was installed in March alone to power 36,700 homes. (The Sydney Morning Herald)
8 May — More than 10 million people now work in renewable energy, showing the sector can create jobs on a scale to match those lost in the fossil fuel sector. (MIT Technology Review)
5 Jun — China continued its unstoppable renewable energy drive with plans to cut emissions, address air pollution, meet electricity demand. (Business Insider)
14 Jun — The European Union set itself an ambitious goal of being 32% powered by renewables by 2030 — a significant increase from its previous target of 27%. (The Guardian)
17 Jul — Palau, a small island state in the Pacific, has begun work on what will be the largest micro-grid in the world, representing a bold step towards its renewable energy goals. (Scientific American)
24 Jul — Addressing the challenges for intermittent power from wind and solar, western US states consider adapting the iconic Hoover Dam as a pumped-storage facility. (The New York Times)
3 Nov — In less than two decades, electrification rates have sky-rocketed across the world thjan South Asia and today, for the first time, less than one billion people live without electricity access. (Modern Diplomacy)
4 Dec — Built in record time, the world’s largest lithium battery — Australia’s Hornsdale storage facility — stablises the South Australia’s grid and paves the way for more renewables. (Bloomberg)
20 Dec — Investors overseeing more than USD 11 trillion of assets, urge power companies to end coal use by 2030 to help in the fight against climate change. (Financial Times)