Tag Archives: Renewable

Australia shifts investment from wind projects to other renewable sources

August 20, 2015 Source: Australia’s (CEFC) last month was directed to stop investing in future wind power projects. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott stated that CEFC should be investing in the development of new technologies rather than in technologies that are currently established, such as large-scale wind farms. The CEFC was created in 2012 to […]

Hawaii and Vermont set high renewable portfolio standard targets

June 29, 2015 Source: U.S. Energy Information AdministrationNote: The figure includes and does not adjust for additional sub-targets. Republished June 29, 2015, 9:30 a.m. to correct an error in the map. Two states recently passed legislation that would require significant increases in renewable electricity generation. On June 8, Hawaii updated legislation setting a 100% renewable […]

Proposed Clean Power Plan would accelerate renewable additions and coal plant retirements

June 5, 2015 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Note: Other includes hydropower, geothermal, biomass, municipal solid waste, and other gaseous fuels used in end-use sectors. EIA’s analysis of the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan (CPP) shows that renewables play a critical role under a range of different market conditions and policy assumptions. The […]

Renewable share of U.S. energy consumption highest since 1930s

May 28, 2015 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Note: Sector shares represent the renewable share of primary energy consumed in the sector. Renewable energy accounted for 9.8% of total domestic energy consumption in 2014. This marks the highest renewable energy share since the 1930s, when wood was a much larger contributor to domestic energy supply. […]

Africa: Renewable Energy Gains Ground

“A key feature of 2014 was the continuing spread of renewable energy to new markets. Investment in developing countries, at $ 131.3 billion, was up 36% on the previous year and came the closest ever to overhauling the total for developed economies, at $ 138.9 billion, up just 3% on the year. Indonesia, Chile, Mexico, […]

UK’s renewable energy targets drive increases in U.S. wood pellet exports

April 22, 2015 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, based on U.S. International Trade Commission In 2014, almost three-quarters of all U.S. wood pellet exports were delivered to the United Kingdom (UK), mainly for the purpose of generating electricity. Overall, U.S. wood pellet exports increased by nearly 40% between 2013 and 2014, from 3.2 million short […]

Africa: Renewable Energy Needs Africa’s Attention

Ethiopia, one of the countries already investing in renewable energy, especially in wind, geothermal and hydroelectric power, is one of the proponents of financing for the Clean Energy Corridor. The country plans to generate 800 megawatts of wind power, one gigawatt of geothermal power and is constructing a 6,000 MW hydroelectric plant, which will be […]

U.S. biodiesel and renewable diesel imports decline 36% in 2014

March 20, 2015 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, After reaching and the absence of a late-year influx of volumes from Argentina were two main factors in this decline. The strongest drivers of the resurgence in U.S. biomass-based diesel demand since 2012 have been increasing RFS targets and the on-again, off-again biodiesel tax credit. Biodiesel and […]

Gambia: GCCI, GEF/UNIDO Project Convene SME Forum On Renewable Energy

By Abdoulie Nyockeh The Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) in partnership with GEF/UNIDO 4 Project, Wednesday convened a daylong forum on the theme: “Supporting sustainable small and medium enterprises through renewable energy.” The GEF/UNIDO 4Project would continue to promote the scaling up of investment in renewable energy through promotion and awareness raising activities, […]

Power sector employment declines, except for renewable electricity generators

December 19, 2014 Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Note: 2014 data are preliminary. The electric power generation sector lost more than 5,800 jobs from January 2011 through June 2014 despite a gain of nearly 1,800 non-hydro renewable electricity generation jobs, according to the latest data available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). BLS […]

Africa: Renewable Energies – a Double-Edged Sword

By Bradnee Chambers Bonn — The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has set a target of reducing emissions of greenhouse gases such as CO2. One way countries can meet their obligations is to switch energy production from the burning of fossil fuels to “renewables”, generally understood to include wind, wave, tidal, hydro, solar […]

Rwanda: Govt Pledges More Support to Renewable Energy Initiatives

By Michel Nkurunziza Government will continue supporting initiatives that promote rural electrification and renewable energy in particular to ensure Rwandans access affordable power, Jules Ndenga, the in charge of planning and policy at the Ministry of Infrastructure, has said. Ndenga added that renewable energy sources like solar power are ideal for rural households, saying they […]

Kenya: Kenya Boosts Wind Power in Its Renewable Energy Mix

By Maina Waruru Nairobi — Kenya is set to gain more wind farms as the East African country moves to increase and diversify its clean energy resources. Nairobi-based company has announced it will begin producing 40 megawatts (MW) in the second half of 2015 at its flagship wind power plant in Meru, expanding the renewable […]

Gambia: Training of Trainers On Renewable Energy Expert Underway

The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) on Tuesday began a five-day training on trainers on renewable energy expert in The Gambia, at the Gambia Technical Training Institute (GTTI). The UNIDO has recruited an International consultant from the Energy Centre, College of Engineering, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana and a local […]

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