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IEA data show India has invested more in renewables than coal over last three years

first_imgIEA data show India has invested more in renewables than coal over last three years FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Independent:A whopping 74 per cent of India’s electricity generation comes from coal-fired power plants, and coal use in the country continues to increase, but we may be seeing the beginning of the end of coal’s rein as renewable energy investments have begun to outpace those in fossil fuels.According to the International Energy Agency, India’s move towards spending on renewables has been driven both by policy and by the rapidly falling costs of bringing solar power online. For the past three years in a row India has seen greater total investments in renewables than in fossil fuels, the report shows, while spending on solar energy overtook spending on coal-fired power generation for the first time in 2018.Despite its growing use of coal and increasing demands, the country appears to remain on track to meet its obligations under the Paris climate agreement, in which it pledged to bring 175 gigawatts of renewable energy online by 2022. So far the country has installed over 77GW – double its renewables capacity of four years ago – and has signed off a further 60GW for construction.Meanwhile, India’s new coal power generation has dropped from roughly 20 gigawatts of additional capacity being added each year to less than 10 gigawatts added in each of the last three years, Sameer Kwatra, a climate change and energy policy analyst with the Natural Resources Defense Council told Inside Climate News.The slow move away from coal in India fits with global trends in investment in fossil fuels which have tumbled over the last three years.More: India investing more money in solar power than coal for first timelast_img read more

Laudrup: Show no fear

first_img Manuel Pellegrini’s side have racked up 41 goals in 10 home games in all competitions during a fearsome run of form on their own patch. The likes of Sergio Aguero, Alvaro Negredo and Jesus Navas ran amok in the 6-0 demolition of Tottenham last weekend and while Laudrup acknowledges the size of the task facing Swansea, he knows they must not shy away from the challenge. Press Association Michael Laudrup has told his Swansea side to show no fear when they face free-scoring Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday. “City are the best home team in the league with 26 goals in six games so we know it will be a tough afternoon, but we can only surprise people there,” the Swansea manager said. “Everybody expects City to win by a few goals because they’ve done that against everybody including Manchester United and Tottenham. “So I think we will go there to do the best we can to get something out of it, and whatever happens we will still present a competitive team. “You can’t play with fear in football. There is a lot of respect, you have respect for everybody, the ones on top and at the bottom, but never fear.” Laudrup has also urged striker Alvaro Vazquez to make the most of his chance to shine with Wilfried Bony and Michu sidelined by injury. Record signing Bony limped out of Thursday’s 1-0 Europa League defeat to Valencia with a hamstring injury which will keep him out for several weeks; the Ivorian will undergo a scan in the coming days to determine the exact extent of the problem. Michu is also unlikely to return from his ankle injury in time for Sunday’s game, although he has taken part in some light training as he targets Wednesday’s meeting with Newcastle. That means Vazquez, who is on a season-long loan from Getafe and has yet to score for the Swans in 10 appearances, will lead the line. The 22-year-old was denied a goal by an incorrect offside decision against Valencia, as well as having another effort cleared off the line. Laudrup said: “It is true we have injuries to our strikers but we will cope with that. “Alvaro came close against Valencia and now this is his chance, his possibility. “Of course every player wants to play, not because a team-mate is injured but that is part of football. When one goes out another has the chance to go in, that’s how it works.” Laudrup also confirmed Wayne Routledge will return from a calf problem against City, while Pablo Hernandez made just his second appearance since September 1 on Thursday. “Well, we still have at least 11 players,” joked Laudrup when asked about his selection options for Sunday. “But, to be serious, we lost two players against Valencia but have another two back. “Pablo played for the first time in some weeks and Wayne will be back as well so we will have an 18-man squad as we did against Fulham, just with other names.” last_img read more