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Germany opens first renewable energy storage facility

The 5 megawatt lithium-ion unit was designed by the Berlin-based grid and storage specialists Younicos for WEMAG, a supplier of green electricity based in the northern German city of Schwerin. Europe’s largest commercial battery power plant was connected to the grid today in the presence of Vice-Chancellor and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania’s […]

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Egypt to generate 8 GW from solar power, wind energy

overcome energy shortages. Egypt will fix feed-in tariffs for renewable energy in early October as it aims to increase power generated from renewable energy sources, according to declarations made by Investment Minister Ashraf Salman, speaking at Al-Mal GTM conference in Cairo on Monday. He revealed that Egypt plans to generate 4 gigawatts (GW) of solar […]

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Total installed capacity of renewable energy (wind energy, hydro, geothermal energy, concentrated solar power, PV, reached 1,700 GW in 2013

The renewable energy share of electricity generation exceeded 22 per cent for the first time: with 16.4 per cent hydro, 2.9 per cent wind power, 1.8 per cent biopower and 1.1 per cent solar PV, concentrated solar power (CSP), geothermal and ocean.   In a recently published report, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) traces the […]

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Renewable energy will be key to Paris climate change talks

As France prepares to host the make-or-break ParisClimate Conference in December 2015, and with expectations that the outcome will define global climate efforts in the future, renewable energy is increasingly taking centre stage in the climate discussion. REthinking Energy, a new report released by the International Renewable Energy Agency(IRENA) this week, underlines that renewables must […]

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EWEA calls on new Commissioner-designates to take the reins on Europe’s energy future

The European Wind Energy Association welcomes the announcement of Alenka Bratušek as Vice President- and Commissioner-designate for Energy Union and Miguel Arias Cañete as the European Commissioner-designate for Energy and Climate Action. This team will be responsible for implementing the European Commission President-elect’s vision of an energy union in Europe and establishing the region as […]

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Record Greenhouse Gas Levels Impact Atmosphere and Oceans

The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a new record high in 2013, propelled by a surge in levels of carbon dioxide.  This is according to the World Meteorological Organization’s annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, which injected even greater urgency into the need for concerted international action against accelerating and potentially devastating climate change. […]

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Renewable Energy Takes Center Stage at Small Island Developing States Conference in Samoa

Declining costs of renewable energy technologies, abundant examples of successful deployment, better business models, available investment and the need to decarbonize energy to address climate change have created a momentum of opportunity that must be seized. On the occasion of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States, the Government of Samoa, the Government […]

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Tesla Motors’ Gigafactory Will See More Than 50% Overcapacity in its Li-ion Production

Tesla Motors’ plan to build a new 35 GWh lithium-ion cell production facility – dubbed the Gigafactory – for electric vehicles that will bring about only a modest reduction in battery costs, and create significant overcapacity, given likely sales of less than half the targeted 500,000, according to Lux Research. Tesla and its partner, Panasonic, […]

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Wind power meet 25% of August electricity demand in Portugal

The meteorological conditions in August proved favourable to renewable energy production that correspondingly accounted for 40% of monthly energy consumption according to figures released by REN, the national grid operator, on Monday.   Wind power was able to outstrip average August production by 5% whilst solar power production for the first time ever accounted for […]

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International Energy Agency (IEA): Renewable Energy Market Report

The International Energy Agency (IEA) today released its third annual Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report. The expansion of renewable energy will slow over the next five years unless policy uncertainty is diminished, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said today in its third annual Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report. According to the report, power generation from […]

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Wind Power Can Improve Resiliency of Electrical Grids

Today, at the CIGRE Session 45 in Paris, GE’s Energy Consulting business (NYSE: GE) presented the findings of its frequency response study on wind power and grid resiliency. The study, which was sponsored by the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory, modeled the country’s Eastern Interconnection—one of the largest electrical systems in the world—and determined that […]

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Complete Independence from Energy Generated from Fossil Fuels is Possible

Professor Henrik Lund, of Aalborg University, believes that a system based 100 per cent on renewable energy is a viable option and could be achieved by 2050 in Denmark. Renewable energy systems (RES) planning can also be successfully applied to other countries worldwide. During his extremely well attended plenary lecture at CHISA, the 21st International […]

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Kuwait eyes concentrated solar power, photovoltaic and wind energy to meet growing power demands

“The three power projects include a concentrated solar power plant with a capacity of 50 MW, photovoltaic solar station with capacity of 10 MW and the wind power plant with a capacity of 10 MW, Director of the renewable energy program at KISR,” Dr. Salem Hajraf told KUNA Saturday. Kuwait is embarking a number of […]

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The Gulf between Washington and Corporate America on Climate and Energy

Guest blog by Brandon Smithwood and Bryn Baker. Smithwood is a Senior Manager on the Policy Program at Ceres and Baker is a Manager for Climate Change and Renewable Energy at World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Once again, we head into the August Congressional recess with a lot of unfinished business, even on issues where there […]

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Germany Added A Lot Of Wind Energy And Solar Power, And Its Electric Grid Became More Reliable

To hear its critics tell it, Germany’s ambitious push to switch over to renewable energy has delivered an electrical grid that’s capricious, unreliable, and prone to blackouts. But according to data highlighted by ECO Report last week, the reality on the ground couldn’t be further from that caricature. Specifically, the availability of electricity in Germany […]

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Green Storage Revolution

With energy storage hugely important for the development of distributed generation and the integration of renewables into the electricity system, Enel Green Power has been investing its commitment to storage projects. The energy storage market will be worth $50 billion in six years’ time, according to Finding Growth Opportunities in the $50 Billion Energy Storage […]

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How to power California with wind energy, water and solar energy

New research outlines the path to a possible future for California in which renewable energy creates a healthier environment, generates jobs and stabilizes energy prices. A Stanford study outlines how power from facilities such as the Ivanpah Concentrated Solar Power in California’s Mojave Desert can be part of the state’s renewable energy future. Imagine a […]

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