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Is nuclear power safe? The chances of a catastrophic failure is low, but when they do happen the consequences are dire

Is Nuclear Power Safe for the Environment?

One of the first questions on everyone’s lips, when the conversation turns to nuclear power, is what are the advantages and disadvantages and how safe is it. Various media and information channels provide conflicting, sensationalised information depending on their core values. Depending on your point of view, nuclear reactors could be seen as one of, if not the most environmentally…

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REN21 Global Status Report Details an Extraordinary Year for Renewables

Records were set in new renewable power capacity and investment, while renewable energy investments in developing and emerging economies exceeded those in developed economies for the first time in 2015, according to REN21.

Abandoned well of a different age: do falling oil prices signal the end of oil?

Falling Profits Augur the End of Oil

The profits of the big oil companies keep falling along with the price of a barrel of crude. In 2015, the profits of oil behemoths like Shell, Chevron, Exxon Mobil and BP tumbled. Together, these big four saw profits decline by an average of 65 percent last year. These falling margins have a cascade of impacts that are hastening the…

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The new energy economy is growing exponentially

We are in the Midst of an Energy Revolution

As the future for renewable energy continues to get brighter, the prospects for fossil fuel are looking increasingly grim. Financial markets are reflecting the growing value of renewables and coming to terms with the declining value of fossil fuels. Almost a dozen stock exchanges around the world now require sustainability risk disclosure from listed companies. A total of 2.6 trillion has been diverted from fossil fuels to date. Cities, investors…

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Report Highlights CHP Clean Power Plan Compliance

Hurdles exist, but CHP (combined heat and power) is often low-hanging fruit when it comes to increasing energy efficiency, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and complying with the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan. Accounting for 8 percent of electricity capacity and 12 percent of generation, CHP’s true potential is far from being fully realized, however, according to an IIP-DGA road-map report for CHP and Clean Power Plan compliance.

French government proposes law to reduce nuclear power by 25 percent

France Poised to Turn Away from Nuclear to Renewables

France’s National Assembly is poised to pass a new energy law that will transform the French power industry and the way electricity is produced, distributed and consumed. Up for a vote Wednesday, July 22, the new law calls for nuclear power to meet 50 percent of electricity needs by around 2025, which would be 25 percent less than a current…

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Solar and wind comprise 100 percent of new electrical generation for April 2015

Wind and Solar Supply 100 Percent of New Generating Capacity in April

According to the latest Energy Infrastructure Update, released from the Federal Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Office of Energy Projects, April unambiguously confirms the ongoing trend of renewable energy’s dominance in new supply of electrical generation in the United States. Wind and solar accounts for 100 percent of new generating capacity placed online in April. Jumbo Road Wind, formally known as Hereford-2 Wind…

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