On target for 2020?

On target for 2020?

Andrew Warren, honorary president of the UK’s Association for the Conservation of Energy writes about how the UK government appears to be manipulating information it is sending to the European Commission for the monitoring of progress to meet 2020 energy efficiency targets. If the UK is doing this, how many other member states are doing … Continue reading

Impact of proposed new air pollution limits in Europe

Impact of proposed new air pollution limits in Europe

Arthur Neslen writes in the Guardian about a new study commissioned by Greenpeace and the European Environment Bureau about concerns that likely weakened air pollution standards that are currently in draft form will have a serious impact in Europe. It would be good if anyone has more information on the likelihood of these plans being … Continue reading

New solar technology from Sweden

New solar technology from Sweden

The Inquisitr website provides an interesting article about what a Swedish company claims is the most efficient solar power plant in the world.   The Swedes Have Created The Most Efficient Solar Energy System Using Mirrors And A 2-Centuries-Old Invention A technology company in Sweden has installed a solar power plant, which it claims is … Continue reading

Showing the renewable energy transition is underway

Showing the renewable energy transition is underway

The Earth Policy Institute writes on the EcoWatch website about seven reasons why renewable energy is firmly entrenched in our global energy system.   7 Facts That Prove the Renewable Energy Revolution Has Arrived The global transition to clean, renewable energy and away from nuclear and fossil fuels is well under way with remarkable developments … Continue reading

Electrical origami for buildings

Electrical origami for buildings

Stacey Huang writes on the physics.org website about the latest developments by a university student for an environmentally sustainable building   Self-folding structure could slash energy use in buildings Princeton student Denisa Buzatu’s vision for an environmentally sustainable building is a sort of shape-shifting origami façade. For her senior thesis, Buzatu, a civil and environmental … Continue reading

Technology development: bladeless wind turbines

Technology development: bladeless wind turbines

Andrew Griffin writes in the Independent about the latest technology development for wind turbines. It will be interesting to see what impact these new turbines will have.   Bladeless wind turbines generate electricity by shaking, not spinning Scientists hope to hugely reduce the cost of wind energy by removing the blades from wind farms, instead … Continue reading

The renewable energy sector is creating jobs

The renewable energy sector is creating jobs

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has recently published its latest report on the status of renewable energy employment. It is impressive that employment rose 18% between 2013 and 2014.   IRENA and jobs Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review presents the status of renewable energy employment, both by technology and in selected countries, … Continue reading

Update on energy efficiency programmes of US utilities

Update on energy efficiency programmes of US utilities

Dylan Sullivan, a staff scientist for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) writes an excellent account of utility efforts on energy efficiency in the US on the NRDC blog site.   Utility investment in energy efficiency programs continues to increase, but we need more Energy efficiency programs – rebates, information, and market development efforts that … Continue reading