The share of solar and wind in the Chinese power mix has tripled since 2012.
Wind and solar gained momentum in 2017 and their share in the global power mix grew by 1 percentage point. Solar was responsible of 20% of the additional power generation in 2017 and wind 30%.
Falling costs in recent years coupled with ambitious policies – especially in Asia – have helped install over 600 GW of solar and wind capacity since 2010, boosting renewable generation. The share of wind and solar in the power mix continued to progress in all regions in 2017, with the fastest increase in the European Union (in Germany and the UK), followed by China, Brazil, the United States, India and Japan.
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The Italian oil and gas company Eni has signed a cooperation agreement with its Algerian counterpart Sonatrach to tap hydrocarbon resources in the Berkine basin (Algeria). Besides, they also agreed the commercial conditions for the 2018-2019 year in line with the gas market and have started negotiation to look into extending the gas supply shipped from Algeria to Italy beyond the contractual deadline of 2019.
The infrastructure company TransCanada has commissioned the US$1.2bn Topolobampo natural gas pipeline project in northern Mexico, which will ship 670 mcf/d (19 mcm/d or 6.9 bcm/year) to local markets in the states of Chihuahua and Sinaloa.
According to the state-run company Gazprom, exports of Russian gas to non-CIS (Community of Independent States) countries went up by 5.8% between January and June 2018 to reach 108.9 bcm. The largest hikes were reported in Germany (+12.2% or + 3.5 bcm), Austria (+52.3% or + 2.1 bcm), the Netherlands (+61.9% or +1.4 bcm), France (+12.5% or 0.8 bcm), Croatia (+45%, +0.6 bcm) and Poland (+6.7%).
The Indian Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) has recommended the implementation of a 25% safeguard importation duty on solar cell imports from China and Malaysia for a 2-year period. The proposal has not yet been approved by the government and the duty will start at 25% in the first year, then be reduced to 20% for the first six months of the second year and to 15% in the final six month period. The proposal is very similar to the safeguard duty levied by the United States in January 2018, which set up anti-dumping tariffs on imported solar cells and modules at 30% during the first year and then gradually declining to 15% after a 4-year period.