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Vestas welcomes EU decision on a 27 per cent renewable energy target

Greater use of domestic renewable energy sources will reduce Europe’s dependence on imported fuels, which in turn will help insulate the EU against fuel price volatility and increase the EU’s security of energy supply.  Wind turbines, for example, use an abundant carbon-free resource, and once a wind farm is built, its operating costs are low, […]

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Heads of State miss the chance to back renewable energy in Europe

The European Council’s decision to set an EU-binding target of 27% showed a lack of ambition to improve Europe’s energy security. Governments also ignored calls from the renewable energy sector and European business leaders for a nationally-binding target of at least 30%.   Thomas Becker, chief executive officer of the European Wind Energy Association, said: […]

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Wind power is more cheaper than gas

It’s no surprise that if environmental costs are considered, renewables—particularly wind power—are a far better bargain than coal power. But it might surprise many that according to a new such analysis, nuclear power lags far behind wind energy and even hydroelectric power in its economic impact, at least in the European Union. Energy costs are […]

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Renewable Energy in Africa to surge by 2040, IEA says

Renewable energy will make up almost half of sub-Saharan Africa’s power generation growth by 2040, according to a report by the International Energy Agency. The report, which is the IEA’s first major analysis of sub-Saharan Africa, looked at the region’s potential to supply energy to the approximately 620 million people who still lack access to […]

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Renewable energy can supply 100% of world’s power by 2050

A global low-carbon energy economy is not only feasible – it could actually double electricity supply by 2050, while also reducing air and water pollution, according to new research.   “Our analysis indicates that the large-scale implementation of wind, [solar] PV, and CSP [Concentrated Solar Power] has the potential to reduce pollution-related environmental impacts of […]

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Solar Power and Storage Closing Energy Gap

EGP’s analysis of off-grid electrification in Moroccan villages presented at the Res4Med workshop in Rabat focuses on distributed generation and green energy to increase access to energy and protect the environment.   That renewable energy must be in rural villages has for many years been at the heart of international programmes such as the United […]

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Energy sector is key to powering prosperity in sub-Saharan Africa

Increasing access to modern forms of energy is crucial to unlocking faster economic and social development in sub?Saharan Africa, according to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Africa Energy Outlook, a Special Report in the 2014 World Energy Outlook series. More than 620 million people in the region (two-thirds of the population) live without electricity, and nearly 730 […]

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Global energy efficiency market ‘an invisible powerhouse’ worth at least USD 310 billion per year

The global energy efficiency market is worth at least USD 310 billion a year and growing, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency that confirms the position of energy efficiency as the world’s “first fuel”. The report also finds that energy efficiency finance is becoming an established market segment, with innovative new […]

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Michigan has the potential for more than 59,000 megawatts of wind energy generation

Wind power: Michigan ranks 16th among U.S. states with 1,163 megawatts of installed wind power, enough to power more than 300,000 average Michigan homes. The state has the potential for more than 59,000 megawatts of wind energy generation — more than 1.6 times the state’s current energy needs. That capacity is the 18th best wind […]

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Egypt aims to produce 20% of power from solar energy and wind power by 2020

In an attempt to escape the energy crisis triggered by frequent power cuts, lack of fuel and the deterioration of national networks and power stations, the Egyptian government has signaled its intent to expand the use of new and renewable energy, notably solar energy. Despite the enormous potential, it’s still a daunting prospect because of […]

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Life cycle assessment of renewable energy future

A future where electricity comes mostly from low-carbon sources is not only feasible in terms of material demand, but will significantly reduce air pollution, a study published in the 6 October Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says.   An international team led by Edgar Hertwich and Thomas Gibon from the Norwegian University of […]

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Energy Storage North America Opens With Record Participation

Energy Storage North America (ESNA), the most influential gathering of policy, technology and market leaders in energy storage, opened this week to record attendance, a sold-out exhibition floor, and recognition of the 2014 ESNA Innovation Award winners. With more than 1,300 pre-registered attendees from 26 countries, 50 exhibitors, nearly 110 speakers and 40+ conference sessions, […]

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Renewable Energy spending at $175 Billion on Chinese Rise

Figures for the third quarter show another year-on-year rise, with a solar energy boom in China the biggest single contributor. About $175 billion was spent globally on renewable energy projects during the first three quarters, up 16 percent from the same period last year, with Chinese solar investment at a record, according to a Bloomberg […]

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Wind energy, solar power capacity catching up with nuclear power

Advocates of nuclear energy have long been predicting its renaissance, yet this mode of producing electricity has been stalled for years. Renewable energy, by contrast, continues to expand rapidly, even if it still has a long way to go to catch up with fossil fuel power plants, writes Worldwatch Institute Senior Researcher Michael Renner in […]

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