Two news on Chinese energy for the price of one

Both the Financial Times and the Worldwatch Institute provided me monday with interesting data and news on the Chinese energy market. Good news : the country is willing to get 30% of its electricity via renewables by 2050. Bad news : the growth of energy consumption last year was of 16.2 percent. This wouldn’t be… Continue reading Two news on Chinese energy for the price of one

Google to invest massively in renewable energies

The world famous US company Google ,which is behind the most used search engine, plans in the very next years to invest hundreds of millions Dollars in renewable energy sources. The goal is to make solar, geothermal and wind energies price-competitive with electricity from coal-fired plants. A very ambitious idea as coal is much cheaper… Continue reading Google to invest massively in renewable energies

Suez sells 3.3 billion € of electricity in Brazil

According to various sources, including CNN Money and Challenges, the French company Suez sold for 3.3 billion Euros worth of electricity during auctions in Brazil. The electricity will be generated by a dam that the company is currently building in collaboration with local companies. The project will be ready by 2012. This project is due… Continue reading Suez sells 3.3 billion € of electricity in Brazil

Sources d’énergie et émissions de gaz à effet de serre

Comme je l’annonçais précédemment, je voulais faire depuis le début de ce blog un article sur les émissions de gaz à effet de serre selon les différentes sources d’énergie. Afin d’être le plus impartial que possible, j’ai décidé d’utiliser trois différentes sources d’information. (MAJ le 18/09/07) Alors, quelle est la solution qui émet le plus… Continue reading Sources d’énergie et émissions de gaz à effet de serre

APEC agrees on climate change

Last week, the countries of the Asia Pacific region (APEC) committed themselves to curb their greenhouse gases emissions by working on energy efficiency, renewables and the management of forests. A good news as this group of countries holds 41 percent of the population and comprises the United States and China, the world top greenhouse gases… Continue reading APEC agrees on climate change

Mexico invests three billion USD in wind energy

The Mexican government plans to invest up to three billion US Dollars (2.18 billion €) in the next three years in wind power. This will be done in order to generate up to 2,000 megawatts (MW). The Ministry of Energy will team up with local companies to implement wind turbines throughout the country. Seven companies… Continue reading Mexico invests three billion USD in wind energy

Third generation of PV panels on the way

My Belgian friend Qat recently wrote on his blog an interesting article on the forthcoming generation of photovoltaïc captors. These new solar technology is due to have a yield of 40 percent, a huge improvement as the current ones have a yield of “only” 17 percent. This news was originally reported by the magazine of… Continue reading Third generation of PV panels on the way

Investments in renewables could hit $750bn by 2016

According to Ernst & Young, one of the largest auditing companies in the world, the global renewable energies market could be the subject of investments worth up to USD 750 billions by 2016 (559 billions Euros). In 2006, the global investments in these energy sources were of USD 100 billions. According to the United Nations,… Continue reading Investments in renewables could hit $750bn by 2016

United States may increase their use of renewables

On August 4th, the US House passed a bill that may increase the importance of renewable energy sources in the production of local electricity. The goal is to make renewables like wind power or solar PV account for 15 percent of the total electricity produced in the United States by 2020. The bill also included… Continue reading United States may increase their use of renewables

In 2006, solar thermal progressed steadily in the EU

According to EurObserv’ER, an organism from the European Union, solar thermal energy saw its demand grow by no less than 44 percent in 2006 in the European Union. This represents more than three million square meters of panels installed in a year. Huge differences occur between countries. For instance, Germany lead this increase by installing… Continue reading In 2006, solar thermal progressed steadily in the EU

New dams in Brazil ?

This question appeared lately in the US press notably in the New York Times. This happens as the local President is willing to stimulate economic growth. The current President of this large country, Mr. Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva – also known in the media simply as Lula – is willing to build two dams… Continue reading New dams in Brazil ?

EU to use 20 percent of renewables for energy by 2020

After the EU Council that concluded today in Brussels, the European Union, which will be 50 this month, is becoming the world leader in the fight against climate change. According to Reuters, the President of the European Commission Mr. Jose Manuel Barroso said the agreement today represented “the most ambitious package ever agreed by any… Continue reading EU to use 20 percent of renewables for energy by 2020