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Turkey’s dependency on foreign energy resources should be eliminated

The Soma mine disaster claimed 301 lives last week, sparking, among other debates, discussion over the use of fossil fuels and Turkey’s dependency on foreign energy. Turkey has an obligation to pursue clean energy, despite the fact that the government has not pursued a transition to renewable energy sources, as some developed countries have. Since … Continue reading Turkey’s dependency on foreign energy resources should be eliminated

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Rising energy demand a threat to water supplies

Rising demand for energy, from biofuels to shale gas, nuclear power, coal and oil, is a threat to freshwater supplies that are already under strain from climate change, the United Nations said in a report on Friday. It urged energy companies to do more to limit the use of water in everything from cooling coal-fired … Continue reading Rising energy demand a threat to water supplies

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What A Year: 45 Fossil Fuel Disasters The Industry Doesn

While coal, oil, and gas are an integral part of everyday life around the world, 2013 brought a stark reminder of the inherent risk that comes with a fossil-fuel dependent world, with numerous pipeline spills, explosions, derailments, landslides, and the death of 20 coal miners in the U.S. alone. Despite all this, our addiction to … Continue reading What A Year: 45 Fossil Fuel Disasters The Industry Doesn

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Concentrated solar power, photovoltaic and wind power battle with coal in South Africa

Entrenched political interests are fighting to expand coal’s role in the national economy despite the promise of renewable energy, reports Yale Environment 360. Environment Guardian Environment Network Series: Guardian Environment Network Previous | Index Solar and wind power battle with coal in South Africa Entrenched political interests are fighting to expand coal’s role in the … Continue reading Concentrated solar power, photovoltaic and wind power battle with coal in South Africa

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Fossil fuels dominate energy consumption

Coal, natural gas, and oil accounted for 87 percent of global primary energy consumption in 2012. The International Energy Agency predicts that by 2017 coal will replace oil as the dominant primary energy source worldwide. Global natural gas production grew by 1.9 percent in 2012, dominated by the United States (with 20.4 percent of the … Continue reading Fossil fuels dominate energy consumption

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Wind Energy Results

To better understand the state of knowledge of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from utility-scale wind power systems, NREL developed and applied a systematic approach to review life cycle assessment literature, identify sources of variability and, where possible, reduce variability in GHG emissions estimates through a meta-analytical process called “harmonization.” Over the last 30 years, several … Continue reading Wind Energy Results

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Wind energy at parity with new coal in India, solar power to join by 2018

Wind energy has become one of the most favored forms of clean power in India and it has helped promote economic growth in some of the country’s states. Recently, wind energy achieved a major feat that could begin to chip away at the country’s reliance on coal. The report on India Renewables, Good Bye Winter, … Continue reading Wind energy at parity with new coal in India, solar power to join by 2018

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Renewables outpace coal, oil and nuclear in U.S.

Renewable energy sources, including wind energy, solar power, biomass, hydro and geothermal energy, accounted for 24.93% of all new U.S. electrical generating capacity installed in the first six months of this year for a total of 2,144 MW, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) latest Energy Infrastructure Update report. Thus far this year, … Continue reading Renewables outpace coal, oil and nuclear in U.S.

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Phase out fossil fuel subsidies and limit use of coal-fired plants, IEA says

The world is not on track to reach its goal of limiting global temperature increase to 2°C, warned the International Energy Agency (IEA) on Monday. Highlighting the need for intensive action in the energy sector before 2020, the IEA noted that the energy sector accounts for about two-thirds of global greenhouse gas emissions from burning … Continue reading Phase out fossil fuel subsidies and limit use of coal-fired plants, IEA says

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Coal

Coal-fired power stations cost the European Union up to €42.8 billion a year in health costs associated with coal-fired power stations, a new report says. The study — ‘The Unpaid Health Bill: How coal power plants make us sick’ — also found that EU-wide impacts amount to more than 18,200 premature deaths, about 8,500 new … Continue reading Coal

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China is now using curtailed wind power to displace coal-fired heating

The National Energy Administration (NEA) of China aims to reduce the waste of wind power and cut emissions from the coal-fired central heating system. The atmospheric pollutants generated from burning coal threaten human health; utilizing curtailed wind for heating could not only mitigate some pollution impacts, but also prove to be economically beneficial. The atmospheric … Continue reading China is now using curtailed wind power to displace coal-fired heating

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China’s wind energy grew more than coal

China’s wind power production grew more than coal power production for the first time ever in 2012, according to statistics from the China Energy Council. Thermal power using mostly coal increased by only about 0.3% in China last year, the statistics noted, an addition of roughly 12 terawatt hours (TWh) more electricity. “In contrast, wind … Continue reading China’s wind energy grew more than coal

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Australian coal plant uses more land than wind energy

While wind turbines get spread out over a wide area, apart from the bases of the wind turbines and the roads built to service them, almost all the land is still available for its original purpose which is normally either grazing or cropping. In Australia wind farms only remove about 1% of their total land … Continue reading Australian coal plant uses more land than wind energy

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Solar Energy To Beat Coal Prices in New Mexico

A new solar power plant opening in New Mexico will be selling electricity at record low prices. First Solar, a large thin-film solar manufacturing company based in Tempe, Ariz., recently announced that it had bought a large solar power plant that was being developed in New Mexico. When completed, the 50-megawatt Macho Springs Solar Park … Continue reading Solar Energy To Beat Coal Prices in New Mexico

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China burns half of coal consumption worldwide

China overtook the US as the world’s biggest carbon emitter in 2007 and became world’s largest energy consumer in 2010. Coal consumption in China grew more than 9% in 2011, continuing its upward trend for the 12th consecutive year, according to newly released international data. China’s coal use grew by 325 million tons in 2011, … Continue reading China burns half of coal consumption worldwide

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Wind Energy continues to increase its contribution to the Ontario electricity system

CanWEA today applauded Premier Dalton McGuinty’s announcement that Ontario will fully abandon coal-fired electricity a year ahead of schedule. The province has reduced use of coal by 90 per cent since 2003 while at the same time bringing online 2,000 MW of clean, emissions-free wind energy. “The move to eliminate dirty coal from the provincial … Continue reading Wind Energy continues to increase its contribution to the Ontario electricity system

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Wind energy and solar is actually cheaper than energy from coal and nuclear power plants

Taking into account health and environmental damage, wind and solar power from new plants in Europe is actually cheaper than energy from coal and nuclear power plants, according to a new report. Many people find it difficult to calculate the true cost of their electricity. Special duties, taxes and subsidies all add up to influence … Continue reading Wind energy and solar is actually cheaper than energy from coal and nuclear power plants

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