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Dutch test SolaRoad solar photovoltaic panels on bike path

A project dubbed “SolaRoad” gets underway in the Netherlands this week, testing roadways as a potential canvas to collect solar energy. Fittingly for the cycle-crazy Dutch, the first SolaRoad is a bike path not far from Amsterdam. The path is built of massive, Lego-like modules of solar panels embedded in concrete, each with heavy-duty glass … Continue reading Dutch test SolaRoad solar photovoltaic panels on bike path

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Wind power can deliver on U.S.-China climate deal

U.S. and China reached a historic agreement to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions driving climate change, providing a strong signal for investors that wind energy, among other clean electric power solutions, is a smart economic decision. The bilateral agreement states that the U.S. will reduce carbon emissions 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by … Continue reading Wind power can deliver on U.S.-China climate deal

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Another day, another hypocritical and misleading Koch group letter

Koch Industries and their well-funded web of organizations are once again attacking an important policy for wind power — the renewable energy production tax credit (PTC) – this time with a letter to Congress that makes a claim that even Koch-funded polling disproves. On Monday, the Koch front group Americans for Prosperity sent a letter … Continue reading Another day, another hypocritical and misleading Koch group letter

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Suzlon surpasses 1100 MW wind power milestone in Kutch, Gujarat

Suzlon Group, the world’s fifth largest wind turbine manufacturer, today surpassed yet another milestone by expanding the capacity of Asia’s largest wind farm at Kutch, Gujarat to 1100 MW. With this expansion, Suzlon now generates 1800 MW in Gujarat thus accounting for 20% of Suzlon’s total pan-India capacity of over 8250 MW. Commemorating this landmark … Continue reading Suzlon surpasses 1100 MW wind power milestone in Kutch, Gujarat

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Offshore wind energy: Iberdrola wind farm in the UK with 108 wind turbines from Siemens

The 389-megawatt (MW) West of Duddon Sands offshore wind farm is the first such wind power commissioned by a Spanish company and will generate enough electricity to meet the annual demands of 280,000 homes. Today, the UK Secretary for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey, IBERDROLA Chairman, Ignacio Galan, and DONG Energy Executive Vice President, … Continue reading Offshore wind energy: Iberdrola wind farm in the UK with 108 wind turbines from Siemens

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Global energy efficiency market ‘an invisible powerhouse’ worth at least USD 310 billion per year

The global energy efficiency market is worth at least USD 310 billion a year and growing, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency that confirms the position of energy efficiency as the world’s “first fuel”. The report also finds that energy efficiency finance is becoming an established market segment, with innovative new … Continue reading Global energy efficiency market ‘an invisible powerhouse’ worth at least USD 310 billion per year

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Wind energy, solar power capacity catching up with nuclear power

Advocates of nuclear energy have long been predicting its renaissance, yet this mode of producing electricity has been stalled for years. Renewable energy, by contrast, continues to expand rapidly, even if it still has a long way to go to catch up with fossil fuel power plants, writes Worldwatch Institute Senior Researcher Michael Renner in … Continue reading Wind energy, solar power capacity catching up with nuclear power

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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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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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The Future Of Mexico’s Energy Industry

The Editor interviews Steven P. Otillar, Partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. Editor: Please describe your practice, and tell us why Mexico is high on your radar screen. Otillar: My practice focuses on domestic and international energy transactional work, with an emphasis on upstream acquisitions, divestitures and development. I have represented energy … Continue reading The Future Of Mexico’s Energy Industry

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Energy Storage for the Grid is Expected to Reach $15.6 Billion in Annual Revenue by 2024

Developing energy storage that is viable for grid applications has been a goal of vendors and grid operators for a number of years.  Recently a number of factors have begun to converge to bring that goal close to fruition.   According to a new report from Navigant Research, worldwide revenue from energy storage for the … Continue reading Energy Storage for the Grid is Expected to Reach $15.6 Billion in Annual Revenue by 2024

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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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The Environmental Costs and Benefits of Fracking

Rising supplies of natural gas could benefit the environment by replacing coal as a fuel for electricity, but hydraulic fracturing poses dangers for people living near the wells, a new analysis finds. We can do better, the authors say. A strange thing happened on the way to dealing with climate change: Advances in hydraulic fracturing … Continue reading The Environmental Costs and Benefits of Fracking

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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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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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Use of Passenger and Freight Rail Grows

According to the International Union of Railways, passenger and freight trains globally traveled 12.7 billion kilometers in 2013, up from 9.7 billion in 2001. This increased use of rail entails environmental and social benefits, but also some risks, writes Worldwatch Institute Senior Researcher Michael Renner in the Institute’s latest Vital Signs Online report. In 2013, … Continue reading Use of Passenger and Freight Rail Grows

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WWF supports Philippines solar power target

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-Philippines) has backed the Department of Energy’s (DOE) move to increase solar energy capacity targets, saying this will make power prices cheaper in the long run, contrary to claims of critics such as the Foundation for Economic Freedom (FEF). The FEF claims new solar projects will add P0.32 per … Continue reading WWF supports Philippines solar power target

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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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