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164 countries worldwide have now adopted renewable energy targets

Renewable energy targets are now a defining feature of the global energy landscape, according to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Renewable Energy Target Setting, launched on the side lines of IRENA’s ninth Council meeting, finds that 164 countries have adopted at least one type of renewable energy target, up from … Continue reading 164 countries worldwide have now adopted renewable energy targets

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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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IRENA Roadmap Breaks New Ground on Renewable Energy Storage

A new ground-breaking report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) provides clear direction on how to advance storage systems as part of the infrastructure for a sustainable energy future. Renewables and Electricity Storage, released today on the side lines of IRENA’s ninth Council meeting, prioritizes 14 action items across five priority areas where governments … Continue reading IRENA Roadmap Breaks New Ground on Renewable Energy Storage

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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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European Commission needs new controls to ensure EU meets 27% RES target by 2030

The European Commission needs new powers to ensure that Member States meet the EU’s 27% renewable energy pledge by 2030, according to a paper released by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). The European Commission needs new powers to ensure that Member States meet the EU’s 27% renewable energy pledge by 2030, according to a … Continue reading European Commission needs new controls to ensure EU meets 27% RES target by 2030

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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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Revolt against high gas prices, volatile foreign oil markets! Power your car with wind energy

If you’re one of about 1.7 million people being served by a certain Minnesota cooperative, you can now wind-power your car for free. And no, you don’t need any cartoon-like fan whirring atop your car roof to make it happen. This is real. All you need is a plug-in electric vehicle (EV) and an electrical … Continue reading Revolt against high gas prices, volatile foreign oil markets! Power your car with wind energy

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Ikea allocates EUR 600m more for wind energy and solar power

IKEA, the world’s biggest furniture retailer, plans to spend 1 billion euros ($1.13 billion) on renewable energy and steps to help poor nations cope with climate change, the latest example of firms upstaging governments in efforts to slow warming.   Chief Executive Peter Agnefjall said the measures would “absolutely not” push up prices at the … Continue reading Ikea allocates EUR 600m more for wind energy and solar power

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International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) will now operate from one of the UAE’s most sustainable buildings

High-level officials from around the world gathered in Masdar City today to celebrate the official inauguration of the permanent headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The event celebrated the history and achievements of the Agency since its foundation in 2009, while recognizing the move as the latest milestone in the global clean energy … Continue reading International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) will now operate from one of the UAE’s most sustainable buildings

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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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Renewable Energy Must Be Key Component of U.S. Energy Policy

Energy industry leaders will meet today in Washington D.C., to discuss renewable energy as an important component of U.S. energy policy – key to addressing the issues of climate change, energy security, and economic development. According to an earlier IRENA report released earlier this year, the U.S. can increase the use of renewable energy in … Continue reading Renewable Energy Must Be Key Component of U.S. Energy Policy

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Suntech and Gunkul Engineering collaborate on 63 MW of photovoltaic solar energy projects in Thailand

Suntech has announced today that it will supply approximately 63 megawatts (MW) of solar panels to 8 separate Gunkul Engineering projects being constructed across Thailand. The projects are expected to be grid connected and operational by the end of 2015. “Suntech has shipped more than 260MW of panels to various projects throughout Thailand. Working side-by-side, … Continue reading Suntech and Gunkul Engineering collaborate on 63 MW of photovoltaic solar energy projects in Thailand

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Potential of renewable energy sources in Azerbaijan exceeds 12,000 megawatts

Wind energy accounts for 4,500 megawatts, biomass – 1,500 megawatts, geothermal energy – 800 megawatts, and the remaining 350 megawatts from small hydro power plants. Despite the fact, that solar power is most profitable in comparison with other alternative resources in Azerbaijan now, the difference between solar and wind energy is not drastic. Moreover, a … Continue reading Potential of renewable energy sources in Azerbaijan exceeds 12,000 megawatts

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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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U.S. Renewable Energy use highest since 1930s

Renewable energy use in the United States hit its highest level last year since the 1930s. The country used green energy to meet 9.8% of its total energy needs, the Energy Information Administration reported Thursday. Total energy includes power used for homes, buildings, industry, vehicles and other uses.   It was the highest percent of … Continue reading U.S. Renewable Energy use highest since 1930s

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Tesla and Gaelectric to Introduce Tesla Battery Storage to Ireland

Gaelectric and Tesla today announced the purchase and planned deployment of Tesla Energy’s first battery power utility-scale project in Ireland. The two companies are collaborating to develop a pipeline of multiple battery projects to build new transmission system services required to facilitate the integration of renewable energy sources such as solar and wind. The initial … Continue reading Tesla and Gaelectric to Introduce Tesla Battery Storage to Ireland

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EIA finds wind energy will have largest role in cost-effectively meeting Clean Power Plan

Low-cost, zero-emission wind energy will become even more valuable as states and utilities develop plans to cost-effectively reduce carbon pollution to comply with EPA’s Clean Power Plan, according to new economic analysis from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), a nonpartisan branch of the Department of Energy (DOE). EIA’s analysis modeled a range of options for … Continue reading EIA finds wind energy will have largest role in cost-effectively meeting Clean Power Plan

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