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Wind power is more cheaper than gas

It’s no surprise that if environmental costs are considered, renewables—particularly wind power—are a far better bargain than coal power. But it might surprise many that according to a new such analysis, nuclear power lags far behind wind energy and even hydroelectric power in its economic impact, at least in the European Union. Energy costs are … Continue reading Wind power is more cheaper than gas

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Renewable energy can supply 100% of world’s power by 2050

A global low-carbon energy economy is not only feasible – it could actually double electricity supply by 2050, while also reducing air and water pollution, according to new research.   “Our analysis indicates that the large-scale implementation of wind, [solar] PV, and CSP [Concentrated Solar Power] has the potential to reduce pollution-related environmental impacts of … Continue reading Renewable energy can supply 100% of world’s power by 2050

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Solar power, wind energy cost may fall to level for coal by 2020s

The cost of solar energy and onshore wind power may fall to the same level as generation from fossil fuels by the 2020s, energy consultant Poyry Oyj said in a report. Solar plants in Spain may produce electricity competitive with coal and gas as early as 2021, in Portugal by 2022 and in parts of … Continue reading Solar power, wind energy cost may fall to level for coal by 2020s

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Wind energy and solar power compete with coal, gas

Lazard said that solar energy and wind energy were already competing with fossil fuels on an unsubsidised basis. We’ve now gotten hold of the original report and are reprinting four graphs here, which we find quite stunning because it underlines how quickly the case for more fossil fuels is quickly being eroded.   The first graph … Continue reading Wind energy and solar power compete with coal, gas

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Those renewable power lines more than pay for themselves

Today, Texas Comptroller Susan Comb’s office published a report attacking renewable energy in Texas. This unbalanced, misinformed report is simply a restatement of the flawed talking points pushed by the anti-renewables lobby and ignores key information about renewable power and its benefits for Texas.  Texas’ wind energy industry has now invested more than $26 billion … Continue reading Those renewable power lines more than pay for themselves

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Obama Urges Action on Climate Change `While We Still Can’

President Barack Obama urged world leaders at a United Nations summit to reach a global agreement to combat climate change “while we still can.” Speaking before more than 120 officials, the president cited more frequent droughts and flooding in warning, “The climate is changing faster than our efforts to address it.” Obama took credit for … Continue reading Obama Urges Action on Climate Change `While We Still Can’

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Thousands march in New York City, around globe over climate change

Accompanied by drumbeats, wearing costumes and carrying signs, thousands of demonstrators filled the streets of Manhattan and other cities around the world on Sunday to urge policy makers to take action on climate change. The crowds of marchers, which included actors Mark Ruffalo and Evangeline Lilly, wound through midtown Manhattan, joined along the way by … Continue reading Thousands march in New York City, around globe over climate change

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Renewable Energy Can Meet Global Demand And Cut Carbon Emissions Says IRENA

A plan to use renewable energy sources to meet the rising demand for cheap electricity and the need to reduce the pace of global warming, has been developed by the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena). The organisation predicts that average carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions will reach 498 grams per kilowatt-hour (g/kWh) by 2030 if the … Continue reading Renewable Energy Can Meet Global Demand And Cut Carbon Emissions Says IRENA

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China is drawing 30 percent of its energy needs from hydropower, solar energy and wind energy

China’s demand for energy is unparalleled. The demand is met primarily with traditional raw materials such as oil, gas and above all, coal – the basis for 80 percent of China’s energy supply. The trouble is, the process of generating electricity through coal releases large quantities of CO2. And it is becoming increasingly difficult to … Continue reading China is drawing 30 percent of its energy needs from hydropower, solar energy and wind energy

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Total installed capacity of renewable energy (wind energy, hydro, geothermal energy, concentrated solar power, PV, reached 1,700 GW in 2013

The renewable energy share of electricity generation exceeded 22 per cent for the first time: with 16.4 per cent hydro, 2.9 per cent wind power, 1.8 per cent biopower and 1.1 per cent solar PV, concentrated solar power (CSP), geothermal and ocean.   In a recently published report, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) traces the … Continue reading Total installed capacity of renewable energy (wind energy, hydro, geothermal energy, concentrated solar power, PV, reached 1,700 GW in 2013

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Renewable energy will be key to Paris climate change talks

As France prepares to host the make-or-break ParisClimate Conference in December 2015, and with expectations that the outcome will define global climate efforts in the future, renewable energy is increasingly taking centre stage in the climate discussion. REthinking Energy, a new report released by the International Renewable Energy Agency(IRENA) this week, underlines that renewables must … Continue reading Renewable energy will be key to Paris climate change talks

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EWEA calls on new Commissioner-designates to take the reins on Europe’s energy future

The European Wind Energy Association welcomes the announcement of Alenka Bratušek as Vice President- and Commissioner-designate for Energy Union and Miguel Arias Cañete as the European Commissioner-designate for Energy and Climate Action. This team will be responsible for implementing the European Commission President-elect’s vision of an energy union in Europe and establishing the region as … Continue reading EWEA calls on new Commissioner-designates to take the reins on Europe’s energy future

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Record Greenhouse Gas Levels Impact Atmosphere and Oceans

The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a new record high in 2013, propelled by a surge in levels of carbon dioxide.  This is according to the World Meteorological Organization’s annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, which injected even greater urgency into the need for concerted international action against accelerating and potentially devastating climate change. … Continue reading Record Greenhouse Gas Levels Impact Atmosphere and Oceans

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Complete Independence from Energy Generated from Fossil Fuels is Possible

Professor Henrik Lund, of Aalborg University, believes that a system based 100 per cent on renewable energy is a viable option and could be achieved by 2050 in Denmark. Renewable energy systems (RES) planning can also be successfully applied to other countries worldwide. During his extremely well attended plenary lecture at CHISA, the 21st International … Continue reading Complete Independence from Energy Generated from Fossil Fuels is Possible

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Germany Added A Lot Of Wind Energy And Solar Power, And Its Electric Grid Became More Reliable

To hear its critics tell it, Germany’s ambitious push to switch over to renewable energy has delivered an electrical grid that’s capricious, unreliable, and prone to blackouts. But according to data highlighted by ECO Report last week, the reality on the ground couldn’t be further from that caricature. Specifically, the availability of electricity in Germany … Continue reading Germany Added A Lot Of Wind Energy And Solar Power, And Its Electric Grid Became More Reliable

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How to power California with wind energy, water and solar energy

New research outlines the path to a possible future for California in which renewable energy creates a healthier environment, generates jobs and stabilizes energy prices. A Stanford study outlines how power from facilities such as the Ivanpah Concentrated Solar Power in California’s Mojave Desert can be part of the state’s renewable energy future. Imagine a … Continue reading How to power California with wind energy, water and solar energy

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Renewable energy is ready to supply all of Australia’s electricity

In a recent article on The Conversation, University of Melbourne Professor Emeritus Frank Larkins wrote that Australia’s targets to increase renewable energy will make electricity more expensive, thanks to problems with consistency and storage. But Professor Larkins is several years behind developments in renewable energy and its integration into electricity grids. In fact, we already … Continue reading Renewable energy is ready to supply all of Australia’s electricity

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Renewable energy investing in China

Foreign investors visiting China receive a personal introduction to clean energy—or at least its importance. With every breath, one is reminded that China relies on coal for 65-70 percent of its energy needs—40 percent above the world average—and leads the world in carbon emissions. The latest annual environmental report revealed that acid rain fell upon … Continue reading Renewable energy investing in China

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