Report:solar power is the fastest growing source of new energy

October 5, 2017 by  
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The world is going green at an unprecedented rate. In 2016, renewable energy accounted for two-thirds of all new power added to the world’s grid, according to a report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) — with more solar brought on board than any other technology. Overall, the growth in renewable power is estimated to be twice as large as gas and coal combined over the next five years. According to the report, new solar growth even overtook the net growth in coal,  which was previously the largest source of power generation. In many countries, the switch toward solar was propelled by falling prices and more favorable government policies. Now, the agency — which was funded by 28 member governments — predicts that in five years, the global capacity for solar will be greater “than the current combined total power of capacity of India and Japan.” Dr. Fatih Birol, the executive director of the IEA, said, “What we are witnessing is the birth of a new era in solar photovoltaics [PV]. We expect that solar PV capacity growth will be higher than any other renewable technology up to 2022.” The agency said it has “underestimated” the speed solar is growing. Based on figures from 2016, the IEA now expects one-third more solar in China and India by 2022. China, which is notorious for being the most polluted country in the world, is leading the expansion of renewable energy. The United States is the second-fasting growing market, despite President Trump’s adamant anti-climate change stance. India is set for a “solar boom” over the next five years. Already, solar farms integrated with the grid are common, and innovation in the country is ensuring even the poorest residents have access to eco-friendly inventions . Because India’s renewable energy capacity will double by 2022, it will likely overtake the EU on growth. In terms of solar, the UK is expected to lag behind. The amount of solar forecast to be installed by 2022 is one-fifth the amount installed over the past five years. Offshore wind farms are expected to account for most of the UK’s renewable energy growth. Related: The Puerto Rico nursery still up and running thanks to solar power The world’s acceptance of clean energy means technologies — including wind, solar, and geothermal — are becoming comparable in price to fossil fuels. Paolo Frankl, head of the renewable energy division at the IEA, said, “Renewables may well become even cheaper than fossil fuel alternatives [over the next five years].” Within five years, coal may still be the biggest source of power. But renewables’ share of electricity will increase from 24 percent in 2016 to 30 percent by 2022. Via The Guardian  Images via Pixabay

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Clean energy accounted for nearly half of all new power last year

November 12, 2015 by  
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As if you needed any further proof that clean energy has fossil fuels on the run, a recent report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) shows renewable energy accounted for nearly half of all new power plants built in 2014. The Guardian reports the IEA said this fact represents a “clear sign that an energy transition is underway” on planet Earth. According to the IEA’s World Energy Outlook 2015 report, the milestone also means green energy is the second-largest electricity generator in the world, and set to dethrone the worst of the world’s fossil fuels by early in the 2030s. Read the rest of Clean energy accounted for nearly half of all new power last year

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Two architectural teams redesign the fourth ugliest place in all of Holland

November 12, 2015 by  
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What happens when you challenge two teams from the same architectural firm to create an amazing residential design? Designer Maarten Baas was determined to find out as he led two separate teams from Dutch-based firm Van Aken Architecten to create residential designs for De Bakermat Plaza in Eindhoven, once voted the fourth ugliest place in all of Holland. Read the rest of Two architectural teams redesign the fourth ugliest place in all of Holland

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BP Oil Exports Disrupted as 14-Foot Marlin Attacks a Rig Hose in Angola

March 21, 2014 by  
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While human activists protest the fossil fuel industry on land, some underwater residents are taking matters into their own fins. In early February, BP had to reduce exports of Angolan Plutonio crude oil after an Atlantic blue marlin impaled a hose at its floating production and storage facility. The 14-foot fish did enough damage to cost the company $100 million in revenue, keeping 900,000 barrels of oil from reaching the market. Read the rest of BP Oil Exports Disrupted as 14-Foot Marlin Attacks a Rig Hose in Angola Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Angola , angolan plutonio crude oil , BP , bp deepwater horizon spill , environmental damage , fossil fuel industry , gulf of mexico , International Energy Agency , marlin , Oil Platform , oil production , oil rig , swordfish        

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New Report Shows More Efficient Urban Transportation Could Save the World $70 Trillion

July 17, 2013 by  
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Photo from Shutterstock Transportation accounts for half of the world’s oil consumption and about a fifth of the world’s total energy use – and 40% of those resources are used for urban transportation. A new report by the International Energy Agency suggests that these numbers are set to double by 2050 because more and more of the world’s population is moving to cities. To address the issue, the agency has proposed some radical changes in policy and infrastructure planning to address the inevitable reality of more crowded trains and buses and more congestion on the streets. If implemented, these changes in policy and planning could collectively save countries $70 trillion by 2050. Read the rest of New Report Shows More Efficient Urban Transportation Could Save the World $70 Trillion Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air pollution , avoid shift improve transportation planning , climate impacts , energy efficient modes of transportation , global travel to double by 2050 , increased mobility , infrastructure planning , International Energy Agency , maria van der hoeven , multi-modal cities , reducing burden on transportation system , roadway congestion , telecommuting , urban transportation        

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7 Energy-Efficient Ways to Beat the Heat This Summer

July 17, 2013 by  
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As the summer heat intensifies, the temptation to blast the air conditioner can be unbearable – but it’s bound to take a toll on your energy bill and the environment. Fortunately, there’s lots of ways to conserve energy and lower your utility bill without breaking a sweat. Sealing and insulating your home is estimated to reduce cooling costs by 20% according to the EPA, while a light-colored roof can make a difference of up to 25 degrees of your home’s temperature. Check out this helpful infographic from Toms Mechanical for more energy-efficient ways to beat the heat! The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Read the rest of 7 Energy-Efficient Ways to Beat the Heat This Summer Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , ac , air conditioner , air conditioning , beat the heat , energy efficient cooling , Green Building , green design , heatwave , summer heat , sustainable design , toms mechanical        

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IEA Report States Clean Energy Uptake is Too Slow to Calm Global Warming

April 17, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock Despite significant gains in both large scale solar and wind energy throughout the globe , a new report released by the International Energy Agency (IEA) states that the rapid uptake of renewables is not enough to stop global warming . The goal of keeping global temperatures from rising above two degrees celsius – considered by scientists to be crucial to maintaining some kind of normality – is still a long way off, because most of the world’s energy is still derived from coal. Read the rest of IEA Report States Clean Energy Uptake is Too Slow to Calm Global Warming Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , biofuel , carbon capture and storage , ccs , Climate Change , coal , dirty energy , Environment , global warming , IEA , International Energy Agency , News , nuclear , renewable energy , two degrees , wind energy        

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IEA Predicts 40 Percent World-Wide Increase of Renewable Energy Usage by 2017

July 10, 2012 by  
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The International Energy Agency (IEA) just published an optimistic prediction for the future of renewable energy , suggesting that world-wide green energy usage will increase by forty percent or more by 2017. The agency estimates that the use of wind, solar , hydro and biopower will jump exponentially over the next five years as the world embraces renewable energy, reducing our dependence upon fossil fuels. Read the rest of IEA Predicts 40 Percent World-Wide Increase of Renewable Energy Usage by 2017 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bioenergy , concentrating solar power (CSP) , eco design , geothermal , green design , hydropower , International Energy Agency , Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report of 2012 , ocean power , offshore wind , onshore wind , renewable energy , solar photovoltaics , sustainable design

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Solar Power Can Produce Most Of Our Electricity & Half Of All Our Energy By 2060: IEA

August 29, 2011 by  
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Another projection on how much of our power could be produced by renewable energy : A new International Energy Agency assessment of solar power shows that photovoltaics and solar thermal power could provide “most” of the world’s electricity and half of all our energy needs by 2060. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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IEA Chart Says Conventional Oil Production Peaked in 2006

November 11, 2010 by  
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photo: stephane333 / Creative Commons Until recently the International Energy Agency never really publicly acknowledged peak oil , and still rarely uses the term itself even though over the past year the topic has been acknowledged to be (gasp) very real and likely very soon. But in this year’s

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