Sunshine and Wind to the Fore in Morocco

Posted on Sep 26, 2016 10:31:00 AM

A desire to drastically reduce its reliance on energy imports in the form of coal, oil and gas is quietly making Morocco one of the leading low-carbon nations in not just Africa, but in the world.

When an ambitious target of sourcing 42% of its energy requirements from renewable sources by 2020 was set by the government the reasons were clear. In 2012 the country spent US $10 billion on energy imports – more than a tenth of its GDP and a figure that could be seen as holding back the development of Morocco's economy.

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Topics: Wind Energy, Solar Energy, Morocco, Low Carbon

Spotlight on … UK Offshore Wind

Posted on Aug 23, 2016 11:28:00 AM

The UK government recently made a historical decision in the field of sustainable energy infrastructure, by approving the development of an expansion of the world’s largest offshore windfarm, the Hornsea Project, located about 90 km off the Yorkshire coast.

Hornsea Project Two is being implemented by Denmark’s Dong Energy and is expected to deliver up to 1,800 megawatts of low-carbon electricity to 1.8 million UK homes. This would represent a huge boost in the UK’s wind energy industry, with Dong Energy pledging to invest £6bn in the UK and create more than 2,500 jobs.

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Topics: Wind Energy

Wind & Storage: Enhanced Stability for Increased Expansion

Posted on Sep 29, 2015 8:53:51 AM

Global wind energy is demanding that it be taken seriously as a clean alternative to conventional power generation. The United Kingdom alone expects its installed offshore wind capacity to soar in the next decade, from 4.5 GW in 2014 to 23.2 GW in 2025. This continued growth pattern will position wind as a top choice for renewable energy production.

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Topics: Wind Energy, Renewable Energy, Energy Storage

The Latest in European Cleantech Leadership: Corporate Leader IKEA Now 100% Energy Independent in The Nordics

Posted on Jun 2, 2015 2:05:00 PM

Recently we discussed the pioneering corporate leaders in the world of cleantech business contributing to Europe's advance further into the age of innovation and renewable energy.

In particular, we gave you a glimpse of the famous homewares corporation, IKEA, who is a corporate leader in the energy industry. Founded in Sweden, IKEA is known for its 5-year commitment to becoming totally 100% energy independent. With 700,000 solar panels already installed in IKEA buildings around the world, and the acquisition of wind farms in eight different countries.

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Topics: Wind Energy, Renewable Energy, Cleantech Energy, Clean technology and innovation

EU Nation Leaders in Clean Energy: Scotland

Posted on May 22, 2015 3:03:21 PM

In this Energy Union series, we're highlighting some of Europe's clean energy leaders. Having looked at Denmark, we now turn to one of its northern neighbors: Scotland.

The question here is: Is it really possible for a modern society to truly go carbon-free without compromising its economy? Scotland seems to think so, and is making great strides toward making it happen.

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Topics: Wind Energy, Renewable Energy, Carbon-free

EU Nation Leaders in Clean Energy: Denmark

Posted on May 20, 2015 2:54:00 PM

No doubt about it, there are plenty of private and public leaders in the world of European cleantech. But when it comes to nations leading the way, there is one country that stands tall above the rest: Denmark.

Denmark's green energy story begins with the oil crisis of the 1970's, when Denmark was severely impacted by energy shortages and price increases. The Danish government then responded by issuing a long-term vision of a fossil fuel-free Denmark, followed by immediate action toward implementation. The political will, behind Denmark's decades-long dedication to a clean energy transition has been worth it, as the effort is paying off with today's impressive results.

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Topics: Wind Energy, Cleantech Energy, Clean technology and innovation

Rockefeller Heirs Join the Global Movement to Fund Renewable Energy and Divest of Fossil Fuels

Posted on Feb 27, 2015 1:18:00 PM

open-rockefeller-heirs-join-the-global-movement-to-fund-renewable-energy-and-divest-of-fossil-fuels“John D. Rockefeller moved America out of whale oil and into petroleum. We are quite convinced that if he were alive today, as an astute businessman looking out to the future, he would be moving out of fossil fuels and investing in clean, renewable energy.”
-Stephen Heintz, Rockefeller heir and president of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund

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Topics: Wind Energy, Renewable Energy, Fossil Fuel, Investment, Oil

Renewable Energy & Cheap Oil: Dismantling the Myths, Part 2

Posted on Feb 19, 2015 1:47:00 PM

Our previous blog, Part 1 of this Dismantling the Myths series, addressed the misinformation regarding the supposed negative effect of low oil prices on the renewable energy sector. Conventional wisdom would say that renewables like wind and solar find it difficult to compete when petroleum and other fossil fuels are cheap. The recent dramatic drop in oil prices, therefore, has some readers worried about the effect on clean energy.

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Topics: Wind Energy, Renewable Energy, Investment, Oil

UK Wind Energy Smashes Records in January 2015

Posted on Feb 12, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Last month saw wind energy in the United Kingdom again breaking substantial new records. The UK National Grid reported the generation of 4.13 TW of electricity by wind power in January 2015, which is enough to power 8.7 million UK homes.

The previous monthly record was just in December 2014, where wind generated 14% of the UK's entire electricity output. The record before that was set in December 2013 (13%). January also saw the breaking of the weekly record for power generation, with 1.119 GWh of wind electricity generated. These new figures made January the most productive month ever for the nation's wind energy sector.

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Topics: Wind Energy, Renewable Energy, Cleantech Energy

Google Chooses Wind Energy For Its Latest European Data Centre


Google has found in cleantech, envirotech and renewable energies the perfect ally to meet its ever-increasing energy demands, the latest being a power purchase agreement (PPA) with a windfarm in the Netherlands.

The Internet giant announced on its Green Blog that its new data centre, currently under construction in northern Holland (Eemshaven), will be 100% powered by renewable energy from its first day of operation.

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Topics: Wind Energy

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