The pace IRENA sees or aspires to for energy efficiency improvements: doubling the rate, but also ensuring universal access to modern energy services/renewables

Synergies between Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency August 2015  Download A joint working paper from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency (C2E2) illuminates crucial synergies that can help to ensure a sustainable global energy future. The interplay between energy efficiency improvements and the deployment of renewable energy technologies is complex. If the respective potentials in …

RE100 electricity purchases going up: Corporations purchased a record 5.4 gigawatts of clean power in 2017 through PPAs

January 23rd, 2018 by Joshua S Hill on Clean Technica  Corporations around the world signed a record volume of Power Purchase Agreements in 2017, amounting to 5.4 gigawatts of clean energy by 43 companies across 10 different countries, which is an impressive 25% increase over 2016. A new comprehensive analysis of corporate clean energy procurement published this week by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) found …

Scientists Are Making Carbon Fiber From Plants Instead of Petroleum

By Nexus Media Jan. 11, 2018 Carbon fiber is the Superman of materials. Five times stronger than steel and a fraction of the weight, it is used in everything from tennis rackets to golf clubs to bicycles to wind turbine blades to passenger airplanes to Formula One race cars. There’s just one catch: Carbon fiber is made from oil and other costly ingredients, making the end product exceptionally expensive. That’s why carbon fiber …

Ongoing innovation: electrolysis, hydrogen and oxygen creation from seawater and sun

At Smithsonian.com  Could Giant “Solar Rigs” Floating On the Ocean Convert Seawater To Hydrogen Fuel?  Scientists at Columbia University have designed a device that could make the process economically viable (Courtesy Flickr user Austin Valley) By Randy Rieland SMITHSONIAN.COM  JANUARY 11, 2018  Usually, when we think about energy production at sea, we imagine giant oil rigs, or perhaps rows of towering wind turbines.  Recently, though, …

80 percent of Millennials want to transition to clean energy by 2030. They’re about to be the largest voting block

Eighty percent of us want to transition America to “mostly” clean or renewable energy by 2030. Right now, many signs point to big opportunities for Democrats in 2018. Trump and the GOP continue to push an unpopular agenda that most Americans see as benefiting the rich at the expense of the middle class. The health care and tax bills are the most unpopular pieces of …

Biodiesel: Turning soybeans into diesel is costing us billions

Excerpt from NPR.org 18 Jan 2018 Biodiesel is very expensive, relative to petroleum diesel,” says Scott Irwin, an economist at the University of Illinois, who follows biofuel markets closely. He calculates that the extra cost for biodiesel comes to about $1.80 per gallon right now, meaning that the biofuel law is costing Americans about $5.4 billion a year. Irwin explains …

Renewable energy bids in Colorado for Xcel Energy

Citizens’ input/Letter to Editor of Denver Post: Renewable Electricity Now: Good for the Environment, Good for the Ratepayers It is now clear that the costs of wind, solar and battery storage have recently dropped dramatically, and adding large amounts of these clean technologies to our electric grid can reduce costs to ratepayers.1  Yet Xcel Energy has declined to perform a …

What Does the ‘Electrification of Everything’ Look Like in America? NREL Plans to Find Out

Over the next two years, NREL and its research partners will study electrification in buildings, transportation and industry. JUSTIN GERDES JANUARY 17, 2018 What will it take to electrify everything across the U.S. economy? Widespread electrification is not only coming, it is likely necessary to decarbonize the global economy. “Mounting research suggests that aggressive electrification of energy end uses — such …