Northwest US now giving more emphasis to renewables than energy efficiency

The Northwest Power Plan guides the electricity demand decisions of the Bonneville Power Administration over the next 20 years. Its latest draft power plan is dramatically different from previous versions, now giving more emphasis to renewable energy.  Courtney Flatt discusses latest developments in an article on the Oregon Public Broadcasting website.   More renewable energy, … Continue reading Northwest US now giving more emphasis to renewables than energy efficiency

Does nuclear energy have a role to play in addressing climate change?

Ten years since the Fukushima disaster, expensive nuclear energy plants are being shut down across the world as renewable power prices plummet. Stuart Braun discusses nuclear power today in an article on the Deutsche Welle website. What are your views?   Nuclear power: Downward trend ahead of climate summit In the face of soaring gas … Continue reading Does nuclear energy have a role to play in addressing climate change?

“No regrets” revisited

Energy conservation through improved efficiency has been seen as an important long-term policy tool since the first oil crises in the 1970s. The International Energy Agency (IEA) realised that improved energy efficiency could not be a short-term solution in a crisis so it ensured that energy efficiency policies took a longer-term perspective. In 1987, the … Continue reading “No regrets” revisited

How solar panels provide new prospects for agriculture

Solar panels generate electricity in the fields, helping both farmers and climate protection. Gero Rueter of Deutsche Welle recently visited a German solar farm and discusses what this means for the agriculture sector.   Farmers reap double benefits with solar power in fields Fabian Karthaus grew up with solar energy. "My father built the first … Continue reading How solar panels provide new prospects for agriculture

MyEnergy2050 Podcast – check out this podcast series

The MyEnergy2050 platform highlights the people building a clean and sustainable energy system. The founder, Michael LaBelle, an associate professor at Central European University, wants to tell the story of their work on their path towards a zero-emissions energy system by 2050. Engaging content in a variety of media formats. MyEnergy2050 website was founded to … Continue reading MyEnergy2050 Podcast – check out this podcast series

To avert catastrophic warming, the global community must rapidly reduce how much of these fossil fuels it extracts and burns

Daniel Welsby, James Price and Steve Pye from University College London write on The Conversation website that their research found that nearly 60% of global oil and fossil gas reserves will need to remain in the ground in 2050. This supports Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the IEA, who told The Guardian: “If governments are … Continue reading To avert catastrophic warming, the global community must rapidly reduce how much of these fossil fuels it extracts and burns

At the start of this UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, the Sudbury model for industrial restoration is an important recipe to apply to climate change

Sudbury, Ontario was an environmental disaster with its nickel and copper mines and smelters. INCO (now Vale) in Sudbury was the world’s largest nickel producer at one time and was the subject of my master’s thesis. Nadia Mykytczuk, Interim CEO/President of MIRARCO at Laurentian University writes on The Conversation website about the transformation of the … Continue reading At the start of this UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, the Sudbury model for industrial restoration is an important recipe to apply to climate change

New IRENA report shows benefits of solar water heaters

Solar water heaters are not a new technology but with declining costs of renewable energy, solar has become especially attractive for water heating. An article on the IRENA website analyses the full range of benefits in developing domestic solar water heating industries.   How Solar Water Heaters Industry Benefits the Local Economy Heating and cooling … Continue reading New IRENA report shows benefits of solar water heaters

If we want results in addressing climate change, “we may need to go beyond simply demanding action and instead focus on changing the way the global economy is organised and governed”

Nick Bernards, Associate Professor of Global Sustainable Development at the University of Warwick, gives his views on what it will take to get real action to address climate change in an article on The Conversation website.   Climate change: why government failure to act isn’t the problem The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report … Continue reading If we want results in addressing climate change, “we may need to go beyond simply demanding action and instead focus on changing the way the global economy is organised and governed”

How managing building energy demand can aid the clean energy transition

Since buildings consume 75% of electricity in the U.S., they offer great potential for saving energy and reducing the demands on our rapidly changing electric grid. But how much, where, and through which strategies could better management of building energy use actually impact the electricity system? Dan Hounsell discusses the report in an article on … Continue reading How managing building energy demand can aid the clean energy transition