Conventional Wisdom About Clean Energy is Still Way Of of Date

January 27, 2014 at 11:42 am Leave a comment

by Chris Nelder, excerpted from Getreallist

We’re fifteen to twenty years out of date in how we think about renewables,” said Dr. Eric Martinot to an audience at the first Pathways to 100% Renewables Conference held April 16 in San Francisco. “It’s not 1990 anymore.”

Dr. Martinot and his team recently compiled their 2013 Renewables Global Futures report from two years of research in which they conducted interviews with 170 experts and policymakers from fifteen countries, including local city officials and stakeholders from more than twenty cities. They also reviewed more than 50 recently published scenarios by credible international organizations, energy companies, and research institutes, along with government policy targets for renewable energy, and various corporate reports and energy literature.

For the past seven to eight years, the annual growth rate of global wind capacity has been 25 percent to 30 percent, while that of solar has been 50 percent to 60 percent, Dr. Martinot notes. Collectively, renewables are growing at rates of more than 20 percent. More money has been invested globally in renewable capacity than in fossil-fueled generation capacity since 2010, led by China, the U.S., Germany, Italy, and India. Read more HERE>>

Related article: Recognizing Progress in Ontario’s New Long-term Energy Plan

by Tim Weis, Pembina Institute, Dec, 2013

Over the next 12 years, the energy plan anticipates power from wind, solar and bioenergy to grow from five per cent to 17 per cent of total generation. Hydro will also grow. Taken together, nearly half of Ontario’s power is projected to come from renewables by 2025. That’s up from 28 per cent today. More HERE>>


Entry filed under: Carbon_Emissions, Energy, Renewables.

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