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Consumer Support for Wind Power and Solar Energy, Though Still High, Fell in 2012

Despite some well-publicized company failures, the solar and wind energy industries continued to expand in the United States during 2012, and consumers still tend to view the two renewable energy concepts favorably. However, according to a recent survey by Navigant Research, consumer support for solar and wind energy, though still high, has fallen steadily over … Continue reading Consumer Support for Wind Power and Solar Energy, Though Still High, Fell in 2012

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The reason fossil fuel firms are not trying to reduce their carbon emissions could be due to uncertainty on climate and energy policy, suggests the Economist in a recent editorial. The paper cites cuts in renewable energy support schemes as one of the elements influencing investors.

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America now has more solar energy workers than coal miners

Some might dismiss the solar energy industry because it’s still very small compared to the oil & gas industry. But to paraphrase a famous Canadian hockey player, we need to skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been. Indeed, solar is still in its infancy, but it’s growing quickly … Continue reading America now has more solar energy workers than coal miners

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Renewable Energy and the Future of Energy

The development of renewable energy sources is crucial for the future of the global energy market, both in emerging and developed countries, says Enel Green Power CEO Francesco Starace. ‘We are seeing a constant reduction of costs in renewable energy thanks to technology, which is improving the performance of equipment and production costs,’ said Enel … Continue reading Renewable Energy and the Future of Energy

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Japan Puts Nuclear Energy on Hold, Embraces Solar Power

Two years after the Fukushima Daiichi disaster in 2011, Japan has scaled back it’s nuclear power and is seeking to diversify it’s energy mix, with solar power showing the strongest growth. Supporters of Japan’s nuclear industry claim it would be unwise to give up the advantages of nuclear power because of a single accident. However, … Continue reading Japan Puts Nuclear Energy on Hold, Embraces Solar Power

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Fossil fuel power sources cost more than renewables in Germany

If all the costs of fossil fuel power generation were detailed in German power bills they would exceed the costs of renewable energy “by a wide margin”, a study by Greenpeace Energy Germany and the German Wind Energy Association (BWE) says. Currently German power bills clearly outline the cost of the EEG – the support … Continue reading Fossil fuel power sources cost more than renewables in Germany

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Fracking: The Solution? Or the Problem?

Fracking advocates proclaim a natural gas revolution, but are they simply perpetuating our catastrophic fossil fuel dependence? Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) has been touted as a way to increase fossil fuel extraction efficiency and help sustain our current energy consumption rates, however, it has has been widely criticized for its environmentally damaging effects. The growing fracking … Continue reading Fracking: The Solution? Or the Problem?

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Falling Gasoline Use Means United States Can Just Say No to New Pipelines and Food-to-Fuel

Freeing America from its dependence on oil from unstable parts of the world is an admirable goal, but many of the proposed solutions—including the push for more home-grown biofuels and for the construction of the new Keystone XL pipeline to transport Canadian tar sands oil to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast—are harmful and simply … Continue reading Falling Gasoline Use Means United States Can Just Say No to New Pipelines and Food-to-Fuel

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Debunking Howard Rich’s errors on wind energy

A recent column by Howard Rich on Forbes.com simply repackaged many previously refuted myths about wind power. Recent posts on this blog have already debunked a study on wind resource potential and explained that wind energy has been a success story for reducing fossil fuel use and emissions in Germany and other European countries.   … Continue reading Debunking Howard Rich’s errors on wind energy

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China to build unified low-carbon certification system

China will build a unified certification system for low-carbon products as part of its efforts to boost the consumption of green goods, according to the country’s top economic planner. An independent third-party agency will assess the carbon footprint of products and services and grant low-carbon certificates to those that have met certain requirements, according to … Continue reading China to build unified low-carbon certification system

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China’s power capacity to hit 1.23 bln kw by year’s end

China’s installed power capacity will top 1.23 billion kilowatts (kw) by the end of 2013, a report from the China Electricity Council said on Thursday. Thermal power will still account for the bulk of the capacity, topping 860 GW, followed by 280 GW from hydropower, 14.78 GW from nuclear power, 75 GW from on-grid wind … Continue reading China’s power capacity to hit 1.23 bln kw by year’s end

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Fossil Fuel Subsidies Topped $620 Billion in 2011

The energy game is rigged in favor of fossil fuels because we omit the environmental and health costs of burning coal, oil, and natural gas from their prices. Subsidies manipulate the game even further. According to conservative estimates from the Global Subsidies Initiative and the International Energy Agency (IEA), governments around the world spent more … Continue reading Fossil Fuel Subsidies Topped $620 Billion in 2011

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Nuclear power revives… in Iran

The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) announced Saturday that the Islamic republic plans to construct 16 nuclear power plants in different parts of the country, Press TV reported. “Following months of efforts, 16 new sites for nuclear power plants have been designated in coastal areas of the Caspian Sea, the Persian Gulf, the Sea … Continue reading Nuclear power revives… in Iran

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Renewables dominate headlines in Germany, UK, France

It seems that energy policy has never been such a hot topic – at least judging by the huge media attention it is now receiving. Today, and this week generally, has seen a blizzard of European media coverage of energy policy – with wildly differing perspectives, and arguably also in quality of reasoning. Today in … Continue reading Renewables dominate headlines in Germany, UK, France

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