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Renewable energy powers all of Costa Rica for over 3 months

Costa Rica enjoyed a new period of 94 consecutive days during which all its electricity was produced from renewable sources, the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) said Wednesday.   The country never had to turn to fossil fuels at any time between May 8 and Aug. 9, the ICE said, adding that the pleasant news … Continue reading Renewable energy powers all of Costa Rica for over 3 months

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Chilean mines are turning to renewable energy: CSP, PV and wind power

The mining industry requires a lot of energy to keep moving, and bottom lines depend on keeping the price of that energy as low as possible. To maintain efficiency, the mining industry seems to be increasingly looking to the renewable sector to supply its power, an action that is especially prevalent in Latin America regions … Continue reading Chilean mines are turning to renewable energy: CSP, PV and wind power

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Increased use of renewable energy, solar energy and wind power, helps EU reduce GHG emission

The EU greenhouse gases (GHG) emission savings due to final renewable energy consumption in electricity, cooling/heating and transport sectors rose at a compound annual growth rate of 8.8 percent from 2009 to 2012, according to a new report of the European Commission’s Joint Research Center (JRC).   Nearly two thirds of the total savings came … Continue reading Increased use of renewable energy, solar energy and wind power, helps EU reduce GHG emission

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Brazil to turn off thermal plants as rains, wind power help

Brazil will turn off 2,000 megawatts of thermal power generation on Saturday as conditions improve for its hydro power system after recent rains, Energy Minister Eduardo Braga said on Wednesday. A steady stream of new wind power generation capacity coming on line lately and a fall on consumption as consumers feel the pinch of the … Continue reading Brazil to turn off thermal plants as rains, wind power help

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China to build concentrated solar thermal power plant

China is set to begin the construction of what is expected to be the largest concentrated solar thermal power plant. The Delingha plant, which will cover 25km of land in the Gobi desert, is slated to have a 200 MW capacity – enough to supply one million homes with electricity. Once fully operational, the plant … Continue reading China to build concentrated solar thermal power plant

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New NREL Data Suggests Wind Power Could Replace Coal as Nation’s Primary Generation Source

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently released data showing that the Capacity Factor (CF) for wind power can reach 65% which is comparable to that of fossil fuel based generation. While the headlines aren’t as sexy as Tesla’s ‘Ludicrous mode‘, the transformative implications for climate change dwarf Elon Musk’s latest accomplishment.  Increasing a generator’s … Continue reading New NREL Data Suggests Wind Power Could Replace Coal as Nation’s Primary Generation Source

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Solar energy and wind energy in the United States is likely to have a secure future thanks to President Barack Obama’s plan

Solar power  and wind energy in the United States is likely to have a secure future thanks to President Barack Obama’s plan to cut carbon emissions by forcing utilities to use renewable sources to produce electricity, the industry said on Monday.   With its 2030 deadline, Obama’s Clean Power Plan offers a degree of stability … Continue reading Solar energy and wind energy in the United States is likely to have a secure future thanks to President Barack Obama’s plan

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Obama set to unveil tougher climate change plan: demands that power plants use more renewable energy like wind power and solar energy

In the strongest action ever taken in the United States to combat climate change, President Barack Obama will unveil on Monday a set of environmental regulations devised to sharply cut planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions from the nation’s power plants and ultimately transform America’s electricity industry.   The rules are the final, tougher versions of proposed … Continue reading Obama set to unveil tougher climate change plan: demands that power plants use more renewable energy like wind power and solar energy

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Iran thirst for energy after nuke deal draws wind energy

Iran’s quest to rejuvenate its energy industry after decades of sanctions is attracting renewable energy developers eager to plant wind turbines on windy ridges across the country. Since 2012 the government has pushed renewables as an alternative to the fossil fuels that supply 94% of its electricity. Developers such as GI Umweltconsult and wind turbine … Continue reading Iran thirst for energy after nuke deal draws wind energy

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Hillary Clinton sets renewable energy goals to spur more wind energy, solar power

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called on Sunday for a dramatic national shift to energy sources such as solar and wind, setting a goal of generating enough clean renewable energy to power every U.S. home within her first decade in office. Clinton, the front-runner for her party’s 2016 presidential nomination, also pledged to have more … Continue reading Hillary Clinton sets renewable energy goals to spur more wind energy, solar power

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Cambodia Has Big Renewable Energy Potential

Energy is a basic human need that must be fulfilled to achieve sustainable development. This kind of development is not possible without energy and policies to meet energy demand.   In Cambodia, energy is a critical development challenge. Today, only 35 percent of the total population has access to grid electricity, leaving millions of rural … Continue reading Cambodia Has Big Renewable Energy Potential

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Energy Storage Enabling Technologies Revenue Is Expected to Total Nearly $75 Billion from 2015 to 2024

A recent report from Navigant Research analyzes the global market for energy storage enabling technologies (ESETs) across four distinct market segments: utility-scale storage, community storage, residential storage, and commercial storage, including global market forecasts through 2024.   Broadly speaking, the three main components of the ESET value chain are hardware, software, and services, which together … Continue reading Energy Storage Enabling Technologies Revenue Is Expected to Total Nearly $75 Billion from 2015 to 2024

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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott under fire for order to stop wind power and solar energy i

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has come under fire from the opposition and investors after ordering the government’s A$10 billion (US$7.45 billion) Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) to stop investing in wind and energy solar power.   Abbott, who has described wind farms as “visually awful” and made no secret of his desire to axe … Continue reading Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott under fire for order to stop wind power and solar energy i

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Ukraine plans to triple energy production from wind power and solar energy by 2020

Ukraine, which uses three times more energy per person than the average European Union member state, has prospects to increase its production of electricity and thermal energy from wind power, solar energy and water power.   Ukraine plans to dramatically increase the share of renewables in its energy mix from the current 3.8 percent to … Continue reading Ukraine plans to triple energy production from wind power and solar energy by 2020

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Five seismic shifts to shake global electricity

BNEF’s forecast to 2040 sees $2.2 trillion boom in small-scale solar as consumers seize control of their power, and weaker growth in electricity demand, but prospects for the climate are bleak.   Global power generation will experience five dominant trends over the next 25 years, putting unprecedented pressure on energy companies, utilities and policy-makers, according … Continue reading Five seismic shifts to shake global electricity

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Investment in renewable energy such as wind energy and solar power fell to $53 billion in April to June

Global clean energy investment in the second quarter of this year continued to lag behind that of last year due to a sharp rise in the U.S. dollar and share price volatility, research showed on Friday. Investment in renewable energy such as wind and solar power and biomass fell to $53 billion in April to … Continue reading Investment in renewable energy such as wind energy and solar power fell to $53 billion in April to June

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Enel Green Power and Endesa Chile sign a renewable energy PPA

Enel Green Power S.p.A. (“Enel Green Power”), acting through its subsidiary Enel Green Power Chile Ltda (“Enel Green Power Chile”), and Empresa Nacional de Electricidad SA (“Endesa Chile”) have signed a long-term agreement for around 25 years of energy supply and sale of green certificates connected to a geothermal project and a photovoltaic project in … Continue reading Enel Green Power and Endesa Chile sign a renewable energy PPA

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Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems expands research and development on energy storage

Since being founded more than 30 years ago, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE has covered a wide range of complementary technologies, optimally preparing it for the challenges facing the energy transformation. In addition to solar technology research, the systemic aspects and questions regarding energy storage also played a role right from the … Continue reading Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems expands research and development on energy storage

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Dominican Republic’s Sustainable Energy Resources

The Dominican Republic’s energy sector is at a crossroads. Currently, the country depends on fossil fuel imports for 86% of its electricity generation, bringing enormous economic and environmental costs and necessitating a transition to a more sustainable energy system. In 2011, the Dominican Republic spent 8.6% of its GDP on fossil fuel imports. Electricity prices in the country … Continue reading Dominican Republic’s Sustainable Energy Resources

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Austria files lawsuit against EU Commission over UK nuclear plant

Austria has launched legal action against the European Commission over its backing of British plans for the 16 billion pound development of the Hinkley Point nuclear power plant, Chancellor Werner Faymann said.   The project, to be built by French utility EDF at Hinkley Point in southwest England, is crucial for Britain’s plan to replace … Continue reading Austria files lawsuit against EU Commission over UK nuclear plant

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