Renewables provide 52% of Germany’s electricity in first quarter, a new record FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Clean Energy Wire:Germany produced nearly 52 percent of its domestic electricity consumption with renewable power in the first three months of 2020, marking the first full quarter in which renewables covered more than half the country’s power needs, utilities association BDEW and the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) reported. That’s up from about 44 percent in the first quarter of 2019.The numbers were driven by record wind power production in February, unusually high solar production in March, and a dip in overall energy use tied to the coronavirus crisis. Because of those unusual circumstances, BDEW warned it’s too soon to project whether the numbers might hold going forward. “The performance of renewables is very encouraging. However, we should always bear in mind that this is only a snapshot and includes many one-off events,” BDEW head Kerstin Andreae said in a statement. But BDEW also noted that the numbers reflect several underlying policy shifts, including the shutdown of nuclear and coal power plants that were taken offline in late 2019.The numbers, combined with increased renewable generation in 2019, put Germany on track to meet its 2020 target for increasing renewables’ share of total energy consumption (which includes not just electricity, but refers to all energy, for example fossil fuels used in transport and heating). Germany has pledged to produce 18 percent of its total energy consumption with renewables by the end of the year. “The EU renewable energy target of 18 percent in 2020 is within reach,” economy minister Peter Altmaier said in the statement. “We must now work to ensure that we achieve the targets on a sustainable basis and further increase the share of renewable energy.”Overall, Germany used a total of 148 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity in the first quarter of 2020, down about two percent from the same period in 2019 (151 billion kWh). Renewables made up 51.9 percent of that total, BDEW and ZSW said. The majority of Germany’s renewable power came from onshore wind, which supplied 28.9 percent of the country’s electricity needs, up from 23.7 percent in the first quarter of 2019 (see graph). While this is the first full quarter in which renewables have covered a majority of the country’s electricity needs, Germany has crossed that threshold before during individual months, BDEW said.Meanwhile, the grid operator 50Hertz announced several new regional records for renewable energy in the first quarter. In February, wind and solar power together covered 85 percent of electricity needs in 50Hertz’s area of operation, which stretches from the Baltic Sea to the Ore Mountains near the border with the Czech Republic. And on March 23, the utility delivered a record 8500 megawatts (MW) of solar power without having to shut down any photovoltaic systems, it said.[Rachel Waldholz]More: Germany marks first ever quarter with more than 50 pct renewable electricity
DG FISMA, Legal & General Group, ARC Pensions Law, Sackers, Pensions Management Institute, RWC Partners, OssiamDG FISMA – Jonathan Hill has resigned as European commissioner for financial stability in the wake of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. Hill said he had agreed his departure as commissioner for financial stability, financial services and the Capital Markets Union with Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, in discussions several weeks ago. Valdis Dombrovskis, a Commission vice-president for the euro, has assumed responsibility for Hill’s portfolio.Legal & General Group – Sir John Kingman has been appointed group chairman. He succeeds Rudy Markham, who has served as interim chairman since John Stewart’s retirement from the board on 1 June. Kingman has had an extensive Whitehall career, culminating as second permanent secretary of HM Treasury. He was also chief executive at UK Financial Investments, with responsibility for managing the government’s shareholdings in Lloyds Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland and Northern Rock.RWC Partners – Peter Clarke is to join the board as a non-executive director. Clarke serves on the boards of Lombard Odier and AXA UK, and he is chairman of Lancashire Holdings. He has had a career spanning more than 30 years, including six years as chief executive at Man GLG. ARC Pensions Law – The pensions law firm has appointed Anna Copestake as a senior associate, joining from Sackers. Kevin Le Grand has been appointed as a consultant. Le Grand, who is president of the Pensions Management Institute, has been working part-time as a consultant since October and now joins on a permanent basis.Ossiam – Johann Nicolle joined the smart-beta fund manager and Natixis Global Asset Management affiliate as portfolio manager and quantitative analyst in April.
Based on the data from the Department of Education (DepEd), around 58% of elementary schools, 80% of junior high schools and 72% of senior high schools are connected to the internet. “Out of the almost 62 thousand schools nationwide, merong 47 thousand na public schools. Now, there are about 42 thousand barangays nationwide. So bawat barangay merong public school at kung pwede nating patayuan ng cell site at wifi-based station sa bawat public school, sagip na natin ang buong Pilipinas dahil buong barangay ay makakabitan natin ng cell site,” said Gatchalian. GATCHALIAN. GMA The ideal distance for a school to the closest cell site should not be more than three kilometers to get a good internet connection. Gatchalian described his proposal as “hitting two birds with one stone” as the installation of cell sites would ensure internet access nationwide and at the same time improve the country’s education system. “Kung meron sana tayong sapat na imprastraktura, meron tayong internet, meron tayong mga gadgets, hindi magiging problema ‘yung pagtuturo sa mga estudyante, lalo na ngayong kailangan nating mag-shift sa distance learning,” he further said. “Ang proposal natin sa telecommunication companies ay gamitin ang lupa ng ating mga public school,” he added. “In the long run, these cell sites would save the country’s public schools billions of pesos to pay for internet connection,” Gatchalian said. “Bridging the digital divide will help the country’s education system to innovate and ensure that no learner is left behind.” “Moving forward, kahit wala nang COVID-19, importante ring pagsikapan nating maabot ang bawat isang kabahayan gamit ang internet, at mabigyan natin ang mga bata ng kagamitan, mga gadgets, para magamit nila sa pag-aaral,” he added./PN Based on a mapping of public schools and cell site towers by Project BASS or Bandwidth and Signal Statistics, 44 percent or 20,398 public schools were found to be located more than six kilometers away from the nearest cell site, which means they have either very poor or no access to the internet. Manila – Senator Sherwin Gatchalian has urged the telecommunication companies to install cell sites in every public school as the country prepares for distance learning due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.