Blog from Nick Eyre: Re-thinking the zero-carbon energy transition

Delivering the energy transition at the rate needed to meet agreed climate targets will require changes much faster than we have achieved for decades. On that there is agreement. But what is the role of efficiency improvement and demand reduction in this? We know what the energy industry vested interests think. According to the Shell … Continue reading Blog from Nick Eyre: Re-thinking the zero-carbon energy transition

Focusing solely on technical solutions will fail to solve the climate crisis

The University of Utah provided details of a new study on the Science Daily website that examined the comparative effectiveness of energy efficiency improvement and renewable energy production in the United States. For the past 150 years, humans have pumped extraordinary amounts of greenhouse gasses, such as CO2, into the atmosphere and warmed the planet … Continue reading Focusing solely on technical solutions will fail to solve the climate crisis

Plans underway for subsea cable to export electricity from Morocco with UK

Ed Reed writes on the Energy Voice website about plans from Xlinks to export electricity from Morocco to the UK from their renewable energy project in Morocco. It is going to be very interesting to see how this project evolves.   Xlinks launches Morocco-UK renewable energy plan Xlinks has set out plans to export clean … Continue reading Plans underway for subsea cable to export electricity from Morocco with UK

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?

Three emerging technologies that could help increase US renewable energy storage capacity by as much as 3,000% by 2050

Kerry Rippy, a researcher at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory writes on The Conversation website about three energy storage technologies that show considerable potential to significantly increase storage capacity.   These 3 energy storage technologies can help solve the challenge of moving to 100% renewable electricity In recent decades the cost of wind and solar … Continue reading Three emerging technologies that could help increase US renewable energy storage capacity by as much as 3,000% by 2050

Important step forward in funding renewable energy development in Africa

UK Climate Investments is setting up Africa’s first dedicated renewable energy yieldco. A yieldco is a company that is formed to own operating assets that produce a predictable cash flow, primarily through long term contracts. Bella Weetch writes on the Energy Global website about latest developments.   UK Climate Investments to support renewable energy development … Continue reading Important step forward in funding renewable energy development in Africa

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

IKEA’s renewable energy rollout begins in September and Sweden, and eventually to all markets

IKEA, one of the great names in furniture and innovation, will begin selling renewable energy to households in Sweden this autumn. Danielle Harling explains in an article on the House Beautiful website.   IKEA To Enter the Renewable Energy Market in Sweden Earlier this month, IKEA turned heads with the release of its HUVUDROLL meatball-scented … Continue reading IKEA’s renewable energy rollout begins in September and Sweden, and eventually to all markets

New EEA briefing on applying circular economy principles in the renewable energy sector to address waste and resource challenges

A rapid transition to renewable energy is necessary if Europe is to achieve its climate objectives. Developing the infrastructure to enable this change will require substantial resources and generate large volumes of waste as equipment reaches the end of its service life. Applying circular economy principles in this sector provides a win-win approach to address … Continue reading New EEA briefing on applying circular economy principles in the renewable energy sector to address waste and resource challenges