Renewable Energy covers 100% of new demand in China

China covered all its new energy demand with renewable energy in 2015 – and there was still plenty left to spare

China is drawing evermore power from renewable energy. Greenpeace says the country's growth in wind and solar energy exceeded new electricity demand. Ningxia Wind Farm in northern China
China is drawing evermore power from renewable energy. Greenpeace says the country’s growth in wind and solar energy exceeded new electricity demand. Ningxia Wind Farm in northern China. Image credit Lang Rover Our Planet / Flickr

China installed half of the world’s new solar and wind capacity last year.

But the Chinese aren’t just beefing up their renewable capacity, they’re also cutting down on coal. The new clean energy power plants along with a shift away from heavy industry, mean that coal use in China has dropped over the last three years… Continue reading Renewable Energy covers 100% of new demand in China

8.1 Mn Renewable Energy Jobs – and Counting!

Renewable Energy Jobs: A lot of people have said that switching from fossil fuels to renewables would hurt the economy. They said it would raise energy prices and cost jobs. So far, those fears have mostly gone unfounded. Of course, there have been job losses in sectors directly related to fossil fuel production. Coal producing regions have been particularly hard hit, though even in those areas, change can mean opportunity.

At the same time, job growth in clean energy has been robust. According to IRENA, 8.1 million people were working in renewable energy jobs (read the full PDF report here) at the end of last year…


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San Diego Targets 100% Renewable Energy by 2035

San Diego has outlined a plan to run on 100% renewable energy by 2035

The southern California city is moving forward with an ambitious plan to run on 100% renewable energy and cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2035 and it’s doing so in a bipartisan manner.

  • The California city of San Diego announced it plans to run on 100% renewable energy (solar and wind) by the year 2035.
  • San Diego, second for the third year in a row with 189 MW, has set a target of 100% renewable energy use citywide by 2035.
  • Of the 1,000 cities committed to 100% renewable energy, San Diego is a leader, with a target of 2035, and its mayor is a Republican.
  • San Diego is the largest American municipality to make a legally binding pledge to use 100% renewable energy.

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Renewable Energy Attracts $329 Bn in 2015

Renewable Energy Hits All-Time Record With $329 Billion Dollars of Investment for 2015

 

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Renewable Energy experiences a record year in 2015, even as the global price of oil crashes. Image courtesy of Top Stock Millionaire

Renewable energy investment surged in 2015 in China, Africa, the US, Latin America and India, driving the world total up 4% from 2014 and beating the previous record, set in 2011… Continue reading Renewable Energy Attracts $329 Bn in 2015

Community Energy Grids Tailored to Local Need

Community Energy Programs Touted At Paris Climate Change Conference

At the Paris climate change talks, one presentation by a group of American officials raised awareness about the benefits of community energy programs. The group’s members were: Shawn Marshall, Lean Energy US Cliff Rechtschaffen, Office of California Governor Jerry Brown Dawn Weisz, CEO, Marin Clean Energy (MCE) Tom Butt, Mayor, City of Richmond, California… Continue reading Community Energy Grids Tailored to Local Need