Solar power has been growing fast in many countries, not the least of which is the United States. Actually, the US is expected to come in third, only behind China & Japan, in terms of new solar power installations in 2014.
XPRIZE is, according to XPRIZE, the global leader in “incentivized prize competition.” Its board of trustees includes Elon Musk of Tesla Motors, SpaceX, and PayPal; Larry Page of Google; famed director James Cameron (think: Titanic and Avatar); Arianna Huffington; Ali Velshi; Wendy Schmidt; and Anousheh Ansari. The good news is that this massive prize competition is aimed at improving the world.
IKEA has enough great renewable energy and cleantech news that there’s something exciting and green from the company to write about approximately once a month. It’s a standout leader in the corporate world. But something that “crossed my desk” this morning put IKEA up a notch.
One of the hottest cleantech stories from the past couple of years has been how much low-cost solar and low-cost storage are going to change the electricity market… and even the broader energy market. But a new innovation by a company in Australia is pushing the transition in yet another way.
The largest wind farm planned for Central America, a 215-megawatt wind farm consisting of 86 wind turbines has just received financing from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group.
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?
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..
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…
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?
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Trying to follow UN climate negotiations and conferences can be like trying to read a book backwards. Every conference seems to go on a rollercoaster ride of hope, despair, and last-minute heroism… or failure, depending on your expectations and hopes.READ MORE
Sophisticated home energy management is one of the next frontiers of the cleantech (and tech, in general) world. We may not like to admit it, but most of us still have “dumb homes.” We have smartphones, tablets, and more apps than we can count, but the way our homes operate haven’t been folded into this “smart” revolution yet.READ MORE
For governmental leaders working to tackle global warming and climate change, the big event of the month is the climate conference occurring in Lima, Peru right now. But countries have already committed to keeping global warming below 2°C… so how can they move forward with that commitment on their own as the international talks keep moving forward?READ MORE
It’s well known that public investments to tackle climate change are not nearly enough to alone address the problem, and never can be, but the assumption is that public investments and public policy can stimulate private investments. The tricky thing is...READ MORE
A big thing the World Resources Institute has been doing for years is developing a Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Inventories (GPC). Rio de Janeiro and 34 other cities have pilot-tested that, and the World Resources Institute, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, and ICLEI, are today rolling out the finalized version of the GPC.READ MORE