US may not be able to meet its renewable energy goals by 2050

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Study suggests that the country may miss its renewable energy targets due to narrow focus The United States may need to expand its energy focus if it intends to become carbon neutral in the future. A new study from a group of 21 academic and private energy researchers argues that the country’s focus on renewable energy is too narrow. As such, the U.S. may not be able to meet its environmental goals of becoming carbon neutral by 2050. Moreover, the country may not even be able to significantly reduce its…

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Renewable energy generates more electricity in the UK than coal and gas

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UK generated more electricity from renewable energy sources than from its coal and gas systems Wind, solar, and nuclear power have become the largest contributors to the United Kingdom’s energy grid. The National Grid, which oversees the country’s energy infrastructure, notes that these three forms of power have reached a new milestone. The UK has been showing strong support for renewable energy in recent years. The government has invested heavily in wind energy, specifically. The government is eager to distance itself from fossil-fuels in order to meet its environmental goals…

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North American leaders agree to support renewable energy more aggressively

Leaders aim to generate 50% of North America’s energy from renewable sources by 2025 Last week, leaders from Mexico, Canada, and the United States attended the North American Leaders’ Summit. There, President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto agreed on a new renewable energy target for the whole of North America. Together, the three countries will work to ensure that North America generates no less than 50% of its electrical power from renewable sources by 2025. The goal has been praised among supporters of…

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Investors show favor for advanced nuclear energy solutions

Report highlights the attraction of advanced nuclear technologies Advanced nuclear technologies are becoming very popular to investors that are interested in renewable energy, according to a new report from Third Way. Nuclear power has long been considered a very viable form of clean energy, even despite some recent setbacks. In early 2011, Japan was struck by a major earthquake, which triggered what has become known as the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, the worst nuclear catastrophe that the world has seen since Chernobyl. Several countries shy away from nuclear energy in…

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Renewable energy in Germany is now less expensive than nuclear power

Solar and wind energy are less expensive than nuclear power in Germany When it comes to clean energy, cost is a major hurdle that is not easily overcome. The high cost of clean power and technology has kept its adoption somewhat limited in the past. As technology has become more advanced, however, the cost issue has become less problematic. New, more efficient solar panels and wind turbines have helped make renewable energy more accessible to many people around the world. A new study from Germany’s Agora Energiewende, suggests that these…

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DOE invests in new nuclear energy technology

Small scale nuclear reactors catch agency’s attention The U.S. Department of Energy has begun investing in new nuclear reactors that are allegedly “meltdown-proof.” While wind and solar energy have been receiving a significant amount of attention from the Department of Energy, nuclear energy is still quite important for the country’s energy plans. The U.S. is currently pursuing an “all of the above” energy plan that involves the Department of Energy investing in various forms of clean power as well as fossil-fuels. DOE pumps $226 million into NuScale Power The federal…

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France introduces taxes that could aid the adoption of renewable energy

Renewable energy transition may be accelerated with the help of taxation France has revealed a new plan to introduce taxes on nuclear energy and emissions produced by fossil-fuels. The measure is meant to accelerate the country’s adoption of renewable energy and strengthen the country’s environmental and economic standing. Like other European countries, France has shown a strong interest in renewable energy, primarily for its economic merits. The country is currently undergoing an energy transition and has been investing heavily in clean technology in the hopes of phasing out its use…

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Japan may become a valuable market for hydrogen fuel cells

Potential of hydrogen fuel cells is growing in Japan The potential of hydrogen fuel cells in Japan may soon come to a head. The country has been undergoing something of an energy revolution in recent years. Since the 2011 Fukushima disaster, Japan has been working to separate itself from nuclear energy. This is not a decidedly new trend, as the country has been reducing its use of nuclear power since 2002. Nuclear power had once accounted for the vast majority of the country’s energy capacity, but Japan’s last nuclear facility…

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Renewable energy slated for major growth around the world

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Renewable energy may soon surpass natural gas and nuclear power The International Energy Agency has released a new report concerning the world’s transition away from fossil-fuels toward renewable energy. The report offers a prediction regarding natural gas and nuclear power and when these two forms of power will be replaced by renewable energy systems. Natural gas is often considered the bridge leading from fossil-fuels to renewable energy, but the growing popularity of renewables is beginning to outpace the interest that many parties have in natural gas. Renewables may soon exceed…

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Japan earthquake rekindles need to abandon nuclear energy

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  Strong earthquake strikes off the coast of Japan A strong earthquake has rattled Japan once again. The quake’s epicenter was located off the northeastern shore of Japan, near Fukushima, where a similar quake sparked a major nuclear crisis that threatened to be worse than Chernobyl. According to the U.S> Geological Survey, the quake had a magnitude of 7.3 and generated a strong tsunami that washed into a region that had been decimated 2011’s much stronger quake. Thousands of residents were ordered to evacuate ahead of the tsunami, but warnings…

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Energy White Paper 2012 outlines future of Australia

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Government releases anticipated Energy White Paper 2012 The Australian government recently released the Energy White Paper 2012, a report concerning the country’s future in terms of energy. The white paper has been hyped for some time, but the government has pushed back its release several times over the past year. This extra time was meant to help the government get a better understanding of the country’s future energy needs and the trends that are emerging in the global energy market. Australia divided on nuclear energy The Energy White Paper 2012…

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Solar energy in Germany continues to gain momentum

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Bundenetzagentur reports growth of German solar energy industry The Bundenetzagentur, the German Federal Network Agency responsible for regulating electricity and other services, has announced that Germany has installed nearly 1 gigawatt worth of solar energy in September this year. This brings the country’s total capacity installed in 2012 to 6.22 gigawatts. The agency suggests that this is further evidence of the promising growth the German solar energy industry has been seeing despite troubles in the European market caused by China’s powerful presence  and provision of affordable solar energy technologies. Germany…

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European Energy Exchange report highlights the price of electricity

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European Energy Exchange sheds some light on the issue of energy prices The European Energy Exchange has released a report showing the results of the peak-load and base-load day-ahead energy prices in Germany and Austria for the month of September. The report shows that the price of electricity in both countries continue to be lower than that in Switzerland and France. Germany is experiencing a great deal of price difference, in terms of energy, than France is seeing, largely due to the countries adoption of clean energy systems. Germany boasts of more…

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Japan again turns to geothermal energy to replace nuclear power

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Geothermal energy could solve some of the country’s energy problems Geothermal energy has long been a promising prospect in Japan. The country’s proximity to the geological region known as the Ring of Fire makes it home to vast potential in regards to geothermal energy systems. In the wake of the Fukushima disaster of 2011, the country has been working to phase out its use of nuclear energy. Nuclear power once accounted for the majority of the country’s energy, which the Japanese government is now keen to replace with other forms…

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Japan announces abandonment of nuclear power

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Fukushima disaster has Japan reevaluate use of nuclear power Japan has shown healthy signs of recovery since last year’s disastrous earthquake-tsunami disaster. Economically, the country remains strong and stable. In terms of energy, however, the Japanese government has had to improvise in the wake of the disaster, which triggered a nuclear crisis that threatened to be worse than Chernobyl. The Fukushima disaster, as it is often called, caused the government to take a hard look at its use of nuclear energy. Japan to be nuclear free by 2030 In the…

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Australia may go nuclear by 2030

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Nuclear energy identified as a way to reach sustainability goals Australia has taken an aggressive stance on carbon emissions and alternative energy. The country has shown serious interest in reducing its levels of CO2 emissions in recent years, hoping to modify its impact on the environment by adopting new forms of energy and breaking away from fossil-fuels. Though the country has shown interest in various forms of alternative energy, such as hydrogen fuel, wind and solar energy, nuclear may be the dominant form of power for the country’s future. According…

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