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An estimated 22.1% of the world’s electricity was generated from renewable sources in 2013, according to a renewables global status report from the Renewable Energy Policy Network, the Wall Street Journal has reported. The overall figure is expected to increase in coming years, as investment in renewable energy increases worldwide, and costs decrease in key [...]

Renewables Generated One-Third Of Germany’s Power In First Half Of 2014

by John Johnston July 9, 2014
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Approximately 31% of Germany’s electricity came from renewable energy during the first half of 2014, thanks to growing renewable development and good weather conditions for solar and wind power generation, according to a new report from the Fraunhofer Institute. For the first time in Germany, energy from renewable sources made up a larger portion of [...]

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Solar Is Outcompeting Coal-Fired Power In Australia

by John Johnston July 7, 2014
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Recently I wrote about how renewable energy, and solar power in particular, is starting to hurt the bottom line of coal companies in Germany. Now, in Australia, Giles Parkinson has reported in the Guardian that even if coal were free to burn (which would never happen), centralized, coal-fired power plants couldn’t complete with the emerging solar power [...]

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Renewables Leaving ‘Trail Of Blood’ On Coal Company Balance Sheets

by John Johnston July 2, 2014
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As you may know, the growth of renewable energy in Germany has been nothing short of phenomenal in recent years, thanks to the heavily industrialized nation’s concerted effort to transition to a sustainable economy. Germany’s Energiewende (energy transition) is on track to achieve a target of 45% renewable energy by 2025. It comes as no [...]

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German State Poised To Reach 100% Renewable Energy, Aiming For 300%

by John Johnston June 30, 2014
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Germany’s northernmost and windiest state, Schleswig-Holstein, is this year poised to generate at least as much electricity from renewables as it consumes over a year, for the first time ever. Only eight years ago, the state generated around 30% of its electricity from wind, so a lot of progress has been made in a short [...]

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Buffett Ready To Double Existing $15 Billion Investment In Renewables

by John Johnston June 25, 2014
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It was an off-the-cuff remark by arguably the world’s best investor Warren Buffett, but he doesn’t often say things in public about investing he doesn’t mean; he knows what he says carries a lot of weight and influence. When speaking about his company’s existing $15 billion investments in renewable energy recently, at the Edison Electric [...]

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Nearly 3/4 Of Aussies Want To Keep Or Increase Renewable Energy Target

by John Johnston June 23, 2014
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Recent polling has shown that nearly three-quarters of Australians want to keep or increase the current national Renewable Energy Target. This result comes as the federal government is considering axing or reducing the target. The Guardian has reported that polling conducted for the Climate Institute by JWS research has shown that 72% of Australians would [...]

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Solar Power Storage Market Poised To Boom In Germany

by John Johnston June 9, 2014
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As I briefly mentioned a few days ago in a post about home solar power developments in the United States, the solar power storage market is poised to boom in Germany. There is an increasing amount of renewable energy generation in Germany, reaching a record 74% of national demand for a short time last month. Within this, [...]

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Obama Admin Aims To Cut Power Plant Carbon Emissions 30% By 2030

by John Johnston June 2, 2014
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The Obama Administration is aiming to cut carbon emissions from power plants 30% by 2030. A new Environmental Protection Agency rule will set specific targets for carbon dioxide reductions by state. It’s poised to be the most significant step taken by the United States to limit greenhouse gas emissions.  The new EPA rule will limit emissions from [...]

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Cosmetics Brands To Remove Polluting Plastic Microbeads From Products

by John Johnston May 26, 2014
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Cosmetics companies in the UK have pledged to remove polluting plastic microbeads from products. At the same time, across the Atlantic, the California Assembly has just passed the Microplastic Nuisance Prevention Law that bans the manufacture and sale of personal care products containing the tiny plastic microbeads. As we’ve previously reported, it has been revealed [...]

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