Britain comes out with long-awaited energy white paper as part of its strategy to help “clean up” the country’s energy system

James Murray writes on the NS Energy website about the key points in the recently published energy white paper. What are your views?   What are the key points of the UK energy white paper? The government said the plan will support up to 220,000 British jobs and “put affordability at the heart of the … Continue reading Britain comes out with long-awaited energy white paper as part of its strategy to help “clean up” the country’s energy system

US President-elect Biden will have his challenges on fracking when his administration takes office

Laura Sanicola writes on the Reuters website about how the American Petroleum Institute will do everything possible to ensure Biden does not fulfil his promise to ban new gas and oil permits on federal lands. No one said the energy transition would be easy.   U.S. oil industry group pledges to fight possible Biden fracking … Continue reading US President-elect Biden will have his challenges on fracking when his administration takes office

New IISD report: G20 backtracks on fossil fuel funding phase-out

G20 governments are still spending more than half a trillion USD on oil, gas, and coal each year—and the pandemic has likely undone any progress on phasing out this support. In Doubling Back and Doubling Down: G20 Scorecard on Fossil Fuel Funding, researchers considered recovery commitments and pre-pandemic policies to rank G20 countries' progress in … Continue reading New IISD report: G20 backtracks on fossil fuel funding phase-out

To reach net-zero emissions as quickly as possible not all low-carbon energy sources are equally useful

Simone Abram, Alton Horsfall and Andrew Crossland from Durham University write on The Conversation website  argue that only talking about decarbonisation obscures the inherent choice between energy pathways. What are your views?   'Decarbonisation' may be the wrong goal for energy – here's why Electricity generated by nuclear power plants, wind turbines and solar panels … Continue reading To reach net-zero emissions as quickly as possible not all low-carbon energy sources are equally useful

Recovery packages heavily weighted to support legacy fossil fuel energy

Tim McManan-Smith writes on the energyst website about a new report that the weight of support for the fossil fuel sector from announced stimulus packages shows the persisting institutional bias in favour of preserving a legacy sector. “This is very likely to prove myopic, economically-speaking, and misaligned with G20 countries’ decarbonisation commitments under the Paris … Continue reading Recovery packages heavily weighted to support legacy fossil fuel energy

As regions struggle with storms and wildfires, microgrids puts communities on the path to self-reliance

Whether it is Australia or western United States or many other global regions, disasters have meant a struggle in providing needed electricity. Jeanie Chin, Manager, Centre for Grid Innovation at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology writes on The Conversation website about the benefits of microgrids.   Storms and wildfires can cut electricity, but microgrids … Continue reading As regions struggle with storms and wildfires, microgrids puts communities on the path to self-reliance

What it will take for Africa to go green and disentangle itself from the business of exporting fossil fuels abroad

As Africa develops faster, countries are shifting their focus to investment in renewable energy. The director of the Nairobi-based think tank Power Shift Africa explains how the continent can embark on a journey toward a green future.  Sam Baker interviewed Mohamed Adow in an article on the Deutsche Welle website   'We are not locked … Continue reading What it will take for Africa to go green and disentangle itself from the business of exporting fossil fuels abroad

South Korea is using the COVID-19 pandemic crisis to kickstart environmentally sustainable economic growth

It is encouraging to see the positive steps taken by the South Korean government to create its own Green New Deal. The authors, from Australia, state that Australia has much to learn from South Korea’s effort. Maybe we all do.  South Korea’s efforts are discussed in an article on the Conversation website. The authors are: … Continue reading South Korea is using the COVID-19 pandemic crisis to kickstart environmentally sustainable economic growth

German WindEnergie Association expects to play key role in producing hydrogen

There is a lot of talk recently about the importance of green hydrogen in our low carbon energy transition. An article on the FuelCellsWorks website discusses the reaction of the German WindEnergie Association to the national hydrogen strategy in Germany. What are your views?   Wind Energy can Turn Hydrogen Green as Early as 2020 … Continue reading German WindEnergie Association expects to play key role in producing hydrogen

This year’s EU Responsible Islands Prizes go to . . .

Recognising achievements in local renewables production for power, heating, cooling and transport, prizes are awarded to discover and reward European islands that were taking real steps towards building proper sustainable communities. This year’s winners were announced in a news item on the Renews website.   Danish islands and Orkney take EU sustainability prize The Danish … Continue reading This year’s EU Responsible Islands Prizes go to . . .