Russia seeks to develop 1.9 GW of wind energy capacity

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Russia holds auction to support the development of wind energy projects Russia is looking to build up its wind energy capacity by auctioning off projects. The latest auction is the largest that the country has ever held to expand its renewable energy resources and will occur in two phases. The first phase of the auction began on May 29. The next phase is set to begin on June 9 of this year. Russia’s NP Market Council expects that the results of the auction will be revealed at the end of…

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Countries come together to establish the Asia Super Grid

Large-scale energy grid could be coming to Asia China, South Korea, Russia, and Japan have come together to sign a Memorandum of Understanding that aims to develop what is being called the “Asia Super Grid.” The countries have been growing more involved in the renewable energy space in recent years and they now see a need for an interconnected network that can deliver electricity produced through renewable sources throughout Asia. The super grid is meant to deliver electrical power to areas of the world that can use this energy to…

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Chernobyl may become home to a large solar energy system

Ukraine has plans to build solar energy system in the Chernobyl exclusion zone Thirty years after the nuclear disaster of Chernobyl, the Ukraine is seeking to turn what has become a massive nuclear “wasteland” into a home for solar energy. The Chernobyl disaster occurred in 1986 when the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant located in the city of Pripyat suffered a catastrophic meltdown. The surrounding area has been quarantined since the disaster, with all human traffic being forbidden. Despite the area being referred to as a “wasteland,” life has actually thrived…

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Largest solar energy system in Russia goes online

New solar power system goes online in Russia’s Atali region Russia’s largest solar energy system has finally come online. The energy system is located in the Atali region and is meant to examine the potential viability of solar power. Depending on the success of the system, four more solar energy projects could take form in the country. These projects would be constructed and come online by the end of 2018. It is uncertain what sort of results Russia wants to see from its new solar energy system. Solar power system…

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Renewable energy may be the key to prolonged energy security

Energy ministers gather to discuss issues concerning Europe’s reliance on Russian natural gas Last week, energy ministers representing the G7 countries concluded a special meeting that was held in Rome. The meeting focused on Europe’s reliance on Russia and what impact this ongoing reliance could have from an energy security and stability perspective. Europe currently receives a third of its natural gas from Russia, but political tensions are throwing this energy supply into jeopardy. Finding an alternative source of natural gas, or increasing focus on renewable energy, is becoming a…

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Ukraine to continue supporting solar energy feed-in tariff in Crimea

Country opts to continue providing support to solar projects in annexed region Ukraine has been the subject of much attention recently due to an ongoing struggle with Russia. In recent months, Russian forces moved to occupy and annex the Crimea region. Political instability has called into question the future of Ukraine’s solar feed-in tariff, which is meant to promote the adoption of solar power throughout the country. Because Crimea has been annexed by Russia, it no longer falls under the authority of the Ukrainian government, the solar projects that had…

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Report sheds light on growth of wind energy in emerging markets

New report shows that developing countries are targeting wind power Navigant Research, a leading market research firm, has released a new report that highlights the growth of wind energy in emerging markets around the world. Developing countries are beginning to show a great deal of support for renewable energy because of the economic progress that it represents. Many of these countries have begun turning to wind and solar power in order to reduce their consumption of fossil-fuels, thereby cutting down on their energy costs. While the adoption of clean energy…

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Russia’s first renewable energy auction deemed a success

Russia holds first ever renewable energy auction Russia has completed its first ever renewable energy auction this week. The country has been a modest supported of clean power over the past several years, focusing the majority of its interests on oil and other fossil-fuels. Russia has been growing more concerned over the economic prospects of fossil-fuels, however, and has been working to bolster the support it shows for renewable energy. The recent auction is expected to increase the country’s solar and wind energy capacities significantly over the coming years. New…

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G20 countries take a step toward renewable energy and sustainability

Renewable energy may win out with agreement to cut fossil-fuel subsidies In early September, G20 leaders met in Russia for the 2013 Leaders’ Summit. During the event, heads of state from around the world come together to discuss global issues, such as the dismantling of nuclear weaponry and other subjects that could have global implications. Typically, political leaders are divided on the issues that are discussed at the gathering and little progress toward resolving global problems is made. This year, however, all G20 leaders have agreed to begin phasing out…

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Hydrogen fuel cells may power future submarines

Hydrogen fuel cells to power submarines

New analysis links hydrogen fuel cells to submarines Fuel Cell Today has published a new analysis concerning the use of hydrogen fuel cells on submarines. Around the world, military organizations are facing major challenges in terms of energy and many have been feeling pressure to break away from fossil-fuels. While this can be a somewhat simple issue for some militaries, it becomes exceedingly complicated when submarines get involved. Though submarines do not operate on fossil-fuels, their current energy options are quickly become somewhat obsolete, which could be paving the way…

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Renewable energy support stirs in Russia

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Russia begins showing signs of support for renewable energy Russia has long been a lackluster supporter of renewable energy. The country is home to some of the richest oil and other fossil-fuel deposits in the world. These fossil-fuels have helped the country establish a form of energy sustainability and have also been a lucrative export for decades. Because of these factors, Russia has little incentive to show any interest in renewable energy. The Energy Ministry of Russia, however, has begun calling for more support for the deployment of renewable energy…

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RUSTEC project aims to bring wind energy to Russia

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RUSTEC heavily inspired by Desertec project Russia may become home to an ambitious wind energy initiative if the International Finance Organization can finalize plans concerning such an endeavor. The organization is currently working on a project called RUSTEC, which is heavily inspired by a similar project that aims to turn the world’s deserts into solar energy farms. This project is called Desertec and has, for the past three years, been laboring to make deals with the countries of the world that have high levels of exposure to solar radiation. Unlike…

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Kyoto Protocol to be discussed at upcoming UN meeting

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UN meeting to focus on climate and the Kyoto Protocol The United Nations will convene to discuss the topic of climate change at the end of November. Once again, the Kyoto Protocol will receive some attention from the countries that will be participating in the UN meeting in Qatar. The Kyoto Protocol, which was established in 1997, requires wealthy nations to curb their emissions by an average of 5.3% throughout the 2008-2012 period. The emissions levels in these countries are not meant to exceed the levels they had been since…

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