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Lester R. Brown on Shifting from Fossil Fuels to Solar Power and Wind Energy

Interview: Earth Policy Institute’s Lester Brown New Book Lays Out Roadmap for Transition to Renewables Ethan Goffman, reposted from Earthtalk.org, For the last 40 years, Lester Brown has been one of the primary forces in the sustainability movement. Besides publishing some 45 books, he is the founder of the Worldwatch Institute and the Earth Policy Institute. … Continue reading Lester R. Brown on Shifting from Fossil Fuels to Solar Power and Wind Energy

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Renewables, wind power and solar energy, 75% of new US capacity Q1

A combination of wind energy, solar power, geothermal energy and hydropower together provided over 75.43 per cent of the 1,229MW of new generating capacity placed into service during the first quarter of 2015, according to FERC. The balance (302MW) was provided by natural gas.   America’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has released its latest … Continue reading Renewables, wind power and solar energy, 75% of new US capacity Q1

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Electric vehicle drivetrain without the need for costly rare earths

Researchers from one of Europe’s largest e-mobility projects have successfully realized a fully-integrated electric vehicle drivetrain without the need for costly rare earths in the permanent magnet synchronous motor. A prototype will be presented to the international coil winding and electrical manufacturing community at this year’s CWIEME Berlin exhibition.   Four years ago researchers from … Continue reading Electric vehicle drivetrain without the need for costly rare earths

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Aviation in international climate protection protocols

Aviation and the impact it can have on the climate can be integrated into international climate protection protocols. This would enable significant reductions in climate-related emissions and associated impact, with a modest effect on the demand for air transport. These are the findings of a recent study conducted by the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum … Continue reading Aviation in international climate protection protocols

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IRENA launches new tool to help develop renewable energy projects

A comprehensive platform to facilitate the effective development of renewable energy projects worldwide is now available online. The Project Navigator tool, launched today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), provides project developers with the knowledge, tools, case studies and best practices needed to support the successful completion of their projects.   Many promising renewable … Continue reading IRENA launches new tool to help develop renewable energy projects

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Lester R. Brown: The Great Energy Transition to Solar Power and Wind Energy Is Underway

The worldwide transition from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy is under way. As fossil fuel resources shrink, as air pollution worsens, and as concerns about climate instability cast a shadow over the future of coal, oil and natural gas, a new world energy economy is emerging. The old economy, fueled largely by coal … Continue reading Lester R. Brown: The Great Energy Transition to Solar Power and Wind Energy Is Underway

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Morocco renewable energy sources: wind energy and solar power

Morocco is driven by the fact that it imports almost 94 per cent of its energy requirements and the burden this entails on its economy. At the same time Morocco is endowed by good potential in hydroelectricity in addition to its high solar power and wind energy potential.     The country is aware that … Continue reading Morocco renewable energy sources: wind energy and solar power

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Barack Obama: “Climate Change Can No Longer Be Denied or Ignored”

President Obama’s weekly remarks Hi everybody. Wednesday is Earth Day, a day to appreciate and protect this precious planet we call home. And today, there’s no greater threat to our planet than climate change. 2014 was the planet’s warmest year on record. Fourteen of the 15 hottest years on record have all fallen in the … Continue reading Barack Obama: “Climate Change Can No Longer Be Denied or Ignored”

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US power sector emissions poised to fall to two-decade low

This should prove to be a watershed year for the “de-carbonization” of the US power sector, with record volumes of coal-fired capacity to be shuttered, renewables capacity to be built, and natural gas to be consumed. The result, according to research firm Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF): CO2 emissions from the power sector should drop … Continue reading US power sector emissions poised to fall to two-decade low

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Revenue from Energy Storage Technologies is Expected to Exceed $21 Billion Annually by 2024

A new report from Navigant Research analyzes the global market for energy storage enabling technologies (ESETs) across four distinct market segments: utility-scale storage, community storage, residential storage, and commercial storage, including global market forecasts through 2024.   The supporting technologies associated with energy storage systems include power conversion (primarily focused on inverters), system-level software and … Continue reading Revenue from Energy Storage Technologies is Expected to Exceed $21 Billion Annually by 2024

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Global trends in renewable energy investment 2015

Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2015 is the eighth edition of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report. Based on data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, it has become the world’s foremost reference document on renewable energy investment, and for the examination of trends by region, country, sector and investment type. The report, commissioned … Continue reading Global trends in renewable energy investment 2015

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Wind energy bring 23,7% of Spain’s power

Spain’s renewable power plants accounted for 47% of the country’s electricity in March, according to data disclosed on Friday by grid operator Red Electrica de Espana (REE). Generación de enero a marzo del 2015 Wind power output fell 2.9% year-on-year to 4,903 GWh last month, while its share in total power was 22.5%. Hydroelectric power … Continue reading Wind energy bring 23,7% of Spain’s power

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Wind turbines aims to limit harm to birds

The threat posed to birds by wind turbines has long been debated. A wind farm being built off Finland’s west coast will feature a new system designed to limit the danger — potentially setting a new standard for future wind power facilities in the country.   The 11-turbine maritime wind farm to open next summer on Tahkoluoto Island … Continue reading Wind turbines aims to limit harm to birds

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Syrian conflict likely fueled by climate change

A severe drought that helped fuel the Syrian conflict has been linked to climate change, according to a study published this week. The study, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, adds to the ongoing debate surrounding climate change and armed conflict, suggesting that global warming may already be sparking unrest.   … Continue reading Syrian conflict likely fueled by climate change

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A business-as-unusual outlook for oil in the medium term

The recent crash in oil prices will cause the oil market to rebalance in ways that challenge traditional thinking about the responsiveness of supply and demand, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in its annual Medium-Term Oil Market Report (MTOMR) released today. The US light, tight oil (LTO) revolution has made non-OPEC production more responsive … Continue reading A business-as-unusual outlook for oil in the medium term

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The cost of wind energy and solar power keeps dropping

A new study from the International Renewable Energy Agency laying it out in detail. Large wind power farms got cheaper between 2010 and 2014. Large-scale solar power got a lot cheaper. And at least some renewable plants are even becoming competitive with new fossil-fuel plants:   The chart shows the “levelized cost of electricity” for different … Continue reading The cost of wind energy and solar power keeps dropping

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Global capacity of renewable energy will more than double in 2025

The past decade has witnessed significant developments in policies for renewable energy. Previously, less than 50 countries worldwide had support policies for renewable energy; this number now stands at more than 130. As a result of political and financial support, investments in renewables have risen dramatically in recent years. In fact, the European Union has … Continue reading Global capacity of renewable energy will more than double in 2025

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Abengoa to Build World’s Largest Solar Power Desalination Plant in Saudi Arabia

Abengoa (MCE: ABG.B/P SM /NASDAQ: ABGB), the international company that applies innovative technology solutions for sustainability in the energy and environment sectors, has been selected by Advanced Water Technology (AWT) to jointly develop the world’s first large-scale desalination plant to be powered by solar energy, in Saudi Arabia.   AWT is a newly formed company … Continue reading Abengoa to Build World’s Largest Solar Power Desalination Plant in Saudi Arabia

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The year 2014 was the warmest year across global land and ocean surfaces since records began in 1880

The year 2014 was officially the hottest year since records began, federal scientists announced on Friday, part of a long-term warming trend driven by the burning of fossil fuels. Ten of the warmest years ever have occurred since 1997. Global ocean and land temperatures, which have been calculated since 1880, measured 1.24 degrees Fahrenheit above … Continue reading The year 2014 was the warmest year across global land and ocean surfaces since records began in 1880

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2015 will see nuclear power dream fade as wind energy and solar power soar

Governments are still spending billions on nuclear research, writes Paul Brown – but 2015 looks like being an unhappy year for the industry as it continues to shrink while renewables grow, amid massive delays and cost over-runs. With nuclear power falling ever further behind renewables as a global energy source, and as the price of … Continue reading 2015 will see nuclear power dream fade as wind energy and solar power soar

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