6 huge solar and wind projects that are driving the world’s clean revolution

This article originally posted at The Climate Group. View the original post here.  LONDON: Global wind power capacity increased 12% last year, while solar has already achieved grid parity in France, Germany and Italy’s commercial sectors. As clean, sustainable and affordable power … Continue reading 6 huge solar and wind projects that are driving the world’s clean revolution

Wind Share of World Electricity Will More Than Double By 2018

  This article originally posted at CleanTechnica. View the original post here.  Global prospects for wind power are rising despite disappointing 2013 numbers, say analysts at Navigant Research. Although the wind industry worldwide added 36,134 MW in 2013, for the first … Continue reading Wind Share of World Electricity Will More Than Double By 2018

Renewable energy is ready to supply all of Australia’s electricity

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This article originally posted at The Conversation. View the original post here

In a recent article on The Conversation, University of Melbourne Professor Emeritus Frank Larkins wrote that Australia’s targets to increase renewable energy will make electricity more expensive, thanks to problems with consistency and storage.

But Professor Larkins is several years behind developments in renewable energy and its integration into electricity grids. In fact, we already have technically feasible scenarios to run the Australian electricity industry on 100% renewable energy — without significantly affecting supply. Continue reading “Renewable energy is ready to supply all of Australia’s electricity”

Wind declared cheapest energy source in Denmark

This article originally posted at TckTckTck. The original can be viewed here.  Onshore wind is now the cheapest form of new electricity generation in Denmark, undercutting coal power, according to the government’s energy agency. New analysis shows that onshore wind plants … Continue reading Wind declared cheapest energy source in Denmark

Renewables to get most of $7.7 trillion power investments

Article originally posted at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. View the original post here.  July 1 (Bloomberg) — Renewable energy may reap as much as two-thirds of the $7.7 trillion in investment forecast for building new power plants by 2030 as … Continue reading Renewables to get most of $7.7 trillion power investments

Australia’s economy will suffer if we fall behind on climate action

Originally posted at The Conversation. View the Original post here.

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Australia’s economy faces grave threats from climate change, but the greatest threat is if we do not make a serious effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

It’s not just the physical impacts of climate change that will hurt Australia’s economy. In a new report released today by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia, I and others argue that falling behind on reducing greenhouse gas emissions leaves Australia’s economy vulnerable to global efforts to tackle climate change.

But so far Australian government and business has focused on the cost of reducing emissions, despite evidence that it will be far more costly to do nothing. Continue reading “Australia’s economy will suffer if we fall behind on climate action”

Australia’s Electricity Sector: Ageing, Inefficient and Unprepared

A new landmark report by the Climate Council has investigated the future of Australia’s electricity sector, finding that a swifter transition to a clean energy future is required in order to prevent increased risk and cost. The summary of the report’s findings (below) has been taken its entirety from the original post, which can be found here.

Internationally, the energy sector accounts for the largest proportion of greenhouse gas (gHg) emissions, which are the main drivers of climate change. Limiting temperature rise to a global average of 2 °C, the internationally agreed level that may avoid dangerous climate change, requires large scale changes in the electricity sector and a tripling of low-carbon energy by 2050.

Yet, australia’s electricity is largely generated by ageing, inefficient coal-fired power plants and there are currently no plans, nor a national discussion on the future of the electricity sector and options to significantly reduce its emissions. Delaying the shift to a low carbon future increases the likely risks and costs of transition to a low carbon future in the electricity sector, where it typically takes a decade or more to plan, permit, finance and build major new power infrastructure.

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No Thanks To Congress, America Has Added 5,600 New Clean Energy Jobs In 2014

Published by Climate Progress. View original article.

Despite Congressional refusal to extend tax benefits for clean energy producers, the American economy is still adding thousands of clean energy jobs — just way less than it did when those benefits were intact.

According to a report released Thursday by nonpartisan business group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), about 5,600 new clean energy and clean transportation jobs were announced throughout the country in the first three months of 2014, a huge decline from the 12,000 such jobs reported in the first quarter of 2013. Part of this decline is due to Congress’ failure to renew the Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind energy, a $13 billion tax break to the wind industry to help them compete with fossil fuels. Continue reading “No Thanks To Congress, America Has Added 5,600 New Clean Energy Jobs In 2014”