Date
23 January 2017
Lower technology cost, by 2030 will boost renewables capacity in the global power system to about 40 percent. Photo: Internet
Lower technology cost, by 2030 will boost renewables capacity in the global power system to about 40 percent. Photo: Internet

Clean energy to double share of electricity market by 2030

Renewable energy will account for 40 percent of electricity output capacity by 2030, almost double today’s market share.

The expansion will be due to lower technology costs, Bloomberg reports, citing Adnan Amin, director general of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

“We anticipate with the, which is quite remarkable growth.”

That compares with 22 percent today, according to IRENA.

The real challenge for renewables is capturing crude oil’s market share in heating, cooling and transportation products, Amin said.

“As far as the power sector is concerned, oil plays a very little role in power generation worldwide” at about 5 percent, he said.

Electricity from solar energy is getting a boost as the price of solar power has declined.

Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, awarded a contract for a 200-megawatt solar plant in January 2015 at what was then a record-low price of 5.85 cents per kilowatt-hour. Last month, the emirate received a bid for an 800-megawatt plant at a power price of 2.99 cents per kilowatt-hour.

Falling crude prices have made alternative fuels less economically attractive, curbing investment in biofuels, according to Irena.

“There is a lot of momentum looking at electric mobility powered by renewables, but we’ve seen a real negative impact has been on biofuel investment,” he said.

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