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EU study: clean energy costs no more in long run

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DON MELVIN
EU study: clean energy costs no more in long run
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BRUSSELS (AP) — A report issued Thursday says the European Union can cut its emissions of greenhouse gases dramatically by 2050 without spending any more money — and even, perhaps, saving a bit.

That estimate is based on an assessment that the new plants and equipment needed to switch to the generation of clean energy would cost more than continued reliance on fossil fuels, but that the clean energy itself would cost less. ... Read more about EU study: clean energy costs no more in long run

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Wind, Water, and Solar Power for the World

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Mark Delucchi
Wind, Water, and Solar Power for the World
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We don’t need nuclear power, coal, or biofuels. We can get 100 percent of our energy from wind, water, and solar (WWS) power. And we can do it today—efficiently, reliably, safely, sustainably, and economically.

We can get to this WWS world by simply building a lot of new systems for the production, transmission, and use of energy. One scenario that Stanford engineering professor Mark Jacobson and I developed, projecting to 2030, includes:

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2010 Global Recap: A Year of Continued Growth

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PARIS -- Renewable energy continued its global surge in 2010, accounting for about half of the 194 gigawatts of new installed capacity, according to the REN21 Renewables 2011 Global Status Report. ... Read more about 2010 Global Recap: A Year of Continued Growth

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World On The Edge: Quick Facts

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January 25, 2011

We are facing issues of near-overwhelming complexity and unprecedented urgency. Can we think systemically and fashion policies accordingly? Can we change direction before we go over the edge? Here are a few of the many facts from the book to consider:

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Northwestern U.S. Wind Mapping Project

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New high-resolution, state-of-the-art maps of wind energy potential are now available for the Northwest. Resource estimates are easily accessible to the public through an interactive Geographic Information System (GIS) website. ... Read more about Northwestern U.S. Wind Mapping Project

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How Much Surface Area Would It Take to Power the World Completely With Solar or Wind?

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Ever wonder how much space we would need to use to power the entire world with solar energy or offshore wind power? So did the good people at the Land Art Generator, who created two infographics that show the amount of surface area required to power our planet with renewable resources. According to Land Art Generator, 496,905 square kilometers are needed to power the world with solar energy. That's less than the surface area of Spain. And just a piece of the Sahara Desert could power all of Europe and North Africa. ... Read more about How Much Surface Area Would It Take to Power the World Completely With Solar or Wind?

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New NDRC and Google Map Tool to Guide Solar, Wind Placement

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Where should new solar and wind power facilities go? Seems many of the best potential sites, including rugged, windswept regions in the Rocky Mountains to the sun-baked Mojave Desert, contain swathes of land legally set aside as national parks, or support what remains of an endangered species' dwindling habitat, for example. ... Read more about New NDRC and Google Map Tool to Guide Solar, Wind Placement

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