- As China is weaned off coal, its energy regulator has ordered eleven provinces to stop developing over 100 coal-fired power projects, including some that are under construction, Caixin reported. Their a total installed capacity is over 100 GW, and about ¥430 billion ($62.30 billion) has been invested in them. [Thomson Reuters Foundation]
- US energy provider MidAmerican Energy has announced two more wind projects in Iowa amounting to 338 MW. They are part of the larger previously announced 2-GW Wind XI economic development project, which consists of a series of wind farms. In aggregate, the Wind XI project is the largest in the history of Iowa. [CleanTechnica]
- Employment in the US wind energy industry is higher than that at nuclear, natural gas, coal, or hydroelectric power plants according to the DOE. The report also says more growth in the industry is possible, with the potential to create 380,000 jobs by 2030. The DOE report validates job figures from the AWEA. [Renewable Energy Magazine]
- Saudi Arabia will start soliciting bids in the next few weeks for the first phase of a “massive” renewable-energy program costing $30 billion to $50 billion, the Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih said. OPEC’s biggest oil producer plans to generate close to 10 GW from renewables, primarily solar and wind power, by 2023. [Bloomberg]
- In India, solar power tariffs in competitive auctions have collapsed from ₹12.76/kWh (19¢/kWh) in 2010 to ₹3.0/kWh (4.4¢/kWh) in 2016. At the same time, industrial electricity tariffs have increased consistently. Now solar power has achieved grid parity, and industries are looking to invest in their own solar power projects. [CleanTechnica]
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