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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

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.

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

Will Natural Gas Overcome Solar?

The Worldwide Energy car is powered by clean natural gas. If you see it driving around Kansas City, be sure to wave.

Is natural gas poised to overtake solar as the latest, most efficient renewable? That’s the question that some analysts are asking especially since natural gas is becoming increasingly inexpensive and abundant.

“The price of natural gas is at a 10-year low, and is roughly half of what it was this time last year due largely to technological advances.”

In a recent New York Times op-ed, analyst Thomas Friedman expressed concern “that the shale gas boom will significantly defer the transition to solar and other renewables.”

Friedman says, “We are in the midst of a natural gas revolution in America that is a potential game changer for the economy, environment and our national security – if we do it right.”

While natural gas is a fossil fuel, it emits only half as much greenhouse gas as coal, and it is inexpensive to deploy. But is it enough to overcome other renewable sources of energy?

We like to think that there’s room for all types of renewable energy sources including solar, natural gas, and wind. What’s more important is the application of these sources, and where would they fit best.

For example, solar is ideal for a business in Arizona, and wind is great for a production facility in Kansas. There’s room for all types of renewable energy, especially if reducing utility costs, and improving the environment are the end goals.

Source: AOL Energy

Renewable Energy Options

The Corporate Renewable Energy Index found that 35 companies reported using 100 percent renewable energy to cover all their power usage.

A growing number of businesses are beginning to use renewable energy sources exclusively, according to a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) and Vestas.

The 2012 Corporate Renewable Energy Index “ranked 300 global companies based on their voluntary sourcing of renewable energy, and the reasons why they do it.”

Researchers found that nearly one third of respondents reported using less than 5 percent renewable energy, but 35 companies said they used 100 percent renewable energy to cover all their power usage.

Though the companies ranged from financial to telecommunication, the most common form of on-site renewable energy was hydroelectric power at 47%. The second highest was wind power at 29%.

“Global investment in new renewable capacity outpaced that of fossil fuel generation in 2011, with $257 billion invested in renewables compared with $223 billion for additional fossil fuel generation,” wrote the authors.

Source: Clean Technica

Wind Energy’s Economic Impact

The midwest (Kansas in particular) has one of the highest potentials for wind speed.

Wind turbines are popping up all over the country, especially in Kansas. They’re hard to ignore, and there’s no doubt they are here to stay.

A new study found that for each megawatt of wind capacity, a county gains half a job. And with 47,000 megawatts of wind energy capacity installed in the U.S. today, that’s a significant economic impact.

The authors of the study specifically measured what the wind industry means for rural counties in states such as Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Texas.

The study included 1,009 counties and found that for every megawatt installed, total county personal income increased by $11,150 over the 2000 to 2008 period. And for every megawatt installed in a county, one half of a job was created.

From 2007 to 2010, wind energy contributed about 36 percent of all new electric generation built in the U.S. And the number continues to grow as more counties are seeing the benefit of wind power as a clean, renewable source of energy.

Find out more about the benefits of wind power.

* The five authors of the report, “Ex post analysis of economic inpacts from wind power development in U.S. counties,” are Jason P. Brown and John Pender of the USDA’s Economic Research Service; Ryan Wiser and Ben Hoen of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; and Eric Lantz of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The article appears in Energy Economics 34 (2012), pages 1743-1754.

Source: Daily Yonder

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