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Renewable Energy to Double or Triple in 6 Years

 

In 2016, electrical generation will largely come from renewables, according to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report. Solar and wind will surpass natural gas, doubling nuclear output and coming in second only to coal in power generation.

 

Global renewable electricity generation is expected to grow from 4,860 terawatt-hours in 2012 to 6,850 terawatt-hours in 2018. In fact, wind generation is expected to double globally, while solar will more than triple from 100 terawatt-hours to 358 terawatt-hours.

 

“In the U.S., solar capacity is expected to more than quadruple, from 7.7 gigawatts to 31 gigawatts, and wind capacity is expected to nearly double, from 58.8 gigawatts to 93 gigawatts.”

 

For more information and an analysis of the report, visit Green Tech Media.

Renewable Energy Parks for Locally-Produced Clean Energy

Renewable Energy park

The Town of Hempstead in New York is a great blueprint for a renewable energy park that features solar energy, and electric car charging stations.

Renewable energy parks are a new concept, but are at the forefront of discussions lately. A renewable energy park is “an area used and planned for the purpose of clean energy development, like wind and solar generation.”

This revolving concept provides a source of reliable, locally-produced clean energy, contributes to eco-tourism, and is an educational resource to local schools, universities, and business groups. Energy generation sources can include solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, and hydrogen generation to incorporate an assortment of technologies and purposes.

There are grant opportunities and utility incentives for communities looking to develop a renewable energy park. The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) is a great example of federally-funded programs that provide assistance in energy park development.

A recent Department of Energy webinar showcased the Town of Hempstead, New York and its renewable energy park in Point Lookout, NY. The energy park features several innovative demonstration projects, various solar photovoltaic technologies, electric charging stations, and an off-grid aquaculture facility.

The town received $4.5 millin from the EECBG to implement projects including lighting and HVAC retrofits, vehicle fleet improvements, metering data acquisition system, and public outreach efforts.

The town has lowered its carbon footprint, and brought major energy savings to the town’s facilities. Their clean energy initiative and energy park is a great blueprint for other communities developing renewable energy parks, or implementing locally-produced clean energy.

Source: Energy Manager Today

 

By Gaylen Davenport

About 110,000 New Green Jobs Created in 2012

The emerging green technology sector may be delivering the economic benefits its advocates have long said it would.

According to a year-end report from Environmental Entrepreneurs, more than 300 new renewable energy or clean transportation projects, facilities projects, and facilities were announced in 2012, promising an estimated 110,000 new jobs.

Sectors covered in the report include power generation (solar, wind, and geothermal), manufacturing, energy efficiency, public transportation, and biofuels. Solar, one of the fastest growing sectors with a 40 percent increase in installed capacity led renewables with 19,100 generation and manufacturing jobs.

Read more from the report at Green Tech Media.

 

By Gaylen Davenport

Rise of Renewable Energy

Ratings agency Standard & Poor has said that the renewable energy market shows a promising future for solar and wind technology.

In fact, the oil and gas giant Shell forecasts that solar could become the world’s largest primary source of energy by 2070.

Take for example, Germany, which now has a cumulative capacity of 32.6 gigawatts, and will see its solar energy market become sustainable by 2014.

Other countries including India, China, and Mexico are increasing their solar energy markets.

“Worldwide, the 2012 investment total in clean energy was the second highest ever, and five times that of 2004.”

Source: Earth Techling

 

By Gaylen Davenport

Renewable Energy in Graphs

renewable energy chart

US commercial building energy intensity has been dropping for years, which could mean more businesses are switching to energy efficient solutions.

Renewable energy can become complicated, especially to those who are unfamiliar with the field. The Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) recently released a report about the strong growth of renewable energy.

The report was presented at a press conference and offered several useful charts and graphs, which are easier representations of the information they found.

Check out a few of the graphs at Clean Technica.

Plane Flying on Solar

The Solar Impulse flies using solar technology. Every aspect of the plane has been designed to save energy.

The lightweight Solar Impulse once flew overnight without using fuel. This summer, engineers are hoping to fly it across the U.S.

The solar-powered plane features a lightweight design, a wingspan of more than 200 feet wide, and weighs less than a typical car. “Every aspect of the plane, from the carbon fiber components to the flight instrumentation, has been designed to save energy.”

Designers of the Solar Impulse say it’s far from being ready to replace commercial jets, but is a model for how technology and science has evolved. “Major challenges await humanity… their objectives will be less to conquer unknown territories than to preserve the planet from today’s threats, in order to sustain and improve our quality of life.”

Read more about the Solar Impulse.

Iowa Leads Renewable Energy Production

Iowa’s strong agricultural foundation and its legacy of manufacturing excellence have positioned the state to excel in next-generation technologies.

What state leads the way when it comes to renewable energy? Surprisingly, Iowa.

Iowa is not a particularly windy or sunny place, and it’s certainly not a state you think of when you consider cutting edge initiatives and energy efficiency.

As it turns out, Iowa ranks first in the nation in the production of ethanol, second in the nation in wind generation output, and fourth in the nation in the production of biodiesel.

According to an Iowa Development Authority website, Iowa’s strong agricultural foundation and its legacy of manufacturing excellence have positioned the state to excel in next-generation technologies.

And Iowa has invested in the renewable energy industry by creating the Office of Energy Independence, and the $100 million Iowa Power Fund to attract cutting-edge renewable energy research and development.

Sustainability sure is alive in Iowa, so if you don’t think of Iowa when it comes to energy efficiency, think again. According to an Iowa Department Authority website, Iowa’s strong agricultural foundation and its legacy of manufacturing excellence have positioned the state to excel in next-generation technologies. The future looks bright for renewables, especially in Iowa.

Ikea to Power Stores with Renewable Energy by 2020

Ikea says it will rely on solar and wind energy to produce all the power it uses at its stores and buildings worldwide by 2020.

After recently announcing its staunch support for LED lighting, Ikea is looking to become even more energy efficient.

The Swedish retailer says it will rely on solar and wind energy to produce all the power it uses at its stores and buildings worldwide by 2020.

“Each roof is a power station in the making,” says Steve Howard, Ikea Group’s chief sustainability officer, adding that the potential for wind and solar in the U.S. is “as good as anywhere in the world.”

Other major retailers, including Walmart, have also set goals to becoming 100% renewable. And while the switch to efficiency does help out the companies’ bottom lines, most believe that energy independence is “the right thing to do.”

Source: USA Today

Featured Client: Surplus Exchange

Each month, Worldwide Energy features a client that we have worked with to showcase not only our portfolio, but also our client’s business.


Project Scope:

Surplus Exchange is a nonprofit organization that diverts consumer electronics from the waste stream, ensuring that the material is properly recycled in accordance with the Basel Action network, the world’s only organization focused on confronting global environmental injustice of toxic trade.

In 2011, Surplus upgraded their lighting system to reduce more than 17,000 kWh annually. This year, the Surplus Exchange continued their commitment to a better environment by installing a 25 kW solar system. The solar system consists of 100 panels that will produce enough clean energy to power the organization’s facility.

Lighting Upgrade Savings:

  • Offset 51,480 kWh annually
  • Will generate 33,639 kWh annually
  • Reduced energy usage

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