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Clean Energy in Our Community: University of Minnesota Morris

Posted by admin on August 17, 2012 in Clean Energy with 2 Comments

The second in a new Energy.gov video series about local Clean Energy projects is University of Minnesota Morris and their partnership with the town of Morris, Minnesota.

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Renewable Energy in Germany 2012

Posted by admin on July 22, 2012 in Renewable Energy with No Comments

Since the year 2000 Germany has developed from a pro-renewable energy country into a Renewable Energy powerhouse aiming for a complete transformation of its energy system.

In Germany most of the renewable energy capacity is owned by individuals or community power projects. In this grassroots energy revolution millions of households, villages and even entire regions have already declared their partial or total energy independence by becoming independent power producers. This is driven by the concept of energy autonomy, of not being dependent on multinational corporations or energy sources that destroy the world future generations have to life in. It was made possible by policy frameworks that enabled & encouraged people to invest in renewable energy sources and enforced market access by removing obstacles that prevent renewable energy projects around the world to this very day.

During the first half of the year solar power alone has produced more than 4% of the total power demand in Germany. While the share was rather small with about 1% in January it grew to more than 10% in May as the days got longer and warmer. Each kWh from solar power has been produced during peak-load hours, replacing coal, gas or oil-fired power stations.

Between January and June the combined power production of wind & solar energy was 5.5-7.5 TWh which represents 16-19% of the total power production every month. While wind power was the dominant source of variable renewable energy sources during the winter months, solar power took the lead in May & June 2012. Additionally biomass produced approximately 2.8 TWh and hydro power produced approximately 1.7 TWhs every month.

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Europe Commits to Renewable Energy

Posted by admin on July 9, 2012 in Renewable Energy with 13 Comments

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Stability and growth of the renewable energy market in Europe were on the agenda at an energy conference in Brussels. European policymakers joined forces with other major stakeholders to chart the way forward for energy policy in the EU.

European Union policymakers join forces with business leaders and representatives of civil society at an energy conference in Brussels to chart the way forward for energy policy in the EU.

Friday’s conference, called “Stability and Growth: Towards a Renewable European Energy Market” focused on tackling two major energy issues facing the EU.

One is how to ensure that the energy targets for the year 2020 are met in the current economic climate in Europe. The second is to draft targets for the year 2030.

[Günther Oettinger, EU Commissioner for Energy]:
“So, are we on the right track to achieve our 2020 renewables target and to continue bringing about the large volume of renewables that the Roadmap says is necessary?”

One of the 2020 targets is that 20-percent of all energy in Europe should come from renewable sources, including solar power, wind and biomass among others.

The push to de-carbonize the energy sector and the problem of growing dependency on fossil fuel imports were issues highlighted at the conference.

The European Union now sends 300 billion euros overseas every year to import fossil fuel—money that could be kept in Europe if renewable energy sources could be effectively developed.

From a political perspective, dependence on foreign fossil fuels brings about instability and political dependence: on Russia for gas or Iran and Arab countries for oil.

Some imports of fossil fuels also help prop up non-democratic regimes with a history of human rights violations—another reason to do something about changing the status quo.

From an environmental perspective, renewable energy is considered “clean” energy.

However, development of renewable energy system requires considerable investment and innovation.

And the conference highlighted a need for more involvement in these areas.

[Anni Podimata, Vice-President, European Parliament]:
“Firstly, energy infrastructure investments are crucial for the integration of the internal energy market, even though the majority of the required investments will come from the private sector, we should ensure that the public funding is available – when it is mostly needed, especially in the current era of crisis.”

The EU’s renewable energy policy started in 1997. European industry now leads in the development of global Renewable Energy technology and employs one-and-a-half million people.

Some countries such as Austria, Finland and Latvia, obtain one-third of their energy from renewable sources. Sweden—as much as half.

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Top Ten Countries For Clean Energy Investment

Posted by admin on May 21, 2012 in Clean Energy with 20 Comments

Ernst & Young created a list of the top nations with the most attractive Renewable Energy markets in the world.

1) China (70)

2) USA (68)

3) Germany (66)

4) India (63)

5) UK (59)

6) Italy (57)
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7) France (56)
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8) Canada (54)

9) Sweden (50)

10) Brazil (49)
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Renewable Energy

Posted by admin on April 24, 2012 in Renewable Energy with 25 Comments

A short video that I made for science when I was In Year 10, Hope you enjoy :)

Thanks so much to those who have watched this video, which has reached over 67,000 views!

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20% renewable energy by 2020

Posted by admin on April 21, 2012 in Renewable Energy with 25 Comments

Raising the share of renewable energy from 8.5% to 20% in the overall energy consumption is a necessary contribution to the global fight against climate change and towards better control over our energy dependence. The various uses of renewable energy are examined: electricity through wind and hydraulic energies; electricity or heat through geothermal and solar energies; electricity, heat, and biofuel coming from biomass. The EU is a world leader in the use and deployment of technologies that exploit Renewable Energy sources, providing over 350.000 jobs and an annual turn-over of € 30 billion.
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