- EU Should Scrap Energy Subsidies to Fight Warming, Poland Says
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" width="110" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2013/5/17/body-eu-should-scrap-energy-subsidies-to-fight-warming-poland-says.jpg" / The European Union should scrap fossil fuel and renewable energy subsidies and set a target to cut oil imports to remain the leader in the fight against global warming, according to Poland's environment minister.
- Breakdown: Penetration of Renewable Energy in Selected Markets
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" width="110" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2013/5/16/body-penetration-of-renewable-energy-in-selected-markets.jpg" / The penetration of renewable energy into the electricity supply mix has been much in the news recently. During the first quarter, Portugal generated three-quarters of its electricity with renewable energy. Meanwhile, in Germany, one-fifth of all electricity was generated with renewables, most of that from new sources of renewable energy, such as wind and solar. And recently, at a conference in San Francisco, attendees heard calls for generating not just 100 percent of electricity supply with renewable energy, but far more ? 200 percent to 300 percent of generation ? in order to meet the need for heating, cooling, and transportation as well.
- Moniz Unanimously Confirmed As New DOE Chief
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" width="110" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2013/5/16/body-moniz-unanimously-confirmed-as-new-doe-chief.jpg" / Ernie Moniz has been unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the next Secretary of Energy, in a 97-0 vote (with three nonvoters). He succeeds Stephen Chu who held the position for four years.
- The Economic Case for Divesting from Fossil Fuels
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" width="110" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2013/5/14/body-the-economic-case-for-divesting-from-fossil-fuels.jpg" / Securities of fossil fuels firms, as an economic sector, may soon be on the decline.
- Out of the Shell: Oil Giant's Big Biofuels Ambitions
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" width="110" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2013/5/14/body-out-of-the-shell-oil-giants-big-biofuels-ambitions.jpg" / In this era of "repeal the RFS" efforts from API, would you be surprised that Shell regards the US Renewable Fuel Standard as "one of the more effective frameworks out there"?
- Finland's New Energy Solutions
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" width="110" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2013/5/12/body-finlands-new-energy-solutions.jpg" / You may not know much about Finland, but you certainly know the powerhouse technology company that became a household name across the globe and drove the nation?s economic expansion through the 1990s-2000s. Nokia generated a quarter of Finnish economic growth from 1998-2007, prompting a new term, ?the Nokia effect?, to describe economic development
- Connecticut Seeks to Literally Water Down its RPS, Could it Happen in Your Re...
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" width="110" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2013/5/10/body-connecticut-seeks-to-literally-water-down-its-rps-could-it-happen-in-your-region.jpg" / Since I live in New Hampshire and write about the global renewable energy industry, once in a while small local news that might appear to be of minor importance to my neighbors leaps out at me as something that could end up having a huge impact on the renewable energy industry.
- Europe Sinks Its Flagship Carbon Trading Scheme
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" width="110" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2013/5/10/body-europe-sinks-its-flagship-carbon-trading-scheme.jpg" / All German Chancellor Angela Merkel had to do was pick up the phone and dial her people in Brussels. Had she done so before the European Parliament's (EP) key vote last month on April 19, her party's representatives could easily have saved the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), Europe's flagship mechanism for reducing carbon emissions. But the woman once hailed as "the climate chancellor," didn't make the call, a consequence of differences of opinion on the ETS within her ruling center-right coalition, she said. The impotent ETS is now withering on the vine, where it may remain until it is dead altogether.
- Rebuttal: What Determines CO2 Neutrality in Bioenergy Combustion?
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" width="110" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2013/5/9/body-rebuttal-what-determines-co2-neutrality-in-bioenergy-combustion.jpg" / The recently released research in Geophysical Research Letters suggests that if 10 percent of the world's energy needs were fulfilled by biofuels from dedicated crops then the consequence would be that global greenhouse gas levels would increase. The foundation of their model is that deforestation, in order to make room for energy crops, eliminates CO2 absorbing forests. They also note that the increased release of nitrous oxide from fertilization will have GHG effects.
- Russian Renewable Energy Law Could Significantly Boost Clean Energy But Obsta...
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" width="110" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2013/5/8/body-new-russian-renewable-energy-source-development-measures-to-overcome-obstacles.jpg" / Hopes for Renewable Energy Source Development Measures (RESDM) in Russia's renewable power sector are high: if adopted and properly implemented, it will boost the renewable sector that is plagued with underfunding, often differing regional and federal legislation, other short-comings or simple ineffectiveness.
- The Possible Consequences of Expanding Biofuels: Cleaner Energy, Warmer Climate?
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" width="110" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2013/5/8/body-cleaner-energy-warmer-climate-the-possible-consequences-of-expanding-biofuels.jpg" / The growing global demand for energy, combined with a need to reduce emissions and lessen the effects of climate change, has increased focus on cleaner energy sources. But what unintended consequences could these cleaner sources have on the changing climate?
- The Finnish Hydrogen Roadmap: Hydrogen to Join Electricity in Ending Traffic ...
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" width="110" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2013/5/7/body-the-finnish-hydrogen-roadmap-hydrogen-to-join-electricity-in-ending-traffic-pollution.jpg" / Global expectations for hydrogen are currently sky-high. Transport applications stand at the threshold of commercialisation, while ahead lies an investment boom in the hydrogen distribution network. The changeover to hydrogen based on natural gas would already mean a potential saving of billion in Finland's balance of payments. If hydrogen could then be produced from domestic renewable raw material, our car and bus traffic would eventually be practically self-sufficient and leave a significantly reduced carbon footprint. The above was revealed in the Finnish hydrogen roadmap published recently.
- Fforde on Feed-in Tariffs: Literary Use of "Feed-in Tariffs" Comes of Age
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" width="110" src="http://www.renewableenergyworld.com//assets/images/story/2013/5/7/body-fforde-on-feed-in-tariffs-literary-use-of-feed-in-tariffs-comes-of-age.jpg" / Feed-in tariffs, the terminology at least, has come of age. The term can now be found in a prolific English novelist's most recent book. Jasper Fforde's use of the words in fiction is an open acknowledgment that the term and the idea it conveys have become mainstream in the English language.