This week’s briefs

There are some good short news items this week that readers should enjoy.


• How LEDs are being utilised for the safety of cyclists

This post comes from Jenny Holt, a cycling enthusiast, a freelance writer for a small LED company and an EiD reader:

Many people now view cycling as the ideal form of transport, particularly for the daily commute to and from work. This is of no surprise given it is cheaper, quite often quicker and a healthier option than driving or taking the bus. It is of no surprise that over the past decade, the number of people cycling has increased by over 50% on British roads. Many are encouraging this environmentally friendly option but a lot of roads in our major cities aren’t very bike-friendly so safety is an obvious concern for many. Fortunately, LED lights are helping alleviate these safety concerns and are helping our cyclists been seen on our roads.

With LED lights, now being prominent on the front of rear of bikes, there is now no issue in the visibility of cyclists. This article here goes into more detail in how LEDs are at the forefront of the safety revolution for those who are wanting to use their bikes.


• Community Energy Congress 2017, Melbourne Australia


Organised by the Coalition for Community Energy, the Community Energy Congress is the premier event on Australia’s community energy calendar. Congress 2017 will be held at Melbourne Town Hall on Monday 27 & Tuesday 28 February. It is driven by the desire for people to work together to develop and deliver sustainable, locally owned energy projects.

The event will bring together over 500 people to share information, develop skills and foster new relationships. Congress 2017 is aimed at everyone, including project groups and those starting out, who will have everything they need, including workshops and talks by community energy world leaders. Congress 2017 is also for organisations looking to partnering with and support community energy, including renewable energy developers, policy makers, network companies, retailers, councils, NGOs and regulators, lawyers, financiers and more.

For more information go to their website.


• new publication on wind energy

Paul Gipe has recently published a new study entitled: Wind Energy for the Rest of Us: A Comprehensive Guide to Wind Power and How to Use It.

Wind Energy for the Rest of Us straddles two—or more—worlds. The book is about wind energy. It’s not just about small wind turbines. It’s not just about large wind turbines. It’s about the depth and breadth of wind energy, encompassing more than either type of wind turbine. It includes water-pumping windmills and sailing ships. It’s a sprawling book, one minute discussing how to install small wind turbines safely, the next explaining how farmers in Indiana can earn millions of dollars in revenue by installing their own multimegawatt wind turbines. It’s a book hard to categorize. That suits Gipe. He likes to think he’s hard to categorize after four decades in renewable energy. His book tells the story of modern wind energy in all its complexity and introduces electricity rebels to a North American audience for the first time–the trailblazers who have launched a renewable energy revolution in Europe.

The book debunks novel wind turbines their promoters claim will generate electricity “too cheap to meter,” and rebukes revisionist historians who falsely argue that it was the aerospace industry that delivered today’s modern wind turbines.

Information on purchasing the book available here.


• new report on pathways to achieve a clean energy economy

The Risky Business Project, Co-Chaired by Mike Bloomberg, Hank Paulson and Tom Steyer, has released its new report- From Risk to Return: Investing in a Clean Energy Economy. It finds reducing the risk posed by climate change is both economically and technically achievable, and would create significant new opportunities for business.

The report lays out four pathways for arriving at a clean energy economy in the United States, each providing a distinct energy make-up: high renewables, high nuclear, carbon capture and storage, and a mixed case of all of these. An average of $320 billion in private sector investment is needed through 2050 to build a clean energy economy and achieve the emissions reductions necessary to avoid the worst economic impacts of climate change.

Information on the report is available here.



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