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IPCC calls for major shift to renewables to cut emissions

Renew Economy

Emissions of greenhouse gases grew at a faster rate over the decade from 2000 to 2010 than they did over the previous three decades, reaching the highest levels in human history, despite efforts to limit them, according to the last installment of the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, released Sunday.

This final installment, focused on mitigating climate change, …

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Global Wind Market Rebounds in 2014

The Global Wind Energy Council launched its Global Wind Report – Annual Market Update today, updating the status of the global industry, along with market projections for the years 2014-2018.

GWEC expects installations of at least 47 GW in 2014, a dramatic increase over 2013 levels. The market will be led by China, but with strong recovery in the …

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Citigroup says the ‘Age of Renewables’ has begun

Renew Economy

Investment banking giant Citigroup has hailed the start of the “age of renewables” in the United States, the world’s biggest electricity market, saying that solar and wind energy are getting competitive with natural gas peaking and baseload plants – even in the US where gas prices are said to be low.

In a major new analysis released this week, Citi …

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CEC Media Release: AMA statement on wind power should reassure communities

19 March 2014

A public statement on wind farms and health released by the Australian Medical Association (AMA) this week should provide additional peace of mind for communities living in the vicinity of existing or proposed wind power projects, the Clean Energy Council said today. Clean Energy Council Policy Director Russell Marsh said the AMA’s position statement came on top …

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IEA executive director: “We welcome a renewables target for 2030”

The International Energy Agency (IEA) supports an EU renewable energy target for 2030 – this would reduce policy risk and so “bring down costs and put us on the path we want to be on”, stated Maria van der Hoeven, executive director of the IEA today at the European Wind Energy Association’s 2014 annual event in Barcelona.

However, in the absence …

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Water used for EU power production equivalent to annual consumption of Germany

Nuclear, coal and gas plants in Europe use 4.5 billion m³ of water a year, equivalent to that of 82 million EU citizens – the same as the population of Germany – new research shows. Energy production represents 44% of the EU’s total water use: more than any other activity.

Yet wind energy, which uses no water, avoids the use of …

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Wind Power set to boom in Mexico

New Energy Reform to open up market

Mexico City, 28 February 2014 – Mexico WindPower 2014 wrapped up last night on a high note, with delegates anticipating a booming wind market in Mexico as a result of the new Energy reform bill passed last December. The new legislation marks the beginning of the end of Mexico’s 75 …

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Any country can reach high shares of wind, solar power cost-effectively – new IEA study shows

Wind power and solar are crucial to meeting future energy needs while decarbonising the power sector. However, the inherent variability of wind power and solar PV is raising concerns: Can power systems remain reliable and cost-effective while supporting high shares of variable renewable energy? And if so, how? 

A landmark study released today by the International Energy Agency …

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CEOs call on EU Heads of State: “Boost green growth with an ambitious 2030 renewables target”

CEOs from leading European companies today called for a strong 2030 climate and energy framework with an ambitious renewable energy target, including binding national targets.

An ambitious renewable energy target will boost green growth, creating 570,000 more jobs and saving €260 billion in fossil fuel imports compared to a greenhouse gas (GHG) only approach,1 the CEOs from Acciona Energia, Alstom, …

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Germany: Onshore wind power grows as forecast in 2013, but 2014 and 2015 remain highly uncertain

As forecast by the German Wind Energy Association (BWE) and VDMA Power Systems, the market for onshore wind turbines is growing. The statistics published by Deutsche WindGuard on behalf of BWE und VDMA Power Systems based on an up-to-date survey of manufacturers shows stable growth. Nearly 60 percent of the 2,998 megawatts of newly installed capacity was built in central and southern Germany. Wind …

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