Items in Archive 'Renewables'

Seven Reasons Cheap Oil Can’t Stop Renewables Now >> 02 Feb 2015

Oil prices have fallen by more than half since July. Just five years ago, such a plunge in fossil fuels would have put the renewable-energy industry on bankruptcy watch. Today: Meh.

Here are seven reasons why humanity’s transition to cleaner energy won’t be sidetracked by cheap oil.
1. The Sun Doesn't Compete With Oil
Oil is for cars; renewables [...]

Global Tracking Framework Sheds Light on the State of Renewable Energy >> 29 May 2013

How many people around the world lack access to electricity and safe household fuels? What’s the share of renewable energy in the global mix? How are we doing in improving energy efficiency?
The Sustainable Energy for All Global Tracking Framework Report, released at the Vienna Energy Forum on May 28, answers these questions. It presents detailed country-level and global data [...]

Empa: Der lange Weg zur 2000-Watt-Gesellschaft >> 25 May 2013

Die Vision einer Gesellschaft, in der jeder Erdbewohner mit 2000 Watt auskommt, gibt es bereits seit 15 Jahren. In dieser Zeit ist das Umweltbewusstsein in der westlichen Welt stetig gestiegen. Die Technik ist effizienter geworden, einem nachhaltigen Lebensstil scheint wenig im Wege zu stehen. Wie eine Studie der Empa und der ETH Zürich nun zeigt, [...]

Pilotprojekt zur dezentralen Solarstromspeicherung in der Schweiz >> 19 Apr 2013

Die Centralschweizerische Kraftwerke AG (CKW) setzt als eines der ersten Stromversorgungsunternehmen der Schweiz dezentrale Stromspeicher für Solarstrom ein. Im Rahmen eines Pilotprojekts ermittelt CKW, inwiefern räumlich verteilte Stromspeicher als Alternative zu Netzverstärkungen wirtschaftlich eingesetzt und betrieben werden könnten. Bis Herbst 2014 investiert CKW dazu rund 1,5 Millionen Franken. Das neue Pilotprojekt ist ein weiterer Schritt, [...]

Carbon-Sequestering Agriculture: A Promising Solution >> 08 Apr 2013

Global agriculture is currently a major contributor of carbon emissions. However, there are crops and practices that can reverse that trend, actively sequestering carbon while producing food and other essential human needs. The first component of this strategy is the use of perennial crops, like trees and other long-lived plants, that store “fixed” carbon in their [...]

Renewables to Exceed Fossil Fuels in European Generation by 2020 >> 06 Apr 2013

Europe's share of generation capacity using renewable sources will rise to at least 40 percent by 2020, exceeding capacity fueled by coal, natural gas and oil, according to the region's grid operators group Entsoe.

Renewable electricity output capacity will grow by about 50 percent to 512 gigawatts by the end of the decade, Entsoe said in [...]

2012 Marks Record Year for Global Solar, Wind, and Biofuels Deployment >> 13 Mar 2013

Although 2012 proved to be an unsettling and difficult year for clean energy, the fundamental global market drivers for clean technology remained largely intact, according to the Clean Energy Trends 2013 report issued today by clean-tech research and advisory firm Clean Edge, Inc. 
The report found that lower prices for many clean-tech goods and services, combined [...]

A Bottom Line for the Carbon Tax >> 18 Feb 2013

The EU prides itself to have established, in 2011, the European Union’s Emissions Trading System   (ETS). The EU ETS is claimed to be the cornerstone of the European Union’s policy to combat climate change and a primary tool for reducing industrial greenhouse gas emissions cost-effectively. Involving 31 countries, it is the first and thus far the biggest [...]

Alternative Energy Investing for 2013 >> 04 Feb 2013

2013 is poised to be an exciting year for alternative energy investors. Despite the conflagration solar had in 2012 we see opportunities there, as well as in wind and energy efficiency. This article also reveals why 2013 is shaping up to be a good year for the stock market in general, and alternative energy in [...]

China burns half of coal consumption worldwide, figures show >> 30 Jan 2013

China overtook the US as the world’s biggest carbon emitter in 2007 and became world’s largest energy consumer in 2010

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