Placing emphasis on saving energy

Energy-intensive nature of the petroleum and petrochemical industry makes ExxonMobil Asia Pacific aware of the need to be disciplined in how it runs its operations efficiently.

EXXONMOBIL Asia Pacific Pte Ltd has won three EENP awards this year. This takes the total awards won by the company since 2013 to six.

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30% of Europe’s Electricity Could Be Wind Powered by 2020

A pair of reports from WindEurope outlines how wind power alone could supply Europe with 30 percent of its electricity demand by 2030. Many European countries are leading the way in reducing fossil fuel dependence.

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Europe must wake up to undervalued CHP says industry

Combined heat and power (CHP) is set to be an essential contributor to Europe’s energy transition but has thus far been overlooked and undervalued by policymakers.

That was the unanimous conclusion of the non-policymaker speakers at this week’s ‘CHP as a sustainable enabler for renewable energy’ event in Brussels, part of Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW17).

Organised by the Belgian cogeneration association Cogen Vlaanderen and industry trade group COGEN Europe, the event brought together energy sector professionals and policymakers for a day of presentations and spirited discussion.

Decentralized Energy

Opinions are all over the map on the value of solar power

People in the solar industry like to say that Texas is second only to California in its potential for solar power – particularly West Texas, with its abundant sunshine.

But Texas has, nonetheless, done little to encourage the spread of solar – it has no statewide net metering policy, which requires utilities to buy the excess electricity produced by small residential and commercial solar systems. In states like California, net metering has encouraged the widespread adoption of solar energy and helped avoid electricity shortages and price spikes during periods of peak demand on hot summer days.

Houston Chronicle

Tesla is changing the electric grid

There’s a good chance flipping on the light switch 10 years from now will feel just as ordinary as it did for your parents and grandparents.

But behind the scenes, a radically different system for sending electrons where they’re needed will be turning on those lights. Electrical power that today comes from massive centralized generation stations could originate from your neighbors’ solar panels, then wait a few hours in a mammoth battery in your garage until you get home.

That’s because the biggest change to our power grid since it was first built more than a century ago has begun. And this time we’re all sharing the control once held by the companies that generate power and ones that distribute it.


Solar PV rooftops to help meet energy targets

Viet Nam has favourable conditions to develop solar energy across the country, but according to experts, it needs an economical, technically feasible net-metering scheme to promote solar PV rooftops in the country.

Net-metering is a system in which solar panels or other renewable energy generators are connected to a public-utility power grid and surplus power is transferred onto the grid, allowing customers to offset the cost of power drawn from the utility.

It also allows consumers who generate some or all of their own electricity to use that electricity anytime, instead of when it is generated.