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Wind power could provide up to 18% of global electricity demand by 2050

Wind generation now meets a significant percentage of electrical demand globally  and last year the world added a record 44.8 gigawatts (GW) of wind power, bringing the total to more than 282.5 GW, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). In its annual report for 2012, the IEA said that the global wind power capacity … Continue reading Wind power could provide up to 18% of global electricity demand by 2050

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New energy policy from European Investment Bank welcomed

After a meeting last week in Luxembourg, the board of the European Investment Bank (EIB) changed its energy lending policy. The EU’s main lending arm said it would stop financing most coal-fired power stations to help reduce pollution and meet climate targets, and devote 90% of its lending to clean energy. In a press release, … Continue reading New energy policy from European Investment Bank welcomed

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Wind power one of cleanest energy sources over lifetime

Greenhouse gases produced over the lifetime of a wind turbine – including for its manufacturing and installation – are less than that of fossil-fuel based energy sources and most other renewables, a new study from the US shows. Only ocean energy (wave and tidal) and hydropower have lower emissions than wind. As a clean, fuel-free … Continue reading Wind power one of cleanest energy sources over lifetime

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Radar technology can solve wind energy aviation issues

Aviation constraints are a huge issue for the wind industry. According to Renewable UK, for example, half of all wind farm developments in the UK will face objections from aviation stakeholders on the grounds of radar interference, obstruction or impact to low flying. However, a new radar technology could help solve some of these problems. … Continue reading Radar technology can solve wind energy aviation issues

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Development banks spend 32 times more on fossil fuels than renewables

On 1 July Croatia became the 28th member of the EU. The country has started investing in wind power – indeed it is the leader of the western Balkan region, with 193.75 MW of wind turbines in operation at the end of 2012. However a new report underlines that international financial institutions must offer more … Continue reading Development banks spend 32 times more on fossil fuels than renewables

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Future of shale gas challenging, cost of renewables falling

A report published by Citibank, a major international bank, has found that the future of shale gas in Europe is shrouded in uncertainties and the energy technology may not be as viable as had been previously claimed. The same report found that renewables will cost the same as conventional fuels (including gas) in many parts … Continue reading Future of shale gas challenging, cost of renewables falling

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