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Wind, solar and bioenergy surge to supply a record 25% of the country’s electricity for a whole quarterRenewable energy has for the first time surpassed coal in supplying the UK’s electricity for a whole quarter, according to government statistics released on Thursday.
The revelation of the surge in wind, solar and bioenergy to a record 25% comes in a week when the government has been heavily criticised by business leaders and Al Gore for cutting support for clean energy
UKGuardian Unlimited via Guardian Unlimited
2015-09-24 09:25:13
Monday, September 21st, 2015      Leave a Comment
Nuclear power may be necessary to limit climate change, but this is the wrong nuclear optionThe case for decarbonising power supplies in order to limit climate change is now beyond challenge. The best way of doing it is as contentious as ever. Every option – carbon capture and storage to reduce coal-fired power stations’ emissions, expanding wind and solar power, developing other renewables such as tidal power, cutting consumption and bringing new nuclear capacity on stream – each has its own daunting problems, although some look a lot cheaper to fix than others
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2015-09-21 13:47:25
Wednesday, September 16th, 2015      Leave a Comment
LONDON (Reuters) - Wind farms could supply a quarter of the European Union’s electricity needs by 2030 if member states come good on energy and climate pledges, an industry report said on Wednesday.

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2015-09-16 06:07:26
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015      Leave a Comment
TOKYO (Reuters) - Solar power generation contributed to about 10 percent of peak summer power supplies of Japan's nine major utilities, equivalent to more than 10 nuclear reactors, the Asahi newspaper reported on Thursday.

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2015-09-02 22:05:20
Wednesday, July 29th, 2015      Leave a Comment
Oil! Our secret god, our secret sharer, our magic wand, fulfiller of our every desire, our co-conspirator! Can't live with it, can't  –  right at this moment  –  live without it. But it's on everyone's mind. Back in 2009, as fracking and the mining of the oil/tar sands in Alberta ramped up  –  when people were talking about Peak Oil and the dangers of the supply giving out  –  I wrote a piece called "The Future Without Oil
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2015-07-29 14:30:00
Monday, July 27th, 2015      Leave a Comment
I agree with much of your first comment on climate change (Editorial, 23 July). However, I would like to expand upon the observation that “just like fracking and nuclear, greening the energy supply needs intervention”. The question is: what is a reasonably sensible subsidy to provide energy technologies, especially those that generate electricity?You report in the same edition of the Guardian (Government to cut solar power subsidies saving customers 50p per year) that the discontinuation of solar subsides will save customers a trivial amount off their annual energy bills, but will simultaneously devastate a fast-growing, but still young, sustainable energy sector
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2015-07-27 13:52:02
Thursday, July 16th, 2015      Leave a Comment
Department of Energy and Climate Change has already overspent its budget to support renewable energy projects
The government is struggling to pay for new clean energy supplies which could result in a rise in household bills or a major cut in investment in renewable technologies.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has already overspent its budget to support renewable energy projects over the next five years by £1
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2015-07-16 00:01:01
Tuesday, July 14th, 2015      Leave a Comment
TOKYO (Reuters) - Solar, wind and other forms of renewable energy besides hydro-electric dams now supply more electricity than nuclear in Japan, China, India and five other major economies accounting for about half the world's population, an atomic industry report shows.

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2015-07-14 23:02:58
Monday, July 6th, 2015      Leave a Comment
Europe’s largest conservation organisation to use solar, biomass and hydro power to supply half its energy needs for its estates, historic houses and palaces
The National Trust is to invest £30m in solar panels, woodchip boilers and innovative technology that can extract heat from a lake, in a bid to supply half of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2020
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2015-07-06 00:01:03
Friday, July 3rd, 2015      Leave a Comment
Increase in solar installations and good weather means UK is sourcing 16% of its electricity from sunshine on Friday afternoon, industry claimsSolar power is supplying 16% of the UK’s electricity demand this afternoon as the country basks in sunshine, the industry estimates.
The news comes as solar-powered homes, commercial rooftop schemes and solar farms open to the public on Friday and Saturday as part of “solar independence day”
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2015-07-03 08:31:15
Friday, July 3rd, 2015      Leave a Comment
Victorian windfarm has secured 20-year feed-in tariff from ACT as part of goal to produce 90% of its electricity from clean sources by 2020Work has begun on a new $50m windfarm in Victoria that will edge the Australian Capital Territory closer to its clean energy supply target, as the renewables sector begins to emerge from a political impasse that threatened to cripple it
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2015-07-03 00:03:57
Friday, July 3rd, 2015      Leave a Comment
Dramatic cuts to Department of Energy and Climate Change budget could damage economic growth and undermine switch to clean energyThe UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) faces cuts of 90% to its staff budgets within three years, threatening the government’s ability to tackle climate change and move the energy supply to cleaner sources, according to an expert analysis
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2015-07-03 00:01:04
Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015      Leave a Comment
Even without subsidies, it will be cheaper to replace retiring coal-fuelled power stations with renewables, Bloomberg predicts Renewable energy will supply the majority of Australia’s electricity by 2040, even without any additional government policy, according to predictions by energy analysts.It will account for 59% of Australian electricity generation by 2040, as retiring coal and gas plants are replaced by wind and solar, according to New Energy Outlook 2015, which was published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance on Tuesday
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2015-06-23 06:00:11
Thursday, June 18th, 2015      Leave a Comment
High cost and mismatch in demand and supply makes country reliant on fossil fuels despite setting a goal to have half its energy needs met by renewables, reports Straits TimesLeandro Leviste, 21, has taken leave from university to start a solar panel company – so much does he believe in the future of renewable energy in his country, the Philippines
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2015-06-18 04:59:12
Monday, May 11th, 2015      Leave a Comment
Home storage unit is perfect for continent rich in solar and wind resources but short of reliable power sources, says Christine MungaiBatteries that can store renewable energy for longer and at half the current cost have been hailed as an energy revolution that could transform Africa’s power supply
UKGuardian Unlimited via Guardian Unlimited
2015-05-11 01:00:11