Renewable Energy Industry

Global supplies of renewable electricity are growing faster than expected and could expand by 50% in the next half of the decade leading up to 2030, powered by a resurgence in solar energy and The International Energy Agency (IEA) found that solar, wind and hydropower projects are rolling out at their fastest rate in the four years that led up to 2020.

Its latest report in 2019 predicted that by the middle of the next decade a new dawn for cheap solar power could see the world’s solar capacity grow by 600GW which equates to almost double the installed total electricity capacity of Japan that year. Overall, renewable electricity is expected to grow by 1,200GW in the next five years, the equivalent of the total electricity capacity of the US in 2019.

Renewable energy sources make up 26% of the world’s electricity today, but according to the IEA its share is expected to reach 30% by 2024. The resurgence follows a global slowdown in 2019, due to falling technology costs and rising environmental concerns. The IEA also expects solar energy to play the biggest role in jumpstarting fresh growth in global renewable energy due to the fact that falling costs are already below retail electricity prices in most countries. Solar PV is the single largest source of additional expansion potential, followed by onshore wind and hydropower.

The cost of solar power is expected to decline by a further 15% to 35% by 2024 which should spur further growth over the second half of the decade and the increasing requirements of energy-hungry businesses and factories is expected to be the main driver of the solar power boom as company bosses exploit falling costs to help cut their energy bills.

The number of home solar panels is also expected to more than double to reach around 100 million rooftops by the middle of the decade leading into 2030 with the strongest per capita growth expected in Australia, Belgium, California, the Netherlands and Austria. Despite this forecasted growth expected for solar over the next five years, panels will still cover only 6% of the world’s available rooftops, leaving room for further growth into the remainder of the decade.

China will account for 40% of global renewable capacity expansion leading up to 2024 and this will be in part due to improved system integration, lower curtailment rates and enhanced competitiveness of both solar PV and onshore wind. A more optimistic outlook for the European Union results from higher planned renewables auction volumes and faster distributed solar PV growth in member states to meet renewable energy targets. In the United States, wind and solar PV developers are rushing to complete projects before federal tax incentives end, while corporate power purchase agreements (PPAs) and state-level policies contribute to growth.

Industry News

  • Elon Musk: Tesla Is Like The “Baskin Robbins of Batteries”
    by Matt Pressman on July 28, 2021 at 2:00 am

    A major Tesla milestone was announced yesterday — the all-electric automaker just surpassed over $1 billion in GAAP net income. But that doesn’t mean it’s time for complacency. During Tesla’s Q2 earnings conference call, CEO Elon Musk said, “If you look at history, often, the seeds of defeat are sown on the day of victory.

  • The Grim Reaper & The Republican Party Embracing Climate Action Are The Only Things That Will Eliminate US Climate Change Deniers
    by Michael Barnard on July 27, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    Conservative parties embracing climate change & action is the only thing that can eliminate climate science deniers. Otherwise, they'll die denying. Since climate change denial will only disappear with death and major tribal shifts, focus on solutions instead.

  • EV Transmissions Are Awesome!
    by Jennifer Sensiba on July 27, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    Just over two years ago, I wrote an article discussing upcoming EV transmissions. Since then, we’ve seen a number of EVs and plugin hybrids that use a transmission, and the advantages that were mathematically predictable (as well as known from the DIY EV scene that predated mass EV production) became a reality. Last month I

  • California’s NEM 3.0 Must Grow Rooftop Solar Sustainably
    by NRDC on July 27, 2021 at 8:07 pm

    Originally published on the NRDC Expert Blog. By Mohit Chhabra & Julia de Lamare A proceeding to reform net energy metering (NEM) policy is underway at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). NEM determines how much utility customers with rooftop solar get paid for the electricity their solar panels produce. One of the foremost challenges that

  • Remember Faraday Future? It’s B A C K !
    by Steve Hanley on July 27, 2021 at 7:18 pm

    Fresh off a reverse merger that brought in $1 billion in new capital, Faraday Future says it will begin production in 12 months or less.

  • The Challenges Facing Production of Upcoming Tesla Vehicles
    by Jennifer Sensiba on July 27, 2021 at 6:47 pm

    Flipping through Tesla’s Q2 earnings call last night, I found that manufacturing and upcoming vehicles has been a big topic, but spread out all over the call. While many of our readers are going to want to watch/listen to the whole thing themselves, I went through and grabbed a number of manufacturing insights and challenges

  • Good Things Come in Small Packages 
    by Guest Contributor on July 27, 2021 at 5:50 pm

    By Stuart Ungar Enter the company Packsize and its right-sized packing solutions. Packsize takes the tech high road to analyze each item, and through the use of advanced machinery provides just enough packaging to safely ship the item in an eco-friendly way. This process saves resources and money. And it’s more sustainable. Many of us

  • Human Rights Abuses In Aluminum Supply Chain Need To Be Stopped
    by Jo Borrás on July 27, 2021 at 5:10 pm

    In a recently published, 63-page report, Human Rights Watch describes the automotive supply chains that connect car manufacturers to aluminum mines, refineries, and smelters around the world. The report also documents a number of human rights impacts related to aluminum production and processing, from the destruction of ancestral farmland and damage to community water sources

  • It’s Just Got To Be BEV
    by David Waterworth on July 27, 2021 at 4:30 pm

    Only 100% battery electric vehicles (BEVs) have the potential to create the deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions in the transport sector that the world needs to avoid catastrophic climate change. BEVs will become more efficacious as the grid gets greener around the globe. But what about hybrids, hydrogen fuel cells, biofuels, and electrofuels? Hybrids

  • Zambia commissions first unit of 750-MW Kafue Gorge Lower hydropower station
    by Hydro Review on July 27, 2021 at 4:19 pm

    On July 23, the government of Zambia celebrated commissioning of the first unit at the 750-MW Kafue Gorge Lower hydropower station. Dr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia, gave an address on the occasion, which was attended by many dignitaries, including representatives of project owner Zambia Electricity Supply Corp. (ZESCO) and contractor Sinohydro

  • Company With “Skateboard” Electric Vehicle Platform Sets Up Headquarters In … Austin, Texas? (With A Koch Twist)
    by Tina Casey on July 27, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    The electric vehicle startup REE Automotive is staking out new territory in the US, and Texas --yes, Texas -- is a perfect place to start.

  • Appalachia Poised To Be Part Of Shift To Clean Energy
    by Guest Contributor on July 27, 2021 at 3:45 pm

    Originally published by Union of Concerned Scientists, The Equation. By Ted Boettner  For over 150 years, the Appalachian region has provided the cheap energy that has powered the nation to become an industrial giant and build a middle class. At the same time, the enormous wealth pulled from the hills of Appalachia largely enriched other parts

  • 25 Unasked Questions On Tesla’s Q2 Earnings Call
    by Vijay Govindan on July 27, 2021 at 3:24 pm

    This was a great quarter for Tesla. Record production, record deliveries, tremendous growth, and excellent margins in a difficult operating environment. I felt some opportunities for questions were missed, though. What’s the status of Model X deliveries this quarter? No one cared about Tesla’s second mass-market product. From the looks of the website, it’s sold

  • In Wisconsin, conservatives make the case for third-party community solar
    by Renewable Energy World on July 27, 2021 at 1:58 pm

    A conservative-led alliance of farming, construction, and clean energy groups is pushing new legislation in Wisconsin meant to create competition and accelerate the development of subscriber-backed community solar projects.

  • Minnesota Becomes A Clean Cars State
    by Guest Contributor on July 27, 2021 at 1:53 pm

    Courtesy of the Office of Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan. [July 26, St. Paul, MN] — Today, Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan celebrated clean car standards taking effect in Minnesota. The new standards, finalized by a notice in the state register today, reduce carbon emissions, create good-paying jobs,

  • Electric utilities plan DC fast-chargers up and down eastern US highways
    by Jennifer Runyon on July 27, 2021 at 12:58 pm

    Now 14 utilities representing 29 states plus DC and serving more than 60M customers have joined a coalition to speed EV adoption. The Electric Highway Coalition (EHC), a group of electric utilities working together to install fast-charging EV stations along major interstate highways, has doubled its members. Membership in the EHC has now grown to

  • Grid enhancing technologies find a place in FERC’s ANOPR on transmission planning
    by Rao Konidena on July 27, 2021 at 12:52 pm

    In the recently announced ANOPR on transmission planning, cost allocation, and generator interconnection reform process, FERC is seeking comments on whether it should require transmission providers to consider grid enhancing technologies in generator interconnection studies to interconnect renewable projects. FERC is also seeking comments from transmission providers who have already implemented and have experience with

  • Tesla Tells Us How Opening Up Superchargers To All Brands Will Work
    by Jennifer Sensiba on July 27, 2021 at 11:30 am

    In the recent Tesla earnings call for the second quarter, we got a lot more information from Tesla about its plans to allow other EVs to charge at Tesla’s Superchargers. Let’s look at the relevant section of video and then discuss this further. The question that prompted this: “Elon has said that Tesla will be

  • Elon Musk Goes “Evil Captain Kirk” On The Stonk Nerds
    by Jennifer Sensiba on July 27, 2021 at 11:00 am

    In Tesla’s second quarter 2021 earnings call, a fan asked him if he could do interviews for some YouTube channels, naming two channels known more for a financial focus than for their technology coverage. In response, he was very diplomatic, but didn’t like what they were asking for. In some ways, it was reminiscent of

  • Country Trekking In A Tesla Model 3 In 3rd World Australia
    by David Waterworth on July 27, 2021 at 10:42 am

    After waiting for over 3 years (order placed April 2016), we had just picked up our brand new Tesla Model 3 SR+ (September 2019) from the Brisbane showroom and we were off for a road trip. My good friend Pete was throwing a bash for his 70th birthday and wanted us to come. Slight problem

  • G20 Meeting Leaves Much To Be Desired On Climate Action
    by Nexus Media on July 27, 2021 at 10:26 am

    Energy and environment ministers at the Group of 20 meeting of industrialized nations that took place in Naples, Italy, late last week failed to come to a consensus on several key commitments to tackle climate change in their final communique. There were two points in particular that were not agreed upon: one was around phasing

  • Hot Start to Olympics Raises Health Concerns
    by Nexus Media on July 27, 2021 at 3:00 am

    The 2020 Summer Olympics kicked off in Tokyo on Friday and there are already signs the toughest part of the competition may just be the extreme heat and humidity in what is expected to be the hottest Olympics on record. Temperatures in Tokyo this time of year are usually in the high 80s, but a

  • 1,000,000 Tesla Powerwalls Per Year, Thinks Elon — He Could Be Right.
    by Maarten Vinkhuyzen on July 27, 2021 at 1:13 am

    At the end of the Monday, July 26th Tesla Conference call, CEO Elon Musk dropped one of his wild predictions. While talking about the batteries that Tesla will be making and the batteries Tesla will be getting from its suppliers, Elon said they could use them to produce more Powerwalls. Not just a few more,

  • Achieving Climate Target Will Create Millions of Energy Jobs
    by Nexus Media on July 26, 2021 at 11:18 pm

    Meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement would create 8 million jobs by 2050, a new analysis published in the journal One Earth found. Currently, 18 million people globally work in the energy sector, which the study defines as only those within the energy system, not adjacent sectors like energy efficiency or electric vehicle production. If the

  • Electric Vehicle Journey Across Europe — In Volkswagen ID.4 This Time
    by Jacek Fior on July 26, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    The time has come again to set off on yet another electric vehicle journey. Last year, I reported on the adventures of the journalists of WysokieNapięcie.pl (definitely the #1 analytical site for energy and technology news in Poland) travelling to the westernmost point of continental Europe — Cabo da Roca — in a Porsche Taycan.

  • Tesla’s $11.958 Billion In Revenue Is Accelerating Our Transition To Sustainability
    by Johnna Crider on July 26, 2021 at 9:31 pm

    Tesla just released its financial report for Q2 2021 and the numbers are larger than anticipated — proving that it has what it takes to help accelerate society to energy sustainability — Tesla’s mission. We knew its second quarter was going to be pretty impressive, since it sold out of vehicles early in the quarter.

  • Watch & Listen To Tesla Shareholder Conference Call Live Here
    by Zachary Shahan on July 26, 2021 at 9:17 pm

    As always, we are putting together a thorough livestream video for the second quarter (Q2) Tesla shareholder call later today. You can find it embedded YouTube video below (or click here) and set a reminder to watch it at 5:30pm ET/2:30pm PT/11:30pm CET later today when it goes live. Aside from including the audio on

  • Hot Rods & Classic Cars Meetup — Or, “I’m A Lonely Little Onion In A Petunia Patch”
    by David Waterworth on July 26, 2021 at 8:40 pm

    Tess went for a visit to a Classic Car and Hot Rod meetup this morning. I was a little wary about how she would be received, but I know the organisers and they assured me she would be welcome. In a field of muscle cars, Harley-Davidson bikes, and hot rods, she stood out like an

  • What Would A US–China War Mean For Tesla?
    by Jennifer Sensiba on July 26, 2021 at 8:10 pm

    When I was in college, I spent some time in Taiwan doing volunteer work. It was a neat experience to get to know a culture very different from the American and Mexican cultures I grew up with, but car enthusiast me noticed a lot of familiar things. For one, there was a Ford testing facility

  • How Elon Musk Uses “Wonder & Fear” To Create Excitement Around Tesla
    by Matt Pressman on July 26, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    Innovation at Tesla is often born out of counter-intuitive thinking. Much of the company’s ethos comes from its unconventional leader, Elon Musk. So, how does Musk drive the thinking behind his company’s automobiles? Perhaps part of his secret recipe is the ol’ maxim: opposites attract. According to John Nosta at Psychology Today, it all comes down to wonder

  • NTPC Wins Approval For India’s Largest (4.7 Gigawatt!) Solar Park
    by Saurabh on July 26, 2021 at 6:40 pm

    In a major boost to its aggressive plans to increase renewable energy generation, India’s largest power generation company has secured approval to set up a solar park park in Gujarat. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy recently gave a go-ahead to NTPC to set up a 4.7 gigawatt solar power park at Rann of

  • Middle Ground: Going Forward With The EV Transition, But Acknowledging The Impacts of Battery Mining
    by Jennifer Sensiba on July 26, 2021 at 6:13 pm

    Mining for battery materials can be a touchy subject. The haters and the people who stand to lose money in the transition to clean energy love to bring it up. They normally don’t care one bit about the environmental impacts of things (or they wouldn’t support the oil and coal industries like they do). When

  • In 2020, the United States Produced the Least CO2 Emissions from Energy in Nearly 40 Years
    by U.S. Energy Information Administration on July 26, 2021 at 5:40 pm

    In 2020, as the country responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, CO2 emissions from energy consumption in the United States fell to the lowest level since 1983. The 4.6 billion metric tons (Bmt) of CO2 emitted in 2020 was an 11% decrease from 2019, the largest annual decrease on record, according to our Monthly Energy Review. Our new U.S. CO2 emissions from

  • A Framework for a People-Centered Clean Energy Transition
    by Guest Contributor on July 26, 2021 at 5:00 pm

    Originally published by Union of Concerned Scientists, The Equation. By Rachel Cleetus, policy director with the Climate and Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. The climate crisis is here, and we know we need to make deep cuts in heat-trapping emissions to limit the worst of future impacts. That can sometimes lead to a

  • Here’s What We Think Elon Will Talk About During Today’s Tesla Earnings Call
    by Steve Hanley on July 26, 2021 at 4:10 pm

    These are some key areas that could be part of the Tesla Q2 earnings call today.

  • SUN DAY says data show renewables could meet 33% of need by 2030…and maybe more
    by Renewable Energy World on July 26, 2021 at 3:09 pm

    Last week, Ken Bossong of the SUN DAY campaign said that data released over the past decade by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as well as near-term forecasts by both agencies suggest continued strong growth by renewable energy sources. However, unless accelerated, that growth will fall short

  • We’re Buying A Tesla. Here’s Why.
    by Steve Hanley on July 26, 2021 at 3:05 pm

    When I bought a LEAF 3 years ago, I knew one day I would own a Tesla. Now that day is finally here.

  • New Mexico’s community solar program
    by John Farrell on July 26, 2021 at 2:50 pm

    Originally published at ILSR.org Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed the Energy Transition Act (SB 489) in 2019, which introduced the idea of a community solar program, and also mandated that New Mexico move to 50% renewable energy by 2030.  However, New Mexico’s community solar program was truly born in 2021, when the Community Solar Act

  • Is someone you know changing the world? Nominate them for the constellation prize
    by Jay Egg on July 26, 2021 at 2:39 pm

    The prize sheds light on how engineering can be done to promote new modes of engagement, research, development, and design that elevate the values of environmental protection, social justice, human rights, and peace.

  • Quickly Robin, To The Batt Mobile!
    by David Waterworth on July 26, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    Holy guacamole, it’s the Modern Mining Initiative. The recalcitrant Australian federal government is supporting electric vehicles by issuing grants to companies electrifying diesel vehicles in the mining industry. They have granted almost $10 million to Batt Mobile of Newcastle NSW and Elphinstone of Tasmania to develop electric mining equipment for underground hard rock mines. This

  • Lululemon, LanzaTech are reshaping carbon waste into fabric
    by Deonna Anderson on July 26, 2021 at 9:00 am

    Lululemon, LanzaTech are reshaping carbon waste into fabric Deonna Anderson Mon, 07/26/2021 - 02:00   Addressing industrial emissions and harmful particulate matter, such as those produced by steel mills, continues to be a difficult challenge.  Consider that right now, the steel industry is among the three biggest producers of carbon dioxide. In 2018, every ton of steel produced emitted about 1.85 tons of carbon dioxide, according to the World Steel Association. That equates to about 8 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions. LanzaTech, a carbon recycling tech company, views addressing those industrial emissions as an opportunity. It uses CO2 as a feedstock to create products. And in its latest announced partnership with athletic apparel company Lululemon, it’s creating yarn and fabric using recycled carbon emissions. Here’s how it works: LanzaTech captures pollution from industrial sources — for example, greenhouse gas produced by a steel mill in China, the source for the Lululemon fabric, which is similar to the proprietary fabric that it uses for its leggings. The company hasn’t yet announced which of its products will be made from the new textile.  In a process similar to beer brewing, Lanzatech converts the greenhouse gas into ethanol. Then it passes that ethanol onto project partner India Glycols Limited, a petrochemical manufacturer that turns the ethanol into monoethylene glycol, a chemical normally made from fossil fuels. Lastly, one other partner, Far Eastern New Century, a Taiwanese textile producer,  converts the monoethylene glycol to polyester. A close up of the Lululemon fabric Courtesy of Lululemon Close Authorship What makes the fabric Lululemon is making with LanzaTech different from the textile that it has historically used is that it doesn’t require more fossil carbon to be […]

  • Just For Fun — World’s Slowest EV Drag Race
    by Steve Hanley on July 26, 2021 at 2:00 am

    A drag race between 4 electric microcars is more fun than you might think.

  • Tesla Model 3 Owners Are Most Satisfied Electric Car Owners In Norway (Chart)
    by Zachary Shahan on July 26, 2021 at 1:30 am

    Norway’s Electric Car Association has released the results from its “Electric Car List 2021,” which includes survey responses on how satisfied electric vehicle owners are with their vehicles. It should be said first of all that owners of many different models love their vehicles. Nonetheless, there has to be a winner, and this year it

  • Plugin Vehicles Hit 19% Market Share In Europe In June! Tesla Model 3 Has Best Month Ever!
    by José Pontes on July 25, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    The European passenger plugin vehicle market continues in the fast lane, having gotten over 237,000 registrations in June and over a million registrations YTD — which is +157% year over year (YoY). Last month’s plugin vehicle share of the overall auto market was 19% (10% full electrics/BEVs), which pulled the 2021 plugin vehicle (PEV) share

  • Mixed Manufacturer Responses to State EV Subsidies in Australia
    by David Waterworth on July 25, 2021 at 10:19 pm

    As Australian states introduce measures to encourage the uptake of electric vehicles, manufacturers are giving mixed responses. Basically, the cheaper cars are getting more expensive and the expensive cars are getting cheaper. Bit of an odd situation methinks. The highest selling EV in Australia is the Tesla Model 3 SR+. Two years ago, I paid

  • Tesla Expects High Demand in the USA in Q3
    by Maarten Vinkhuyzen on July 25, 2021 at 8:18 pm

    Tesla is increasing the prices of the Model 3 and Model Y in the USA again. Tesla is also not exporting any Model 3 or Model Y from Fremont to Europe. All Fremont exports are going to Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. Europe receives its Tesla’s exclusively from Shanghai. That markets close to Shanghai are

  • The Great Toyota Zero-Emissions Summer Olympics Debacle
    by Steve Hanley on July 25, 2021 at 7:30 pm

    Toyota's dream of zero emissions vehicles powered by hydrogen and solid state batteries at the Summer Olympics has been a miserable failure.

  • Solving Electric Pickup Trucks’ Achilles Heel: Towing & Range
    by Jennifer Sensiba on July 25, 2021 at 6:44 pm

    No matter who builds them, there’s no denying that it’s awesome to see the electric pickup truck world starting to come into reality. There’s the Tesla Cybertruck, which boasts some very impressive numbers, especially for the top package with 500 miles of predicted range. For buyers who think the Cybertruck is too disco, there’s the

  • Mercedes Teases EQXX With 1000 Kilometers Of Range
    by Steve Hanley on July 25, 2021 at 6:14 pm

    In 2013, Volkswagen introduced the XL1, a super efficient passenger car whose claim to fame was that it needed only 1 liter of gasoline to travel 100 kilometers. Back then, nobody could have predicted that the EU, the UK, and several other nations would be thinking of banning the internal combustion engine by 2035 or

  • Powering Rural Economic Development with Renewables
    by RMI on July 25, 2021 at 5:34 pm

    We Need Incentives to Help Electric Co-ops Replace their Coal Plants

  • The Kids Get It
    by David Waterworth on July 25, 2021 at 2:23 pm

    Driving down the Bruce Highway this morning, we encountered a traffic jam. Several kilometers of slow-moving traffic (about 10 km/hour) caused by a recent accident. A line of police cars, fire trucks, and ambulances blocked the right-hand lane. As we crawled along, we ended up next to a pickup truck covered in stickers, dad driving,

  • TikTokers Expose Horrors of Florida’s Choice to Dump Toxic Wastewater into Tampa Bay
    by Johnna Crider on July 25, 2021 at 1:38 pm

    I’m an avid user of TikTok and often find interesting things, funny things, and sometimes even topics to write about for CleanTechnica there. This past week I found a few videos from folks in Tampa Bay on my For You Page (FYP), which is the app’s version of a home feed area where the algorithm

  • Does It Cost You More To Run Your Lawnmower Than Your Car?
    by David Waterworth on July 25, 2021 at 1:12 pm

    I used to own the only Tesla Model 3 (probably the only electric car) in my suburb of Bracken Ridge 18 km from the central business district of Brisbane. Now, I see another red one at the local supermarket, a grey one at the library, and a few white ones just cruising around. As my

  • To Reach Net Zero, the Renewable Energy Supply Chain Must Evolve
    by Administrator The Renewable Energy Hub on July 23, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    ____________________________________________________________________________ The U.K. signed the Paris Agreement five years ago, signifying its climate change prevention efforts. The goal revolves around greenhouse gas emission reductions. It adopted various renewable energy sources to limit atmospheric pollution and generate a zero-carbon economy. When conducting life cycle assessments and energy audits, researchers discovered ecological issues with clean electricity sources. … Continue reading "To Reach Net Zero, the Renewable Energy Supply Chain Must Evolve" The post To Reach Net Zero, the Renewable Energy Supply Chain Must Evolve first appeared on The Renewable Energy Hub.

  • UK Ranked 6th for Share of Power Generated by Wind and Solar Energy
    by Administrator The Renewable Energy Hub on July 23, 2021 at 12:08 pm

    The energy and climate think tank Ember ranked the UK 6th for their share of power generated by renewable energy. Denmark held the number one spot. In 2019, wind accounted for 47% of their power usage. The Rise of Wind and Solar Energy Consumption  The UK falls not too far behind, with 24.2% of its … Continue reading "UK Ranked 6th for Share of Power Generated by Wind and Solar Energy" The post UK Ranked 6th for Share of Power Generated by Wind and Solar Energy first appeared on The Renewable Energy Hub.

  • The UK’s ‘Green Jobs Taskforce’ outlines plan to boost Britain’s green economy
    by Jemma King on July 23, 2021 at 11:48 am

    he UK’s Government has been looking very closely at its green policies, cognisant that switching to low carbon technologies will boost the British economy by billions of pounds over the coming years.

  • Solar and battery-powered mini-grids to bring electricity to 55,000 people in Nigeria for the first time
    by Renewable Energy World on July 23, 2021 at 7:52 am

    PowerGen, a developer of on- and off-grid distributed energy said this week that it has secured long term project financing to connect 55,000 people to electricity in rural Nigeria

  • Energy Storage, Clean Power associations planning merger to strengthen U.S. renewable energy unity
    by rodw on July 22, 2021 at 7:13 pm

    The U.S. Energy Storage Association intends to merge with the American Clean Power Association in a move to spearhead transformative growth for renewable energies.

  • Top 5 Solar Land Requirements
    by Administrator The Renewable Energy Hub on July 21, 2021 at 8:33 am

    A solar land lease is an excellent way to generate an additional revenue stream—with little to no effort on the part of the landowner. In 2021, solar developers across the United States are seeking suitable land for the development of solar farm projects. However, not every parcel of land is suitable for a solar farm … Continue reading "Top 5 Solar Land Requirements" The post Top 5 Solar Land Requirements first appeared on The Renewable Energy Hub.

  • Calls For A ‘Fair Heat Deal’ To Kickstart the Market for Low Carbon Heating
    by Ellie Richardson on July 21, 2021 at 8:29 am

    More than 20 organisations representing builders and construction businesses, energy companies and civil society groups and including the UK Green Building Council and Federation of Master Builders have signed an open letter calling for a “fair heat deal” to incentivise households to install heat pumps and to ensure people on low incomes can gain access … Continue reading "Calls For A ‘Fair Heat Deal’ To Kickstart the Market for Low Carbon Heating" The post Calls For A ‘Fair Heat Deal’ To Kickstart the Market for Low Carbon Heating first appeared on The Renewable Energy Hub.

  • Report Says New Solar and Wind Projects Will Be Cheaper Than Coal
    by Ellie Richardson on July 8, 2021 at 1:50 pm

    Nearly two-thirds of wind and solar projects built around the world in 2020 will be able to generate cheaper electricity than even the most competitive fossil fuel option according to a report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena). The report found that 62% of total renewable power generation added last year could undercut the cost of … Continue reading "Report Says New Solar and Wind Projects Will Be Cheaper Than Coal" The post Report Says New Solar and Wind Projects Will Be Cheaper Than Coal first appeared on The Renewable Energy Hub.

  • G7 Leaders Pledge Climate Action But Fall Short On Detail
    by Ellie Richardson on June 28, 2021 at 11:52 am

    Between the 11th and 13th of June, the G7 leaders, which includes the UK, US, Canada, Japan, France, Germany, and Italy met at Carbis bay in Cornwall to discuss the delivery of a strong economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and responses to the climate crisis. Against a backdrop of beautiful sandy beaches and hundreds … Continue reading "G7 Leaders Pledge Climate Action But Fall Short On Detail" The post G7 Leaders Pledge Climate Action But Fall Short On Detail first appeared on The Renewable Energy Hub.

  • How Much Energy Do NFTs Take Up?
    by Administrator The Renewable Energy Hub on June 28, 2021 at 11:49 am

    Nonfungible tokens, or NFTs, are unifying computerization and the world of marketable art. Like Bitcoin, the tokens are a cryptocurrency. However, instead of maintaining a fixed value, each token holds a different value, like a baseball card. The push towards digitization derives from eco-conscious intentions. Physical art forms utilize many materials like ecologically degrading paints … Continue reading "How Much Energy Do NFTs Take Up?" The post How Much Energy Do NFTs Take Up? first appeared on The Renewable Energy Hub.

  • New Measures Revealed by The Mayor Of London To Support ‘Retrofit Revolution’
    by Ellie Richardson on June 28, 2021 at 11:47 am

    The Mayor of London, Sadiq Kahn has revealed plans to introduce a new package of measures that will make buildings more energy efficient and at the same time help to tackle the climate emergency. He has declared it to be a ‘retrofit revolution’ for London. These measures form part of the city’s Green New Deal … Continue reading "New Measures Revealed by The Mayor Of London To Support ‘Retrofit Revolution’" The post New Measures Revealed by The Mayor Of London To Support ‘Retrofit Revolution’ first appeared on The Renewable Energy Hub.

  • Royal Dutch Shell Ordered to Cut Emissions by 45% by 2030 in Landmark Case
    by Ellie Richardson on June 17, 2021 at 11:31 am

    On the 26th May this year, Royal Dutch Shell, a British-Dutch multinational, was ordered by a Dutch civil court to cut it’s CO2 emissions by 45% compared to 2019 levels, by 2030. The lawsuit was filed in April 2019 by seven activist groups including Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace on behalf of 17,200 Dutch … Continue reading "Royal Dutch Shell Ordered to Cut Emissions by 45% by 2030 in Landmark Case" The post Royal Dutch Shell Ordered to Cut Emissions by 45% by 2030 in Landmark Case first appeared on The Renewable Energy Hub.

  • Top 5 Solar Farm Land Requirements
    by Administrator The Renewable Energy Hub on June 16, 2021 at 11:23 am

    A solar land lease is an excellent way to generate an additional revenue stream—with little to no effort on the part of the landowner. In 2021, solar developers across the United States are seeking suitable land for the development of solar farm projects. However, not every parcel of land is suitable for a solar farm … Continue reading "Top 5 Solar Farm Land Requirements" The post Top 5 Solar Farm Land Requirements first appeared on The Renewable Energy Hub.

  • Can Bumble Bee and Nestlé hook the world on fishless fish?
    by Elsa Wenzel on June 8, 2021 at 9:12 am

    Can Bumble Bee and Nestlé hook the world on fishless fish? Elsa Wenzel Tue, 06/08/2021 - 02:12 Put down that beet-juice burger. The next big wave in plant-based protein is fake fish. Buoyed by the success of red-meat mimics from the likes of Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat, a growing number of companies is angling to capture their share of the early market for animal-free seafood. Large companies including Bumble Bee, Nestlé, Tyson, General Mills and Thai Union are making various plays, whether by investing in upstarts or flexing their research and development muscles to formulate new products. The startup space is buoyant with cash and targeting a blend of retail, direct-to-consumer and food service channels, playing with ingredients such as kelp, koji and mung beans. Plant-based and cultivated seafood companies raised $80 million in 2020, according to the nonprofit Good Food Institute (GFI), which counts 800 companies involved in the space. Overall, businesses creating all sorts of meat alternatives raised $3.1 billion last year, more than three times the level of 2019. Alternative meat, dairy and egg products make up more than half of that, at $2.1 billion. Plant-based seafood only accounts for 1 percent of alt-meat sales, compared with 60 percent for beef, poultry and pork analogs, according to data from GFI and retail insights firm SPINS. Yet GFI has positioned the market for fake fish to become bigger, or at least more diverse, than those for beef and poultry alternatives. The nonprofit has named the threatened collapse of fisheries and unmet demand for seafood alternatives as important factors. By 2030, it expects demand for seafood to be 30 percent higher than 2010 levels. Plus, the tens of thousands of edible creatures in the oceans offer a broader palette of flavors and textures to imitate compared with land mammals or fowl. This is not lab grown meat; we actually use ancient techniques to make modern foods. […]

  • 7 days in May: The climate finance week when everything changed
    by Joel Makower on May 25, 2021 at 9:11 am

    7 days in May: The climate finance week when everything changed Joel Makower Tue, 05/25/2021 - 02:11 Last week may be seen as the pivotal moment when climate change finally got serious. I’m not talking about the anticipated rise of wildfires, droughts, floods and other natural disasters, although we’re bracing for the worst of what Mother Nature will throw at us this year. I’m not necessarily talking about any breakthroughs in the U.N. process, although those may be forthcoming in the run-up to COP26 in November. And I’m not even talking about the onrush of net-zero commitments by companies, government and others, although they seem to be happening at an almost-daily clip — so much so that they are no longer news. I’m talking about markets, plain and simple. Consider these stories from the past week: "Carbon is now a buzzword on corporate earnings calls," reported the Financial Times. Corporate execs are uttering the word "carbon" on earnings calls at a "rapidly rising rate, triple over the past three years, to about 1,600 per quarter," the FT said. It cited data from global finance firm UBS that investing in a portfolio of companies with lower emissions intensity — the amount of carbon dioxide emitted per unit of revenue — led to annual returns 1 percentage point higher than the MSCI World index of developed market stocks. It’s important to recognize key moments and milestones that foretell a potentially positive outcome. Last week was one of those moments. "Green finance goes mainstream, lining up trillions behind global energy transition," read a headline this weekend in the Wall Street Journal. Assets in investment funds focused partly on the environment reached almost $2 trillion globally in the first quarter of 2021, it said, more than tripling in three years. Investors are putting $3 billion a day into these funds, and more than $5 billion worth of bonds and loans designed to fund green initiatives are […]

  • The 2021 GreenBiz 30 Under 30
    by GreenBiz Editors on May 17, 2021 at 7:01 am

    The 2021 GreenBiz 30 Under 30 GreenBiz Editors Mon, 05/17/2021 - 00:01 Their dreams are bright: Walkable, equitable cities. Clean energy for Native American communities. Planet-healing fast food. Circular outdoor gear. Decarbonized buildings. Electrified mobility. That’s only a sampling of the ambitions of the sixth class of the GreenBiz 30 Under 30. Our honorees for 2021 are intrepid startup founders, tenacious corporate innovators and determined public servants. The corporations among them include Credit Suisse, Deloitte, Foodstuffs, Gensler, Google, Ignitis Group, National Grid, Starbucks, Unilever and UPS. Other professionals in this group work at values-driven brands, such as Amy’s Kitchen, East West Tea Company, REI and Timberland. Still others are driving sustainability at nonprofit organizations and consultancies. All combined, this year’s cohort reports to offices in 12 nations across six continents, including Brazil, Canada, China, India, Lithuania, New Zealand and Rwanda. In the United States, they hail from 15 cities, from Albuquerque, New Mexico to New York City — and several emigrated to the U.S. in childhood. In addition, most of the honorees find the time to exercise global citizenship beyond their day jobs, mentoring youth, hosting a podcast and launching peer networking groups. Some have helped with disaster relief. Others have lost their own homes to natural disasters. The GreenBiz 30 Under 30 candidates for 2021 were nominated by GreenBiz readers and community members around the world and selected by the GreenBiz editorial team. We’d like to express our appreciation to the World Business Council for Sustainable Business and Net Impact for helping to cast a global net for this year’s nominees. Please share our delight as we introduce this promising group of young leaders below, in alphabetical order. Zack Angelini, 29 Senior Environmental Stewardship Manager, Timberland; Malden, Massachusetts […]

  • Collaborating with the ocean is essential to addressing climate change and environmental justice
    by YanniGuo on November 10, 2020 at 1:01 am

    Collaborating with the ocean is essential to addressing climate change and environmental justice "The potential for the “blue economy” — one that combines more thoughtful stewardship of the ocean’s resources and economic opportunity with a more pragmatic, respectful approach to protecting coastal ecosystems — is vast. But with more than $1.5 trillion in annual economic value linked to ocean-based activities, the time is right to place the world’s seas at the center of a climate-centric post-pandemic recovery. This discussion will center on the role ocean solutions can play in addressing both climate change and systemic environmental justice issues. This session was held at GreenBiz Group’s VERGE 20, October 26-30, 2020. Learn more about the event here: https://events.greenbiz.com/events/ve...   Watch our other must-see talks here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwW3...   OUR LINKS Website: https://www.greenbiz.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/greenbiz LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/gree... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/greenbiz_group Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GreenBiz YanniGuo Mon, 11/09/2020 - 17:01 Featured Off

  • Biden-Harris: The work begins
    by Joel Makower on November 7, 2020 at 6:39 pm

    Biden-Harris: The work begins Joel Makower Sat, 11/07/2020 - 10:39 Whatever your political leanings, the election of Joe Biden as President of the United States increases the odds of bringing America back into the community of nations addressing the climate crisis. “Increases the odds” is the key phrase in the above sentence. There’s a lot of work to do, and not just by our elected representatives, to regain our footing on this issue — and to regain our standing on the global stage. Now, the hard work begins. There is public policy to enact and implement. There are new commitments to be made. There are fractured alliances to mend. But more important, there is leadership to project. Not just by the new president or Congress, but by us all. The new administration will need to know that we have their backs. If America is to be seen as the climate leader so many of us desperately want it to be, we’ll need to stand with Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on climate (and environmental protection in general). We’ll need our voices to be loud and clear. We’ll need to push and prod them toward increasingly more ambitious action. The new administration will need to know that we have their backs. This is easier said than done. Most companies have been woefully silent on climate policy. Despite the explosion of net-zero commitments across the economy, there’s been relatively little hue and cry by business for national leadership on climate issues. Quite the opposite: Most companies have stood by as the current administration dismantled existing climate policies, which must now be pieced back together. It won’t be easy or quick, but nothing less will do. And getting back to where we were in 2016 is only the beginning. Elections are easy; governing is hard, particularly in this fractured age. But it’s heartening that the president-elect’s campaign website has a page dedicated to “a clean energy revolution and environmental […]

  • How the climate crisis will crash the economy
    by Joel Makower on September 14, 2020 at 9:11 am

    How the climate crisis will crash the economy Joel Makower Mon, 09/14/2020 - 02:11 The chickens are coming home to roost. Even before the western United States became a regional inferno, even before the Midwest U.S. became a summertime flood zone, even before an annual hurricane season so bad that the government is running out of names to attach to them, even before Colorado saw a 100 degrees Fahrenheit heatwave swan dive into a 12-inch snowstorm within 48 hours. Even before all that, we’d been watching the real-world risks of climate change looming and growing across the United States and around the world. And the costs, financially and otherwise, are quickly becoming untenable. Lately, a steady march of searing heat, ruinous floods, horrific wildfires, unbreathable air, devastating hurricanes and other climate-related calamities has been traversing our screens and wreaking havoc to national and local budgets. And we’re only at 1C of increased global temperature rise. Just imagine what 2C or 3C or 4C will look like, and how much it will cost. We may not have to wait terribly long to find out. It’s natural to follow the people affected by all this: the local residents, usually in poorer neighborhoods, whose homes and livelihoods are being lost; the farmers and ranchers whose crops and livestock are withering and dying; the stranded travelers and the evacuees seeking shelter amid the chaos. And, of course the heroic responders to all these events, not to mention an entire generation of youth who fear their future is being stolen before their eyes, marching in the streets. So many people and stories. But lately, I’ve been following the money. The financial climate, it seems, has been as unforgiving as the atmospheric one. Some of it has been masked by the pandemic and ensuing recession, but for those paying attention, the indicators are hiding in plain sight. And what we’re seeing now are merely the opening acts of what could be a […]

  • Welcome to Circularity 20
    by Holly Secon on September 11, 2020 at 3:41 pm

    Welcome to Circularity 20 What will it take to accelerate the circular economy? Welcome to Circularity 20. The opening will set the stage for the virtual event, offer an overview of the program and ground attendees in what circularity means today. Holly Secon Fri, 09/11/2020 - 08:41 Featured Off

  • How to Design for the Future
    by Holly Secon on September 9, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    How to Design for the Future How do we design for the future amid the disruptive present? In this closing plenary session, Lauren Phipps, director and senior analyst for the circular economy at GreenBiz, speaks with Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO, about how to design for the future. For example, how do you reconcile incremental change and the need to change more quickly to meet needs and goals? The COVID-19 pandemic has showed how quick change can happen. Now and in the future, organizations need to continue working together to develop better systems.   "We need to move toward the future with energy and enthusiasm and not just fear," Brown says during the discussion. Holly Secon Wed, 09/09/2020 - 13:17 Featured Off

  • Circularity 20 Closing: Where do we go from here?
    by Holly Secon on September 7, 2020 at 6:42 pm

    Circularity 20 Closing: Where do we go from here?   Lauren Phipps, Director & Senior Analyst of the Circular Economy at GreenBiz Group, discusses what's next in her closing thoughts. Holly Secon Mon, 09/07/2020 - 11:42 Featured Off

  • 6/18/20 - Are DACA and the DREAM Act Good for America?
    on June 18, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    immigration.procon.org - DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is an Obama administration policy implemented on June 15, 2012. DACA prevents eligible undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children from being deported, and it allows those immigrants to get work permits.

  • 6/15/20 - Sanctuary Cities: Top 3 Pros and Cons
    on June 15, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    immigration.procon.org - While there is no official legal definition of "sanctuary city," the term generally refers to towns, cities, or counties that decline to cooperate completely with federal detention requests related to undocumented immigrants, often with a "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Some argue that sanctuary cities such as San Francisco, New York, and Chicago should not receive federal funding because they are not enforcing federal immigration laws. Others say that sanctuary city policies protect both citizens and undocumented immigrants.

  • 6/12/20 - Kneeling during the National Anthem: Top 3 Pros and Cons
    on June 12, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    www.procon.org - The current debate over kneeling or sitting in protest during the national anthem was ignited by Colin Kaepernick in 2016 and has escalated to become a nationally divisive issue. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick first refused to stand during "The Star-Spangled Banner" on Aug. 26, 2016 to protest racial injustice and police brutality in the United States. Since that time, many other professional football players, high school athletes, and professional athletes in other sports have refused to stand for the national anthem. These protests have generated controversy and sparked a public conversation about the protesters' messages and how they've chosen to deliver them.

  • 5/29/20 - Encyclopaedia Britannica Acquires ProCon.org
    on May 29, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    www.procon.org - The Britannica® Group today announced that it has acquired ProCon.org, the country's leading source for information and research on all sides of the controversial issues of the day.