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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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WWF supports Philippines solar power target

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-Philippines) has backed the Department of Energy’s (DOE) move to increase solar energy capacity targets, saying this will make power prices cheaper in the long run, contrary to claims of critics such as the Foundation for Economic Freedom (FEF). The FEF claims new solar projects will add P0.32 per … Continue reading WWF supports Philippines solar power target

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Why the Murdoch media hates renewable energy so much

Here is an admission. For more than two years, over two stints, I wrote a weekly column on green energy for The Australian newspaper, called Greenchip. It appeared prominently on the business pages, and on no occasion was I ever instructed by any editor to take a certain angle, and my copy was never changed … Continue reading Why the Murdoch media hates renewable energy so much

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Fukushima much worse than reported

It is leaking out from the basements, it is leaking out from the cracks all over the place”, Mycle Schneider, Nuclear consultant. A nuclear expert has told the BBC that he believes the current water leaks at Fukushima are much worse than the authorities have stated. Mycle Schneider is an independent consultant who has previously … Continue reading Fukushima much worse than reported

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Radioactive water leak at Fukushima

Highly radioactive water leaks from a temporary storage tank into the ground at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant, its operator says.   Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) said the leak of at least 300 tonnes of the highly radioactive water was discovered on Monday. The plant, crippled by the earthquake and tsunami in 2011, has seen … Continue reading Radioactive water leak at Fukushima

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Ecuador approves Yasuni park oil drilling in the Amazon

Ecuador has abandoned a conservation plan that would have paid the country not to drill for oil in previously untouched parts of Yasuni National Park in the Amazon rainforest. President Rafael Correa said rich nations had failed to back the initiative, leaving Ecuador with no choice but go ahead with drilling. The park is one … Continue reading Ecuador approves Yasuni park oil drilling in the Amazon

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The Rajoy government policy destroys the wind energy industry in Spain

But in hard times, it will be winds in Finland, not Spain, that make the finished product spin. Last year, the plant delivered a wind turbine park to Malaga in southern Spain and another to Burgos, in the north, said factory manager Javier Trapiella. “Now we don’t produce for Spain,” he added. “It has all … Continue reading The Rajoy government policy destroys the wind energy industry in Spain

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UNEP scientist in climate change reduction recommendation

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) chief scientist Joseph Alcamo on Tuesday called for more efforts to reduce short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) so as to slow down global warming. In an interview with Xinhua, Alcamo said that reducing SLCPs will also protect human health, and in some cases, reduce air pollution. According to the UNEP, SLCPs, … Continue reading UNEP scientist in climate change reduction recommendation

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