Dozens of local energy cooperatives ¬– citizen-owned initiatives investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency – in operation in Belgium

Gabriela Baczynska writes on the Reuters website about energy cooperatives in Belgium. These cooperatives, which rely on their own production rather than buying from volatile markets, have seen a huge spike in demand as the energy crunch has hit consumers. Many of the cooperatives have also seen demand jump in the current high-inflation environment in … Continue reading Dozens of local energy cooperatives ¬– citizen-owned initiatives investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency – in operation in Belgium

How important is it to keep the Energy Charter Treaty?

In an article on The Conversation website, Chamu Kuppuswamy, Senior Lecturer, School of Law, at the University of Hertfordshire argues that, while withdrawing from the energy charter treaty is possible for any country to do, losing the benefits of membership – such as fewer duties and taxes on imports of oil and gas – will … Continue reading How important is it to keep the Energy Charter Treaty?

California has set a new record of 97.6% instantaneous renewables on its grid early April

Joshua S Hill writes on the renew economy website about a new milestone for renewables achieved in California.   “Re-imagining the grid:” California reaches record 97.6% renewable share California has set a new record of 97.6% instantaneous renewables on its grid, marking a major new milestone on the way to a carbon free grid by … Continue reading California has set a new record of 97.6% instantaneous renewables on its grid early April

New report commissioned by IISD: Phaseout Pathways for Fossil Fuel Production Within Paris-Compliant Carbon Budgets

There is a growing consensus that, to align with the Paris goals, coal must be phased out from power generation (its most significant use) by 2030 in developed countries and by 2040 or 2050 in developing countries. But what about oil and gas? The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) commissioned the Tyndall Centre at … Continue reading New report commissioned by IISD: Phaseout Pathways for Fossil Fuel Production Within Paris-Compliant Carbon Budgets

“The integrity of the Paris agreement is critically undermined by the Energy Charter Treaty”

Concerns are growing that a treaty originally intended to protect EU energy firms when the Soviet Union collapsed could undermine the Paris Agreement on climate change. Arthur Neslen discusses the issues in an article on the Thomson Reuters Foundation News website.   Energy lawsuits pact seen threatening Paris climate deal Fear of multi-billion-euro lawsuits from … Continue reading “The integrity of the Paris agreement is critically undermined by the Energy Charter Treaty”

Recent conflicts, political turmoil and the growing threat of climate-induced disasters could push Mozambique to re-envision its energy and development strategies

Mozambique is at a crossroads in its development. It has fossil fuels that it desperately wants to exploit, seeing them as a major opportunity for wealth creation. Yet, this is far from certain, and many believe that such exploitation will simply entrench poverty and lead to continued conflict. Mozambique has had too much of both. … Continue reading Recent conflicts, political turmoil and the growing threat of climate-induced disasters could push Mozambique to re-envision its energy and development strategies

“One belt, one road” ambitions for China’s export ambitions

Lucy Hornby writes in the Financial Times about a new proposal by a Chinese company to export power as far as Europe. The idea is intriguing as long as the power is from renewables and not their numerous coal power plants.   China looks to export surplus energy to Germany China’s proposed investments in long-distance, … Continue reading “One belt, one road” ambitions for China’s export ambitions

The crumbling and mismanaged state of the energy infrastructure in Africa

As we concern ourselves about Millennium Development Goals, Sustainable Energy for All and global climate change agreements, there are other development concerns. Pilita Clark writes a good article in the Financial Times describing how poor the energy infrastructure is in Africa and what it means to the socio-economic development of the region.   Badly run … Continue reading The crumbling and mismanaged state of the energy infrastructure in Africa

A wind of change is blowing: the rise of renewables in the UK

Fred Pearce provides a good account in the New Scientist about the increasing contribution that renewable energy is making to Britain’s electricity needs.   Renewable energy poised to overtake nuclear in the UK A wind of change is blowing through the UK's power stations. Renewable sources of energy like wind turbines could soon generate more … Continue reading A wind of change is blowing: the rise of renewables in the UK

Will there be running costs for producing electricity?

Last week, EiD reported on new mittens to help keep us warm. Now we have shoes being developed in Germany that will produce electricity as we walk – or run. Paul Rincon writes for the BBC news website on the latest developments.   Smart shoe devices generate power from walking German researchers have built shoe-sized … Continue reading Will there be running costs for producing electricity?