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Sustainable Energy

Sustainable Energy Revolution Grows, Says Bloomberg Report

Image: $447.6bn invested in US Clean Energy in the last decade

February 4, 2015
EcoWatch

The third annual Sustainable Energy in America Factbook released today documents the continuing dramatic changes in how the U.S. produces, delivers and consumes energy, and makes some projections and predictions about the direction of the energy sector in the future. The report was researched and produced by Bloomberg New Energy Finance and commissioned by The Business Council for Sustainable Energy....

Graph of the Day: Collapse of US shale oil industry

Image: Collapse of US Shale Industry

February 3, 2015
Renew Economy

Since the collapse in oil prices began in the middle of last year, all eyes have been on how the oil industry responds. Already, some $200 billion of projects have been either axed or deferred, mostly because they cannot compete on costs.

The US shale oil industry is also suffering. This graph below from industry analysts Baker Hughes shows the dramatic fall in the number of rigs operating in the US shale industry.

Is Home Efficiency Financing About to Eclipse the Solar Financing Market?

February 27, 2015
The Energy Collective

Property-assessed clean energy loans for homes rebounded in a big way last year. PACE looks to continue to gain steam in 2015, but it is being joined by other investment vehicles bringing new life to residential energy efficiency. 

The Warming World: Is Capitalism Destroying Our Planet?

February 27, 2015
Spiegl

 

World leaders decided in Copenhagen that global warming should be limited to 2 degrees Celsius. Achieving that target, though, would take nothing less than a miracle. With another round of climate negotiations approaching, it is becoming increasingly clear that mankind has failed to address its most daunting problem.

A major piece of work from Spiegl, in Germany

The Solar Eclipse of Shales

February 25, 2015
Energy Policy Forum, Spotting Trends, Not Following

Share price matters and solar stocks have significantly outperformed their oil and gas counterparts by multiples.

Green light for world’s largest planned tidal energy project in Scotland

December 20, 2014
Guardian

The world's largest tidal energy project, off the coast of Caithness, on the northmost tip of Scotland, is set to begin producing power enough for 175,000 homes in 2016. It is operated by MeyGen

Pedal-powered cars eyed for Vancouver

December 2, 2014
Jane Deacon, 24-Hours Vancouver

VeloMetro is a lightweight pedal-powered car, with electric drive and an energy-recovery brake system to help on hills and longer distances.

It's a cross between an electric bicycle and a smart car, powered and steered like a bicycle on three wheels.

The specs allow for trips up to 100 kilometres and up to 32 km/h, travelling on city roads the same way bikes do.

Canada’s Green Energy Sector Now Employs More People Than Its Tar Sands

December 2, 2014
Climate Progress

Between 2009 and 2013, employment in Canada’s clean energy sector increased by 37% — meaning it now supplies more jobs than the country’s infamous tar sands, according to the new report Tracking the Energy Revolution — by Clean Energy Canada, a climate think tank.