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Austria files lawsuit against EU Commission over UK nuclear plant

Austria has launched legal action against the European Commission over its backing of British plans for the 16 billion pound development of the Hinkley Point nuclear power plant, Chancellor Werner Faymann said.   The project, to be built by French utility EDF at Hinkley Point in southwest England, is crucial for Britain’s plan to replace … Continue reading Austria files lawsuit against EU Commission over UK nuclear plant

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IRENA platform supports renewable energy innovation

Policy makers and other energy sector players can now access the world’s largest collection of global renewable energy standards and patents, thanks to a new online platform launched today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The International Standards and Patents in Renewable Energy platform, also known as INSPIRE, is the first and most complete … Continue reading IRENA platform supports renewable energy innovation

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China climate change plan unveiled

Brazil, China and the United States each announced on Tuesday new goals to reduce carbon emissions over the next 15 years, including through restoration of thousands of square miles of rainforest in South America.   Deese added that the submission follows from the target that China announced in the November 2014 Joint Announcement by Obama … Continue reading China climate change plan unveiled

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Renewable Energy storage project near desert center advances

An energy storage project that would support renewable energy, reduce greenhouse gases, create hundreds of jobs and add millions to the local economy moved forward today under an agreement by Eagle Mountain LLC (an affiliate of Eagle Crest Energy) to buy the Kaiser Eagle Mountain mine near Desert Center from CIL&D (formerly known as Kaiser … Continue reading Renewable Energy storage project near desert center advances

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India’s $100 billion push into solar energy

India’s $100 billion push into solar energy over the next decade will be driven by foreign players as uncompetitive local manufacturers fall by the wayside, no longer protected by government restrictions on the sector.   The money pouring into India’s solar industry is likely to be soaked up by foreign-organized projects such as one run … Continue reading India’s $100 billion push into solar energy

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Renewable Energy can unlock socio-economic benefits for Islands

Developing the vast renewable energy resources of Fiji, the Marshall Islands and Vanuatu would provide substantial socio-economic benefits for their citizens, according to three reports released today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Renewables Readiness Assessments for the three island nations find that a combination of solar, wind, geothermal, marine, biomass and biofuel could … Continue reading Renewable Energy can unlock socio-economic benefits for Islands

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Siemens to open plant to turn electricity from wind energy into hydrogen

Siemens will on Thursday start an energy project to convert wind power into hydrogen for re-use as a general fuel or in natural gas pipelines.   Siemens’ electrolysis plant in Mainz is based on Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) technology, which allows the capture and storage of electricity into hydrogen. It said the plant can process … Continue reading Siemens to open plant to turn electricity from wind energy into hydrogen

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Jordan signs 13 deals to build solar power and wind energy plants

The government announced Tuesday that it signed 13 agreements to build several wind energy and solar power plants with a total capacity of 317 megawatts.   The projects, expected to be operational in 2018, will boost the country’s reliance on renewable energy, Energy Minister Ibrahim Saif said in a statement sent to The Jordan Times. … Continue reading Jordan signs 13 deals to build solar power and wind energy plants

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Kazakhstan’s energy consumption to double by 2035

The International Energy Agency forecasts the energy consumption of Kazakhstan to double by 2035, Tomasz Telma, Regional Director of the International Finance Corporation for Europe and Central Asia, said at a seminar on the application of best international practices to the development of renewable energy projects in Kazakhstan last week.   Kazakhstan is among 10 … Continue reading Kazakhstan’s energy consumption to double by 2035

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Study Proves Fossil Fuels Way Worse for Land Use than Renewable Energy

A new, peer-reviewed article published in the scientific journal SCIENCE estimates that 3 million hectares of land (that’s 11,583 square miles, or 30,000 square kilometers) have been lost due to oil and gas well pads, storage tanks and associated roads developed in North America since the year 2000. Rangeland and cropland through the heartland have been particularly … Continue reading Study Proves Fossil Fuels Way Worse for Land Use than Renewable Energy

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A Catholic’s perspective on wind power in light of the Pope’s encyclical

Pope Francis’s groundbreaking encyclical addressing climate change takes its name, Laudato Si’ (or “Praised Be” in English), from St. Francis’s Canticle of Creation. In it, St. Francis sees himself as kin with all of God’s creation. Brother Sun and Sister Moon may have received top billing in the 1972 movie about the saint’s life, but … Continue reading A Catholic’s perspective on wind power in light of the Pope’s encyclical

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50% renewable energies possible in Europe by 2030 with greater integration

Greater integration of Central Western European (CWE region) power systems can significantly help cut costs in balancing out weather- and renewable energy-related electricity fluctuations, while reducing demands on other parts of the system. By 2030 around half of all electricity in Europe should come from renewable energies in order to reach EU climate targets. This … Continue reading 50% renewable energies possible in Europe by 2030 with greater integration

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Google building next data center at Alabama power plant site

Google is converting an old coal-burning power plant in Alabama into a sleek data center running on renewable energy to fuel the additional computing capacity needed to process Internet search requests, show digital video, give directions, deliver email and store photos.     The $600 million project announced Wednesday marks Google’s first commitment in eight … Continue reading Google building next data center at Alabama power plant site

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Russia’s renewable energy policy

In 2013, Russia implemented an incentive system for renewable energy sources that is based on the wholesale electricity capacity mechanism. It is intended to increase the share of renewable energy in the country’s energy production. Doctoral thesis in strategic finance completed at Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) demonstrates that the incentive system can make renewable … Continue reading Russia’s renewable energy policy

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Renewable Energy’s Record Year Helps Uncouple Growth of Global Economy and CO2 Emissions

Renewable energy targets and other support policies, now in place in 164 countries, powered the growth of solar energy, wind power and other renewable technologies to a record-breaking energy generation capacity last year: about 135 GW of added renewable energy power increasing total installed capacity to 1,712 GW, up 8.5% from the year before.   … Continue reading Renewable Energy’s Record Year Helps Uncouple Growth of Global Economy and CO2 Emissions

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Plant inspired photovoltaic solar energy to revolutionise energy storage

A new technology developed by scientists at University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA) can store solar energy for up to several weeks — an advance that could change the way scientists think about designing solar cells.   The materials in most of today’s residential rooftop solar panels can store energy from the sun for … Continue reading Plant inspired photovoltaic solar energy to revolutionise energy storage

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Tanzania’s untapped renewable energy resources ripe for investment

The African Development Bank, in partnership with the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and the Government of Tanzania, on Thursday, June 18 launched the Renewable Energy in Africa: Tanzania Country Profile. The publication highlights the country’s inroads in renewable energy as well as opportunities for scaling-up the energy sector. Over the past decade, in an effort … Continue reading Tanzania’s untapped renewable energy resources ripe for investment

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Thai Gunkul to invest nearly $300 mln in solar power and wind energy in 2015

Thailand’s Gunkul Engineering Pcl said on Wednesday it planned to invest about 10 billion baht ($296.9 million) this year, mostly to expand capacity of renewable energy at home and abroad. About 4 billion baht will be spent for solar power plants and 5 billion baht for wind power, Phongsakorn Damnoen, assistant managing director for business … Continue reading Thai Gunkul to invest nearly $300 mln in solar power and wind energy in 2015

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SunEdison signs definitive agreement to acquire GME, Central America’s leading renewable energy company, from Actis and Mesoamerica power

SunEdison, Inc. (NYSE: SUNE), the world’s largest renewable energy development company, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire 100 percent of Globeleq Mesoamerica Energy (GME), Central America’s leading renewable energy company. SunEdison will acquire a 70 percent interest in GME from Actis, a global pan-emerging market private equity investor focused on … Continue reading SunEdison signs definitive agreement to acquire GME, Central America’s leading renewable energy company, from Actis and Mesoamerica power

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Iran has potential to generate 40,000 MW of solar power and wind energy

Iran has the potentiality to generate 40,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity from solar energy and wind power, according to Iranian Deputy Energy Minister Houshang Falahatian. There is potentiality to generate 30,000 MW of wind power and 10,000 MW of solar power in the country, the IRNA news agency quoted Falahatian as saying on Monday. He … Continue reading Iran has potential to generate 40,000 MW of solar power and wind energy

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