The use of nuclear power will need to increase to decarbonise electricity production, IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said today at a side event during the United Nations COP25 climate summit in Madrid. Meeting sustainability and climate goals requires a significant use of nuclear energy, he said. Grossi was speaking at a high-level UN side event at COP25 on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7, to ensure access to affordable and reliable energy. The event – entitled Accelerating the energy transformation in support of sustainable development and the Paris Agreement – focused on initiatives that could have a significant impact towards achieving SDG 7, help close the energy access gap in a sustainable way and promote climate action by transitioning toward zero-carbon energy solutions. It marked Grossi’s first official trip since taking office on 3 December.
World Nuclear News 11th Dec 2019 read more »
Denmark – renewables.
Denmark has initiated studies to find possible locations for one or more energy islands supporting at least 10GW of offshore wind capacity. This corresponds to ten large offshore wind farms that could meet the electricity demand of more than ten million European households. The total investment needed for the project is estimated to be between DKK 200 and DKK 300 billion (around EUR 28 to EUR 40 billion). DKK 65 million has been allocated for the investigations. They will include areas in the Kattegat, the Baltic, and the North Sea. It will also include finding the location of the second of three offshore wind farms stipulated in the last year’s energy agreement, as well as examining how these additional offshore wind farms can be included in the project. “It’s a huge project. We need to build more than 5 times as much capacity as we have today. We need to have a sensible and ambitious plan for the expansion. That’s why we are now embarking on the preliminary studies, ” Denmark’s Minister of Climate, Energy and Utilities Dan Jørgensen said.
Offshore Wind Biz 11th Dec 2019 read more »
The latest joint technology tender in Denmark has seen subsidies fall to an average price of DKK 15.4/MWh (€2.06/MWh), with the lowest wind price of just DKK 10/MWh (€1.34/MWh). Meanwhile, wind-solar hybrid projects are also successful.
Wind Power Monthly 6th Dec 2019 read more »