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11 September 2013

Renewable energy can bring security of energy supply to vulnerable import dependent nations

The need for a secure and reliable energy supply is a seldom mentioned but very important driver for many nations moving towards clean and renewable energy supply. Paradoxically, the very factors that have made many nations dependent on imported energy, like being surrounded by water, can work to their benefit since many island nations have great potential for marine energy, says Anders Jansson, co-founder and CEO of Minesto.

25 July 2013

World Bank scales up energy efficiency, renewables investment in emerging regionsp

The World Bank Group is to expand access to energy, along with accelerating its efforts in energy efficiency and renewable energy.

8 July 2013

Transmission charging – Decision time for Ofgemp

It’s decision time for Ofgem. We are now reaching the end of a very long process – known as Project TransmiT – which began in September 2010 to examine the way in which electricity transmission charges are levied. This week the board of the GB energy regulator meets to discuss recommendations on changing how generators will pay for using Britain’s transmission network - the National Grid, writes Martin McAdam, CEO of wave energy developer Aquamarine Power.

2 July 2013

Adding intelligence to occupancy detectionp

It's a gnawing frustration of modern office life. You're sitting quietly — too quietly — in an office or carrel, and suddenly the lights go off. Grrr! Installed to save energy, the room's occupancy detector has determined that no one is around, so it signals the lights to turn off. For 30 years, occupancy sensors have relied primarily on motion detection. But now there's something new, writes the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Bill Scanlon.

17 June 2013

Crossing the climate linep

Earlier this month, a remote monitoring system in Hawaii recorded the first time in human history that the daily average for carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere hit over 400 parts per million (ppm). Crossing the 400ppm line is not inherently meaningful, other than reminding us that we are on a path to a place we don’t want to go.

25 April 2013

Smart grid market outperforms in 2012 but sustainability looks fragilep

World smart grid sales climbed to $36.5bn in 2012 a growth of 30 per cent on 2011 and M&A activity reached $19.5bn almost doubling the value of deals in the previous year, according to memoori’s latest report. This confirms that solid progress has been made in the last three years but other findings show that all is not well.

1 March 2013

Smart grid thrives in 2012, but framework still not therep

World smart grid sales at installed prices climbed to $36.5bn in 2012 a growth of 30 per cent on 2011 and M&A activity reached $19.5bn almost doubling the value of deals in the previous year, according to the latest report from sector specialist Memoori.

20 February 2013

Making the right communications choice for smart meter technologyp

As the roll-out of smart meters takes place across Europe, governments have to make a decision on the primary communication technologies that will be used to connect the meters to utility companies. The choice of infrastructure will have significant short and long-term effects on the cost, efficiency and carbon footprint of the smart grid and its ability to deliver enhanced customer value. Nick Kamen, head of energy and utilities sector, with Vodafone, discusses the options being considered to facilitate smart meter connectivity.

18 February 2013

Doubling energy productivity means focusing on efficiencyp

Researchers at the US Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have long understood that using energy more efficiently can be just as beneficial as finding new ways to produce energy more efficiently.

13 February 2013

2013 Year of the Water Snake: Making a splash in Chinap

As the year of the water snake slithers into 2013, it seems quite fitting that investors are once again shifting their focus toward water-related themes, writes Junwei Hafner-Cai, analyst with RobecoSAM’s Sustainable Water Strategy.

11 January 2013

Smart grid drives further integration across connected real estatep

2012 was a seminal year for three industries that share some fast moving technologies and vertical markets, Electronic Security, Energy Management and the emerging Smart Grid, writes Allan McHale, author of smart grid blog Memoori.

17 December 2012

Can data slow down climate change?p

Development needs data: water security, oceans governance and food security need data, information, knowledge, networks and imagination to shift power in the public interest, according to James Cameron, chairman of Climate Change Capital, who shares his perspective on climate change.

11 October 2012

Can distributed energy help keep the lights on after 2015?p

The UK is facing the rising risk of an energy shortfall within three years, Ofgem has warned as electrical generation will plunge to four per cent spare capacity from its present level of 14 per cent. Allan McHale, author of smart grid blog Memoori, says this should be the wake-up call government needs to push forward both distributed power and the smart grid.

28 September 2012

Sustainability and greed: Unlikely bedfellowsp

‘Greed’, said Gordon Gekko, the villainous investment banker played by Michael Douglas in the 1987 film Wall Street, ‘is good’. He went on: ‘it clarifies, cuts through and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit.’ With companies that actively work to reduce their environmental impact making more money, it seems sustainability and greed go hand-in-hand, writes Andrew Ure, managing director of OgilvyEarth.

26 September 2012

Why the UK Chancellor’s dash for gas is not all it is cracked up to bep

America’s shale gas revolution has led some to think that similar transformations could unfold in Europe and China – where significant shale gas reserves exist – or that the US becoming a net exporter could result in a global gas glut and low gas prices for the foreseeable future, writes Ben Caldecott, head of policy at Climate Change Capital.

14 September 2012

Where it all went wrong for UK energy policyp

Sometime in 2018 or shortly thereafter the UK will experience a crisis. Electricity supply will not be enough to meet electricity demand. When this happens people will look back to the week of the Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and find that the celebrations masked a coming together of policy decisions whose combined effect is simply disastrous for the UK, writes Barry Gardiner MP Special Envoy on Climate Change and the Environment to the Leader of the Opposition and member of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee.

6 September 2012

The Green Climate Fund and private finance: Instruments to mobilise investmentp

In order to tackle climate change, governments will need to leverage a share of the $117tr of assets managed by private investors. However, various barriers and risks have prevented private sector capital for climate change mitigation projects to flow at the scale required, writes Steven Gray, head of UN and international policy, carbon finance, and Nicholas Tatrallyay, senior analyst at Climate Change Capital.

31 August 2012

Microgrids: So much more than back-up energyp

Most Americans don't have to think much about energy reliability. We plug in a computer and it powers up; we flip a switch and the lights come on. But while very reliable today, the US electricity grid is old and has gone at least five decades without a significant technological upgrade.

10 August 2012

India needs better innovation ecosystemp

green_idea_170_170 India could be a world leader in low-cost, renewable energy technologies if it adopts the lessons on fostering innovation put forward by the US Bell Labs or the German Fraunhofer Institutes, writes Tobias Engelmeier from local consultancy Bridge to India.

25 July 2012

Analysis: Renewables industry reacts to Davey’s partial win on UK energy policyp

The UK Energy Secretary Ed Davey had two key messages alongside the Renewable Obligation bands announced. The first, that exploiting the UK’s natural gas resources to their full potential would be a priority going forward, was clear. The second, that government would support onshore wind at a reduced level of 0.9 ROCs until 2017 unless an upcoming review showed this should be altered, was less so.

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