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Wood MacKenzie wonder: is solar the next shale?

“Just as shale extraction reconfigured oil and gas, no other technology is closer to transforming power markets than distributed and utility scale solar.” That is the main conclusion of a new report from energy consultants Wood MacKenzie. The report is

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The monetary benefit of pv on electricity market

Listening to some incumbent players in the electricity sector, PV should be responsible of all financial problems of the electricity markets. The effects of variable renewable energy generation on electricity markets’ prices have indeed been used mostly by opponents to

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IEA Report: Energy, climate change, environment

Policies that respond to climate change and other environmental issues will increasingly impact the development of the global energy sector. The transition to low-carbon economies will need to be carefully managed, as the provision of secure, affordable energy is critical

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IEA: Making smart decisions in a time of low oil prices

Read the speech that Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), gave at the Oxford Energy Colloquium “Opportunity to act: Making smart decisions in a time of low oil prices“. Maria van der Hoeven says cheap oil

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Badly located renewable power plants cost Europe $100 billion: Davos report

Europe could have saved itself $100 billion by installing solar power panels in sunnier countries and wind turbines in windier places, the World Economic Forum’s “Future of Electricity” platform said in a report released on Tuesday. The report, written with

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Renewable Power Costs Plummet: Many Sources Now Cheaper than Fossil Fuels Worldwide

The cost of generating power from renewable energy sources has reached parity or dropped below the cost of fossil fuels for many technologies in many parts of the world, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) revealed in a new report

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Energy efficiency, invisible fuel

The biggest innovation in energy is to go without The Cheapest and cleanest energy choice of all is not to waste it. Progress on this has been striking yet the potential is still vast. Improvements in energy efficiency since the 1970s

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Building climate change resilience in cities

A survey released by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) shows that 90% of business leaders believe they can help prepare cities for the effects of climate change, with 51% saying that investing in climate change resilience gives them a competitive

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Leave fossil fuels buried to prevent climate change, study urges

New research by University College London (UCL) is the first to identify which reserves must not be burned if we are to keep the rise in global temperature under 2C, including over 90% of US and Australian coal and almost all

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The cost of nuclear electricity: France after Fukushima

The Fukushima disaster has lead the French government to release novel cost information relative to its nuclear electricity program allowing us to compute a levelized cost. We identify a modest escalation of capital cost and a larger than expected operational

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