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Hillary Clinton sets renewable energy goals to spur more wind energy, solar power

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called on Sunday for a dramatic national shift to energy sources such as solar and wind, setting a goal of generating enough clean renewable energy to power every U.S. home within her first decade in office. Clinton, the front-runner for her party’s 2016 presidential nomination, also pledged to have more … Continue reading Hillary Clinton sets renewable energy goals to spur more wind energy, solar power

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Renewable Energy in Pacific Island Countries and Territories

In an ongoing effort to solve the region’s significant energy challenges, Pacific Island countries and territories and development partners are meeting this week (July 21 to 23) in Honolulu to share experiences on increasing the use of renewable energy. Key speakers will discuss comprehensive approaches to energy sector transformation, including the importance of enabling legal … Continue reading Renewable Energy in Pacific Island Countries and Territories

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Cambodia Has Big Renewable Energy Potential

Energy is a basic human need that must be fulfilled to achieve sustainable development. This kind of development is not possible without energy and policies to meet energy demand.   In Cambodia, energy is a critical development challenge. Today, only 35 percent of the total population has access to grid electricity, leaving millions of rural … Continue reading Cambodia Has Big Renewable Energy Potential

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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott under fire for order to stop wind power and solar energy i

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has come under fire from the opposition and investors after ordering the government’s A$10 billion (US$7.45 billion) Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) to stop investing in wind and energy solar power.   Abbott, who has described wind farms as “visually awful” and made no secret of his desire to axe … Continue reading Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott under fire for order to stop wind power and solar energy i

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Solar power and wind energy in Australia: Abbott government extends renewable energy investment

Trade minister confirms Clean Energy Finance Corporation will no longer invest in wind power projects, but disputes report that Greg Hunt was outmaneuvered. Clean Energy Finance Corporation banned from investing in small-scale solar energy projects in move industry claims is ‘revenge politics’ that will strangle the sector. The federal government has ordered the Clean Energy … Continue reading Solar power and wind energy in Australia: Abbott government extends renewable energy investment

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Investment in renewable energy such as wind energy and solar power fell to $53 billion in April to June

Global clean energy investment in the second quarter of this year continued to lag behind that of last year due to a sharp rise in the U.S. dollar and share price volatility, research showed on Friday. Investment in renewable energy such as wind and solar power and biomass fell to $53 billion in April to … Continue reading Investment in renewable energy such as wind energy and solar power fell to $53 billion in April to June

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Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems expands research and development on energy storage

Since being founded more than 30 years ago, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE has covered a wide range of complementary technologies, optimally preparing it for the challenges facing the energy transformation. In addition to solar technology research, the systemic aspects and questions regarding energy storage also played a role right from the … Continue reading Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems expands research and development on energy storage

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Dominican Republic’s Sustainable Energy Resources

The Dominican Republic’s energy sector is at a crossroads. Currently, the country depends on fossil fuel imports for 86% of its electricity generation, bringing enormous economic and environmental costs and necessitating a transition to a more sustainable energy system. In 2011, the Dominican Republic spent 8.6% of its GDP on fossil fuel imports. Electricity prices in the country … Continue reading Dominican Republic’s Sustainable Energy Resources

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Solar energy and wind power can help meet future needs in Tanzania

Tanzania has immense solar energy and wind power potential that could provide much-needed energy for the developing nation, according to preliminary findings from a World Bank renewable energy resource mapping project. The country’s resources suitable for solar power generation are estimated to be equivalent to those of Spain, and areas of high wind power potential … Continue reading Solar energy and wind power can help meet future needs in Tanzania

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Austria files lawsuit against EU Commission over UK nuclear plant

Austria has launched legal action against the European Commission over its backing of British plans for the 16 billion pound development of the Hinkley Point nuclear power plant, Chancellor Werner Faymann said.   The project, to be built by French utility EDF at Hinkley Point in southwest England, is crucial for Britain’s plan to replace … Continue reading Austria files lawsuit against EU Commission over UK nuclear plant

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IRENA platform supports renewable energy innovation

Policy makers and other energy sector players can now access the world’s largest collection of global renewable energy standards and patents, thanks to a new online platform launched today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The International Standards and Patents in Renewable Energy platform, also known as INSPIRE, is the first and most complete … Continue reading IRENA platform supports renewable energy innovation

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China climate change plan unveiled

Brazil, China and the United States each announced on Tuesday new goals to reduce carbon emissions over the next 15 years, including through restoration of thousands of square miles of rainforest in South America.   Deese added that the submission follows from the target that China announced in the November 2014 Joint Announcement by Obama … Continue reading China climate change plan unveiled

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Renewable Energy storage project near desert center advances

An energy storage project that would support renewable energy, reduce greenhouse gases, create hundreds of jobs and add millions to the local economy moved forward today under an agreement by Eagle Mountain LLC (an affiliate of Eagle Crest Energy) to buy the Kaiser Eagle Mountain mine near Desert Center from CIL&D (formerly known as Kaiser … Continue reading Renewable Energy storage project near desert center advances

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India’s $100 billion push into solar energy

India’s $100 billion push into solar energy over the next decade will be driven by foreign players as uncompetitive local manufacturers fall by the wayside, no longer protected by government restrictions on the sector.   The money pouring into India’s solar industry is likely to be soaked up by foreign-organized projects such as one run … Continue reading India’s $100 billion push into solar energy

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Renewable Energy can unlock socio-economic benefits for Islands

Developing the vast renewable energy resources of Fiji, the Marshall Islands and Vanuatu would provide substantial socio-economic benefits for their citizens, according to three reports released today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Renewables Readiness Assessments for the three island nations find that a combination of solar, wind, geothermal, marine, biomass and biofuel could … Continue reading Renewable Energy can unlock socio-economic benefits for Islands

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Siemens to open plant to turn electricity from wind energy into hydrogen

Siemens will on Thursday start an energy project to convert wind power into hydrogen for re-use as a general fuel or in natural gas pipelines.   Siemens’ electrolysis plant in Mainz is based on Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) technology, which allows the capture and storage of electricity into hydrogen. It said the plant can process … Continue reading Siemens to open plant to turn electricity from wind energy into hydrogen

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Jordan signs 13 deals to build solar power and wind energy plants

The government announced Tuesday that it signed 13 agreements to build several wind energy and solar power plants with a total capacity of 317 megawatts.   The projects, expected to be operational in 2018, will boost the country’s reliance on renewable energy, Energy Minister Ibrahim Saif said in a statement sent to The Jordan Times. … Continue reading Jordan signs 13 deals to build solar power and wind energy plants

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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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