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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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Chrysler, NextEnergy to test vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology in US

Chrysler has collaborated with Detroit-based NextEnergy to examine the vehicle-to-grid (V2G) electric vehicle (EV) technology. The test will be conducted with four battery-powered all-electric minivans featuring a charging module that is capable of simulating any electrical grid in the world. Both the companies expect that if ample number of EVs are connected together, their combined … Continue reading Chrysler, NextEnergy to test vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology in US

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French President Francois Hollande vows no fracking while he is president

French President Francois Hollande on Sunday refused any exploration of the shale gas in France during his five-year-mandate. “As long as I am president, there will be no exploration for shale gas,” the president said in a National Day interview on local TV. “On shale gas, there is a debate that has lasted too long,” … Continue reading French President Francois Hollande vows no fracking while he is president

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World population reached 7.2 billion in mid-2013

On World Population Day, the Worldwatch Institute examines the UN’s latest demographic projections and their implications. World population reached 7.2 billion in mid-2013, according to United Nations demographers, with present and projected future growth propelled in part by unexpectedly high fertility in a number of developing countries. Based on current trends in global birth, death, … Continue reading World population reached 7.2 billion in mid-2013

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Beyond Coal: Obama Makes the Right Choice

Here at the Asia Clean Energy Forum in the Philippines, President Obama’s speech on climate change has been greeted with enthusiasm.  In particular, his decision to redirect U.S. financing of coal fired power plants to expanding the use of clean energy in developing countries is seen as a signal that the U.S. understands that coal is risky and expensive—at … Continue reading Beyond Coal: Obama Makes the Right Choice

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Vestas applauds President Obama

In a speech given Tuesday at Georgetown University, President Obama calls for the nation to double its use of renewable energy. President Obama’s plan would cut carbon emissions that cause climate change and endangers public health. His goal is to double the amount of renewable energy permits approved on public lands which would power more than … Continue reading Vestas applauds President Obama

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Wind energy poised to help deliver on national climate commitment

AWEA welcomes the President’s initiative to proceed with climate actions focused at this time on executive agencies. AWEA supports policies to achieve science-based greenhouse gas reduction targets. U.S. President Barack Obama will unveil his second-term climate change agenda with a view to limiting carbon emissions from the country’s power plants. In a speech at Georgetown … Continue reading Wind energy poised to help deliver on national climate commitment

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Policy issues plague hydropower as wind energy backup

Theoretically, hydropower can step in when wind turbines go still, but barriers to this non-polluting resource serving as a backup are largely policy- and regulation-based, according to Penn State researchers. “We have a very clear realization that we need to make energy systems more sustainable,” said Seth A. Blumsack, assistant professor of energy policy. “We … Continue reading Policy issues plague hydropower as wind energy backup

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Is a High Renewables Future Really Possible?

In recent weeks and months, there’s been much to celebrate about renewable energy and the electricity system—wind energy and solar  power in particular are continually breaking records for installed capacity and actual generation. But amidst the celebratory fanfare there’s also been an undercurrent of skepticism—skepticism that a high renewables future could be here soon, or … Continue reading Is a High Renewables Future Really Possible?

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Unclear Progress Towards the EU 2020 Renewable Energy Targets

While renewable energy targets now exist in 118 countries worldwide, few regional commitments to renewable energy deployment exist, though this trend is beginning to change. The European Union (EU) has undoubtedly been one of the global leaders in spurring the advanced development and deployment of renewable energies worldwide. The vision set forth by the Renewable … Continue reading Unclear Progress Towards the EU 2020 Renewable Energy Targets

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Engel encourages EU leaders to adopt 2030 climate and energy targets

Vestas CEO Ditlev Engel conveys to EU leaders meeting in Brussels, “With the right policies, business and industry will make the investments, take the risks, and create the green growth, competitiveness and energy security that Europe needs. But the EU must act fast to create greater regulatory certainty.” If the EU hopes to reach its … Continue reading Engel encourages EU leaders to adopt 2030 climate and energy targets

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How to Achieve a Truly Sustainable Renewable Energy Transition

Last month, the Worldwatch Institute launched the 2013 edition of our annual flagship publication, State of the World. This year’s book asks the question, Is Sustainability Still Possible?  by examining a wide range of social and environmental challenges ranging from managing freshwater scarcity to assessing the viability of various alternative energy technologies to building political … Continue reading How to Achieve a Truly Sustainable Renewable Energy Transition

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French and German ministers call for 2030 renewable energy targets

Writing in France’s prestigious centre-left daily newspaper Le Monde, Peter Altmaier, the German environment minister, and Delphine Batho, his French counterpart, underlined the need for a 2030 renewable energy target and highlighed the importance of renewables in transforming the European economy, improving energy security and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. “We want to make the energy … Continue reading French and German ministers call for 2030 renewable energy targets

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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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