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India | India To Expand National Solar Mission

India | India To Expand National Solar Mission

India To Expand National Solar Mission
by Guest Contributor, 6/12/2014

Armed with a new sense of urgency to fix the problems of power supply, rising power costs, and increasing dependence on imported coal, the Narendra Modi-led Indian government is planning to enhance the country’s ambitious National Solar Mission. Currently, the mission entails installation of 20,000 MW of grid-connected and…

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The Solar power / Water Nexus

The Solar power / Water Nexus

by John Brian Shannon John Brian Shannon

Separate from discussions about airborne coal power plant emissions, are the high levels of water usage — proportional to the downstream water loss experienced by farmers, citizens, and other water users such as wildlife — caused by obscenely high coal power plant water requirements.

Water used by power plants

At a time of increasing water scarcity, water use by power plants varies widely. In some…

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Global Wind Power Capacity to Double by 2020

Global Wind Power Capacity to Double by 2020

wind turbines

Originally published on Energy Post.
By Karel Beckman

wind turbines

Image courtesy: reneweconomy.com.au

Despite an overall slump in installations in 2013, the global cumulative wind power capacity will more than double from 319.6 Gigawatts (GW) at the end of 2013 to 678.5 GW by 2020, says research and consulting firm GlobalData.

The company’s latest report* states that China, the largest single wind power…

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Perovskites: The Future of Solar PV?

Perovskites: The Future of Solar PV?

Perovskites courtesy of oxford-pv

By Sam Stranks

A new material has entered the emerging low-cost photovoltaics arena and is threatening to blow much of the existing competition away. Power conversion efficiencies (how efficiently incident sunlight is converted to electrical power) in perovskite-based solar cells have increased from a starting point of 3.8% in 2009 to a staggering 19.3% by May 2014. Such rapid improvement is…

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US Electricity Sector Gets Downgrade From Barclays

US Electricity Sector Gets Downgrade From Barclays

Barclays Bank logo

By: Rocky Mountain Institute, 6/11/2014, 12:40:14 PM

Originally published on Rocky Mountain Institute.
By James Mandel

Barclays recently downgraded the U.S. electricity sector. That’s right, the whole sector. It’s now listed as “underweight,” meaning that if you were to hold a full portfolio of bonds for the U.S. economy, you might want to be a bit light on U.S. electric utilities, as they…

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The Variability of Renewable and Non-renewable energy

The Variability of Renewable and Non-renewable energy

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by John Brian Shannon

Merit Order ranking control room

Merit Order ranking control room

On variability and climate change — the ongoing argument for and against renewable energy additions to the national electrical grid.

Solar Variability

Some argue that solar power produces variable electricity flows — supposedly making it unsuitable for use in our modern electric grids.

And it’s true, the Sun does not shine at night. Also, if…

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Norway Alta Dam project considers indigenous Sami people’s rights

Norway Alta Dam project considers indigenous Sami people’s rights

Alta Hydro-electric dam project in Norway
Alta Hydro-electric dam project in Norway

The Alta hydro-electric dam project in Norway faced stiff opposition from the indigenous Sami people as far back as the late 1970′s. The government of Norway later acceded to their wishes, building a dam with lower capacity and therefore less impact on the Sami people and the local ecosystem which they depend on for their livelihood.

‘Fight for your rights!’ – Norway’s indigenous Sami people…

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ACORE Outlook for Renewable Energy in America: 2014

ACORE Outlook for Renewable Energy in America: 2014

ACORE The Outlook for Renewable Energy in America: 2014 (cover)
Report Forecasts Industry Growth and Highlights Policy Recommendations to Advance an American Renewable Energy Economy Jointly Authored by U.S. Renewable Energy Trade Associations

 

Washington, D.C. March 31, 2014 – The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE)today announced the release of The Outlook for Renewable Energy in America: 2014, jointly authored by U.S. renewable energy trade…

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Climate Change | The Biggest Story of Our Time [2 Videos]

Climate Change | The Biggest Story of Our Time [2 Videos]

Harrison Ford all people need nature.

by John Brian Shannon

Climate Change. James Cameron says it is “the biggest story of our time” in a fresh nine-part documentary series airing on SHOWTIME that looks at our Earth, its climate and the effects of changing climate on people and local economies. Actors, celebrities, economists and political leaders set out as reporters to travel the globe in search of the effects of climate change.

Th…

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Wealth Distribution in America | Off the charts!

Wealth Distribution in America | Off the charts!

Actual Distribution of Wealth in America
Wealth Distribution in America is not what you think it is!

Watch this 6-minute video to see just how wrong our perceptions are about how the total wealth of the United States is shared between all these different socio-economic groups of people. “The Poor” and “The Middle Class” and “The Rich” are compared to “The Wealthy” in this video. What you will see is mind-blowing.

The total wealth of the…

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