The 1st Power Plant In The World To Integrate Biomass & Geothermal Energy

Enel Green Power, a 2015 Zayed Future Energy Prize finalist, is building the first power plant in the world that uses both biomass and geothermal energy together. The power plant, named Cornia 2, is located in Enel Green Power’s home country of Italy. More specifically, it is in the town of Castelnuovo Val di Cecina in Tuscany.



IKEA Makes Its Biggest Renewable Energy Investment Yet

IKEA, a 2015 Zayed Future Energy Prize finalist, recently announced a massive wind farm investment in Texas in the USA. It’s IKEA’s biggest renewable energy investment to date, and that’s saying a lot for a company that has invested as much money into renewable energy as IKEA has.



Sustainability Isn’t Just About The Environment

We almost always equate sustainability with environmental sustainability. As someone who studied both sustainability and environmental studies (and sociology) in college, this irks me a little bit that the full breadth of sustainability is so often ignored.



Fraunhofer Charts Document Germany’s Renewable Energy Transition

Fraunhofer, a leading German research institute and Zayed Future Energy Prize winner, provides a wealth of renewable energy data, research, and analysis. One of my favorite things it publishes is a monthly report on the German electricity sector, with the focus being on renewables.



Nov 2014

Enel Green Power Gets $104 Million For Mexican Wind Farm

Enel Green Power is a monster of a renewable energy company. Only six other companies own more renewable energy assets, and only eight others own as many wind assets. It is about to add further to its total, as it has been awarded a $104 million loan agreement with Banco Santander, covered by Spanish Export Credit Agency CESCE, that will be used as part of its $196 million investment in the 100 MW Dominica 1 wind farm.

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Do we really care?

Our Planet is not doing very well. Desertification, devastating storms, droughts, flooding, loss in biodiversity and many more increasingly worrying environmental / climate change related threats. Why are we not changing this? Do we have the power, the strength to change? Do we care?




Does the global Sustainable Energy Transition pace need to accelerate? If yes, how should we acceler

While current energy outlooks to 2030 and beyond retain a dominant role for fossil fuels in the world’s energy mix, simple mathematics indicate that at the current pace of renewable energy investment (~0.3% of global GDP) the energy available to humans at the end of the century will be a small fraction of the current..




Carbon Capture and Storage as Part of our Future Energy System

Energy outlooks to 2030 and beyond indicate growing global energy demand and a continued dominant role for fossil fuels in the world’s energy mix, even as utilization of renewable energy sources expands rapidly…




How to Sustain Renewable Energy

Renewable energy is entering a period of uncertainty that mirrors the increasing uncertainty about oil prices.  Will increased demand from China and revitalized Western economies maintain oil prices at current levels in the face of increased supply from fracking and possibly from Iran?  If so, government support for renewable energy should remain strong.  If oil prices fall, however, then as in the 1980s many governments may cut their investments in new energy technologies so that alternative energy sources are unavailable when oil prices rise again.  What can we do now to ensure continuing support for renewable energy initiatives in the face of possible short term economic and political pressures?