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The duck is safely afloat in California

20 Jul 2016   by   Comments (1)

“The duck has landed,” writes California-based energy expert Meredith Fowlie about renewables pushing demand for conventional power at midday below the overnight level. But what Californians call a technical limit is, in reality, a political one, as Craig Morris’s comparison with Germany reveals.

Solar water heating panels and solar photovoltaic panels in Berkely, California

Solar water heating panels and solar photovoltaic panels in Berkeley, California. (Photo by Alfred Twu, edited, CC0 1.0)

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Israel: The “Energy Island’s” Transition to Energy Independence

18 Jul 2016   by editor   Comments (1)

After several decades of stagnation, the recent discovery of significant natural gas deposits in the Mediterranean, which could supply Israel’s energy needs for the coming decades, and the introduction of domestic renewable energy generation could signal a rapid energy transition for Israel. Noam Segal explains.

Solar Troughs in the Negev desert of Israel

Solar troughs in the Negev desert of Israel, which has abundant solar resources (Photo by David Shankbone, modified, CC BY-SA 3.0)

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The benefits of community energy in Ontario and elsewhere

14 Jul 2016   by   Comments (1)

The Toronto Renewable Energy Cooperative (TREC) highlights some of the global estimates about payback to communities that allow their citizens to invest in renewable projects. But Craig Morris’s overview of the statistics shows the lack of comparable hard data.

Killean, Puslinch, Ontario

Solar panels on a home in Killean, Puslinch, Ontario. The benefits of community solar are under debate (Photo by Laslovarga, edited, CC BY-SA 4.0)

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Will Germany reach its 2020 target for renewable power this year?

13 Jul 2016   by   Comments (5)

In the first half of 2016, 36.4 percent of the electricity produced in Germany was renewable according to preliminary data. The target for 2020 is only 35 percent – and that figure does not include power exports.  Renewables seem to be cutting into both coal power and nuclear; gas is up. Craig Morris explains.

Wind Turbines in a field (Photo taken somewhere along the DB Bahn ICE route from Hamburg to Berlin, Germany)

German wind turbines; renewables may be on track to achieve its renewable energy targets (Photo by Tony Webster, modified, CC BY 2.0)

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A Struggle between Coal and Renewable Energy in the Philippines

11 Jul 2016   by editor   Comments (0)

The struggle between coal-fired and renewable energy plants in the Philippines is heated. Pete Maniego Jr explains the resurgence of coal and the need for a renewable energy transition in order to meet the COP21 goals.

Palinpinon Geothermal power plant in Sitio Nasulo, Brgy. Puhagan, Valencia, Negros Oriental, Philippines

A geothermal power plant in Valencia, Philippines; renewable energies are struggling to compete with cheap coal. (Photo by Mike Gonzalez, edited, CC BY-SA 3.0)

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What to do about the disenfranchised? Enfranchise them!

08 Jul 2016   by   Comments (1)

For those of us who call for greater energy democracy, Brexit is a challenge. After all, doesn’t it demonstrate that the public is easy to fool and cannot be trusted to make decisions based on facts rather than emotions? To draw the right conclusions for all of Europe, it helps to understand how the Energiewende strengthened democracy in Germany. Craig Morris calls for more democracy, not less.

Brexit EU flag missing one star

Is Brexit the start of a slippery slope, or the beginning of a renewed focus on citizen needs? It depends on how we react. (Photo by Pexels, modified, CC0 1.0)

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Opportunity to Leapfrog into the Renewable Age – Is India on the Right Track?

07 Jul 2016   by editor   Comments (1)

India is poised to show the value of renewable energies to developing economies. Its new targets, government programs, alongside other factors, seem to be moving India into a renewable energy age. Srinivas Krishnaswamy takes an in-depth perspective.

India One Solar Thermal Power plant under construction at sunset

The bulk of renewable energies in the last 2 years have come from solar ; here, the India One solar plant under construction (Photo by Bkwcreator, edited, CC BY-SA 3.0)

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Mixed feelings: Brexit’s impact on EU energy and climate policy

06 Jul 2016   by editor   Comments (1)

They did it. They actually did it. The British voted against the European Union and in favor of “splendid isolation.” What will Brexit mean for European climate and energy policy? How will it affect the dynamics of greater climate protection that we are taking pains to maintain in the wake of Paris? Antje Mensen takes a look.

Heads of nations at the Paris Conference; how will Brexit affect the EU’s ability to carry out the conference’s terms? (Photo by Presidencia de la República Mexicana, edited, CC BY 2.0)

Heads of nations at the Paris Conference; how will Brexit affect the EU’s ability to carry out the conference’s terms? (Photo by Presidencia de la República Mexicana, edited, CC BY 2.0)

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Berlin’s Renewable Energy Fiasco… Revisited

04 Jul 2016   by editor   Comments (3)

Although the Wall Street Journal has called the German energy transition a “fiasco,” Javier López Prol argues that renewables are clearly a success. Fossil fuels only seem cheaper as they externalize costs onto the environment, and that higher electricity costs are not the economic catastrophe that critics claim.

blue skies with a few clouds, Wind Farm in a field in Neuenkirchen, Germany

Fiasco, or success? Wind farm in Neuenkirchen, Germany (Photo by Dirk Ingo Franke, edited, CC BY-SA 1.0)

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The case for ‘Gigawatts of Change’ in Egypt

01 Jul 2016   by editor   Comments (1)

Simon Ilse summarizes the new study “80 Gigawatts of Change” by the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights (ECESR). Civil society groups can use study to compare social and ecological impacts, and use its findings as a tool for advocacy.

table explaining fresh water consumption per energy industry in egypt

Comparison of one of the issues that interests people most : water scarcity. (Source: 80 GW of Change)

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