Quiet revolution cuts energy consumption

by Paul Brown

Climate News Network | 27 March, 2017

energy efficiency

The energy-efficient headquarters of the National Trust in Swindon, UK. Image: Brian Robert Marshall via Wikimedia Commons

LONDON, 27 March, 2017 − Energy efficiency is a subject unlikely to grab the headlines, but there is a quiet revolution under way that is changing the electricity industry and helping to save the planet from climate change.

After decades of constant increases, the consumption of electricity in many European countries is going down. Coupled with the rise in the use of renewable energy, this has cut carbon emissions faster than expected.

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New Report Finds People-Powered Energy Revolution is Very Possible

by Nadia Prupis, staff writer

Common Dreams | 26 September, 2016

One of the ways households could contribute to the energy revolution is by installing solar panels on their roofs, the report states. (Photo: Liralen Li/flickr/cc)

A people-powered energy revolution—an era in which people can produce their own electricity—is possible, and could happen soon, according to a new report released Monday by the environmental group Friends of the Earth Europe (FOEE).

The report, The Potential of Energy Citizens in the European Union (pdf), finds that over half the residents of the E.U. could be generating their own renewable electricity by 2050. That’s 264 million “energy citizens” meeting 45 percent of the region’s energy demand through a democratized, citizen-owned system that allows people to be the operators of their own utilities—taking power away, in more ways than one, from a market monopolized by large corporations.

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2015 Saw Renewable Energy Boom, Led by Developing Nations

by Deirdre Fulton

Common Dreams | 01 June, 2016


Last year, the solar PV market was up 25 percent over 2014 to a record 50 gigawatts, lifting the global total to 227 gigawatts. (Photo:minoru karamatsu/flickr/cc)


Renewable energy boomed in 2015, a year that saw fossil fuel prices plummet and ended with a historic climate agreement hammered out in Paris.

In fact, investments in renewables such as wind and solar were more than double the amount spent on new coal and gas-fired power plants in 2015, according to the Renewables Global Status Report (pdf) from REN21, an international non-profit association based at the United Nations Environment Programme in Paris, France.Read More »

Portugal’s Renewable Energy Record: A Harbinger of What’s Possible

by Andrea Germanos

Common Dreams | 18 May, 2016


A wind farm in Madeira, Portugal. (Photo via European Wind Energy Association/flickr/cc)


In what is being hailed as a major achievement, Portugal just generated all of its electricity from renewable sources for more than four days in a row.

According to an analysis of national figures by the Sustainable Land System Association in collaboration with the Portuguese Renewable Energy Association (APREN), from the morning of May 7 until the early evening on May 11—a total of 107 consecutive hours—”Electricity consumption in the country was fully covered by solar, wind and hydro power, ” the Guardian reports.Read More »

Energy Revolution Is Possible… And It Would Only Take 782 Rich People To Pay For It

“It is a gross injustice that .000015% of the global population hold the kind of wealth that could halt a climate disaster, but instead often exacerbate the problem.” (Image: FOEI)

Courtesy: Common Dreams | 20 November, 2015

The personal fortunes of just 782 of the world’s wealthiest people could power half the world—Africa, Latin America, and “most of Asia”—with 100 percent renewable energy within 15 years, according to a new report to be published Monday.Read More »

Solar energy finds a home in California’s croplands

Farmers may find success in solar energy systems

By Stephen Vagus

Courtesy: Hydrogen Fuel News | 03 November, 2015

Solar energy may become a very lucrative business for farmers and land owners in California. For the past several years, those that have bought significant amounts of land in the state have found that their farms have failed for many reasons. Now, however, the land may not be a total loss, as these farmers can tap into the power of the sun and turnover their land to solar energy developers that are operating in the state.Read More »

Sliding oil price and rising water price, issues of market and profit

A Journal of People report | 03 November, 2015

Oil is having its own journey in market from China to Russia to Iraq to Iran to Britain to US to Saudi Arabia with long-term impact. There are unanswered questions related to profit.

A London, November 2, 2015 datelined Reuters report on oil said:

“Oil prices fell on Monday as weak Chinese economic data fueled concerns about demand slowing in one of the world’s largest oil-consuming nations while record-high production in Russia exacerbated the global supply glut.”Read More »