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Global coal demand to reach 9 billion tonnes per year by 2019

Global demand for coal over the next five years will continue marching higher, breaking the 9-billion-tonne level by 2019, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in its annual Medium-Term Coal Market Report released today. The report notes that despite China’s efforts to moderate its coal consumption, it will still account for three-fifths of demand growth … Continue reading Global coal demand to reach 9 billion tonnes per year by 2019

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Oil price plunge and renewable energy

The 45% fall in oil prices is being portrayed as a big blow to clean energy deployment. In fact, its impact will vary by sector and region, but will be modest in major electricity markets where renewables compete with gas and coal, and benefit from stable policy support. The collapse in world oil prices in … Continue reading Oil price plunge and renewable energy

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The Eight Best Things To Happen To Renewable Energy In 2014

2014 brought us plenty of news to be unhappy about. The year had barely begun when a major chemical spill poisoned the water of 300,000 West Virginians, a disaster that left residents worried about the safety of their water for months. Not even a month after the spill, tens of thousands of tons of coal … Continue reading The Eight Best Things To Happen To Renewable Energy In 2014

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Deal reached at UN climate change talks in Peru

The U.N. weather agency said last week that 2014 could become the hottest year on record.   More than 30 hours behind schedule, delegates from more than 190 countries agreed on what information should go into the pledges that countries submit for the expected Paris pact. They argued all day Saturday over the wording of … Continue reading Deal reached at UN climate change talks in Peru

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Towards the climate conference PARIS – mapping the way towards 100% renewable energies

The COP20 Presidency has branded the related WBA/WWEA Side Event of 5 December as “Lima Climate Action Highlight” and will showcase a summary during the COP20 High-level Session on 11 December.    Regions, cities and communities leading the transformation towards 100 % renewables Regions, cities and communities demonstrate that the transformation to a 100% renewable fuelled … Continue reading Towards the climate conference PARIS – mapping the way towards 100% renewable energies

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Benin, Burkina Faso and Mali are ideally suited to solar photovoltaic

In many off-grid villages in West Africa, solar power now provides energy for lighting, cooking and street lights. When the Sun goes down in many villages across Benin, Burkina Faso and Mali, most activities cease. Shops close, business stops for the day, and children are forced to do their homework by the light of polluting … Continue reading Benin, Burkina Faso and Mali are ideally suited to solar photovoltaic

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Renewable energy could take a significant leap forward with improved energy storage technologies

The use of renewable energy in the United States could take a significant leap forward with improved storage technologies or more efforts to “match” different forms of alternative energy systems that provide an overall more steady flow of electricity, researchers say in a new report.   Historically, a major drawback to the use and cost-effectiveness … Continue reading Renewable energy could take a significant leap forward with improved energy storage technologies

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Energy Storage for Southern California Edison

Ice Energy, located in Glendale, CA, will be providing up to 25 MW of grid support to Southern California Edison in the form of water that is frozen at night when electricity is cheap.   During a hot day, the ice is used for cooling in a rooftop air conditioning unit to reduce how much … Continue reading Energy Storage for Southern California Edison

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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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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 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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