African clean energy programme in turmoil

The African head of a $10 billion programme has recently quit, accusing donors of a deliberate strategy to “railroad” Africans into rubber-stamping projects selected by Europeans. Megan Darby writes on the Climate Home website about the turmoil   EU, France accused of hijacking ‘Africa-led’ clean energy scheme A $10bn clean energy programme launched at the … Continue reading African clean energy programme in turmoil

Testing a stretch of highway to generate electricity

The energy transition is bringing forward some good innovation in all areas. Gabriel Samuels writes in The Independent about a pilot project in California to use road traffic to vibrate crystals in order to generate electricity. Interestingly, the technology has been around since the Second World War. Samuels writes that scientists estimate crystals placed on … Continue reading Testing a stretch of highway to generate electricity

The transition to a new energy economy is happening

Paul Ebert, global director, new energy at Advisian and co-author of The New Energy Future: the global transition, writes in The Guardian that even in Australia the energy transition is underway. He argues that those that do not keep pace with change are bound to lose out.   The clean energy economy is coming – … Continue reading The transition to a new energy economy is happening

2015 was a good year for sustainable energy

It is normal in January to reflect on the progress made in the previous year. The Rocky Mountain Institute provides what it believes are the 12 major developments on the Energy Efficiency Markets website.   Rocky Mountain Institute’s 12 Clean Energy Developments of 2015 Philips-LA-Steet-Lights-58It was a good year for clean energy development, says the … Continue reading 2015 was a good year for sustainable energy

Obama’s Clean Power Plan will also encourage development of microgrids

Elisa Wood writes on the Energyefficiencymarkets website that the US Clean Power Plan is also expected to lead to the development of microgrids.   How the Clean Power Plan Will Spur More Microgrids…Eventually The Clean Power Plan is likely to spur more microgrid development, offering a new and different kind of public policy support for … Continue reading Obama’s Clean Power Plan will also encourage development of microgrids

Are clean energy companies in Europe part of the living dead?

There are concerns that bureaucracy is killing the clean energy industry in Europe. Pilita Clark assesses these concerns in the Financial Times. Do you have a view?   Politics, red tape ‘turning EU clean energy into zombie industry’ The EU’s dysfunctional political system is turning clean energy companies into a “zombie industry” of the living … Continue reading Are clean energy companies in Europe part of the living dead?

Energy-efficient lighting has been a boon for economic development but . . .

Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus, co-founders of the Breakthrough Institute, an energy and environmental research center, provided an editorial in the New York Times about the value of energy-efficient products but to make a serious dent in carbon emissions there needs to be a shift to cleaner forms of energy. Do you agree?   The … Continue reading Energy-efficient lighting has been a boon for economic development but . . .