Tagged with European policies

Showing how an all-renewable approach is feasible.

Mark Diesendorf recently wrote in The Conversation on how renewables can provide all needed electricity. Much of the argument concerns the need for baseload demand.  This is an interesting article, well worth reading.   Why 100 per cent renewables is possible… and affordable The future of civilisation and much biodiversity hangs to a large degree … Continue reading

Pushing green energy in France

Pushing green energy in France

Marion Douet writes for the Reuters news agency about the important but difficult role of local government to push for a greater share of green energy in France, given how centralised electricity production is.   France needs more local power for green energy shift Centralised France may lack the clout at local government level to … Continue reading

Health effects from wind farms

Health effects from wind farms

Andrew Gilligan of The Telegraph writes about the first peer-reviewed scientific study on the health effects from the noise of wind farms. Wind farm noise does harm sleep and health, say scientists American and British researchers compared two groups of residents in the US state of Maine. One group lived within a mile of a … Continue reading

A taxing drive

A taxing drive

DG ENER published in September a map of the total taxation share in the consumer end-use price for Euro-super 95 (gasoline/petrol) and for diesel fuel.   Luxembourg had the lowest rate of taxation for diesel fuel (38%) followed by 39% for Cyprus and Cyprus had the lowest for gasoline/petrol (41%).  The highest for both is the United … Continue reading

EU revisiting biofuels

EU revisiting biofuels

Reuters news agency provides a good description of the changes underway to renewable energy policy which has given a high priority to the deployment of biofuels.  The new proposals have been watered down in a way that have not pleased many stakeholders.   Biofuels: EU weakens proposals to reduce indirect climate impact Fuel suppliers will … Continue reading

Gearing up for the autumn

Gearing up for the autumn

As our summer holidays come to an end and we are starting to focus on sustainable energy issues, some useful sites and news may provide some inspiration. EiD has been attracted to a site created by the Joint Research Centre’s Institute for the Environment and Sustainability on Life Cycle Analysis.  It is intriguingly called Life … Continue reading

Germany’s energy revolution hits potholes

Germany’s energy revolution hits potholes

We can expect more of this type of article as Germany implements its decision to completely phase out nuclear energy.  No one said it would be easy and it won’t.  But hopefully the drive and determination of the Germans will inspire others.  There are lessons for all of us.   Germany’s Energy Revolution Hits Potholes … Continue reading

Key figures from the European wind industry

Key figures from the European wind industry

The European Wind Energy Association released its new “Green Growth” report on the opening day of the EWEA 2012 Annual Event in Copenhagen on 16 April.  The report is available at the EWEA website. Key figures from the report released include: The wind energy sector contributed €32 billion to EU GDP in 2010 The sector’s … Continue reading