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  • 2016 US Renewable Generation Blows Past EIA’s Earlier ForecastsMarch 2, 2017 - Kenneth Bossong - renewableenergyworld.com According to the latest issue of the U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) "Electric Power Monthly" report (with data through Dec. 31, 2016), renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) continued their rapid growth and accounted for 15.34 percent of domestic electrical generation in 2016 — compared to 13.65 percent in 2015.
  • The world's sustainable energy capacity is absolutely surging right now Feb 3, 2017 - John Light -undispatch.comCoal is on the way out. Clean energy is surging.

    A recent report by the International Energy Agency revised upward the potential for growth in renewables, and found that sustainable energy capacity now equalled that of coal. In other words, the IEA found that its previous estimates for how fast renewable energy would grow we’re too slow. Countries are bringing sustainable sources of electricity like wind turbines and solar panels online faster than the international agency expected.

  • Planning for the renewable future: Long-term modelling and tools to expand variable renewable power in emerging economies Jan 1, 2017 -irena.orgAmbitious national commitments, international agreements and rapid technological progress have prompted countries around the world to turn increasingly renewable energy to expand their power infrastructure. However, the variability of solar and wind energy – two key sources for renewable power generation – presents new challenges.

  • 100% Clean Energy Economy Is Much Closer Than You ThinkMay 31, 2016 - Marc Guntherecowatch.comEngineers and entrepreneurs can do their part to ensure that the clean energy economy benefits everyone. But ultimately, political organizing and policy reform will be needed to drive change.  The rooftop solar panels, the smart homes, the highly efficient batteries and the electric vehicles—all of them will spread more rapidly to the mainstream once there’s a price to be paid for emitting greenhouse gases. 
  • 2015 Sets Record for Renewable Energy, New IRENA Data ShowsApr 7, 2016 - Timothy Hurst - irena.orgRenewable generation capacity increased by 152 gigawatts (GW) or 8.3% during 2015, the highest annual growth rate on record, according to new data released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).  2015 was a record year for both wind and solar due in large part to a continued decline in technology costs. 
  • Costa Rica boasts 99% renewable energy in 2015Dec 18, 2015 - http://news.yahoo.com/ - news.yahoo.com/ San José (AFP) - Almost all of Costa Rica's electricity came from renewable sources this year, making it one of a few countries in the world to eschew fossil fuels in energy generation, the state electricity agency said Friday. 
  • Climate hopes raised as global energy emissions stall for second yearMar 21, 2016 - Alex Pashley - climatechangenews.com Global greenhouse gas emissions resisted a rise for a second straight year in a sign climate policies are working, the leading energy forecaster projected on Wednesday.  Renewable power played a “critical role” in holding CO2 emissions to around 32 billion tonnes, the International Energy Agency said in a statement. 
  • PV and wind gaining on fossil fuels in costs raceOct 6, 2015 - Ben Willis - pv-tech The cost of solar and wind power in comparison to fossil fuels has fallen this year according to detailed analysis by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
 
  • Russia Turns to Sun, Wind to Improve Electricity Supply for Country’s Far EastOct 9, 2015 - Vladislav Vorotnikov - renewableenergyworld.com Russian company RAO ES East will construct 178 renewable energy facilities with a total capacity of 146 MW within the coming five to seven years at the country’s Far East and close to the Artic Circle, according to a statement of the company’s management. 
 
  • Australian capital government sets sights on 100% renewables by 2025Aug 24 2015 - Ben Willis - pv-tech.org As Australia’s national politicians continue their bitter dispute over the country’s espousal of renewable energy, the government of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is setting its sights on reaching 100% renewable energy generation by 2025.
  • Climate change fight affordable, cut emissions to zero by 2100: U.N.Nov 2, 2014 - Alister Doyle - reuters.com.

    Nov 2 (Reuters) - Governments can keep climate change in check at manageable costs but will have to cut greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2100 to limit risks of irreversible damage, a U.N. report said on Sunday.

  • Gulf electricity-sharing grid looks to expandSep 28, 2012 - reuters.com

    ABU DHABI (Reuters) - A unified Gulf Arab electricity grid created to share capacity in emergencies is set for expansion by 2019 with an estimated investment of up to $420 million due to rising consumption, an official of the overseeing authority said on Sunday.

  • New Carbon Targets, Other Measures Proclaimed at UN Climate SummitSep 25, 2014 - Sonal Patel - powermag.com

    Several countries and companies at the United Nations (UN) Climate Summit 2014 in New York City pledged action to address climate change by slashing carbon emissions, mobilizing funding, or putting a price on carbon.

  • US earmarks 800,000 hectares of California desert for renewablesSep 24, 2014 - John Parnell - pv-tech.org

    A draft plan for the development and conservation of California’s deserts has proposed setting aside 800,000 hectares of land for renewable energy projects. Of this 176,000 hectares would be on public land.

  • Latin America at a Climate CrossroadsSep 17, 2014 - Analysis by Susan McDade - www.ipsnews.netUNITED NATIONS, Sep 17 2014 (IPS) - World leaders gathered at the Climate Change Summit during the United Nations General Assembly on Sep. 23 will have a crucial opportunity to mobilise political will and advance solutions to climate change.

  • IEA: Utilities must rise to challenge of increasing renewable energy deployment

    Aug 28, 2014 - Andy Colthorpe - pv-tech.org

    Utilities must rise to the “challenge” of increasing renewable energy deployment, while disruptive threats posed to utility companies by distributed generation and renewables should be kept to a minimum, according to top names at the International Energy Agency (IEA).

  • Architects Across the World Commit to Net-Zero Energy BuildingsAug 18, 2014 - sustainablebusiness.com Architects from across the world unanimously adopted the "2050 Imperative," which commits them to 100% net-zero energy design and construction by then. 
  • Global Renewable Energy Status UncoveredAug 13, 2014 - David Appleyard, Contributing Editor - renewableenergyworld.comLONDON -- More than a fifth of the world's electrical power production now comes from renewable sources and in 2013 renewables accounted for more than 56 percent of all net additions to global power capacity. 
  • Geothermal Visual: US DOE Announces FORGE Program for EGS DevelopmentJul 25, 2013 - Leslie Blodgett - renewableenergyworld.comThe visual below is from the U.S. Department of Energy and illustrates the vision of the newly announced FORGE program (Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy). 
  • BNEF Projects US$5.1 Trillion in Renewable Energy Investments by 2030Jul 1-22, 2014 - IISD.org Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) has released a report, titled 'BNEF 2030 Market Outlook,' which forecasts investment in various energy technologies worldwide. According to the projections, renewable energy is likely to capture almost two-thirds (65%) of the US$7.7 trillion energy investment expected by 2030.  
  • Jobs in Renewable Energy Expand in Turbulent Process Jul 3, 2014 - renewableenergyworld.com Washington, D.C. - July 3, 2014 (Investorideas.com renewable energy stocks newswire) There may now be as many as 6.5 million direct and indirect jobs in renewable energy, according to updated data from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Earlier assessments had put the global estimate at 2.3 million jobs in 2008 (United Nations Environment Programme) and at 5 million jobs in 2012 (International Labour Organization). Although these estimates suggest a strong expansion in employment in renewable energy, the figures also represent successive efforts to broaden data collection across countries and sectors, write Worldwatch Senior Researcher Michael Renner and IRENA's Rabia Ferroukhi, Arslan Khalid, and Alvaro Lopez-Peña in the Worldwatch Institute's latest Vital Signs Online trend (www.worldwatch.org). 
  • Climate policies could lift global GDP by $2.6 trillion/year - World BankJun 24, 2014 - Nina Chestney - reuters.com(Reuters) - Global economic output could rise by as much as an additional $2.6 trillion a year, or 2.2 percent, by 2030 if government policies improve energy efficiency, waste management and public transport, according to a World Bank report released on Tuesday. 
  • Nation's Mayors Expand Their Commitment To Attack Local Climate ChallengesJun 23, 2012 - reuters.com

    DALLAS, June 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At its 82nd Annual U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting yesterday, the nation's mayors renewed their longstanding commitment to fight climate change by reducing carbon emissions, promoting energy independence and efficiency and developing renewable energy.U.S. Conference of Mayors.

  • Technology is not the barrier to a Single Market Jun 23, 2014 - friendsofthesupergrid.eu

    Latest industry assessment shows significant development in long-distance transmission. Technology advances either on par or ahead of predicted curve. 

  • Kingdom, UAE to jointly develop renewable energyJun 17,2014 - Arabnews.comSaudi Arabia and the UAE will cooperate to develop renewable energy and clean technology in the region. 
  • In Kenya, schools lead renewable energy surge in remote areasJun 9, 2014 - Kagondu Njagi - trust.orgSAMBURU, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The tolling of the evening bell signals the end of the day’s classes at Donyo Wasin primary school. For a few adept pupils like Sotik Leleno, however, it ushers in the time for their private studies under the glow of solar powered lighting. 
  • IFC's CEO says Inga dam is his number one priority Jun 6, 2014 - Paul Stephens - Devex.comThe head of the International Finance Corp. has a lot on his agenda, but his top priority is financing the Grand Inga dam, an enormous hydropower scheme on the Congo River that would potentially double the output of electricity on the African continent. 
  • Senior UN officials urge greater commitment to meet sustainable energy targetsJun 5, 2013 - Xinhua News Agency - globalpost.comUNITED NATIONS, June 5 (Xinhua) -- Senior UN officials on Thursday said the sustainable energy is critical to eradicate poverty and tackle climate change, urging greater investment and commitment to wholly transform the global energy landscape. 
  • Ramping Up Worldwide Investment in Renewable Energy May 5, 2014 - Kat Friedrich - renewableenergyworld.com How can renewable energy financiers vastly expand worldwide investment to cut back climate change? On April 9, a panel called "The Future of Financing for Infrastructure" at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Future of Energy Summit explained the uphill battle financiers face. 
  • Military advances energy independence with microgridsApr 30, 2014 - Lisa Cohn - greenbiz.com When you think about it, the military's interest in microgrid technology makes sense: With its need for facilities to stay powered all day every day, getting off the grid is critical. " Microgrids provide the military with energy security and reliability 24-7 and 365 days a year. They need power if the entire world disappears around them," says John Carroll, business development director for Intelligent Power and Energy Research Corp., a New York-based company that manufactures microgrid controls and is a contractor for installations on four bases. 
  • Apple's Campus 2 'Mother Ship' to Run on 100% RenewablesApr 22, 2014 - Aarthi Rayapura - sustainablebrands.comApple’s Campus 2 in Cupertino is on its way to redefining sustainable office spaces. In a recently released video detailing the sustainability aspects of the building, the company says that the idea is to “bring California back to Cupertino,” and it believes it has a shot at building the “best office building in the world.” 
  • World must end 'dirty' fuel use - UNApr 13, 2013 - bbc.comA long-awaited UN report on how to curb climate change says the world must rapidly move away from carbon-intensive fuels. 
  • UN Climate Change Panel to Discuss Global Transition to Renewable EnergyApr 9, 2014 - Frank Jordans, Associated Press  - renewableenergyworld.com  BERLIN -- After concluding that global warming almost certainly is man-made and poses a grave threat to humanity, the U.N.-sponsored expert panel on climate change is moving on to the next phase: what to do about it. 
  • Global dip in renewable energy investmentApr 7, 2014 - Mark Kinver - Environment Reporter - bbc.com  Global investment in renewables fell by 14% during 2013, but the percentage of electricity generated by renewable sources still grew, a report shows. 
  • Renewable Energy Trends Illuminated in Clean Edge's Market ReportMar 26, 2014 - Jennifer Runyon - renewableenergyworld.comClean Edge releases its annual market report highlighting five emerging market trends in the clean energy industry, including green building and electric and hybrid vehicles. 
  • Scientists Sound Alarm on ClimateMar 18, 2014 - Justin Gillis - NY TimesEarly in his career, a scientist named Mario J. Molina was pulled into seemingly obscure research about strange chemicals being spewed into the atmosphere. Within a year, he had helped discover a global environmental emergency, work that would ultimately win a Nobel Prize. 
  • Deal of the century: buy out the US coal industry for $50bnMar 11, 2014 - Felix Kramer & Gil Friend - theguardian.comWhat if Bloomberg, Branson and Grantham came together to buy out the coal industry, close and clean up the mines, retrain workers and accelerate the expansion of renewable energy? 
  • PJM Grid Operators: We Can Handle 30 Percent Renewable Energy Integration, And Here's HowMar 10, 2014 - James Montgomery - renewableenergyworld.comNew Hampshire, USA -- Experts believe that the PJM Interconnection system, which encompasses all or parts of Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia, can handle up to 30 percent of its energy from wind and solar without "any significant reliability issues," assuming transmission upgrades and additional regulation reserves — and at the same time reducing costs and reliance on its costlier conventional generation fleet. 
  • Building new transmission? Answer these questions firstFeb 12, 2014 - Kathleen Wolf Davis - intelligentutility.com  We are all aware that the nation’s energy infrastructure is aging and desperately in need of new investment. In transmission, the need is particularly critical. The American Society of Civil Engineers graded America’s electrical grid and pipeline distribution systems as a D+ in a 2013 report.  
  • EPRI Unveils Study on the Integrated Electric Grid Feb 11, 2014 - ecmweb.com  The Electric Power Research Institute has launched a study on the transformation of the electric power grid.  The rapid rise of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) — such as rooftop solar panels and high tech microgrids — could change the structure of the electric grid.  Yet even as these technologies rise rapidly, very few organizations have looked at how these technologies could be integrated into the electric power systems so customers can enjoy the benefit of both the central power system and the distributed technologies in the most cost-effective way.  The potential for this “integrated grid” is a transformation in the ways that electric power is supplied and used. 
  • Rural energy access — the case for renewable energy mini-grids Jan 3, 2014 - Evan Scandling - Devex.com  Two of the heaviest hitters within the international development world, the United Nations and the World Bank, recently came together to underscore their efforts to activate financing dedicated to delivering modern energy access by 2030 to the 1 in 5 people currently living without electricity. 
  • HVDC Supergrid Technologies Besting ExpectationsMar 27, 2013 - Peter Fairley - spectrum.ieee.org  An industrial research consortium that's a who's who of the European power industry says the development of technologies to produce high-voltage DC (HVDC) supergrids accelerated in 2012 and is "surpassing expectations." The assessment comes in the supergrids technology roadmap updated earlier this month by Friends of the Supergrid (FOSG), whose members include power equipment suppliers Siemens, ABB, and Alstom, as well as transmission system operators and renewable energy developers. 
  • Perovskites: the future of solar power?Mar 7, 2013 - Bernie Bulkin - theguardian.comWith predictions of up to 50% efficiency and named one of the breakthroughs of 2013, perovskites are the clean tech material development to watch right now 
  • Monitor: Can parallel lines meetMar 6, 2014 - economist.comPower transmission: How to build a real supergrid by making existing electricity lines more efficient at transmitting power 
  • Google, 3TIER colloborate on wind and solar data projectMar 3, 2014 - Renewable Energy Focus3TIER’s global wind and solar datasets now freely available through Google’s popular Map Gallery platform. 
  • Domestic climate laws on the rise, a boost for pending UN actionFeb 27, 2014 - Valerie Volcovici - reuters.comFeb 27 (Reuters) - An explosion in the number of laws passed around the world aimed at confronting climate change in the last 20 years was hailed on Thursday as a step toward building support for a United Nations climate treaty to be negotiated in 2015. 
  • Tesla Gigafactory: Gamechanger for Electric Cars & Energy StorageFeb 27, 2014 - sustainablebusiness.comTesla is back in the news again, this time announcing plans for a Gigafactory, which could transform the power industry as much as advance its electric car. 
  • Six Caribbean Islands Sign On to Replace Diesel with RenewablesFeb 14, 2014 - Andrew Burger - triplepundit.comBrought together on Sir Richard Branson’s Caribbean island retreat by the Carbon War Room and Rocky Mountain Institute, to work out a framework to effect a transition away from fossil fuels, six Caribbean island nations have agreed to replace diesel-fueled power with a mix of clean, sustainable renewable power generation, energy storage systems, and greater energy efficiency. 
  • White and green roofs can save energy, combat global warming Feb 11, 2014 - Brooks Hays - Upi.comWASHINGTON, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- The transition of world populations to urban centers means more black, heat-absorbing roads, trees being replaced by buildings, and the use of large amounts of concrete in concentrated areas. This reality, known as megapolitan expansion, is a significant driver of global warming. 
  • Natural Gas Isn't a Bridge Fuel, It's a Gateway DrugFeb 3, 2014 - John Farrel - renewableenergyworld.comIn his State of the Union, President Obama added to the conventional wisdom that supplanting coal with natural gas will act as a bridge toward a climate solution. Unfortunately, gas is more of a gateway drug than a bridge to a clean energy future. 
  • World Future Energy Summit BulletinJan 20-22, 2014 - IISD.orgPublished by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)in collaboration with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) 
  • IRENA, new publication: Smart Grids and Renewables: A Guide for Effective DeploymentJan 2014 - irena.orgInternational Renewable Energy Agency has recently launched a new publication titled Smart Grids and Renewables: A Guide for Effective Deployment. 
  • REmap 2030 is launched!Jan 2014 - irena.orgREmap 2030 is a roadmap to double the share of renewable energy by 2030. It is the first global study to provide renewable energy options based on a bottom-up analysis of official national sources. 
  • 2'778 Billion in 2013 - The Cost of Not Having a Renewable Energy Infrastructure: Fossil vs. and Renewable Energy Infrastructure Costs to 2040January 2014 - solavis.chThis report presents the research of a close examination of past, current and expected future costs of energy on a global scale under two different, but equally realistic scenarios: a business-as-usual scenario under which policies continue as they are, and a “Marshall“ scenario (derived from the “Marshall Plan” under which Europe’s economy was re-built after WW II in record time and much more successfully that anyone had anticipated). 
  • Bill Clinton calls for global fund to reform ‘unequal’ energy financeJan 28, 2014 - Lucy Woods - pv-tech.orgFormer US president Bill Clinton has called for global investment in renewable energy and changes to the “inequality” of current financing mechanisms in the energy sector. 
  • REmap 2030 Launched — Roadmap To Doubling Renewable Energy Share By 2030 (Exclusive Commentary From Dolf Gielen)Jan, 2014 - cleantechnica.comIRENA has just launched REmap 2030, a roadmap showing how the world can double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix by 2030, and triple the share of “modern renewables.” Overall, REmap 2030 sees modern renewables quadrupling in absolute terms by 2030, a share of at least 30% in total final energy consumption. 
  • IRENA: 16.7 million renewable energy jobs by 2030Jan 21, 2012 - Ben Willis - pv-tech.orgRenewable energy industries could generate 11 million new jobs worldwide by 2030, according to a report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). 
  • 19 Countries Form Africa Clean Energy CorridorJan 17, 2014 - sustainablebusiness.com19 countries have committed to developing an Africa Clean Energy Corridor to help the continent leap frog to renewable energy in the face of rising energy demand. 
  • UN WARNS AGAINST DELAYED ACTION ON GLOBAL WARMINGJan 16, 2014 - Edith M. Lederer - bigstory.ap.orgUNITED NATIONS (AP) — Delaying action on global warming will only increase the costs and reduce the options for dealing with the worst effects of climate change, according to a draft report by U.N. experts. 
  • FERC Adopts New California Fast Track Interconnection Rules Nation-wideJan 9, 2014 - Tam Hunt - renewableenergyworld.comCalifornia did it again — it led the nation on a key environmental issue. In this case, FERC (the Federal Energy Regulation Commission) adopted key aspects of California’s new interconnection rules for small wholesale energy projects like solar and small hydro. The Fast Track process, which FERC largely adopted, is a dramatically cheaper and faster interconnection process for qualifying small projects, so this change represents a major improvement with nation-wide impacts. 
  • Exclusive: A giant European network of electricity interconnectors is solution to high energy prices, says climate change ministerJan 2, 2014 - Tom Bawden - independent.co.ukThe only way Britain can benefit from US-style low energy prices is by creating a totally integrated power market across Europe, the Energy minister Ed Davey has claimed. 
  • Myanmar's Struggle to Fix Its Failing Energy System and Embrace RenewablesJan 2, 2014 - Tim Ferry - renewableenergyworld.comTaipei, Taiwan -- Three years after Myanmar’s transition to civilian leadership led to the end of trade embargoes and a rapid embrace of technology, the country still labors under a barely functioning telecommunications network and a power grid that only reaches a third of the population. 
  • How Cities can reach 100% Renewable Energy.Issue Dec 2013/Jan 2014 - Diane Moss - altenergymag.comHow does a city the size of Sydney, Australia achieve “100% Renewable Energy for Power, Heating, and Cooling by 2030”? 
  • MENA market set to revolutionise global PV market with on grid and desalination opportunitiesDec 10, 2013 - Bea Gonzalez - pv-insider.comAs part of the recent announcement of the 6th Middle East and North Africa Solar Conference 2014 (MENASOL, 6-7 May, Dubai), PV Insider has produced “PV in MENA: Turning Policy into Projects” a guide providing detailed business intelligence on how to get projects developed. 
  • White House Calls for Federal Agencies to Source 20% of Energy from Renewables by 2020Dec 5, 2013 - powermag.comContinuing his promise to take action on climate change outside of new legislation, President Obama today issued an executive order calling for federal agencies to secure 20% of their energy from renewable sources by 2020. 
  • Power struggle: Green energy versus a grid that's not readyDecember, 2013 - Evan Halper - latimes.comMinders of a fragile national power grid say the rush to renewable energy might actually make it harder to keep the lights on. 
  • With leadership comes responsibilityNovember, 2013 - Expo 2020 Dubai, UAE - expo2020dubai.aeA transition to renewable energy is key to global prosperity and climate change mitigation, and oil-rich nations must lead by example, says His Excellency Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber 
  • UN climate chief calls on coal industry to change Nov 18, 2013 - Monika Scislowska - Yahoo.comWARSAW, Poland (AP) — The top U.N. climate diplomat on Monday told the coal industry it should leave most of the world's remaining coal reserves in the ground and start investing in renewable energy sources. 
  • A Push Away From Burning Coal as an Energy SourceNov 14, 2013 - Michael Wines - nytimes.comThe Tennessee Valley Authority sharply accelerated a shift away from coal as an energy source on Thursday, saying it would shut down eight electricity-generating units that together will burn nearly a fifth of its coal this year. 
  • Report: TVA coal plants polluting groundwaterNov 11, 2013 - USA today - renewablesbiz.comThe Tennessee Valley Authority has polluted groundwater supplies around all its coal-fired power plants, including ones near Gallatin and Clarksville, a national environmental group concluded in a newly released report. 
  • IEA urges flexible support for renewables and end to fossil fuel subsidiesNov 3, 2012 - Lucy Woods - pv-tech.orgThe International Energy Agency (IEA) has called for increased support for renewable energy through “flexible” tariffs and for the end of market “distorting” fossil fuel subsidies. 
  • Carbon emissions must be cut ‘significantly’ by 2020, says UN reportNov 5, 2013 - Oliver Milman - theguardian.comFailure will mean greater costs and risks and pathway to limiting temperature rise to under 2C will close fast 
  • PJM Study Gives Green Power Some New EnergyOct 31, 2013 - Ken Silverstein - energybiz.comGreen energy is getting a bit of a tail wind now that a major grid operator is saying that the power source can provide clean power without jeopardizing reliability. Critics, though, immediately pounced on the study, saying that it was performed by GE Energy Consulting, whose parent has high stakes in wind production. 
  • Stanford Professor on Letterman: Powering Entire World on Renewable Energy No ProblemOct 25, 2012 - Brandon Baker - ecowatch.comA Stanford University professor used a late-night television appearance earlier this month to do more than just advocate renewable energy. Mark Jacobson suggested that the entire world could easily live off renewable energy 
  • Shift to a new climate likely by mid-century - studyOct 09, 2013 - Author Reuters - trust.orgBillions of people could be living in regions where temperatures are hotter than their historical ranges by mid-century, creating a "new normal" that could force profound changes on nature and society, scientists said on Wednesday. 
  • Zapping Attacks on the Nation’s Transmission GridOct 1, 2013 - Ken Silverstein - energybiz.comAn assault on the transmission grid in Arkansas is likely the result of a grievance with the utility or the developer's chosen path. The incident, under investigation by the FBI, underscores the need for greater vigilance of those assets that are the lifeblood of the American economy. 
  • For the First Time, Russia Subsidizes Renewable EnergySep 30, 2013 - sustainablebusiness.com For the first time, Russia is subsidizing renewable energy - solar, wind and small hydro. 
  • NRG Energy and Digicel Partner to Bring Renewable, Affordable and Reliable Electricity to the PeopleSep 26, 2013 - Business Wire via The Motley Fool - dailyfinance.comNRG Energy and Digicel Partner to Bring Renewable, Affordable and Reliable Electricity to the People of the Caribbean 
  • Algae biofuel could cut CO2 emissions by 68% compared to petroleumSep 23, 2013 - renewableenergyfocus.comAlgae-derived biofuel can reduce life cycle CO2 emissions by 50 to 70 per cent compared to petroleum fuels, according to a new peer-reviewed paper published in Bioresource Technology journal. 
  • Study Revises Estimate of Methane Leaks from U.S. Fracking FieldsBy Richard A. Lovett and Nature magazine , Sep 16, 2013Leaks are minimal during removal of fracking fluids but increase once gas is flowing 
  • HVDC: The Key to Revolutionizing the Renewable Energy GridSep 9, 2013 - Jennifer Van Burkleo, Electric Light & Power - renewableenergyworld.comTulsa, OK -- An aging infrastructure and increasing demand for energy makes technology more important than ever in meeting and sustaining the power needs of the world. 
  • Google Reels In Wind-Kite Firm MakaniMay 23, 2013 - James Montgomery, Associate Editor - renewableenergyworld.comNew Hampshire, USA -- Extending its already deep reach into renewable energy, Google reportedly has acquired a startup and its flying-kite wind turbines that promise to tap better wind energy resources at higher altitudes with far lower costs and more efficient output. 
  • IFC Study Says Over 60% of Geothermal Wells Drilled Globally are SuccessfulJun 17, 2013 - Leslie Blodgett, GEA - renewableenergyworld.comInternational Finance Corporation has released a new report called “Success of Geothermal Wells: A global study” with data taken from both public and private sources. 
  • China Tops Table for Renewables InvestmentJun 25, 2013 - Kelvin Ross, Deputy Editor, Power Engineering International - renewableenergyworld.comChina is currently the best country in the world for renewable energy in 
  • Mapping the Renewable Energy RevolutionJun 21, 2013 - Nicholas Keyes, The World Bank - RenewableEnergyWorld.comPakistan encapsulates the renewable energy challenge faced by many developing and emerging countries. Despite abundant renewable resources – including solar, wind, hydropower and biomass – very little of this potential has been utilized. At the same time, about a third of the country’s people do not have access to electricity. 
  • Geothermal power has nearly doubled since '96Sep 5, 2013 - McClatchy - Tribune Regional News - Zain Shauk Houston Chronicle - energycentral.comWorldwide geothermal power generating capacity will hit 12 gigawatts by the end of the year, nearly doubling its global footprint since 1996, according to a report published this week. 
  • Steady but Modest Progress Found on Renewables AdoptionJun 3, 2013 - Tildy Bayar, Associate Editor - renewableenergyworld.comThe world has made “steady but modest progress” in improving global access to electricity and safe cooking fuels, increasing energy efficiency and adding renewable sources to the world’s energy mix, said Vivien Foster, energy unit sector manager at the World Bank’s sustainable energy department, at a recent briefing in London. 
  • Philippines Maps out Plan to Switch to 100 Percent Renewables in 10 YearsJun 27, 2013 - WolrdWatch Institute - worldwatch.orgThe Worldwatch Institute’s Climate and Energy Director, Alexander Ochs, met with the Climate Change Commission (CCC) and high-level representatives of the federal and provincial governments of the Philippines yesterday to lay groundwork for a Sustainable Energy Roadmap for the archipelago nation, which aims to shift its current electricity system to 100 percent renewable energy within a decade. 
  • Sao Paulo Sets 70 Percent Renewables Target Jul 25, 2013 - Kelvin Ross, Deputy Editor, Power Engineering International - renewableenergyworld.comThe government of Sao Paulo has launched an energy plan which roadmaps the development of the state’s energy mix and highlights how it plans to utilise more renewables. 
  • Climate sticker shock: Arctic thaw could cost $60 trillionJul 25, 2013 - By Matt Smith, CNN(CNN) -- Scientists look at a warming Arctic and see a shift from white to green, as tundra gives way to new plant life. 
  • Texas to Host 317 MW of Compressed Air Energy StorageJul 9, 2013 - Jeff St. John - greentechmedia.comAfter a long wait, a second big CAES project gets underway in the U.S. 
  • ABB commissions world's highest capacity HVDC Light underwater power linkZurich, Switzerland, Aug. 14, 2013 – ABB.com500 MW HVDC Light interconnection between Ireland and the UK enables leveraging of wind energy and facilitates power flows between the two countries 
  • Renewable energy accounted for nearly 50% of new 2012 U.S. capacityAug 23, 2013 - power-eng.comRenewable energy projects accounted for nearly 50 percent of new capacity in the U.S. in 2012, according to a report released this week from Ernst & Young LLP. That includes a record 13,124 MW of wind power capacity and 3,313 MW of solar power capacity. 
  • What if we could turn carbon dioxide into electricity?Jul 24, 2013 - By Janet Fang - Smartplanet.comEmissions from smokestacks typically include between 5 and 20 percent of carbon dioxide. What if we could convert that greenhouse gas into electricity? A new technique from Dutch researchers hopes to do just that. ScienceNOW reports. 
  • Country-Based Action to Achieve Universal Access to EnergyJun 12 2013, Nicholas Keyes, The World BankAbout 1.2 billion people still lack access to electricity, and 2.8 billion have to rely on wood or other biomass to cook and heat their homes, said a recent report produced by a multi-agency team led by the World Bank. 
  • Renewable Energy in Myanmar: Not Just Clean, It’s NecessaryJun 18, 2013 - Tim Ferry, International CorrespondentMyanmar is blessed with an abundance of natural resources and a youthful workforce, but with many of its people living in extreme poverty, the newly opening economy is attracting the interest of investors and aid workers alike. 
  • UNEP, REN21 Launch Reference Reports on Renewable Energy InvestmentsJun 12 2013 - IISD.org12 June 2013: The sister publications, 'Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2013,' the sixth edition of the Frankfurt School-UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Centre/Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) report, and the 'REN21 Renewables 2013 Global Status Report,' a reference report on renewable energy market, industry and policy developments, were launched via media teleconference. 
  • Enabling environment needed to upscale world’s renewable energy projects25 June 2013 - WWFGland, Switzerland: Challenges in scaling up implementation of renewable energy must be addressed if the target of 100% sustainable renewables by 2050¹ is to be achieved, according to a new WWF report. 
  • Bloomberg: Cellulosic Ethanol heads for cost competitiveness by 2016Mar 13,2013 - renewableenergyfocus.com The cost of enzymes, pre-treatment and fermentation have fallen significantly, but cellulosic biofuels still have some way to go to reduce project capital expenditure if they are to be competitive with corn-based ethanol and with gasoline, according to new research by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. 
  • Is the renewable energy boom slowing down?By Todd Woody - Mar 13, 2013 - qz.com The numbers are in on 2012 and it was not the best of years for renewable energy, according to a report released today by market research firm Clean Edge. 
  • SUSTAINABLE ENERGY in America 2013 FactbookBloomberg, New Energy Finance 2013The 2013 Factbook researched and produced by Bloomberg New Energy Finance and commissioned by the Business Council on Sustainable Energy, offers a fresh look at the state of US energy along with the roles these new technologies and innovations now play. 
  • International Standardisation in the Field of Renewable EnergyIrena Report - March 2013Renewable energy standards, regularly reviewed and updated by international committees of technical experts, can help policy makers as an instrument to demonstrate national regulatory compliance, as well as ensuring successful deployment of renewable energy technologies (RET). IRENA’s study, International Standardisation in the Field of Renewable Energy, identifies over 570 standards in the current RET landscape, yet finds gaps in the existing standards, particularly for post-installation aspects of RET, such as operation, maintenance and repair. 
  • A Better Way to Fight Climate ChangeFeb 28, 2013 - JEFFREY D. SACHS - project-syndicate.org NEW YORK – Of all major world regions, Europe has worked the hardest to implement policies aimed at countering human-caused climate change. Yet the cornerstone of Europe’s approach – a continent-wide emissions trading system for the greenhouse gases that cause climate change – is in trouble. That experience suggests a better strategy for both Europe and the rest of the world. 
  • More Than 450 Geothermal Power Projects Are Now Under Active Development WorldwideFeb 21, 2013 - Richard Martin - navigantresearch.com Although geothermal power projects typically take many years to develop, the geothermal power industry is rapidly expanding beyond its traditional markets. Promising resources in emerging markets and innovative technology demonstration projects are helping to exploit untapped geographic potential. According to a new report from Pike Research, a part of Navigant’s Energy Practice, a total of 454 geothermal power projects are now under active development worldwide, with surface exploration already underway. Sixty-four countries have geothermal projects slated for development, compared to fewer than 30 countries just a few years ago, the study concludes. 
  • First-Time Reports from Oil and Gas Industry Reveal Massive Methane Emissions Feb 6, 2013 - Tiffany Stecker and Climatewire- scientificamerican.com  U.S. EPA's addition of oil, gas and coal methane emissions to its online greenhouse gas tracking tool revealed an 82.6-million-metric-ton increase in carbon dioxide equivalents over numbers from the previous year, when those figures were not available. 
  • Renewable Energy World. Magazine, July/August 2013, Volume 16, Issue 4PV Market Checkup, Assessing the Health of the Global Solar PV Industry 
  • Entrepreneurs for scaling up use of renewable energyJan 20, 2013 - ekantipur.comKATHMANDU, JAN 20 - Representatives from various alternative and renewable energy enterprises and concerned government authorities stressed the need to scale up the use of various forms of renewable energy technologies like solar, bio-gas, solar-thermal and micro-hydro projects, among others, to solve the problem of ongoing acute energy crisis in the country. 
  • Renewable Energy Was Nearly Half Of New U.S. Generation Capacity In 2012Dec 4, 2012, by Editors of Electric Light & Power / POWERGRID International 
  • Geoscientists Cite 'Critical Need' for Basic Research to Unleash Promising Energy ResourcesNov 30, 2012 - sciencedaily.comTheir findings will be presented on Dec. 4 at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in San Francisco."There is a critical need for scientists to address basic questions that have hindered the development of emerging energy resources, including geothermal, wind, solar and natural gas, from underground shale formations," said Mark Zoback, a professor of geophysics at Stanford University. "In this talk we present, from a university perspective, a few examples of fundamental research needs related to improved energy and resource recovery." 
  • 59 GW of Coal-Fired Generation Capacity Should Retire; Could Open Door for Renewable EnergyNov 13, 2012 - renewableenergyworld.comToday, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) released the findings of an economic analysis indicating as much as 18 percent of the country's coal-fired energy generating capacity should be considered for closure. The study found as many as 353 generators in 31 states, totaling 59 gigawatts (GW) of electricity generation capacity, likely will be more expensive to operate after installing modern pollution control equipment than switching to cleaner energy alternatives such as natural gas, renewable energy, or using greater energy efficiency measures. These potential closures are in addition to 41 GW of already announced coal retirements. 
  • Renewable energy to become world's second-largest power generation source by 2015, says IEANov 12, 2012 - renewableenergyfocus.comThe global energy map is changing “in dramatic fashion”, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said today, as it launched the 2012 edition of its World Energy Outlook. 
  • Lockheed Martin to Integrate Fuel Cells, Solar Power for Military AppsAug 14, 2012 - solardaily.comLockheed Martin secured a contract with the Office of Naval Research for the design and development of solid oxide fuel cell generator sets as an alternative to traditional battlefield power generation equipment. Lockheed Martin's fuel cell technology will be integrated with solar panels, providing the military with the power needed to perform missions while using dramatically less fuel. 
  • Punjab, India, to implement revised renewable energy policyAug 9, 2012 - Nilima Choudhury - pv-tech.orgEnergy minister of Punjab, India, Bikram Singh Majithia announced new financial incentives to be incorporated into a revised renewable energy policy for 2012. 
  • US Army Corps of Engineers issues RFP for renewable energy projectsAug 8, 2012 - Syanne Olson - pv-tech.orgThrough its Engineering and Support Centre, Huntsville, the US Army Corps of Engineers has issued a multiple-award task order contract (MATOC) RFP for US$7 billion in total contract capacity for the acquisition of locally generated, renewable and alternative energy through PPAs. 
  • Joining Forces on Renewable Energy DevelopmentAug 6, 2012 - Melissa C. Lott - scientificamerican.comA partnership between the Interior and Defense departments will reopen 16 million acres of land to renewable energy development. The goal? To help ensure reliable energy supplies for the nation’s military bases, while protecting the environment and saving taxpayer money. 
  • A Skeptic Looks at Alternative EnergyJun 28, 2012 - Vaclav Smil - spectrum.ieee.orgIn June 2004 the editor of an energy journal called to ask me to comment on a just-announced plan to build the world’s largest photovoltaic electric generating plant. 
  • Renewable energy can solve Afghanistan's power scarcity problem – studyJul 19, 2012 - ecoseed.orgRenewable energy will help in Afghanistan's energy scarcity problem according to a study by a researcher from Kansas State University. 
  • U.S. Lags Behind Other Countries In Energy-Efficiency EffortsJul 18, 2012 - renewgridmag.comThe U.K. ranks first in a new energy-efficiency ranking of the world's major economies, and is followed closely by Germany, Italy and Japan, according to the International Energy Efficiency Scorecard, published by the nonprofit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). 
  • IEA report expects renewable power generation to continue steady growth over next five yearsJul 6, 2012 - Syanne Olson - pv-tech.orgA new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) has determined that over the next five years, in spite of economic uncertainty, global power generation from hydropower, solar, wind and other renewable resources will increase by over 40% to 6,400TWh. The report, Medium–Term Renewable Energy Market Report 2012, finds that renewable electricity generation should expand by 1,840TWh between 2011 and 2017; nearly 60% more than the 1,160TWh growth found to have taken place between 2005 and 2011. 
  • Minnesota Electricity Could Be 100% Renewable, 100% LocalMar 21, 2012 - John Farrell - renewableenergyworld.comA new report released today by the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research shows that Minnesota can meet 100% of its electricity needs with in-state wind and solar power, and (with ample energy efficiency investments) at a comparable cost to its existing electricity supply. 
  • Eigg ElectricMar 21, 2012 - isleofeigg.netOn 1st February 2008, the Isle of Eigg entered a new era, with the switching on of our island electrification project, which makes 24 hour power available for the first time to all residents and businesses on the island.
  • MIT: The challenge of integrating renewables Mar 20, 2012 - Phil Carson - energycentral.comIf you're still debating whether renewable energy will become a utility-scale asset and critical to this country's power needs, you're tilting at windmills.
  • In search of the energy InternetMar 8, 2012 - David Biello - Joel Makower - greenbiz.com"The Enernet." When I heard that term last week, at the U.S. Energy Department’s Energy Innovation Summit, I harkened back to about 1993, when something called "the Internet" first entered my consciousness. 
  • A Tour of the U.S.'s Clean Energy Future [Slide Show]Mar 8, 2012 - David Biello - scientificamerican.comThe third annual ARPA-E summit showcases potentially transformative energy technologies
  • Clean Energy Trends 2012 Mar 1, 2012 - Ron Pernick, Clint Wilder, Trevor Winnie -cleanedge.comThis year's report is the 11th annual edition in Clean Edge's Clean Energy Trends report series. From tracking, forecasting, and market sizing the global solar, wind, and biofuels markets, to detailed analysis of solar PV pricing, the public markets, and venture capital investments, this report series has become the signature report in the clean-energy economy.
  • Electronic Atlas Maps U.S. Renewable Energy ResourcesFeb 8, 2012 - www.nrel.govA new geospatial application developed by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) allows users to easily and accurately map potential renewable energy resources in the United States. 
  • A how-to guide to slashing California's greenhouse gas emissions by 2050Dec 1, 2011 - energy-daily.comWhat will a day in the life of a Californian be like in 40 years? If the state cuts its greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050 - a target mandated by a state executive order - a person could wake up in a net-zero energy home, commute to work in a battery-powered car, work in an office with smart windows and solar panels, then return home and plug in her car to a carbon-free grid. 
  • Ride the energy superhighwayNov 28, 2011 - Julian Cribb - canberratimes.com.auCould Australia become the world's next energy superpower? This is not an academic question. It's about how this country can drive not only its own but also Asian economic development for centuries to come. 
  • Global renewable energy share in 2035: 18%14 November 2011 - Kari Williamson - renewableenergyfocus.comThe renewable energy share of the global energy mix could rise from 13% in 2010 to 18% in 2035, according to the International Energy Agency's (IEA) 2011 World Energy Outlook.

  • Resources For Upgrading Home AppliancesOct. 7, 2011 - partselect.comUpgrading home appliances can be an opportunity for homeowners to make their existing home appliances sounder. This can mean making them so that they are more energy efficient or just provide more benefits for the time they are being used. Other reasons for why homeowners may want to upgrade their home appliances have to do with safety issues or stopping something adverse from happening or continuing to happen. For example, old microwaves may give off some radioactivity, and other older home appliances may even display signs of having lead paint. Going further than upgrading home appliances and actually buying new appliances also has a positive effect on one's wallet . Buying new appliances even will raise the value of the home that a person resides in.

  • 2010 Global Recap: A Year of Continued GrowthSept. 30, 2011 - renewableenergyworld.comPARIS -- Renewable energy continued its global surge in 2010, accounting for about half of the 194 gigawatts of new installed capacity, according to the REN21 Renewables 2011 Global Status Report.

  • EPRI Assesses Status of 8 Key Power Generation TechnologiesSep 1, 2011 - renewablesbiz.comThe Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) released a report today on the near- and long-term cost, performance, and technology status for eight central-station power generation technologies likely to dominate the U.S. generation mix over the next two decades.

  • Global consumers crave green energy in survey-VestasAug 5, 2011 - af.reuters.comNEW YORK, June 28 (Reuters) - Consumers around the world overwhelmingly support the rollout of renewable energy, but many have mistaken views about "green" products, according to a survey conducted by TNS Gallup for Vestas Wind Systems.

  • State-of-the-Art Control CenterJul 21, 2011 - Yakout Mansour - renewablesbiz.comHigh-tech Tools Integrate Renewables

  • NV Energy Launches Renewable Transmission IntiativeJul 14, 2011 - energyboom.comNV Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NVE) is one of Nevada's largest power utilities providing electricity to 2.4 million customers. With its most recent announcement, the company will soon be producing energy for customers outside of Nevada.

     

  • June 5, 2011 - Eric Wesoff - greentechmedia.comJune 5, 2011 - Xinhua - energycentral.comTonight's episode: Our Bulk Power System: The Fascinating World of Scheduling and Moving Electrons. 
  • China to upgrade power grids in rural areas in coming five yearsJune 5, 2011 - Xinhua - energycentral.comChina's top economic planer has issued a notice asking local governments to upgrade their rural power grids in a bid to boost the nation's rural power infrastructure and improve the lives of rural residents in the next five years. 
  • A Hidden Renewable ResourceMay 22, 2011 - Bill Opalka - renewablesbiz.comA “hidden resource” for clean power generation is being promoted in Congress and throughout the states, one that its supporters point out is being wasted without anyone noticing. The waste heat from industrial processes now has an advocacy group and a fledgling effort to get it recognized where financial players would notice–in the tax code. 
  • National Coal Expert: "Mining is a Loser" in Practically Every WayMay 21, 2011 - Mike Casey - renewableenergyworld.comAnytime coal’s cost to America is discussed, the coal industry reflexively talks about what an economic lifeline it is for the states in which it operates. Headwaters Economics, a Bozeman-based think tank focusing on natural resource issues, has a solid new study that’s getting national attention for undercutting those claims. For instance, the Headwaters study finds that “[f]ossil fuel production has not insulated energy-producing states from fiscal crisis,” that “[f]ossil fuel extraction has a limited influence at the state level on economic indicators such as GDP by state, personal income, and employment,” and that “[t]he volatility of fossil fuel markets poses obstacles to the stability and long-term security of economic growth in energy-producing regions.” 
  • Renewables IntegrationMay 21, 2011 - nxtbook.comAs more emphasis is put on going green and weaning the U.S. off expensive and dirty fossil fuels, utilities continually find themselves at the focal point of green energy initiatives. 
  • Alternative Energy Watch: China Plans to Spend Big on Grid; Equipment Maker Gets Big Order (SOLR, AMAT, LDK, CREE, VECO, AMSC)May 21, 2011 - 247wallst.comAlternative energy news today begins with a new order for sapphire crystallization furnaces and ends with a story on development in China’s national electricity grid. 
  • Tata Power commissions 3MW solar power plant in IndiaMay 21, 2011 - Chris Whitmore - pv-tech.orgIndia's largest private power utility firm, Tata Power, has commissioned a 3MW solar power plant in Mulshi. The project, which is one of the largest in the entire country and the first built in the province of Maharashtra, is spread over 12 acres and took nine months to complete. 
  • When Will China's Energy Use Stop Growing?May 21, 2011 - Saqib Rahim - ClimateWire - scientificamerican.comChina's energy use should flatten out sometime around 2030, with a similar leveling off of its greenhouse gas emissions, a federal researcher said yesterday. 
  • Global Energy Futures and Human Development: A Framework for AnalysisMay 15, 2011 - Alan D. Pasternak - Department of EnergyThis paper explores the relationship between measures of human well-being and consumption of energy and electricity. 
  • Climate change panel: renewable energy to be keyMay 15, 2011 - Associated Press - energycentral.comThe world's top scientific body concluded that renewable energy in the coming decades will be widespread and could one day represent the dominant source for powering factories and lighting homes, according to a draft report obtained by The Associated Press Thursday. 
  • UA looking at air-storage system as alternative green-energy sourceMay 08, 2011 - energycentral.comSolar power and wind energy are popular in the green movement, but when there's no wind or sun, there's no power. 
  • California is expanding its carbon-trading program to three Canadian provincesMay 08, 2011 - energycentral.comCalifornia officials announced Tuesday that the state will expand its newly adopted carbon-trading program to three Canadian provinces, creating the largest regional cap-and-trade system in North America. 
  • Energy Use Down, Renewables UpMay 01, 2011 - Bill Opalka - renewablesbiz.comRenewable energy is growing steadily even while the overall economy slumps and energy use from other sources is falling. 
  • 100% Renewable Energy Indeed Possible, say Stanford U. ResearchersMay 01, 2011 - sustainablebusiness.comThe world can be powered by renewable energy in 20-40 years - using technology available right now, says Stanford researcher Mark Jacobson. 
  • Chaos in energy sector drives gains in clean energyMay 01, 2011 - Adam Shell - energycentral.comFunds that invest all their cash in companies tied to alternative energy, clean technology, the oil industry and other natural resources soared 13.7% in the first three months of the year, benefiting from turmoil in the oil-rich Middle East and the anti-nuclear sentiment after the accident in Japan. 
  • Peak power demand to triple in two decades, forum toldMar 30, 2011 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - energycentral.comThe peak power demand in the Kingdom is expected to triple during the next two decades from 43 gigawatts in the summer of 2010 to more than 120 gigawatts in 2030, Khalid M. Al-Sulaiman, vice president for Renewable Energy at the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KA-CARE), said at the inauguration of the Third Saudi Solar Energy Forum held at the Faisaliah Hotel here on Sunday. 
  • PRESS RELEASE: ACORE Releases Updated State-by-State Report on Renewable Energy for 2011Mar 13, 2011 - turner - acore.orgMarch 7, 2011 — The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) today released the 2011 update and redesign of its report, Renewable Energy in America: Markets, Economic Development and Policy in the 50 States, as an online resource and a product of ACORE’s mission to scale-up renewable energy in America. Compiling updated financial, market, resource potential, and policy information in a single easily-accessed resource, the report is intended to be an executive summary for all who are interested in the highlights of the renewable energy sector in every state. 
  • Coal Ash Plan Raises Fears in Missouri CommunityMar 12, 2011 - Voice of America News/ContentWorks - energycentral.comCoal consumption is increasing in many parts of the world, driven by skyrocketing energy demands in rapidly developing countries like China. But with coal comes pollution: from climate-changing carbon dioxide to coal ash, the powdery toxic waste left over from burning coal to produce electricity. 
  • U.S. Military Links Alternative Energy Research to Lives--and Dollars--SavedMar 09, 2011 - David Biello - scientificamerican.comInventing the future of energy may be key to improving U.S. national security, economic prosperity and health 
  • ‘Green Economy’ Needs $1.3 Trillion Investment Per Year, UN SaysMar 06, 2011 - Alex Morales - bloomberg.comNations can kick-start a “green economy” by redirecting $1.3 trillion a year from industries that overuse resources to 10 areas ranging from forestry to buildings, the United Nations Environment Program said. 
  • Are Greenhouse Gases Upping the Risks of Flooding, Too?Feb 27, 2011 - scientificamerican.comClimate change caused by rising concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is causing more extreme rainfall and snowfall--and floods 
  • Coal's hidden costs top $345 billion in U.S.: studyFeb 27, 2011 - Scott Malone - ReutersBOSTON (Reuters) - The United States' reliance on coal to generate almost half of its electricity, costs the economy about $345 billion a year in hidden expenses not borne by miners or utilities, including health problems in mining communities and pollution around power plants, a study found. 
  • Fossil fuels replaced by 2050Feb 19, 2011 - Tulsa World - energycentral.comAlmost all of the world's demand for energy for electricity, transportation and heating could be met from renewable sources such as wind, solar and geothermal power by 2050, WWF International and Ecofys said. 
  • How to move to 100 percent renewables by 2030Feb 13, 2011 - Andrew Restuccia -thehill.comWhat would it take to switch the world’s entire energy infrastructure to renewables like wind and solar by 2030? 
  • Global Renewables War Is On: US Missing in ActionJan 21, 2011 - Martin Rosenberg - RenewablesBiz.comThe world war on renewables is on. China. India. And the United States - along with Denmark and others - are out to battle for supremacy in what will be the next turn in the industrial revolution.
  • The Big List: 2010's Biggest Renewable Energy Projects Jan 10, 2011 - Renewableenergyworld.comRenewable energy development continued at a good pace this year, with record-breaking projects announced almost as often as once per week. 
  • GE Announces Largest Single Electric Vehicle CommitmentDec 06, 2010 - Energy CentralGE announced today it will purchase 25,000 electric vehicles to convert half of its Capital Fleet Services business by 2015 - making it the largest-ever single electric vehicle commitment. 
  • Transmission as an Enabler: Planning NeededNov 02, 2010 - Nicholas Brown - energybiz.com

    For too long transmission planning has been nothing more than an afterthought in providing electric service to end-use customers. This simply must change, and determining how to pay for a robust transmission network is critical.

  • Vietnam Signs Agreement to Purchase Electricy from LaosNov 02, 2010 - BBC Monitor - Energy Central

    Vietnam and Lao have signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) for the Sekaman Hydro-electric Power Plant 1, one of major energy cooperation projects between the two countries.

  • Bringing Electricity to Poorer CountriesOct 22, 2010 - Ken Silverstein - energybiz.com

    The path to prosperity begins with electrification.

  • Environmental champion Hermann Scheer diesOct 20, 2010 - renewableenergyfocus.comOne of Germany's most outspoken environmental politicians has died, at the age of 66. Hermann Scheer, a Social Democratic member of the German parliament, was a leading campaigner for renewable energy, in particular solar power. 
  • Switch to nodal grid system could trouble Texas electric providersOct 18, 2010 - Elizabeth Souder - The Dallas Morning News - McClatchy-TribuneA new "nodal" electricity grid system could put your retail electricity provider out of business. 
  • Renewables Continue Remarkable Growth Oct 12, 2010 - Renewable Energy WorldRenewables had another banner year in 2009, with policy, investment and market development activity across a spread of nations - as recorded in the REN21 Renewables 2010 Global Status Report. 
  • Water map shows billions at risk of 'water insecurity'Oct. 5 - Richard Black - BBC NewsAbout 80% of the world's population lives in areas where the fresh water supply is not secure, according to a new global analysis. 
  • Smart meters get a high grade from surveySep 28, 2010 - Purva Patel - Houston ChronicleThe vast majority of smart meters installed in Texas are measuring and recording electric usage accurately, according to a state-ordered study. 
  • World Energy Consumption to Rise 49 Percent By 2035

    Aug 6, 2010 - Leadership/All Africa Global MediaWorld energy consumption will increase by 49 per cent in the next 25 years, driven by rapidly developing countries such as China and India, the Energy Information Administration has said.

  • Increased use of electricity to beat heat eventually could mean higher bills

    Aug 6, 2010 - Elwin Green Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - McClatchy-TribuneConsumers striving to keep cool are helping to raise the price of coal. 
  • New Report: U.S. Electric Utilities Must Embrace Clean Energy, Energy Efficiency to Compete in 21st CenturyJul 12, 2010 - Business WireThe most successful utilities in the 21st Century will be very different from those of the 20th Century. 
  • Egat urges new power plant, Asean gridJul 12, 2010 - Yuthana Praiwan - Bangkok Post - McClatchy-TribunePower reserves for Thailand over the next five years may be at critical levels unless a new power plant can be built on schedule as described in the Power Development Plan, says the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand. 
  • EIA: World Energy Use Up 49% By 2035, Led By Emerging NationsMay 25, 2010 - Dow Jones & Company, Inc.Global energy consumption will rise 49% between 2007 and 2035, led by economic growth in developing nations, the US Energy Information Administration said Tuesday. 
  • Renewables Hit the Big Time May 25, 2010 - Jennifer Kho - RenewableEnergyWorld.comA review of the world's biggest existing and planned renewable energy projects in the solar, wind, tidal, geothermal and wave energy sectors. 
  • Egypt gets World Bank loan for power projectMay 21, 2010 - XinhuaEgypt has reached a 220 million U.S. dollars loan agreement with the World Bank for a power transmission project, Egyptian media said Friday. 
  • China's installed power capacity to reach 900 mln kw by year endMay 21, 2010 - XinhuaChina's installed power generation capacity will surpass 900 million kilowatts by the end of 2010, Zhang Guobao, head of China's National Energy Administration, said Friday. 
  • New ‘Compendium of Best U.S. Practices’ in Energy Efficiency,Renewable Energy Aims to Drive Deployment WorldwideMay 20, 2010 - ACOREhree leading energy efficiency and renewable energy organizations – the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP, an international body), the Alliance to Save Energy (Alliance) and the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) – have jointly released their Compendium of Best Practices: Sharing Local and State Successes in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy from the United States, in which state and local governments share the key elements of their programs, lessons learned and what made each program a success. 
  • China, U.S. seek deeper clean energy cooperationMay 20, 2010 - XinhuaChina and the United States Thursday pledged to deepen clean energy cooperation as U.S. commerce chief led a large green power delegation to Beijing. 
  • U.N. says green economy depends on metal recyclingMay 18, 2010 - usatoday.comA green global economy will require much high recycling rates of specialty metals like lithium, neodymium and gallium, says a new United Nations report. 
  • U.S. Climate Bill Cuts Carbon, Expands Oil DrillingMay 18, 2010 - Simon Lomax - businessweek.comTwo U.S. senators will introduce climate-change legislation tomorrow that gives coastal states a share of revenue from expanded offshore oil and natural-gas drilling in a bid to win support for greenhouse gas limits. 
  • Anatomy of a Power Purchase Agreement May 17, 2010 - Eric Wesoff - greentechmedia.comWe’re building an industry from ground zero 
  • Seattle picked to lead national effort on LED street lightsApr 20, 2010 - intelligentutility.comThe U.S. Department of Energy announced today that Seattle City Light will lead a new national effort to promote the installation of energy efficient light emitting diode (LED) street lights. 
  • Colombia says willing to export electricity to drought-hit EcuadorApr 13, 2010 - XinhuaColombia is ready to sell electricity to Ecuador to help ease the power shortage caused by a severe drought in the neighboring country, Minister of Mines and Energy Hernan Martinez said Monday. 
  • Renewable Energy - Edited by T J Hammons Apr 5, 2010 - sciyo.com

    GENI had a hand in several of these chapters, and hosted several panel sessions that became part of the book.Tom Hammons gets a lot of the credit for seeing this project to completion.

  • Governor Signs Two Bills to Spur Renewables, Green ManufacturingMar 31, 2010 - California Energy MarketsGov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Monday signed SB X8 34, a bill designed to expedite the licensing of large solar-power plants in the desert and create a state-run mitigation program for environmental impacts. On Wednesday Schwarzenegger signed SB 71, a measure that would eliminate sales and use taxes on clean-technology manufacturing equipment. 
  • Constellation NewEnergy Signs Agreement to Supply New York Stock Exchange with Wind EnergyMar 31, 2010 - Business WireConstellation Energy (NYSE: CEG) announced today that its subsidiary, Constellation NewEnergy, Inc., has entered into a green electricity purchase agreement with the New York Stock Exchange, 
  • Global solar photovoltaic installations reach a preliminary 6.4GW in 2009, says EPIA Mar 30, 2010  - Mark Osborne - pv-tech.orgPreliminary 2009 market figures for the PV industry have been issued by the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA), after its recent workshop was held in Rome, Italy. The EPIA said that 6.4GW of newly installed capacity was achieved in 2009, reaching a total capacity of over 20GW worldwide.Mixing up a solution for greenhouse gasesMar 23, 2010 - wbcsd.orgIt seems like alchemy: A Silicon Valley start-up says it has found a way to capture the carbon dioxide emissions from coal and gas power plants and lock them into cement. 
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory launches strategic energy analysis instituteMar 22, 2010 - hydroworld.comThe U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has established a new global institute dedicated to analyzing, speeding and smoothing the transition to sustainable energy worldwide.  
  • NREL Launches Strategic Energy Analysis InstituteMar 18, 2010 - National Renewable Energy LabboratoryThe U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announced today that it has established a new global institute dedicated to analyzing, speeding and smoothing the transition to sustainable energy worldwide. 
  • Mapping European renewable energy statisticsMar 18, 2010 - Renewable Energy FocusA mapping service allowing visual comparison of renewable energy statistics in Europe is now available from the specialist search engine for renewable energy and energy efficiency, reegle. 
  • Green energy revolution expected in KingdomMar 9, 2010 - Amjad Parkar - McClatchy-Tribune Regional NewsSaudi Arabia and the Gulf signalled their intention to kick-start a renewable energy revolution in the region on Monday. 
  • New way to produce electricity discoveredMar 9, 2010 - Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Energy CnetralA team of Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientists say they've discovered a phenomenon that might lead to a new way of producing electricity. 
  • Chinese dominance in clean energy equipment will have worrying effect on energy politicsMar 8, 2010 - Datamonitor - Energy CentralChina's rise to become the world leader in the production of clean tech equipment and rare earth metals will have negative consequences for the West in both economic and political terms. Aside from resulting in the eastward migration of industry players, the trend will allow China to gain control over the sector in a manner reminiscent of OPEC. 
  • Berkeley Lab Releases New Analysis of the Potential Renewable Energy SupplyFeb 25, 2010 - Energy CentralBerkeley Lab and Black & Veatch developed a new analytical tool to compare the economics of renewable resource areas for different load areas in the Western Interconnection and how different policies and uncertainties may affect resource selection and transmission expansion. 
  • Exploration of Resource and Transmission ExpansionFeb 25, 2010 - Andrew Mills, Amol Phadke, and Ryan WiserExploration of Resource and Transmission Expansion Decisions inthe Western Renewable Energy Zone Initiative 
  • New Analysis of the Potential Renewable Energy Supply and Transmission Feb 24, 2010 - Berkeley Lab“Exploration of Resource and Transmission Expansion Decisions in the Western Renewable Energy Zone Initiative.” 
  • 3TIER Completes REmapping the WorldFeb 24, 2010 - Renewablebiz.com3TIER® today announced the completion of its REmapping the World ™ initiative, which was launched in March 2008 to address the biggest barrier to global renewable energy adoption – the lack of reliable information regarding resource potential and availability. 
  • UN urges for more ambitious action to cut greenhouse gas emission Feb 23, 2010 - XinhuaThe United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) said Tuesday that countries will have to be far more ambitious in cutting greenhouse gas emission if the world is to effectively curb a rise in global temperature at 2 degrees Celsius or less. 
  • Two federal agencies join V.I. in renewable energy projectFeb 22, 2010 - Constance Cooper- The Virgin Island Daily NewsThe Virgin Islands and U.S. departments of Energy and Interior have entered into an agreement to move the territory away from its dependence on fossil fuels. 
  • Copenhagen Accord By-the-NumbersFeb 22, 2010 - Institute for 21st Century EnergyIn our previous paper, Copenhagen Accord and Discord: COP-15 and the Many Roads to Mexico, we laid out some of the policy and process issues surrounding the Copenhagen Accord. In this paper, we take a look at what impact the Accord could have on global emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs). 
  • Electric car lets drivers sell back unused wattsFeb 22, 2010 - Dick Ahlstrom - YellowbrixAAAS annual conference: Researchers have come up with the ultimate vehicle - an environmentally friendly electric car that plugs into the wall to sell power back to the electricity company. 
  • Small Reactors Generate Big Hopes Feb 18, 2010 - Rebecca Smith - Wall Street JournalA new type of nuclear reactor—smaller than a rail car and one tenth the cost of a big plant—is emerging as a contender to reshape the nation's resurgent nuclear power industry. 
  • 2010 Ooutlook For Renewable EnergyFeb 9, 2010 - AWEAToday, top executives in the renewable energy sector gathered to applaud 2009’s strong renewable energy development but emphasized the need for Congress to swiftly enact key policies to continue accelerated growth across the entire sector in order to add jobs and boost economic growth in 2010. 
  • Energy Storage on IceFeb 9, 2010 - Collin Sullivan - Scientific AmericanIce Energy has a novel solution for the electricity challenges of the 21st century: Make Popsicles. 
  • In Utah, company aims to store energy in air Feb 7, 2010 - Paul Foy - Associated PressA Utah company plans to dig a series of underground caverns that it hopes to one day fill with compressed air, releasing it to generate electricity by turning a turbine and solving one of the most vexing problems facing the clean-energy industry - how to store power. 
  • Hawaii on track toward renewable power goalJan 28, 2010 - Mark Niesse - The Associated PressTwo years into Hawaii's ambitious project of vastly increasing the amount of power it gets from renewable sources, state leaders say the islands are on track.
  • Southern Company and Ted Turner Join Forces to Explore Renewable Energy ProjectsJan 26, 2010 - PRNewswireSouthern Company CEO David Ratcliffe and visionary business leader and environmentalist Ted Turner today announced a strategic alliance to pursue development of renewable energy projects in the United States. 
  • Recommendations for renewable energy policies in ChinaJan 22, 2010 - REN21Growing recognition of the important role that renewable energy can play in tackling climate change and ensuring energy security has led to a rapid boom in the industry over the last five years. According to the Renewables Global Status Report 2009 Update, annual renewable energy investment has increased fourfold since 2004 to reach USD120 billion in 2008. 
  • Background Paper: Chinese renewable status report 2009Jan 22, 2010 - REN21This report was commissioned by REN21 and produced in collaboration with the Chinese Renewable Energy Industrial Association (CREIA) and technology experts from various Chinese research institutions and private sector. Financing was provided by the United States Department of States, Asia Pacific Partnership (APP) Programme.
  • Clean-Tech Job Forecast 2010Jan 22, 2010 - Kevin Brown and Steve Kyryk - Clean EdgeWith their fingers on the pulse of clean-tech hiring trends, we asked Senior Partner Kevin Brown and Vice President Steve Kyryk of Hobbs & Towne Executive Search (HTI) to provide insight into the impact of the 'Great Recession' on the industry and areas for opportunity in 2010. 
  • Popularity of electric cars will force governments to alternative taxes: analystsJan 19, 2010 - Ross Marowits - The Associated PressThe eventual popularity of electric cars will force governments to consider alternative revenues as they prepare to wean themselves off fuel taxes, industry observers say. 
  • Alternative energy gains momentum: Incentives likely to be extendedJan 18, 2010 - Energy CentralInvestments in alternative energy this year are likely to grow rapidly for this year given growing concern about climate change and the environment, says Krairit Nilkuha, director-general of the Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE). 
  • Renewably-Generated Electricity Continues to Rise as Coal and Nuclear DropJan 15, 2010 - U.S. Energy Information AdministrationNet generation in the United States dropped by 3.8 percent from October 2008 to October 2009. This was the 15th consecutive month that net generation was down compared to the same calendar month in the prior year. The Federal Reserve reported that industrial production was 7.1 percent lower than it had been in October 2008, the 16th consecutive month that same-month industrial production was lower than it had been in the previous year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported that October 2009 was the third coolest October on record. Accordingly, total population-weighted heating degree days for the contiguous United States were 17.4 percent above the average for the month of October. October 2008 had gone into into the record books as the 44th coolest since recordkeeping began in 1895. 
  • Greenleaf Publishing's 'Top 50 Sustainability Books'Jan 14, 2010 - Earthscan newsGreenleaf Publishing created a list of "The Top 50 Sustainability Books" in a new book released in December of last year. 
  • 'The Empathic Civilization': Rethinking Human Nature in the Biosphere EraJan 11, 2010 - Jeremy Rifkin - The Huffington PostTwo spectacular failures, separated by only 18 months, marked the end of the modern era. In July 2008, the price of oil on world markets peaked at $147/ barrel, inflation soared, the price of everything from food to gasoline skyrocketed, and the global economic engine shut off. Growing demand in the developed nations, as well as in China, India, and other emerging economies, for diminishing fossil fuels precipitated the crisis. Purchasing power plummeted and the global economy collapsed. That was the earthquake that tore asunder the industrial age built on and propelled by fossil fuels. The failure of the financial markets two months later was merely the aftershock. The fossil fuel energies that make up the industrial way of life are sunsetting and the industrial infrastructure is now on life support. 
  • When Will Renewable Energy Companies Overtake Traditional Energy Companies? Jan 8, 2010 - Jennifer Kho - Renewable Energy World.comRenewable energy has got buzz, growth and growing government support. But it's no secret that it still makes up a small portion of the overall energy mix. As interest in renewables increases, the question has begun coming up more and more often: When will renewable energy companies catch up to conventional energy companies? That is, when will we see an Exxon Mobil Corp., Chevron Corp. or ConocoPhilips of renewables? 
  • Pentagon's 25M Acres Could Ease Renewables Siting Debate Dec 3, 2009 - Scott Streater - NY TimesWhile not central to its war-fighting mission abroad, the U.S. military is quietly becoming one of the nation's most aggressive energy innovators, retrofitting thousands of acres of military installations with renewables technologies that will help meet the bases' future power demand while also aiding host states in achieving renewable energy targets. 
  • Clean Energy Will Lag Behind Global Power Demand: Chart of DayNov 19, 2009 - Jeremy van Loon - First Enercast FinancialNov. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Wind turbines, solar panels and hydropower stations won’t be built fast enough to keep pace with global electricity demand through 2030, the International Energy Agency forecast. 
  • Six renewable energy sources judged to be best prospect for future, says reportNov18, 2009 - RenewableEnergyFocus.comThe best prospects for large-scale renewable energy production and net-energy performance remain wind and certain forms of solar, according to a study released by two California-based think tanks. 
  • Clean Tech Job Trends 2009Nov 2, 2009 - Clean EdgeThe following is an excerpt from Clean Tech Job Trends 2009. To read the full report, please download the PDF file by clicking on the article.For nearly a decade, Clean Edge has issued its annual Clean Energy Trends report series in which we present the latest clean-energy trends; report on the current and projected size of the global market for solar, wind and biofuels; and provide insights and intelligence on the broader clean-energy market. This year, we are launching a new report series, focusing on employment in the clean-tech industry, in which we hope to do for clean-tech jobs what we did for clean energy in our earlier reports. 
  • DOE Awards $151 Million in Recovery Act Funding for ARPA-E ProjectsOct 28, 2009 - U.S. Department of EnergyDOE awarded $151 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds on October 26 for 37 energy research projects under the recently-formed Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy ("ARPA-E"). ARPA-E's mission is to develop inventive approaches to transform the global energy landscape while advancing U.S. technology leadership by creating jobs and cutting carbon pollution. This first round of grants will go to researchers and inventors in 17 states and will support the research and development of new renewable energy technologies for solar cells, wind turbines, geothermal drilling, biofuels, and biomass energy crops. The grants will also support a variety of energy efficiency technologies, including power electronics and engine-generators for advanced vehicles, devices for waste heat recovery, electrically controlled windows and control systems for smart buildings, light-emitting diodes (LEDs), reverse-osmosis membranes for water desalination, catalysts to split water into hydrogen and oxygen, improved fuel cell membranes, and more energy-dense magnetic materials for a variety of electronic components. Six grants will go to energy storage technologies, including an ultracapacitor, improved lithium-ion batteries, metal-air batteries that use ionic liquids, liquid sodium batteries, and liquid metal batteries. 
  • Energy leadership center sees no energy shortageOct 28, 2009 - Elwin Green - Post-GazetteContrary to the popular notion that the United States and the world are facing an energy shortage, Andy Hannah believes that the planet's resources offer enough potential energy -- if we can just figure out how to harness it. 
  • A Pan-Aisan Energy InfrastructureOct 25, 2009 - Desertec AsiaCoal-fired power plants are getting old. The electricity transmission system needs upgrading. New supplies of natural gas are coming on line that need a route to market. The regional economy is becoming increasingly integrated. Climate change looms large. 
  • Shifting to 100% Renewable Energy Would Save Money Oct 21, 2009 - Louis Bergeron - Stanford UniversityMost of the technology needed to shift the world from fossil fuel to clean, renewable energy already exists. Implementing that technology requires overcoming obstacles in planning and politics, but doing so could result in a 30 percent decrease in global power demand, say Stanford civil and environmental engineering Professor Mark Z. Jacobson and University of California-Davis researcher Mark Delucchi. 
  • Universities show increased use of renewable energyOct 16, 2009 - Renewable Energy FocusTwenty-six universities and colleges across the United States received a grading of A- for their use of renewable energy on campus. 
  • Israeli scientists generate electricity from road trafficOct 5, 2009 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional NewsIsraeli scientists have achieved a breakthrough in alternative energy, by generating electricity from road traffic. The technology was developed by Ra'anana-based start up Innowwattech Ltd., and Israel National Roads Company Ltd. and the Technion Israel Institute of Technology participated in the trial. 
  • New energy, renewable energy take nine pct in China's energy structureOct 02, 2009 - XinhuaNew energy and renewable energy took nine percent in China's energy structure in 2008, while coal took 69 percent and oil and natural gas 22 percent, according to the National Bureau of Statistics of China. 
  • PG&E Signs Suite of Power Agreements for Clean, Reliable Energy Oct 1, 2009 - PRNewswirePacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today announced a suite of new power agreements, totaling more than 2,000 megawatts (MW), that are expected to provide many years of clean, reliable electricity for the 15 million people it serves in northern and central California. 
  • Green Bridge over polluted watersSep 24, 2009 - Cleanenergyconnection.comThe UN Summit in Copenhagen highlighted the effect our energy consumption has taken upon our environment. On September 22, President Obama made a clear statement in his speech at the UN General Assembly when he called on nations to embrace clean energy. As more and more of these clean energy technologies become available, something must be done to help make buyers aware of what has made it to market. 
  • Clean energy gaining momentumSept 18, 2009 - Patrick Cassidy - McClatchy-Tribune Regional NewsThe future of marine renewable energy in the United States could include a large testing zone south of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, shared port facilities among states, and an electrical transmission grid buried beneath the seabed connecting offshore wind farms. 
  • Study for New England Governors Shows Region Has Significant Potential to Develop RenewablesSept 15, 2009 - Business WireAt the request of New England's six governors, ISO New England Inc., the operator of the region's bulk power system and wholesale electricity markets, recently released the results of a months-long study evaluating renewable resource potential in the region and beyond, as well as the economic and environmental impacts of that development. 
  • Renewables Global Status Report 2009 UpdateSep 9, 2009 - Eric Martinot and Janet Sawin - Renewable Energy World MagazineFuture targets for renewable energy now exist in over 73 countries, up from 45 in 2005. Many such trends continue and are documented in this summary of the REN21 annual report. 
  • U.N. reports on developing nations' energy needsSept 1, 2009 - Neil MacFarquhar - The New York TimesIt will cost between $500 billion and $600 billion every year for the next 10 years to allow developing nations to grow using renewable energy resources, instead of relying on dirty fuels that worsen global warming, according to a United Nations report released Tuesday. 
  • China sets minimum purchase quota for renewable energy-generated powerAug 25, 2009 - XinhuaChina will set a minimum purchase quota for electric power generated by renewable energy to promote the development of clean energy and environmental protection, according to a draft amendment to the renewable energy law. The draft amendment to the renewable energy law was submitted to the country's top legislature, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), for its first reading on Monday. 
  • Utilities, Groups at Odds Over Sources for Renewable Energy Aug 24, 2009 - The Sacramento BeeCalifornia's electric utilities have accepted that they'll be required to get a third of their power from renewable sources by 2020. 
  • International renewable energy agency opens bank account with "green" bankAug 24, 2009 - Al-BawabaThe International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) today announced that Director-General Helene Pelosse has opened the agency's bank account with Standard Chartered Bank, an international "green bank" that works to drive sustainable economic growth worldwide, reinforcing the agency's commitment to promoting a rapid transition towards the widespread and sustainable use of renewable energy on a global scale. 
  • New Michigan Energy Report: Renewables and Energy Efficiency Are Enough to Power the State Aug 11, 2009 - Josh Mogerman - NRDCMichigan’s power needs can be delivered by a combination of wind power, biomass, and other sources of renewable energy coupled with aggressive energy efficiency programs, according to a new energy report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The report comes as the Michigan Public Service Commission is set to make recommendations to the Department of Environmental Quality on the need for power and availability of cleaner alternative to coal later this month. 
  • Obama Administration Announces $30 Billion in Loan Guarantees for Renewable Energy Projects and to Modernize the Grid Jul 31, 2009 -Wind TodayWashington, DC--U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced July 29 that the Department of Energy will provide up to $30 billion in loan guarantees, depending on the applications and market conditions, for renewable energy projects. 
  • U.S. Military Leads Green Charge Jul 29, 2009 - Bill Opalka - Renewable Energy World.ComThe U.S. military is not just setting standards in the areas of advanced weaponry. It's also leading the renewable energy charge. It's involved in solar, geothermal and wind projects and its stake in the field will continue to grow. 
  • Renewable Sources Soar To Over 11% Of U.S. Energy ProductionJuly 29, 2009 - Ken Bosson - Sun Day CampaignWashington DC -- According to the latest issue of the "Monthly Energy Review" by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, production of renewable energy for the first third of 2009 (i.e., January 1 – April 30) was six percent higher compared to the same time period in 2008. Moreover, renewable energy accounted for 11.1 percent of domestic energy production in April 2009 and exceeded the amount contributed by nuclear power. 
  • Al Gore: Australia can be path-breaking "early responder" to climate changeJul 13, 2009 - DESERTECAustralia can play an influential global role as a path-breaking, innovative 'early responder' to climate change, according to Nobel Prize-winning climate change guru Al Gore. 
  • Country Set to Tap Power From Renewable EnergyJul 6, 2009 - The Nation/All Africa Global MediaKenya is fast-tracking its plan to boost renewable energy as hydro power increasingly becomes unreliable due to erratic rains. 
  • Villaraigosa Seeks an End to Coal PowerJul 5, 2009 - Daily BreezeEven with the prospects of higher rates, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is pushing to speed the conversion of the Department of Water and Power from cheap coal power to expanded use of renewable energy. 
  • Sri Lanka to develop renewable energyJun 28, 2009 - XinhuaThe Sri Lankan government said Sunday that it has designed a national energy plan for the development of wind and bio mass energy resource, making the renewable energy to meet 10 percent of the island's energy needs by the year of 2016. 
  • RETScreen Wins REEEP Funding for new MTV ToolJun 25, 2009 - Natural Resources CanadaThe Vienna-based Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) announced on May 8, 2009 the winners of its 7th project funding cycle. In a highly competitive process, 49 projects in 25 countries were selected for funding out of a total of 694 project concepts received from around the world. 
  • Baltic interconnection plan for renewablesJun 25, 2009 - Renewable Energy World.comEight Baltic Sea states have launched an action plan to connect Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to EU energy networks, a strategy that should boost opportunities for renewable energy development. 
  • First-of-its-kind map shows L.A. county a likely epicenter of California's green economyJun 3, 2009 - Environmental Defense FundLos Angeles County has more businesses than any other county in California that stand to benefit from the state's leadership on climate change, according to a first-of-its-kind map of green businesses in California released today. The map was released in conjunction with a report outlining how the Los Angeles area can leverage its environmental leadership to create economic opportunities. 
  • Hawaii says Aloha (Greetings) to clean, renewable energyJun 1, 2009 - Robynne Boyd - Scientific AmericanThe 50th state's call for energy sovereignty could set the pace for the rest of the nation. 
  • Bioelectricity Promises More ‘Miles Per Acre’ Than Ethanol May 7, 2009 - Carnegie Institution for ScienceSTANFORD, CA - Researchers writing in the online edition of the May 7 Science magazine say the best bet is to convert the biomass to electricity, rather than ethanol. They calculate that, compared to ethanol used for internal combustion engines, bioelectricity used for battery-powered vehicles would deliver an average of 80% more miles of transportation per acre of crops, while also providing double the greenhouse gas offsets to mitigate climate change. 
  • Potentials and prospects for renewable energies at global scale Science DigestRenewable energies (RE) represent a cornerstone to steer our energy system in the direction of sustainability and supply security. Generating electricity, heat or biofuels from renewable energy sources has become a high priority in the energy policy strategies at national level as well as at a global scale. Challenging goals for these “new” supply options to meet our energy demands have been set, e.g. at European level by the commitment of meeting 20% of the overall energy demand from renewable energy sources by 2020. 
  • The looming replacement cycle of coal-fired powerApril 1, 2009 - Stewart TaggartA massive retirement of coal-fired power plants looms around the world. The resulting 'upgrade cycle' presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make real progress against climate change. Best of all, the opportunity is being offered on a silver platter. The real question is, what energy source will be ready to replace coal-fired power? 
  • Renewables' Share of U.S. Electricity Supply Soars in 2008Mar 23, 2009 - Energy CentralAccording to the latest figures published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) in its "Electric Power Monthly" report released on March 24, 2009, non-hydro renewable sources of electricity enjoyed double-digit growth during the past year while coal, natural gas, and petroleum experienced notable declines and nuclear power remained stagnant. 
  • Seventy-Five Nations Join New International Renewable Energy Agency Jan 28, 2009 - EERE Network NewsThe International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) was founded on Monday in Bonn, Germany, and 75 nations have already signed a compact to join the new agency. IRENA is an intergovernmental organization for renewable energy, and it aims to become a driving force in the promotion of a rapid transition towards the widespread global use of renewable energy. 
  • Winter is No Friend to Green PowerDec 26, 2008 - Deseret News (Salt Lake City)Old Man Winter, it turns out, is no friend of renewable energy. This time of year, wind turbine blades ice up, biodiesel congeals in tanks and solar panels produce less power because there is not as much sun. And perhaps most irritating to the people who own them, the panels become covered with snow, rendering them useless even in bright winter sunshine. 
  • Wind, Water And Sun Beat Biofuels, Nuclear And Coal For Clean EnergyDec. 11, 2008 - ScienceDailyThe best ways to improve energy security, mitigate global warming and reduce the number of deaths caused by air pollution are blowing in the wind and rippling in the water, not growing on prairies or glowing inside nuclear power plants, says Mark Z. Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford. 
  • U.N. urges quicker transfer of green technology to poorer countriesNov. 7, 2008 - The Associated PresU.N. climate chief Yvo de Boer said Friday it is essential that industrialized countries speed up the transfer of clean energy technology to poorer ones to help tackle global warming. 
  • UNEP Launches Green Economy InitiativeOct 30, 2008 - UNEP - insnet.orgMobilizing and re-focusing the global economy towards investments in clean technologies and 'natural' infrastructure such as forests and soils is the best bet for real growth, combating climate change and triggering an employment boom in the 21st century. 
  • China Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development Report (pdf)October, 2008 - Vol. X - Louis B. Schwartz - China Strategies LLCChina's extraordinary economic growth and heavy reliance on increasingly expensive foreign oil, the vast environmental toll that is one of the most apparent costs of China's economic success, persistent rural poverty in China and periodic power shortages all have impressed upon Beijing that renewable energy must be a large part of China's economy if China is to both complete its economic transformation and achieve "energy security". 
  • Today's Alternative EnergyOctober, 2008 - Scientific AmericanPromising technologies to wean the world from fossil fuels, including offshore wind, solar, geothermal and hydrogen cars, among others 
  • UN report predicts massive need for renewablesAug 29, 2007 - RenewableEnergyFocus.comBONN, Germany - Green power should receive a share of the US$148 billion that will be needed by 2030 to reduce GHG emissions, according to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. 
  • UC San Diego Enacts Green Energy InitiativesJul 21, 2008 - Jim Gogek - RenewableEnergyWorld.comUniversity of California, San Diego, a university that considers itself to be one of the nation's greenest college campuses, has begun construction on a sustainable energy program that it says is among the largest in the nation by a university. 
  • Gore: Carbon-free electricity in 10 years doableJul 17, 2008 - Dina Cappiello - The Associated PressFormer Vice President Al Gore called Thursday for a "man on the moon" effort to switch all of the nation's electricity production to wind, solar and other carbon-free sources within 10 years, a goal that he said would solve global warming as well as economic and natural security crises caused by dependence on fossil fuels. 
  • India prime minister unveils plan to combat climate changeJun 30, 2008 - The Associated PressNEW DELHI (AP) — India's prime minister announced a plan Monday to combat global warming by focusing on renewable energy, even as he stood by a refusal to commit to greenhouse gas emission targets that could stall the country's economic growth. 
  • Researchers develop window capable of generating electricityJun 25, 2008 - Asia Pulse Data SourceSouth Korean researchers and Samsung SDI Co. said Tuesday that they have developed a window that can be used to generate electric power. 
  • Netherlands to invest huge in renewable energyJun 20, 2008 - XinhuaThe Dutch government said it will invest 7.5 billion euros in energy supply between now and 2011 with priority given to renewable energy, energy saving and CO2 reduction in order to reduce the country's dependency on oil and gas, Dutch newspapers reported on Thursday. 
  • New Zealand phases out old light bulbs to save energy, greenhouse gas outputJun 15, 2008 - The Associated PressNew Zealand will ban traditional light bulb sales from October 2009 to cut greenhouse gas emissions and save up to half a billion U.S. dollars a year in energy costs, the government said Tuesday. 
  • Renewable energy projects meet opposition from environmentalistsJun 6, 2008 - Jennifer Bowles - McClatchy-Tribune-Regional-NewsA rush to build environmentally friendly renewable energy in the windy, sunny Inland region has stirred up some unlikely foes: environmentalists. 
  • Green Economy Can Grow JobsJun 5, 2008 - Miami HeraldA study by the University of Massachusetts says the push to be environmentally conscious may provide opportunities for workers in a variety of industries. Construction people for building retrofitting, engineers and transportation people for mass transit, welders and many others for energy efficient cars, steel workers for wind power, a variety of assemblers for solar power — all could benefit from the move to green. 
  • President challenges experts to seek new energyJun 3, 2008 - Antara NewsJakarta - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono again challenged experts in energy to find new energy resources to replace fossil energy, a minister said. 
  • Green Revolution to Create 50,000 JobsMay 13, 2008 - The ScotsmanScotland is on the brink of a green jobs revolution with 50,000 posts expected to be created in the next decade, careers experts claim. 
  • Renewables Trades Converge on Capitol Hill to Address Climate Change IssuesMay 9, 2008 - Wind Energy WeeklyRenewable energy trade association representatives gathered last Tuesday on Capitol Hill for a well-attended climate change briefing, where they presented a united message on renewable resources' potential to help combat global warming and the policies needed to deploy renewable energy at the levels necessary to achieve carbon reduction goals. 
  • Green-Collar Jobs GrowingApr 27, 2008 - The Augusta ChronicleWhen 1,800 workers lost their jobs after a Maytag appliance factory and headquarters closed last year in Newton, Iowa, a wind turbine blade company saw opportunity - an available, skilled workforce in the middle of one of America's hardiest wind energy production regions. 
  • 'Green' on the go: Vancouver engineer travels third world promoting renewable energyApr 16, 2008 - Laura Mcvicker - The Columbian - McClatchy-Tribune Regional NewsVancouver, Wash. - During his overseas trips, Michel Maupoux sleeps on classroom floors, makes a bed in strangers' homes or takes a tent into a remote village. For days, he lives without electricity.At the same time, he teaches villagers how to use solar energy to manufacture light or run water pumps -- to do the exact thing he promises to live without. 
  • Clean-Energy Trends 2008Mar, 2008 - CleanEdgeAmid a challenging economic outlook—plummeting housing prices, rising foreclosure rates, record-high oil prices, sinking consumer confidence, looming recession—2007 was another banner year for clean energy, with no signs of a slowdown in 2008. Solar, wind, biofuels, geothermal, energy intelligence, hybrid- and all-electric vehicles, advanced batteries, green buildings, and other clean-energy-related technologies and markets provided bright spots in an otherwise sluggish economy. 
  • Renewable Energy Continues Rapid Global Growth in 2007Mar 12, 2008 - EERE Network NewsThe global use of renewable energy sources continued its rapid growth in 2007, with 40 gigawatts of new renewable energy capacity added throughout the world, according to a new report. That capacity growth, which includes large hydropower, brings the world's renewable energy generating capacity to more than a thousand gigawatts. Excluding large hydropower, renewable generating capacity grew by 33 gigawatts to a total of 240 gigawatts, a 16% annual growth rate. At 95 gigawatts, wind power is the largest of the newer renewable energy sources, while grid-connected solar photovoltaic systems increased by 53%, reaching 7.8 gigawatts. 
  • Portugal's rush to renewables places it in front line of EU's energy makeoverMar 11, 2008 - Barry Hatton - The Associated PressBroad fields of giant solar panels as big as houses tilt toward the sun in this torrid patch of the Iberian peninsula. 
  • DOE to Support Hawaii Efforts of 70% Renewables by 2030Feb 5, 2008 - Wind energy WeeklyThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle (R) announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding for DOE to partner with the state and help it reach a goal of using renewable energy resources to supply 70% of its power needs by 2030. 
  • France Sets Ambitious Renewable Energy TargetsJan 2, 2008 - Jane Burgermeister - renewableenergyaccess.comWind and solar power are at the heart of a big new push by the French government to increase the renewable share of the country's total energy consumption from 6.7 percent in 2004 to 20 percent by 2020. 
  • China promises more clean energy spending but warns coal use will climbDec 26, 2007 - Joe McDonald - The Associated PressChina promised Wednesday to develop renewable energy for its fast-growing economy but warned that coal consumption will grow dramatically and avoided embracing binding limits on its greenhouse gas emissions. 
  • German Investments in Clean Alternative Energy Pay OffDec 26, 2007 - Voice of America News/ContentWorksWith virtually no oil or natural gas resources of its own, Germany relies on Russia for 20 percent of its oil and one-third of its gas imports. But with Russia displaying a willingness to use oil as a political weapon, Germany is placing new emphasis on achieving energy independence - especially by developing alternative energy sources. As part of his series on the politics of oil, VOA's Brian Padden reports how German efforts to reduce pollution have led to new ways to produce energy. 
  • Renewable Energy Growth Boosted in New "Annual Energy Outlook"Dec 19, 2007 - EERE Network NewsDOE's Energy Information Administration (EIA) is now projecting renewable energy to experience 23% faster growth between now and 2030 than previously anticipated. The EIA's latest "Annual Energy Outlook" foresees renewable energy providing 12.2 quadrillion Btu (quads) of energy by 2030, up from only 9.9 quads in last year's outlook. For comparison, total U.S. energy use was 100 quads in 2006 and is projected to increase to 123.8 quads by 2030. The EIA projections include hydropower, which is expected to increase from 2.89 quads in 2006 to 3 quads in 2015, staying level after that. In contrast, biomass energy is projected to increase from 2.97 quads in 2006 to 5.52 quads in 2030, an 86% increase, while "other renewable energy" is projected to increase from 0.88 quads in 2006 to 2.49 quads in 2030, a nearly threefold increase. And this is just the EIA's reference case, often characterized as the "business as usual" case; a full EIA report examining alternative scenarios will be released early in 2008. 
  • Transmission, Renewables: Arranged Marriage, But at What Cost?Dec 4, 2007 - NGI's Power Market TodayWhile technically and administratively California's grid can absorb renewable generation sources at the 20% level by 2010, according to a recently completed report by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), how much the transformation will cost and who pays for it are still unknown, CAISO CEO Yakout Mansour said Monday during a news media briefing on the grid operator's new demand response lab. 
  • Companies squeezing power from sun, deserts in Southern CaliforniaDec 2, 2007 - San Francisco ChronicleA renewable-energy boom is under way in the Southern California desert. The region's open, empty spaces have room for big projects - such as vast solar energy farms - that can generate energy on a grand scale while producing few, if any, greenhouse gases. Dozens of new solar and geothermal generating stations have been proposed, from Lancaster to the Arizona and Mexico borders. They won't be cheap to build, possibly raising the costs Californians pay for power. But with the state's utilities scrambling to find more renewable energy, the projects are moving forward. 
  • Mather Aims for 50per Cent of Electricity From Renewable Sources By 2020Nov 28, 2007 - The Herald, Glasgow (UK)The Scottish Government yesterday announced higher targets for the amount of electricity that comes from green sources.Ministers want 31per cent of Scotland's electricity to come from renewable sources by 2011, and they have set a target of 50per cent of all electricity from renewables by 2020. That compares with the previous aim of having 40per cent of electricity generated from such sources by 2020. 
  • Renewables booming in China: ReportNov 17, 2007 - China DailyChina would likely achieve and could even exceed its target of obtaining 15 percent of its energy from renewables by 2020, according to a new report released by the Worldwatch Institute. 
  • Worldwatch Report Looks at The Role of Renewables in China's FutureNov 16, 2007 - Jennifer Runyon - renewableenergyaccess.comSymbolic though it may be, it cannot go unnoticed that China's richest man, according to the Forbes Magazine's 2006 annual list of billionaires, is the CEO of solar cell producer, SunTech Power Holdings. Even though virtually all of the company's product is exported, (coal provides most of China's energy) it's clear that the role renewable energy plays in China's future will continue to increase. 
  • Government Report: In Energy Sector, Renewables Get Less Federal SupportNov 14, 2007 - Wind Energy WeeklyA report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) comparing federal electricity subsidies by fuel type shows that renewables such as wind still get only a small share of the overall subsidies awarded to the energy sector. 
  • Rethinking U.S. Foreign Aid - Make RE, Not WarNovember/December, 2007 - Frank Zaski - Solar todayFor international security, foreign aid should include renewable energy and efficiency. 
  • Lawmakers file bill that would help connect clean energy to the power gridNov 1, 2007 - Media Release - www.house.govTwo members of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, U.S. Reps. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.) and Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), today introduced legislation in the House that would make renewable electricity produced in rural areas available to urban energy users. 
  • Green power purchases, state RES legislation to strain renewables supply--NRELOct 31, 2007 - Wind Energy WeeklyA recently released report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) highlights a potential supply and demand mismatch in renewable energy in the coming years as a result of renewable energy certificate (RECs) purchases, utility green pricing program options, and state renewable electricity standards (RES). 
  • NERC Annual Report Highlights Renewables TrendOct 19, 2007 - Wind Energy WeeklyThe nation's transmission operators and utilities will increasingly need to accommodate a much larger portion of generation from growing amounts of renewable energy resources such as wind power coming online, the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) said in its latest annual “Long Term Reliability Assessment.” 
  • Boost for Renewables As Minister Hints at Capping Grid ChargesOct 10, 2007 - The ScotsmanThe UK energy minister yesterday signalled he was prepared to intervene in a row that threatens to damage Scotland's potential to become a green-energy powerhouse. 
  • India, Iceland sign MoU on renewable energy co-operationOct 10, 2007 - Thomson FinancialThe Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy said it has signed a memorandum of understanding on renewable energy cooperation with Iceland. 
  • UNEP poised to stir green energy revolution in E. AfricaOct 10, 2007 - The Associated PressA U.N.-backed initiative is set to harvest environment-friendly hydroelectric power from millions of tea and sugar cane growers across East Africa, U.N. officials said Thursday. 
  • Coal-Emission Cleanup a Challenge for UtilitiesOct 8, 2007 - McClatchy-Tribune Information ServicesCoal-powered utilities, under intense pressure to cut carbon emissions, say the country needs the electricity that coal generates and they need time to enact controls on discharges. Groups like the Sierra Club, however, want an immediate end to coal's use -- in the United States and around the world -- to slow global warming. 
  • Shortage of renewable energy growsOct 4, 2007 - Paul Davidson - USA TodayDemand for renewable energy is outstripping supply, pushing up prices and raising the specter that some states may not meet clean-energy mandates. 
  • China shuts down 253 small coal-fired generating unitsSep 28, 2007 - Asia In FocusIn the past eight months, China has shut down 253 small coal-fired generating units that were heavy energy consumers and emitters, and replaced them with high-efficiency generators that has cut yearly coal consumption by 13.5 million tons and CO2 emissions by 27 million tons. Vice-Premier Zeng Peiyan said this while inaugurating the second forum on China-Japan Energy Saving and Environmental Protection yesterday. 
  • Nepal, UNDP sign 1.9 mln USD rural energy projectSep 25, 2007 - XinhuaThe Nepali government and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) have signed a 1.9 million-U.S.-dollar rural energy project for a period of three years. 
  • Consortium to Spearhead Renewable Energy Transmission InitiativeSep 25, 2007 - News Release - California Energy CommissionSacramento - Imagine solar mirrors shimmering in the sun and wind turbines harnessing the wind by generating thousands of megawatts of clean, green power from remote California deserts and hillsides. 
  • Study nixes nuke, fossil energy planningSep 24, 2007 - UPIA study suggests the wisest energy strategy for many nations is to move away from reliance on large-scale centralized coal and nuclear plants. 
  • AWEA Praises Bill Introduced by Senator Reid to Designate National Renewable Energy ZonesSep 21, 2007 - Wind Energy WeeklySenate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) introduced September 20 a bill to establish “National Renewable Energy Zones” to improve the development and transmission of renewable energy. AWEA praised Sen. Reid for proposing this legislation and released the following statement: 
  • Experts warn of severe challenges to peaceful use of nuclear energySep 20, 2007 - XinhuaExperts warned here on Thursday that the development of the peaceful use of nuclear energy in the world would face severe challenges over the next 25 years. 
  • Iceland phasing out fossil fuels for clean energySep 20, 2007 - CNN.comIceland may be best known for world-famous musical export Bjork but there's a new star quickly gaining this island nation worldwide acclaim -- clean energy. 
  • Council Finds Coal Cutbacks Vital to Lower CO2 Emissions in NWSep 19, 2007 - Clearing Up - energycentral.comRetiring some existing coal-fired plants and replacing their output with cleaner resources is the key to maintaining or lowering carbon dioxide emissions from the regional electric sector, according to a new Northwest Power and Conservation Council paper. 
  • World Energy Council Cites Need for More Renewables, NuclearSep 19, 2007 - NGI's Power Market TodayFossil fuels will continue to play an important role in energy supply in the decades to come, but every effort has to be made to develop cleaner, more efficient energy technologies that include renewables and nuclear power, according to the World Energy Council (WEC). 
  • Europe and U.S. Warned Over Rising Energy UseSep 18, 2007 - Internationnal Herald TribuneDespite the growing political commitment to tackling global warming, individual energy use and carbon emissions in the leading industrial countries have actually increased in recent years, the new head of a major energy advisory group said Monday. Nobuo Tanaka, the first non-European chosen to lead the International Energy Agency, said during an interview that Europe, Canada, Australia and particularly the United States had to do much more to increase energy efficiency if they wanted to have any credibility when calling on India and China to act. 
  • Taking Care of BusinessSep 10, 2007 - GreenBuzzI've long maintained that human resource managers are the real drivers of sustainability inside mainstream companies. Every time I see how-to advice on greening a company that includes the suggestion to "get top-management buy-in," I think, "Sure, but what about everyone else?" 
  • China outlines plans to increase use of renewable energySep 4, 2007 - The Associated PressBEIJING - China on Tuesday announced details of its plans to increase the use of renewable energy in an attempt to cut pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. 
  • UN report predicts massive need for renewablesAug 29, 2007 - Renewable Energy FocusBONN, Germany, August 29, 2007. Green power should receive a share of the US$148 billion that will be needed by 2030 to reduce GHG emissions, according to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. 
  • LED dynamics creates direct LED replacements for fluorescent tubesAug 2007 - LEDs Magazine Replacing a fluorescent tube with an LED luminaire becomes very easy when you don't need to worry about drivers, ballasts and wiring, writes Tim Whitaker. 
  • More states harness power of renewable energyAug 22, 2007 - Jordan Schrader - USA TodayRALEIGH, N.C. — Some focus on the sun, others on the wind, and at least one includes a role for pig power. While the particulars vary, state laws requiring electric utilities to use renewable energy sources to help curb greenhouse-gas emissions and meet growing power demands are rapidly becoming the norm. 
  • Power to the poorAug 13, 2007 - New Straits TimesTHERE is a noticeable link between the provision of power and the incidence of poverty. When electricity illuminates homes, schools and clinics, pumps water and powers machines, it lights up lives, brightens prospects and radiates hope for the future by kindling learning, opening up communications, unlocking income-generating activities and driving up living standards. This is why access to electricity has been recognised as a key tool against poverty and why investments in rural electrification has been a major feature of poverty eradication plans. 
  • BP and Powerspan Collaborate to Demonstrate and Commercialize CO2 Capture Technology for Power Plants (pdf)Aug 8, 2007 - Press Release - PowerSpan(Portsmouth, NH) BP Alternative Energy and Powerspan Corp. today announced their collaborative agreement to develop and commercialize Powerspan’s carbon dioxide (CO2) capture technology, called “ECO2™,” for power plants. The scope of the agreement includes financial and technical support for pilot demonstration and commercial scale-up activities, which may include joint development of large-scale demonstration projects that would capture CO2 from power station flue gas. The captured CO2 would be sent for secure, long-term storage deep underground. Use of ECO2 for large scale capture and storage of CO2 from power plants represents a major option for reducing greenhouse gases. 
  • Coal Plant Opposition Mounts in NevadaAug 8, 2007 - PowernewsOpposition in Nevada is rapidly building against plans for three new coal-fired plants in the state. Most telling for the opponents of the projects is the opposition of the state's most important political leader, U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader. 
  • China Grants Special Protection to Renewable Energy FirmsAug 6, 2007 - Asia PulseChina's renewable energy enterprises will be given "special protection" by the government from September 1 
  • At Helm of Governors Association, Pawlenty Steers Course for Clean EnergyJul 30, 2007 - Wind Energy WeeklyIt's official: a renewable energy advocate is leading the National Governors Association (NGA). In his first act as NGA chair, at the closing plenary session of the association’s annual meeting, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty (R) announced the foremost initiative he will undertake while holding the chair seat: "Securing a Clean Energy Future." 
  • Business sees green in energy savingsJul 20, 2007 - MONICA HATCHER - MiamiHerald.comIn the effort to clean the atmosphere of toxic carbon pollution, business leaders meeting Friday at the Summit on Global Climate Change seemed to agree that going green means more of the green stuff in the future. ''What's good for the environment is good for business,'' said Lorraine Bolsinger, a vice president with GE, who spoke along with business representatives on two panels at the summit that ends later Friday. 
  • New Renewable Energy Tracking System Launched for Western U.S.Jun 25, 2007 - SacramentoThe California Energy Commission today announced the launch of the Western Renewable Energy Generation Information System (WREGIS), a renewable energy registry and tracking system for electricity generation. 
  • Developing Nations Embrace Renewable EnergyJun 22, 2007 - SciDev.Net/All Africa Global MediaDeveloping countries have increased investment in renewable energy, accounting for one-fifth of the world's total last year, according to a report by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) released today (21 June). 
  • India needs long-term energy planning: study New DelhiJun 20, 2007 - Asia Pulse Data SourceIndia needs to pursue an integrated approach to energy planning as high economic growth equaling or exceeding eight per cent would create much larger demand for energy in the next few decades, a study has said. 
  • Western Governors Release Energy Report Jun 13, 2007 - RenewableEnergyAccess.comCasper, Wyoming [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Western states are on track to surpass a 2004 goal of adding 30,000 megawatts of "clean and diversified" energy generation in the region by 2015, according to a report from the Western Governors' Association. The report released [June 17] said 80,000 megawatts is possible with better cooperation from the federal government. The report came out as the Western Governors' Association began its annual conference in Deadwood, S.D. 
  • Cheap, Reliable and Renewable Electricity a Step Closer for Pacific IslandersJun 12, 2007 Worldbank.orgWASHINGTON - The World Bank Board of Executive Directors today approved US$9.5 million provided by the Global Environment Facility to fund renewable energy electricity supplies for rural communities in Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Republic of the Marshall Islands. 
  • Integration of Renewable Energy into Electricity GridsJun 6, 2007 - IEA ReportPARIS, France - The International Energy Agency will table a final report to the G8 meeting in Japan next year that will establish "a degree of consensus on the priority issues" to integrate green power into electricity grids. 
  • International university presidents declare energy research crucial May 7, 2007 - Christopher Leonard - The Associated PressThirteen university presidents from around the world declared Monday that studying energy and the environment are the most important fields for researchers. 
  • FPL to Issue RFP on Renewable Energy SourcesApr 23, 2007 - Business WireFlorida Power & Light Company (NYSE:FPL) today announced it has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to identify and select new renewable generation resources that will help the company enhance its fuel diversity and maintain system reliability while providing cost-effective power to its customers. 
  • U.N. scientists to lay out ways to head off worst of climate change, at least costApr 23, 2007- Michael Casey - The Associated PressEnvironmental Writer Printer Friendly After two reports predicting a warmer Earth where life is fundamentally changed, a U.N.-sponsored scientific panel next month will issue a third study describing how a united world can avert the worst, by embracing technologies ranging from nuclear power to manure controls. 
  • India to depend on renewable sources to meet energy needsApr 9, 2007 - Asia Pulse Data Source New Delhi, India will be dependent on renewable sources such as solar, hydro and biofuels to meet 50 per cent of its energy requirements by 2050. Through the use efficiency measures the country will also be able to reduce 50 per cent of its energy consumption. 
  • Portugal investing billions in renewable energy by 2012, government saysMar 22, 2007 - The Associated PressLISBON, Portugal: Portugal plans investments of euro8.1 billion (US$10.8 billion) in renewable energy projects over the next five years, a government official said Thursday. 
  • Greece to invest 2.5 billion euros in renewable energy sources by 2010Mar 19, 2007 - XinhuaGreek Development Minister Dimitris Sioufas on Monday signed a ministerial decision on licensing of electricity production from renewable energy sources and high-performance heating electricity co-production in the country. 
  • U.S. ASKS FIRMS TO PROVIDE CLEAN ENERGY TECHNOLOGY TO INDIA, CHINAMar 13, 2007 - AsiaPulseThe US Commerce Department has asked American companies to exploit opportunities in clean technologies for energy generation in India and China. 
  • Richardson signs renewable energy billsMar 6, 2007 - The Associated PressSunny, windy New Mexico is the "clean energy state," Gov. Bill Richardson said Monday as he signed into law two measures that encourage the production of electricity from renewable sources. 
  • House approves Renewable Energy Transmission AuthorityFeb 15, 2007 - The Associated PressLegislation intended to promote the generation and transmission of electricity from clean, renewable sources was whisked through the House on Wednesday. 
  • Wind Farm in India is 500th Kyoto Project in a Developing CountryFeb 14, 2007 - EERE Network NewsThe Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) announced Monday that an 8.75-megawatt wind facility in Gujurat, India, is the 500th project to be registered under the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). The Kyoto Protocol specifies greenhouse gas reduction requirements for its participating countries, but allows countries to earn credits toward those requirements through emissions-reducing investments in developing countries. Even though developing countries don't have specific reduction goals, the CDM helps reduce the growth of green. 
  • Energy needs more money in U.S., says federal agencyJan 24, 2007 - RefocusIn 2005, the United States derived 6% of its energy from renewables, the same level as in 1973, according to an analysis by the Government Accountability Office. 
  • Iceland, Abu Dhabi will cooperate in renewable energy: GrimssonJan 22, 2007 - Asia Pulse Data SourceIceland is a fundamental proof that it is possible within the lifetime of one generation to transform the energy system of our countries, said President of Iceland Olafur Ragnar Grimsson at the World Forum Energy Summit (WFES) which opened Monday at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. 
  • Denmark unveils plan to reduce fossil fuels, double use of renewable energyJan 19, 2007 - The Associated PressThe government on Friday unveiled plans to cut the use of fossil fuels by up to 15 percent and double renewable energy sources within 18 years - in a drive for cleaner fuel and greater self-sufficiency. 
  • RENEWABLES IN GLOBAL ENERGY SUPPLY (pdf)Jan 2007Renewable energies are essential contributors to the energy supply portfolio as they contribute to world energy supply security, reducing dependency of fossil fuel resources, and provide greenhouse gases mitigating opportunities. Differences in defi nition and lack of adequate data complicated the discussion between participants on these key issues. The International Energy Agencybelieves that a fact sheet can be of use to all in order to facilitate the debate on the past, current and future place and role of renewables in total energy supply.http://www.iea.org/textbase/papers/2006/renewable_factsheet.pdf 
  • EPA Challenges Fortune 500 to Double Use of Green Power Dec 4, 2006 - GreenBiz.comThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is asking Fortune 500 companies double their current level of green power purchasing. 
  • Chinese Government to Start Buying GreenNov 30, 2006 - Worldwatch InstituteChina’s Ministry of Finance and the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) have announced that starting in 2007, the nation’s central and provincial governments will prioritize their purchasing of environmentally friendly products and services. The government’s new “green procurement” policy will be implemented at all levels of jurisdiction starting in 2008. 
  • Renewables increase carbon emissions despite declining outputNov 29, 2006 - Refocus WeeklyEmissions of carbon dioxide from renewable energy facilities in the United States have doubled since 1990, according to government reports. 
  • U.S. think tank extols benefits of renewablesNov 22, 2006 - Refocus WeeklySwitching the U.S. economy to run on renewable energies could save money and reduce pollution, with visible benefits within a decade, says a national think tank. 
  • Namibia: Country On Verge of Policy Breakthrough On Renewable EnergyNov 21, 2006 - Brigitte Weidlich Windhoek - The NamibianNAMIBIA will soon have its own regulatory framework and technical standards for the use of appliances powered by renewable energies such as solar or wind power. 
  • Venture Capitalists Pour Money into California Clean-Energy CompaniesNov 21, 2006 - California Energy MarketsVenture capitalists are coming in droves to throw millions of dollars at California companies that specialize in clean-energy technology, spurred on by the state's promotion of renewable energy and greenhouse-gas emissions reductions. 
  • Report: Renewables Could Create Tens of Thousands of JobsNov 14, 2006 - Wind Energy WeeklyThe manufacturing of renewables components such as wind turbines and solar panels could create 42,000 new jobs in Pennsylvania and 23,000 new jobs in Ohio if the right federal and state incentives are put in place, according to two studies released by the Apollo Alliance. In addition, the studies found, thousands of firms in each state could benefit from the expanded manufacturing activity. 
  • European renewable energy market growingNov 14, 2006 - UPIEuropean government promotion of renewable fuels will increase that market's value from $11.39 billion in 2005 to $18.63 billion in 2010, a study said. 
  • China, Italy to cooperate on exploiting marine current powerNov 8, 2006 - XinhuaItaly and China signed an agreement on Wednesday to exploit marine current to generate electricity, a move aimed at promoting renewable energy in China. 
  • Asia-Pacific Partnership Yields Renewable Energy and Efficiency ProjectsNov 8, 2006 - EERE NetworkUnder Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs Dr. Paula J. Dobriansky today announced that the United States and the other five Partner nations of the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate have endorsed detailed Action Plans and nearly 100 collaborative projects and activities to implement this initiative. The announcement was made in remarks to experts from all Partner nations gathered in Columbus, Ohio, to attend a week-long series of site visits organized and hosted by American Electric Power, one of the private sector partners. 
  • Clean energy is 'cost effective'Nov 7, 2006 - BBC NewsUsing cleaner and more efficient energy not only helps the environment but also makes economic sense, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). 
  • U.S. coalition wants renewables to provide 50% of electricityOct 25, 2006 - Refocus WeeklyMore than 150 organizations and businesses from 38 states have endorsed the 'Sustainable Energy Blueprint' for the United States. The policy document was developed by member groups of the Sustainable Energy Coalition to outline "a plausible strategy and timeframe for rapidly expanding the use of energy efficient and renewable energy technologies to enable a dramatic reduction in greenhouse gases, while simultaneously phasing out nuclear power and ending most energy imports," explains co-ordinator Ken Bossong. 
  • MNES is now Min of New and Renewable EnergyOct 22, 2006 - Asia Pulse Data SourceThe government has re-christened the Ministry of Non-conventional Energy Sources as Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. "The new name gives a more positive outlook to the ministry as compared to the earlier name," a Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry official said. 
  • New technology needed to cut pollution-World BankOct 11, 2006 - Gilbert Le Gras - ReutersThe world's top polluting nations agreed new energy-generating technologies are needed to curb global warming and developing countries asked rich states for training and know-how, a World Bank official said on Wednesday. 
  • Business, Environmental Groups Release 'Sustainable Energy Blueprint' Oct 9, 2006 - Greenbiz.comNearly 150 companies, environmental organizations, and others have released a "Sustainable Energy Blueprint," a policy paper outlining a "plausible strategy for achieving a no-nuclear, low-carbon, highly-efficient and sustainable energy future." 
  • Commission helps developing countries invest in 'clean energy'Oct 8, 2006 - Euractive.comWith a contribution of 80 million euro over four years, the Commission wants to start a new global risk-capital fund which should mobilise private and public investments in both renewables and energy efficiency in developing countries. 
  • Strategic Partnership Between Turkey And Germany In Renewable EnergyOct 4, 2006 - TurkishPress.comISTANBUL - Turkey and Germany reached an agreement in principle concerning renewable energy, Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Hilmi Guler said after a bilateral meeting with German Minister of Environment. 
  • China to increase investments in alternative energy projectsOct 4, 2006 - Asia Pulse Data SourceChina will step up investments in projects involving development of bio-energy and other alternative energies between 2006 and 2010 to ensure energy security and maintain its high economic growth. 
  • China expecting increase in renewable energy investmentSep 12, 2006 - Asia In FocusChina is expecting a wave of investment in renewable new energy sources and domestic and foreign investors widely agree that the development of new energy in China will generate great business opportunities, according to speakers at the Tenth China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT) in Xiamen. It is estimated that China will need to invest about 800 billion yuan (US$100.5 billion) in new energy in the years to 2020. 
  • 'Green' energy project headed for Conestoga LandfillAug 24, 2006 - Tim Mekeel - accessmylibrary.comAnother source of "green" energy has been found right under our noses. Two energy companies will begin construction as early as October of a $10 million system at Conestoga Landfill that will capture its methane gas -- created by decomposing trash -- and ship it via pipelines to area industry.http://www.accessmylibrary.com/comsite5/bin/pdinventory.pl?pdlanding=1&referid=2930&purchase_type=ITM&item_id=0286-17398572 
  • Austria announces plan to expand sources of renewable energyAug 21, 2006 - The America's Intelligence WireAustria is launching a project to drastically reduce its dependence on oil and other fossil fuels by next year, government officials said Monday, unveiling a plan to expand sources of renewable energy. The project, called Masterplan Environmental Technology, will utilize a network of 40 companies, organizations, universities and research institutes working with the government, Environmental Minister Joseph Proell said at a news conference.http://www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-17338601_ITM 
  • Ethanol could leave the world hungryAug 16, 2006 - Fortune Magazine - CNNMoney.comOne tank full of the latest craze in alternative energy could feed one person for a year, Lester Brown tells Fortune. The growing myth that corn is a cure-all for our energy woes is leading us toward a potentially dangerous global fight for food. While crop-based ethanol -the latest craze in alternative energy - promises a guilt-free way to keep our gas tanks full, the reality is that overuse of our agricultural resources could have consequences even more drastic than, say, being deprived of our SUVs. It could leave much of the world hungry.http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune_archive/2006/08/21/8383659/index.htm 
  • Iceland: Energy To Spare, Ideas to ShareAug 4, 2006 - Paul Sisco - voanews.comSome Americans say fossil fuel dependency is a national addiction. But there is one nation that seems well on the way to kicking the habit.http://www.voanews.com/english/2006-08-04-voa42.cfm 
  • Q & A: Opportunities in India's Renewable Energy MarketJul 31, 2006 - Renewableenergyworld.comIndia's renewable energy market is estimated at half a billion dollars and is experiencing annual double-digit growth. Looking to keep up with demand, Indian businesses will be visiting the U.S. as part of an inbound trade mission to explore sourcing and partnership opportunities with American companies. The event, sponsored by the U.S. Commercial Service under the auspices of the Asia Pacific Partnership for Clean Development & Climate, will include stops in Chicago and Los Angeles, August 7 and 9. Renewable Energy Access.com recently discussed India's renewable energy market with Preetha Nair, Senior Commercial Service specialist at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi.http://www.renewableenergyaccess.com/rea/news/reinsider/story;jsessionid=5EC18B92F1FCD213907AE21087BE7122?id=45575 
  • Greenpeace welcomes ASEAN Energy Ministers' commitment to renewable Jul 27, 2006 - Greenpeace SEAsiaGreenpeace today welcomed ASEAN Energy Ministers' joint statement which commits to strengthening renewable energy development in Southeast Asia as the 24th ASEAN Energy Ministers Meeting in Laos winds down. The environmental group also expressed hope that this was not mere rhetoric but will translate to real policies and a massive renewable energy uptake in the region. According to Greenpeace, Southeast Asia is home to some of the largest renewable energy resources in the world.http://www.greenpeace.org/seasia/en/news/sean-energy-ministers-commit-t 
  • Renewable Energy RenewedJul 19, 2006 - Forbes.comA year ago, Congress passed out billions in tax breaks to all manner of energy producers, from wind farms to oil drillers. But not all industries were treated equally. The heavyweights--oil and gas producers, and the coal and nuclear industries--got lots of time to build their operations and claim their credits. For example, the companies that won $1.3 billion in credits to build "clean" coal facilities have seven years from the allocation of the credits to be up and running.http://www.forbes.com/businessinthebeltway/2006/07/18/business-beltway-renewable-cz_ae_0719beltway.html 
  • Renewable Energy Poised To Broaden Its Reach, Specialist SaysJul 6, 2006 - America.govThe renewable energy sector is about to turn a corner. Commercially available and economically competitive in many locations, renewables will further U.S. national interests by helping end our addiction to oil and begin to address the issue of global warming. The industry is poised for Phase II, putting America’s 30-year, $15 billion investment in research, development, and demonstration of renewable energy technologies to use in the marketplace.http://usinfo.state.gov/xarchives/display.html?p=washfile-english&y=2006&m=July&x=20060706134632SAikceinawz0.498562
  • Renewable could quadruple by 2050 with policy incentives says IEAJun 28, 2006 - Refocus WeeklyPARIS, France, June 28, 2006 (Refocus Weekly) The world must "act urgently and decisively" to promote renewable energies, says the International Energy Agency.http://www.sparksdata.co.uk/refocus/fp_showdoc.asp?docid=32529849&accnum=1&topics 
  • RENEWABLE ENERGY AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY EXPO SHOWCASES SOLUTIONS MISSING FROM PROPOSED "ENERGY WEEK" LEGISLATION (pdf)Jun 23, 2006 - Press Release - Environmental and Energy Study InstituteWASHINGTON, DC—On June 20, the Sustainable Energy Coalition (SEC) and the House and SenateRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucuses hosted the Renewable Energy & Energy EfficiencyExpo and Policy Forum to demonstrate how sustainable energy technologies can meet America's energyneeds now as well as in the near- and long-term future. Companies representing the biomass, combined heatand power (CHP), geothermal, hydropower, small distributed technology, solar, and wind industriesrevealed to visitors that their technologies are already available to free us from our dependence on foreignoil, slash greenhouse gas emissions and improve the reliability of our power grid.http://www.eesi.org/publications/Press%20Releases/2006/6.23.06RE_EEExpoEnergyWeek.pdf 
  • UK CAN MEET POWER DEMAND FROM RENEWABLES RATHER THAN NUCLEAR, SAYS WWFJun 19, 2006 - Renewables NewsThe UK can meet its energy needs and reduce the impact of climate change by increasing the use of renewable energy, says a study produced for the WWF conservation group.http://www.gozero.org.uk/files/Renewables%20News%2019%20June%2006.doc 
  • The Expanding Role Of State Renewable Energy Policy in the USJun 17, 2006 - Horizon Solutions Site - solutions-site.orgA growing portion of U.S. states’ electricity is being provided by renewable energy, according to a report released on June 14 by the Pew Center on Global Climate Changehttp://www.solutions-site.org/artman/publish/article_259.shtml 
  • China sets up special fund for renewable energyJun 14, 2006 - People's Daily OnlineChina's Ministry of Finance (MOF) and State Development and Reform Commission (SDRC) are in talks to establish a special fund for the development of renewable energy, the China Securities Journal reported on Tuesday.http://english.people.com.cn/200606/14/eng20060614_273831.html 
  • THE EXPANDING ROLE OF STATE RENEWABLE ENERGY POLICYJun 14, 2006 - Press Release - pewclimate.orgA growing portion of U.S. states’ electricity is being provided by renewable energy, according to a report released today by the Pew Center on Global Climate Change.http://www.pewclimate.org/press_room/sub_press_room/2006_releases/rps_release.cfm 
  • California ISO Planning for Boom in Renewable PowerJun 14, 2006 - California ISO (Independent System Operator) CorporationThousands of megawatts in new wind, geothermal and solar generation due on line in California over the next five years to meet…http://www.caiso.com/1815/1815cd91609e0.pdf 
  • Kicking Our Oil Addiction:  Minnesota Becomes First State to Endorse an Electric-Alcohol Strategy Jun 8, 2006 - Institute for Local Self-Reliance - ilsr.orgMinnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has signed into law H.F. 3718, the nation’s first law promoting plug-in hybrid, flexible-fueled vehicles.http://www.ilsr.org/columns/2006/060806.html 
  • China is world's leading investor in renewable energyMay 17, 2006 - People's Daily OnlineChina has become the top investor in renewable energy in the world, experts said Tuesday at the ongoing forum for decentralized sustainable energy solutions in China.http://english.people.com.cn/200605/17/eng20060517_266330.html 
  • MIT hoping to short-circuit energy crunchMay 3, 2006 - Local News - boston.comThe Massachusetts Institute of Technology is planning an ambitious effort to solve the world's energy problems, including spending at least $25 million annually on new research, according to a report set to be released today.http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2006/05/03/mit_hoping_to_short_circuit_energy_crunch/ 
  • Renewable Electricity: Poised to make a DifferenceMay 2006 - National Renewable Energy LaboratoryOur appetite for electricity is insatiable. By 2025, global demand is projected to reach more than 26 trillion kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year. That’s a lot of power, almost double the 13.6 trillion kWh the planet consumed in 2000.http://pepei.pennnet.com/Articles/Article_Display.cfm?Section=ARTCL&ARTICLE_ID=255997&VERSION_NUM=2&p=6 
  • Renewables provided 13.3% of global energy in 2003, says IEA Apr 5, 2006 - Refocus WeeklyApril 5, 2006 (Refocus Weekly) Renewables provided 13.3% of the world’s total primary energy supply in 2003, with non-hydro and non-combustible renewables providing 0.5% of both commercial and non-commercial energy.http://www.sparksdata.co.uk/refocus/redesign/showdoc.asp?docid=6542606&accnum=1 
  • New Mexico Bill Aims to Export Renewable EnergyJan 26, 2006 - renewableenergyworld.comA bill under consideration in New Mexico could create the essential groundwork for the state to become a large-scale net-exporter of renewable energy produced from the state's abundant natural resources.http://www.renewableenergyaccess.com/rea/news/story?id=42389 
  • The New Red, White and BlueJan 10, 2006 - SustainableBusiness.comThe biggest threat to America and its values today is not communism, authoritarianism or Islamism. It's petrolism. Petrolism is my term for the corrupting, antidemocratic governing practices - in oil states from Russia to Nigeria and Iran - that result from a long run of $60-a-barrel oil. Petrolism is the politics of using oil income to buy off one's citizens with subsidies and government jobs, using oil and gas exports to intimidate or buy off one's enemies, and using oil profits to build up one's internal security forces and army to keep oneself ensconced in power, without any transparency or checks and balances.http://www.sustainablebusiness.com/news/sbnews.cfm?id=8386 
  • The State of Green Business: Good News and BadDec 31, 2005 -Business PracticesIf you've been engaged in the green business world for any length of time, you know the short story: there's good news and bad. Herewith is a top-ten list of sorts: five reasons for optimism, and five reasons for concern, about the state of business and the environment.http://makower.typepad.com/joel_makower/2005/12/the_state_of_gr.html 
  • World Renewable Energy Assembly (WREA) 2005: The Human Right to Renewable EnergyNov 26-30, 2005 - WREA"All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights." This first article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights articulates a basic human commitment. Only by respecting this commitment, a humane life in peace can be assured. Energy is the fundamental prerequisite of every life. The availability of energy is a fundamental and indivisible human right.http://www.wrea2005.org/final_communique.php 
  • Renewables to provide 2% of global energy by 2030, says IEA Nov 9, 2005 - Refocus WeeklyEnergy from emerging renewables will grow faster than any other source in the world until 2030, increasing at 6.2% per year, according to the latest forecast from the International Energy Agency.http://www.sparksdata.co.uk/refocus/redesign/showdoc.asp?docid=29798526&accnum=1  
  • Renewable Energy Brings Water to the World Aug 23, 2005 - renewableenergyworld.comIn the future, few things will be more important than ample supplies of clean water to ensure economic success, good health and political stability across the globe. Every day solar and wind energy systems are saving billions of gallons of clean water around the world and the opportunity exists to save much more water. Fittingly, "Bringing Water to the World" was one of the major themes at the recent ASES / ISES solar energy conference in Florida. But now it's time the issue was given the attention that it deserves.http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/reinsider/story?id=35664  
  • Earth, Water, Fire & Air: Utility Strategies For Renewable Energy Jul 2005 - Peter R. Savage Rports - ResearchandMarkets.comRenewables quotas are being set for utilities. But how can you meet them? Let this guide on renewables for large-scale power generation show you.http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reportinfo.asp?report_id=307836&t=d&cat_id= 
  • West Wing’s Ethanol ProblemFeb 2, 2005 - alternet.orgIn a recent episode of The West Wing, dark horse Democratic presidential candidate Matt Santos (played by Jimmy Smits) condemned ethanol on the grounds that, "Storage is a nightmare."http://www.alternet.org/envirohealth/21147/ 
  • How great divide could light up the lives of millionsJun 7, 2005 - Xan Rice - The Times"Under the Rift Valley we have a natural resource that can be of huge benefit to Africans," said Mr Obuya, gesturing towards the clouds of steam wafting across the muddy shoreline of Lake Bogoria. 
  • A technological Bonanza?Oct 28-Nov 3, 2004 - Al-Ahram Weekly Online - weekly.ahram.orgA new Egyptian discovery in the field of renewable energy promises to provide cheap electricity and thousands of jobs. But, as Gihan Shahine finds out, nobody seems to care.http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2004/714/fe1.htm 
  • Lawsuit Offers Another Reason for Renewable EnergyJul 21, 2004 - Solar AccessLawsuits could be a means to convince major power companies they need to make a real effort toward lowering greenhouse gas emissions.http://www.energybulletin.net/1138.html 
  • California Takes Steps Toward Kyoto Standards2004 - Ann Diener - The Light ConnectionWhen the Kyoto Protocol came into effect on February 16, the decision of the United States not to participate carried a significant influence in the world's eyes.http://www.lightconnectiononline.com/Archive/apr05_article5.htm 
  • A worldwide goal of Clean Energy (pdf)Oct 24, 2001 - Paul R. Epstein and Ross Gelbspan - Globe Newspaper CompanyThe U.S. been traumatized, since Sept. 11, by the realization of just how vulnerable our society is.http://chge.med.harvard.edu/media/documents/cleanenergy.pdf 
  • UNEP Calls For A Clean Energy FutureMar 2, 2001 - United Nations Environment ProgrammeOver the next two decades, an estimated $9-15 trillion will be invested in new power sector projects.http://www.unep.org/Documents.Multilingual/Default.asp?DocumentID=193&ArticleID=2782&l=en 
  • We need a green revolution, says GorbachevFeb 20, 2001 - World Watch MagazineThe March/April issue of WORLD WATCH brings together three of the world's best-known fighters for an environmentally sustainable planet.http://www.worldwatch.org/node/1686 
  • People PowerJan 7, 2001 - Fred Pearce - The New Scientist MagazineForget big generators... in ten years' time we could be making and even selling our own electricity. We might even save the planet. 
  • Australia centers on renewable energyDec 17, 2000 - Jason MajorAustralian households and industries could produce their own clean, green electricity or draw it from a nearby source under a radical new distribution concept in Australia. 
  • 1st Rochdale and Touchstone Energy to Announce 'Green Apple' Renewable Energy Program to Alleviate New York's Overburdened Electric GridDec 7, 2000 - National Rural Electric Cooperative AssocJournalists are invited to attend a joint announcement by Allen L. Thurgood, the chairman and chief executive officer of 1st Rochdale Cooperative Group, Ltd., and Jim Bausell, the chief operating officer of Touchstone Energy®, unveiling 1st Rochdale's "Green Apple" Renewable Energy Program to alleviate New York City's overburdened electric grid through energy management and renewable and sustainable sources such as solar power and gas turbine, microturbine, and fuel cell technologies. 
  • Beyond Fossil Fuel: The Alternatives Are GrowingDec 6, 2000 - Power DeregulationWith the convergence of strict environmental controls, electricity deregulation, and high oil prices, renewable fuels are back in the limelight -- likely for good. 
  • Beijing to Explore New Energy ResourceDec 4, 2000 - People's Daily Online- Sci-EduBeijing is expected to improve its energy consumption structure by exploring new energy resources such as geothermal power, solar energy, bio-energy and wind power to reduce the use of traditional energy resource like coal, gas and oil,http://english.people.com.cn/english/200012/03/eng20001203_56796.html 
  • Beijing Will Explore New Alternative Energy ResourcesDec 1, 2000 - Xinhau News AgencyBeijing is expected to improve its energy consumption structure by exploring new energy resources such as geothermal power, solar energy, bio-energy and wind power to reduce the use of traditional energy resource like coal, gas and oil. 
  • Turning Soviet legacy into green futureNov 24, 2000 - Douglas Herbert - CNN.comTHE HAGUE, The Netherlands -- There are myriad ways to cut greenhouse gas emissions. You can plant forests to photo-synthetically "vacuum up" excess carbon dioxide belched into the skies. 
  • Alternative Energy Sources Heating UpAug 14, 2000 - Jeff McDonald - Union-TribuneHere's one byproduct of the summerlong run-up in energy costs that might pay big dividends down the road: More and more businesses and homeowners are looking at alternative ways to light their offices, power their PCs and tune in their televisions. 
  • 20th Century Power System Incompatible with Digital EconomyJul 15, 2000 - Seth Dunn - worldwatch.orgToday’s giant coal and nuclear power plants are failing to provide the high-quality, reliable electricity needed to power the new digital economy, according to a new report from the Worldwatch Institute, a Washington, DC-based research organization. 
  • The Global Warming debateJan 1999 - James Hansen - Goddard Institute fro Space StudiesIn my view, we are not doing as well as we could in the global warming debate. For one thing, we have failed to use the opportunity to help teach the public about how science research works. On the contrary, we often appear to the public to be advocates of fixed adversarial positions. Of course, we can try to blame this on the media and politicians, with their proclivities to focus on antagonistic extremes. But that doesn't really help. 
  • The KLD Global Climate 100SM IndexT he KLD Global Climate 100SM Index (GC 100) is a specialty index designed to promote investment in public companies whose activities demonstrate the greatest potential for mitigating immediate and long-term causes of climate change. http://www.kld.com/indexes/gc100/index.html 
  • Winning the Oil Endgame Innovation for Profits, Jobs, and Security. . . a strategy for ending US oil dependence, and is applicable worldwide.There are many analyses of the oil problem. This synthesis is the first roadmap of the oil solution—one led by business for profit.http://www.oilendgame.com 
  • Sen. Salazar Hosts Successful Renewable Energy Summit"We cannot postpone the development of renewable energy resources any longer," said Senator Salazar. "By bringing together business, non-profit and government stakeholders, I am hopeful the conversations that took place today have built bridges of cooperation towards our common goal: America’s energy independence." 
  • Survey respondents favor alternative fuelsMost American voters think the country is facing an energy crisis and that government and private industry should invest billions of dollars to increase the role renewable fuels play in the nation's economy. Those are the sentiments of a new survey of 1,000 registered voters commissioned by Energy Future Coalition, a nonpartisan public policy initiative in Washington, D.C. The study found: 
  • Bangladesh lights up!When Bangladesh gained independence in 1971 it turned to an international co-operative association to help supply electricity to its rural areas. Three decades on the programme begun by the National Rural Electric Co-operative Association (NRECA) is recognised as one of the most successful rural electrification projects in the developing world. It has also proved one of the most effective development initiatives in the whole of Bangladesh. 
  • Viet Nam pursues renewable energy to avoid power shortage Viet Nam is accelerating the drawing up of a strategy to develop renewable energy, considering this to be a solution to escape from the "hunger" for energy in the near future, a senior industrial official said. 
  • Austria announces plan to expand sources of renewable energyVIENNA, Austria - Austria is launching a project to drastically reduce its dependence on oil and other fossil fuels by next year, government officials said Monday, unveiling a plan to expand sources of renewable energy. 
  • Planning system must support renewables, says MinisterHousing and Planning Minister Yvette Cooper urged all local authorities to include on-site renewable energy measures in their local development plans to help tackle climate change. 
  • How to Beat the Big Energy ChillThis winter's soaring heating bills will be a painful reminder that we're living in an age of expensive energy. But there's an upside: the business case for renewable sources of energy is warming up quickly. 
  • Tucson Electric Power, UNS Electric Issues RFP for RenewablesTucson Electric Power Inc. ("TEP") and UNS Electric Inc., ("UNSE") hereby issues this Request for Proposal ("RFP") for Renewable Energy Resources. 
  • Carbon Constraints are comingA carbon constrained world is coming. At least 160 nations have already signed on to the global warming treaty called the Kyoto Protocol while others are taking different approaches to minimizing greenhouse gases thought to cause the phenomenon. 
  • The New Red, Blue and WhiteWhat's so disturbing about President Bush and Dick Cheney is that they talk tough about the necessity of invading Iraq, torturing terror suspects and engaging in domestic spying - all to defend our way of life and promote democracy around the globe.
  • "Little Green Data Book 2006" launched at United Nations, with a focus on energy and climate changeCarbon dioxide (CO2) emissions continue to rise with a mix of old and new polluters, according to the Little Green Data Book 2006, launched on the occasion of the Fourteenth Session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-14). 
  • 165 Nations Approve Kyoto RulesInternational delegates agreed on Saturday to the first-ever rules aimed at stopping global warming -- a pact the United States, the world's biggest polluter, has rejected. 
  • Sweden Plans To be World’s first oil-free economySweden is to take the biggest energy step of any advanced western economy by trying to wean itself off oil completely within 15 years - without building a new generation of nuclear power stations. 
  • US Renewables Group Closes Initial $80 Million to fund Renewable Energy ProjectsRenewables Group ("USRG"), a company organized to acquire, develop and operate renewable energy and clean fuel assets, today announced an initial close of $80 million as part of its plan to raise a total of $250 million in financing. 
  • China's Growing Pollution Reaches U.S.On a mountaintop overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Steven Cliff collects evidence of an industrial revolution taking place thousands of miles away. The tiny, airborne particles Cliff gathers at an air monitoring station just north of San Francisco drifted over the ocean from coal-fired power plants, smelters, dust storms and diesel trucks in China and other Asian countries. 
  • Alternative fuel station offers a look at the future of energyIf the United States is going to end its addiction to oil, the fuel station of the future might look like Pearson Ford Fuel Depot. 
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