France is late on its energy transition

I came across several articles on my home country lately and thought it was the occasion to keep everyone updated on how the French energy transition is going on.

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Costa Rican electricity was 100 percent renewables for 113 days

Another world is possible. It is always a question of public willingness. The latest example of this is Costa Rica – 4.9 million inhabitants strong – which ran for almost four months on a hundred percent renewable electricity.

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2015 was another record year for renewables

According to two recent studies, 2015 was yet another record year for renewable energy sources as no less than $285.9 billion (256 billion euros) have been invested in that sector last year. 

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Uruguay to invest $2.6 billion in Wind energy

The drought that is affecting Brazil so much is also undermining Uruguay and its large dependance on hydro energy ( 74 percent of local electricity ). The current alternative to hydro is oil. So the country will invest $2.6 billion ( 2.3 billion euros ) in wind energy in the next couple of years.

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7.7 million people are now working in renewables

Last year I was reporting that we were 6.5 million people working in the Renewable Energy Industries. If I have – temporarily – left it, many more have joined as now this figure reaches 7.7 million people.

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266 gigawatts ! India is going big, enormous, on renewables

While India is plaggued by horrendous air pollution just like neighbouring China, it might not be the case in ten or twenty years from now. We have seen the world’s largest democracy will provide clean electricity to 400 million people thanks to renewables.

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Colombia enacts key law promoting renewables

If I am back on this blog, I am also back on Cleantechies with my 60th post there in five years. I am writing for the occasion about my beloved Colombia, which enacted a key law to promote renewables.

Mexico to go for 35 percent renewables by 2026

As TreeHugger reports, Mexico is willing to drastically increase the share of renewable energy sources in its electricity mix. While  currently accounting for less than 15 percent, they will be pushed to represent over 35 percent by 2026. Most of current renewables in the country are coming from hydro as solar and wind energies account … Read more

Germany is the example on renewables

GermanyWhile the French socialist party is targeting Germany for being too selfish, I thought it would be the ideal time to show how this country has understood vital lessons on renewables others didn’t.

For years if not decades, Deutschland has been at the forefront on energy efficiency and renewables. I wrote many articles here on how the country is leading on these crucial economic sectors.

It doubled the share of renewables in its electricity mix in only seven years. They now account for over 22 percent of the total. Solar PV accounts for a quarter of that.

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