Consumers in Germany were paid to use electricity this holiday season

December 26, 2017 by  
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The cost of electricity in Germany has decreased so dramatically in the past few days that major consumers have actually been paid to use power from the grid. While “negative pricing” is not an everyday occurrence in the country, it does occur from time to time, as it did this holiday weekend. This gift to energy consumers is the result of hundreds of billions of dollars invested in renewable energy over the past two decades. This most recent period of negative pricing was a result from warm weather, strong breezes, and the low demand typical of people gathering together to celebrate. Germany’s temporary energy surpluses are a result of both low demand and variably high supply. Wind power typically makes up 12 percent of Germany’s power consumption on a daily basis. However, on windy days, that percentage can easily multiply several times the average. The older segment of Germany’s energy portfolio, such as coal plants , are not able to lower output quickly enough. Thus, there is a glut of electricity. On Sunday, Christmas Eve, major energy consumers, such as factory owners, were being paid more than 50 euros (~$60) per megawatt-hour consumed. Related: First public ultra-fast EV charging station in Europe is now operational Germany is not the only country that has experienced negatively priced power. Belgium, France, the United Kingdom , the Netherlands and Switzerland have all had to face the fortunate problem of too much energy. European countries are often able to share excess power with each other through the grid, though the system is far from perfect. This challenge highlights the essential need for affordable battery storage technology. With battery storage, countries will be able to save excess power in an energy bank, ready to be deployed in an emergency or simply returned to citizens in the form of cheap or even free energy. Via the New York Times Images via Depositphotos (1)

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How Oslo launched a new design revolution

December 19, 2017 by  
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It’s becoming a relic of the past to segregate design from the corporate sustainability team.

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India plans to build the worlds largest solar-wind power plant

December 18, 2017 by  
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When it comes to  clean energy , few nations stand out like India . The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy has announced plans to build the world’s largest solar-wind hybrid project in the district of Anantapur in the state of Andhra Pradesh. According to Cleantechnica , the plant will have a capacity of 160 megawatts—120 megawatts coming from solar and the other 40 megawatts via wind. And, in line with a pledge to end investment in fossil fuels , the World Bank is putting up $155 million for the project. The massive solar-wind complex will cover roughly 1,000 acres of land and include a battery storage system that will allow it to function around the clock irrespective of wind and weather conditions. Anantapur has struggled with grid failure and power fluctuations in the past and the hope is that the new system will offer a steady, reliable flow of power to residents through energy storage. Related:  India added more rooftop solar in 2017 than the past 4 years combined If all goes as anticipated, the pilot project will be scaled to serve other areas of Andhra Pradesh experiencing grid failures. And while this is not the first time this sort of technology has been proposed, it is the biggest solar-wind hybrid project on the books. The World Bank will work with the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), the renewable energy agency of Andhra Pradesh, NREDCAP, and Andhra Pradesh Transco, to bring it to fruition. The Andhra Pradesh government is shooting for 10 GW of solar and 8 GW of wind by 2022. Hybrid-wind and solar plants are expected to account for 3GW of the total. Via Cleantechnica Images via Pixabay

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Is Organic Food Healthier?: All the Factors Analyzed

November 15, 2017 by  
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Organic food has become incredibly popular in the past five … The post Is Organic Food Healthier?: All the Factors Analyzed appeared first on Earth911.com.

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Why the time is right for aviation biofuels to take off

October 19, 2017 by  
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News over the past decade has contributed to a misperception that sustainable aviation fuels cannot succeed in the marketplace. In reality, we are at an inflection point where alternative jet fuels being developed today are not only viable, but critical to aviation’s long-term growth.

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3 Clothing Recycling Mistakes You Might Be Making

July 10, 2017 by  
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Clothing consumption has skyrocketed in the past few decades, with North American consumers now buying 500 percent more than we did just 25 years ago. And while we’re buying more clothes than ever, the clothing is often so poorly made that it…

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Soy sheds its deforestation rap

June 6, 2016 by  
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After a long but ultimately successful campaign, deforestation for soy production is a thing of the past.

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What Does Zero Waste Really Mean?

March 8, 2016 by  
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Lauren Singer is 23 and she wants to change the world. This isn’t a vague idea or a pipe dream, nor a rough sketch of a future plan. She’s doing it. Right now. Zero waste? Me? For the past four years, Singer has lived a zero waste lifestyle. What…

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What 2015 brought the retail industry

December 24, 2015 by  
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Here’s how retail leaders continued to raise the bar on energy and climate this past year.

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2015: The year the sharing economy went B2B

December 22, 2015 by  
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From transportation to real estate, the past year has ushered in a sea change in who is buying and selling underutilized assets.

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