“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?

New report shows that increased wind power strengthens Britain’s energy system

There is a debate raging about the full benefits of “intermittent” renewable energy sources such as wind power. Mark Kinver writes on the BBC news website that a recent study shows that wind actually adds to Britain’s resiliency.   Wind power 'adds resilience to UK energy market' Installing more wind turbines will make the UK's … Continue reading New report shows that increased wind power strengthens Britain’s energy system

Another review on the competitiveness of renewable energy

Recently, EiD published a post by Diane Cardwell of the New York Times comparing renewable energy and conventional technologies. William Pentland writes on the Forbes website, providing an alternative view. It is worth the read. Do you have any views?   Levelized Cost Of Electricity: Renewable Energy's Ticking Time Bomb? Solar panels and wind turbines … Continue reading Another review on the competitiveness of renewable energy

Assessing the cost of energy efficiency

Merriam Borgeson writes an excellent blog for Switchboard, Natural Resources Defense Counsel Staff Blog, on a recent study comparing the cost of energy efficiency and the cost of building coal power plants.   New Analysis: The Cost of Energy Efficiency is Under Half the Cost of Building Dirty Coal Power Plants After mining the results … Continue reading Assessing the cost of energy efficiency

Transforming waste water to clean energy

Sadhbh Walshe wrote recently in the Guardian about the race underway to develop innovative, cost-effective ways to extract value from waste water instead of just dumping it. The scientists and startups converting waste water into clean energy Traditionally, waste water treatment has focused on removing toxic waste from the water so it could be safely … Continue reading Transforming waste water to clean energy