Category Archives: OpEd

Coalition of over 300 clean energy organizations, businesses, urge immediate action on tax extenders

In a letter sent out yesterday to House and Senate leadership, a group of 302 businesses and organizations, including major players in the U.S. economy, urged Congress to act quickly to pass the EXPIRE Act and extend tax policies critical to the continued growth of clean energy technologies. This legislation, which successfully cleared the Senate … Continue reading Coalition of over 300 clean energy organizations, businesses, urge immediate action on tax extenders

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Evolving Business Models for Renewable Energy

The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) today announced the release of a groundbreaking report titled Evolving Business Models for Renewable Energy. Jointly authored by ACORE members ScottMadden, Sullivan & Worcester, American Clean Energy, RES Americas, Abengoa Solar and Siemens, this resource explores key issues and provides recommendations related to evolving utility and other business … Continue reading Evolving Business Models for Renewable Energy

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IRENA calls on all governments to scale up renewable energy efforts

As the global community faces important energy choices, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) director-general has called on all governments to scale up their renewable energy investment in order to reach a ” sustainable energy future.”   Adnan Amin told Xinhua in an interview that “IRENA’s vision is to be the global voice of renewable … Continue reading IRENA calls on all governments to scale up renewable energy efforts

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French nuclear more costly than renewables by 2020

  Electricity produced by onshore wind and solar plants may become more competitive with power generated by upgraded nuclear plants in France by the end of this decade, a study by environmental group Greenpeace showed on Thursday. The study comes a week before Energy Minister Segolene Royal presents the broad lines of a much-delayed framework … Continue reading French nuclear more costly than renewables by 2020

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Newspapers editorialize in favor of proposed limit on carbon pollution

The weekend has come and gone, and news on the EPA’s proposed cuts to U.S. carbon pollution continues to make headlines, attracting no shortage of favorable editorials in support of the proposed rule from major papers across the country. Crain’s Cleveland Business points out that states that have developed the most wind power have seen … Continue reading Newspapers editorialize in favor of proposed limit on carbon pollution

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Doubling Renewable Energy will Save Money and Avoid Climate Catastrophe

The world faces an important energy choice, according to a new report launched by the International Renewable Energy Agency in New York today. “REmap 2030” says that scaling-up renewable energy to 36% of the world’s total final energy consumption by 2030 is possible, affordable and will keep the world on a trajectory consistent with a … Continue reading Doubling Renewable Energy will Save Money and Avoid Climate Catastrophe

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Colorado cuts CO2 emissions, prepares for low-carbon grid

Colorado is known not only for its stunning natural beauty, but also its ambitious wind power portfolio, supported by an impressive network of wind manufacturers. The state serves as a model for others to follow when reducing their carbon dioxide emissions, which will be useful in responding to the EPA’s proposed new rule for limiting … Continue reading Colorado cuts CO2 emissions, prepares for low-carbon grid

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US and China to cut power plant emissions

The US is arguably still the most powerful country in the world, but it has always dragged its feet on climate action. So when the US Environmental Protection Agency announces carbon emissions cuts of 30% in the power sector by 2030 (compared to 2005 levels), the news deserves the term “historic”. It is the first … Continue reading US and China to cut power plant emissions

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Affordable wind power the reality

The fact checkers are on a winning streak this week by responding to false claims about electricity prices and the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants. As expected, opposition to the proposed rules by opponents of renewable energy claimed there would be a significant increase on consumers’ … Continue reading Affordable wind power the reality

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Renewable energy provided around 19 per cent of global final energy consumption in 2012

In the power sector, global capacity reached 1,560 gigawatts (GW) in 2013 – an increase of about 8.3 per cent over 2012 – and renewables accounted for more than 56 per cent of net additions to global power capacity. REN21’s Renewables Global Status Report (GSR) offers a comprehensive look at the state of the industry. … Continue reading Renewable energy provided around 19 per cent of global final energy consumption in 2012

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Press, public support EPA carbon policy

With the proposed EPA rule to limit carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants the topic of conversations coast-to-coast, newspapers around the country are siding with the public, arguing in favor of cutting carbon emissions now to combat the potential effects of climate change. The New York Times considers the proposed rules an important step … Continue reading Press, public support EPA carbon policy

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Millions of workers call for climate action

Last week more than 50 unions representing millions of jobs worldwide joined the Unions4Climate action network calling for a global agreement on climate change in Paris at the UN climate summit next year. “Threats to jobs and livelihoods include the threat of climate change. For unions it is simple. There are no jobs on a … Continue reading Millions of workers call for climate action

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Spain close to approving new renewable energy rules

The regulation includes variations for a range of technologies – including wind energy, Concentrated Solar Power, photovoltaic and biomass – and the year the assets were installed.   The Spanish cabinet could approve on Friday a law that will cut renewable energy subsidies as part of a drive to reduce a 30 billion euro ($41 … Continue reading Spain close to approving new renewable energy rules

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Why the Murdoch media hates renewable energy so much

Here is an admission. For more than two years, over two stints, I wrote a weekly column on green energy for The Australian newspaper, called Greenchip. It appeared prominently on the business pages, and on no occasion was I ever instructed by any editor to take a certain angle, and my copy was never changed … Continue reading Why the Murdoch media hates renewable energy so much

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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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France looks to rely less on nuclear power and more on wind energy

France may be the world’s most nuclear energy dependent country, but times are changing as the country looks to increase the amount of wind–sourced electricity in its power mix. When French President François Hollande took the reins of power in 2012 he pledged to reduce the country’s nuclear dependency from 75% to 50% by 2025. … Continue reading France looks to rely less on nuclear power and more on wind energy

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Climate change: Indonesia’s adaptation and mitigation efforts

Global climate change is happening and it is definitely real, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) asserted in its latest report released in Yokohama, Japan, on March 31. The most comprehensive assessment document to date by this UN Panel dedicated to providing the world with a state of knowledge in climate change shows impacts … Continue reading Climate change: Indonesia’s adaptation and mitigation efforts

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The Right Wing Trains Its Hysterical Eye on Renewable Energy

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently did its level best to alert the public to a genuine global crisis: climate change is accelerating and the need for action is critical. The IPCC’s report highlighted some signs of preliminary progress, however, including sharp reductions in the costs of renewable energy. A New York Times editorial … Continue reading The Right Wing Trains Its Hysterical Eye on Renewable Energy

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