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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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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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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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Hawaii enacts nation’s first 100% renewable energy requirement

Hawaii enacted a law this week that requires all of the state’s electricity to be produced from renewable energy sources no later than 2045. The new policy, Act 97, makes Hawaii the first state in the nation to adopt a 100 percent renewable requirement, further solidifying Hawaii’s role as a global clean energy leader. “Hawaii … Continue reading Hawaii enacts nation’s first 100% renewable energy requirement

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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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