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Tory betrayal on wind energy “totally unacceptable”

The UK government’s announcement this week to end new support for onshore wind energy projects could cost Scotland £3bn in investment and threatens thousands of jobs, according to industry experts. The Scottish National Party has said that Prime Minister David Cameron must explain why he misled voters during the referendum campaign in Scotland regarding the … Continue reading Tory betrayal on wind energy “totally unacceptable”

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REN21 global renewable energy report

Renewables represented about 59 per cent of net additions to global power capacity in 2014, with 135GW added. There was 1,712GW of renewable power capacity at the end of 2014, up 8.5 per cent on the previous year. Renewables comprised about 28 per cent of the world generating capacity by the end of last year, … Continue reading REN21 global renewable energy report

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United States could use 100% renewable energy by 2050

United States could feasibly convert to 100% renewable energy by 2050 using existing technologies, according to a group of researchers from Stanford University. Civil and environmental engineering professor Mark Z. Jacobson and his colleagues have compiled individual roadmaps for each of the 50 states in the US, setting out how to achieve this feat. They … Continue reading United States could use 100% renewable energy by 2050

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Texas is the nation’s leader in wind power, but a new plan calls for even further investment

A team of environmental engineers from California have devised a plan for every state to transition to completely renewable energy sources. Yes, that includes fossil fuel-rich Texas — the nation’s leader in energy production. The study, developed by engineering researchers Mark Jacobson of Stanford University and Mark Delucchi of the University of California, Berkeley, examines … Continue reading Texas is the nation’s leader in wind power, but a new plan calls for even further investment

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Finland could build 100% renewable energy grid by 2050 with solar energy and wind power

A fully renewable energy system, including all energy consuming sectors, is not only a possible but a viable solution for Finland, according to a new research. Researchers from Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) have investigated renewable energy system options for Finland in 2050 and the results indicate that a fully renewable energy system is possible, … Continue reading Finland could build 100% renewable energy grid by 2050 with solar energy and wind power

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Merkel: G-7 leaders call for ending fossil fuels use by end of century

That is a technical term for ending the use of oil, gas and coal and replacing them with alternative sources of energy such as wind energy and solar power.   Angela Merkel says the Group of Seven wealthy democracies have agreed that the world should phase out the use of fossil fuels by the end … Continue reading Merkel: G-7 leaders call for ending fossil fuels use by end of century

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100% clean and renewable wind, water, and sunlight (WWS) all-sector energy roadmaps for the 50 United States

This study presents roadmaps for each of the 50 United States to convert their all-purpose energy systems (for electricity, transportation, heating/cooling, and industry) to ones powered entirely by wind, water, and sunlight (WWS). The plans contemplate 80-85% of existing energy replaced by 2030 and 100% replaced by 2050. Conversion would reduce each state’s end-use power … Continue reading 100% clean and renewable wind, water, and sunlight (WWS) all-sector energy roadmaps for the 50 United States

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India’s renewable energy capacity is 33,000 MW

India, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has set ambitious renewable energy (RE) targets of 100,000 MW of solar power, 60,000 MW of wind power, 10,000 MW of energy from biomass and 5,000 MW from small hydroelectric projects (175 GW of total renewables) by 2022. Currently, India’s clean energy capacity is 33,000 MW.   Improving education … Continue reading India’s renewable energy capacity is 33,000 MW

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China’s investment in renewable energy soars

China invested more than US$89 billion in renewable energy projects in the country in 2014 – a growth of 31% on the previous year, according to a detailed report on the country’s energy sector.   The soaring increase is revealed in a report by the US government’s Energy Information Administration (EIA). But it adds that … Continue reading China’s investment in renewable energy soars

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California’s wind energy production remains on target

Contrary to the claims of a few media outlets that there is “a serious problem” with low wind energy production in California and other Western states during the first months of 2015, wind levels during this time were not outside of normal variations. Wind generation seasonal patterns by region (Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration) It … Continue reading California’s wind energy production remains on target

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Renewable energy, wind power and solar energy, seen generating one million jobs in India

The renewable energy sector, a particular focus of attention for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has generated 400,000 jobs till 2014, according to a report released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).   The sector could generate a million jobs by 2022, if the government reaches its goal of 100 giga watts (GW) of solar … Continue reading Renewable energy, wind power and solar energy, seen generating one million jobs in India

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Government of dinosaurs will give Australia a ‘fossilised economy’

Following a recent meeting of federal and state ministers with the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Christiana Figures, the federal government announced that it will publish by mid-year the emissions target it will take to the Paris Climate Summit in November. However, even if all the world’s governments agree … Continue reading Government of dinosaurs will give Australia a ‘fossilised economy’

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The Great Transition to Renewable Energy, Solar Power and Wind energy

The global transition to clean, renewable energy and away from nuclear and fossils is well under way, with remarkable developments happening every day. The Great Transition by Lester Brown, Janet Larsen, Matt Roney, and Emily Adams lays out a tremendous range of these developments – here are seven that may surprise you.     1. … Continue reading The Great Transition to Renewable Energy, Solar Power and Wind energy

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Wind power and solar energy were the clear winners in Germany

15 years ago, German politicians agreed to wean the country off fossil fuels and nuclear energy. The shift has been expensive and mistakes were made, but it has put Germany on a path to a cleaner, greener economy.   Sitting at a big conference table in central Berlin, laden with fruit skewers and vegetarian sandwiches, … Continue reading Wind power and solar energy were the clear winners in Germany

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Tory victory a huge blow to UK wind energy industry

The industry is concerned that wind energy, solar power, hydro and other low-carbon technologies could see further cuts to financial support – concerns bolstered by recent EU negotiations on green targets. These saw the UK Government fight hard – and successfully – to block European attempts to impose a target for the proportion of energy … Continue reading Tory victory a huge blow to UK wind energy industry

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EWEA welcomes deal on reform of the ETS

The European Wind Energy Association welcomes the deal between lawmakers to reform the Emissions Trading System before 2021. The EU-28 Member States and the European Parliament have agreed to introduce a market stability reserve in 2019 to tackle a glut of over 2 billion excess permits in the ETS. The surplus of allowances is currently … Continue reading EWEA welcomes deal on reform of the ETS

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First Lady Michelle Obama credits renewable energy for hiring veterans

First Lady Michelle Obama praised the renewable energy sector for its efforts to make good jobs available for U.S. military veterans, in marking the fourth anniversary of Joining Forces, the veterans advocacy initiative she co-leads with Dr. Jill Biden.   Military veterans from leading wind energy development companies Invenergy and EDP Renewables attended the event … Continue reading First Lady Michelle Obama credits renewable energy for hiring veterans

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Lester R. Brown on Shifting from Fossil Fuels to Solar Power and Wind Energy

Interview: Earth Policy Institute’s Lester Brown New Book Lays Out Roadmap for Transition to Renewables Ethan Goffman, reposted from Earthtalk.org, For the last 40 years, Lester Brown has been one of the primary forces in the sustainability movement. Besides publishing some 45 books, he is the founder of the Worldwatch Institute and the Earth Policy Institute. … Continue reading Lester R. Brown on Shifting from Fossil Fuels to Solar Power and Wind Energy

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Renewables, wind power and solar energy, 75% of new US capacity Q1

A combination of wind energy, solar power, geothermal energy and hydropower together provided over 75.43 per cent of the 1,229MW of new generating capacity placed into service during the first quarter of 2015, according to FERC. The balance (302MW) was provided by natural gas.   America’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has released its latest … Continue reading Renewables, wind power and solar energy, 75% of new US capacity Q1

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