Renewable energy shift ‘could change global distribution of power’

The Mohammed bin Rashid Solar Park in Dubai is the largest single-site concentrated solar power project in the world. Source: Reuters

A new age of energy will alter the global distribution of power, a report from the International Renewable Energy Agency says.

The report states the effect of the rapid growth in renewable energy on geopolitics and socio-economics may be as significant as the impact of fossil fuels two centuries ago.

This could mean the redistribution of global power, the formation of new global alliances and lead to the emergence of new energy leaders. The transformation, the report says, will “change energy statecraft as we know it”.

“Fundamental changes are taking place in the global energy system that will affect almost all countries and will have wide-ranging geopolitical consequences,” the report says. Continue reading “Renewable energy shift ‘could change global distribution of power’”

Windy Weather Carries Britain to Renewable Energy Record

Photograph: Darren Cool/E.On/PA

Storm Diana brought travel chaos to road, rail and airports, but the clouds did have a silver lining: the strong winds helped set a renewable energy record.

Windfarms supplied about a third of the UK’s electricity between 6pm and 6.30pm on Wednesday, a time of peak energy demand. Output hit a high of 14.9GW, beating a previous record of 14.5GW.

The milestone coincides with the official opening on Friday of E.ON’s Rampion windfarm off the coast near Brighton, which is the first in the Channel and can power about 350,000 homes.

Blustery weather has buoyed wind output in the past few days, with National Grid reporting thousands of wind turbines were the UK’s No 1 source of power across Wednesday and Thursday, at about 32% of generation. Gas power stations are usually top. Continue reading “Windy Weather Carries Britain to Renewable Energy Record”

7 Incoming Governors Strongly Support Renewable Energy Goals

Two-thirds of voters in Arizona fell prey to one of the most vicious disinformation campaigns in the annals of US politics last Tuesday. Bombarded by more than $25 million worth of lies bought and paid for by local utility company Arizona Public Service, they turned thumbs down on a proposal that would have required the state to obtain 50% of its electricity from renewable energy sources — not including nuclear — by 2030.

Arizona’s loss is several other states’ gain, however. Incoming governors in Connecticut, Maine, Colorado, Illinois,  Nevada, New Mexico, and Oregon have all pledged to beef up their state’s renewable energy goals, according to a report by PV Magazine.
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