Dubious claims on cost of wind energy rebuffed by EWEA CEO

» By | Published 20 May 2011 |

Recently I wrote a letter to the Financial Times (published 16 May) on the costs of nuclear power compared to renewable technologies.  My purpose in writing was to correct a statement which Steve Radley, Director of Policy at EEF (a UK manufacturers organisation), made in a letter published in the Financial Times 11 May.

In it Radley claimed that “most renewable energy technologies are likely to remain considerably more expensive than alternative forms of low-carbon generation such as nuclear”. This is misleading because – although nuclear may or may not be cheaper than some less developed renewable energy sources – wind accounts for over 70% of renewable energy capacity installed in Europe in the last decade.

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Running like the wind

» By | Published 19 May 2011 |

Sarah Azau, EWEA’s very own Senior Communication Officer, is putting herself to the test on 29 May when she’ll take on the challenge of the Brussels 20km half-marathon to raise money for Renewable World.

Renewable World – EWEA’s chosen charity – works to bring renewable energy to small, energy-poor communities in developing countries that may never have had electricity before. Pumping clean water, powering homes, schools and health centres and running small businesses in a sustainable way are the main achievements of the charity’s projects.

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Britain set to become “world leader” in fight against climate change

» By | Published 18 May 2011 |

UK Energy Secretary Chris Huhne told Parliament on Tuesday that the Government has agreed greenhouse gas emissions in Britain will fall at least 50% over 1990 levels by 2027.

Huhne’s dramatic announcement that the agreement will become law puts Britain in place to become a world leader in the fight against climate change caused by burning fossil fuels.

It also sets in motion the likelihood that increasingly larger amounts of emissions-free electricity generated by wind power and other renewables will be used in the UK to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide currently being pumped into the atmosphere.

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Renewables could meet 80% of global energy demand

» By | Published 17 May 2011 |

Renewable energies could meet nearly 80% of the world’s energy demand by 2050 – that was the main message contained in the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on renewable energy launched last week. The message was spread far and wide: here is a selection of the media coverage from around the globe.

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Wind power to become a pillar of Japanese energy policy

» By | Published 13 May 2011 |

Shaken to its core by the recent earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident, Japan’s Prime Minister Naoto Kan has announced that wind power and other renewables will play a much more important role in providing electricity to the world’s third largest economy.

Wind, solar and biomass should become a new pillar of Japan’s energy policy while recent plans to increase the number of nuclear power plants operating in the nation should be now be dismissed, Kan said Tuesday.

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