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Mendota Hills Wind Farm in northern Illinois. Photo: Dori / Wikimedia Commons.

Illinois - 1.7 million people choose 100% green electricity

The Ecologist

9th March 2014

Illinois is one of six US states that allows communities to aggregate and specify their energy purchases. Now 91 - comprising 1.7 million people - have used that power to buy 100% renewable electricity. more...
North Ocean 102 Cable Carousel, laying the UK-Holland interconnector across the North Sea in 2009. Photo: Global Marine Photos via Flickr.com.

Keeping the lights on - time to wake up to the simple solution

Alan Whitehead

11th March 2013

The UK Government is throwing billions at the Hinkley C nuclear plant, reports Alan Whitehead, while neglecting a far quicker and cheaper way to 'keep the lights on' - more under-sea power connectors. more...
Atlantis deploys a 1 MW tidal turbine at European Marine Energy Centre at Orkney, UK. Photo: Green Energy Futures via Flickr.com.

All at sea - the UK's policies for wave and tidal power

Godfrey Boyle

7th March 2014

First the UK made a mess of wind and let Denmark take the prize. And now, writes Godfrey Boyle, the government's prevarication is risking our lead in another key renewable energy sector - marine power. more...
A regular Sunday shopping in Chennai, India. Photo: McKay Savage via Flickr.com.

Gandhi's nightmare has come true

Subhankar Banerjee

18th March 2014

The era of mass consumption has reached India, bringing about a frenzy of over-consumption, pollution and ecological havoc. But so long as there's money to be made, asks Subhankar Banerjee, why worry about climate change? more...
On its way to Drax? A loader picking up trees from a clearcut for Enviva near the Ahoskie mill, North Carolina. Photo: Dogwood Alliance.

Biofuel and biomass 'sustainability standards' are pure greenwash

Almuth Ernsting

10th March 2014

Who and what are biofuel sustainability standards designed to benefit? They are meant to safeguard forests and communities, writes Almuth Ernsting - but their real purpose is to protect the biofuel industry ... more...
The Solúcar PS10 20MW solar tower near Seville, Spain. Saudi Arabia is now planning to build much bigger versions of the technology. Photo: Alejandro Flores via Flickr.com.

Solar is going great - but could be greater!

Jonathon Porritt

1st March 2014

The solar industry is going great, with tens of gigawatts of new capacity planned for 2014 alone. But as Jonathon Porritt writes, the solar revolution could be going even faster - with smart, consistent policies for solar power in Europe and Japan. more...
Pylon. Photo: Richard Parmiter via Flickr.com.

Electricity use in the US is falling - still

Steven Nadel

25th February 2014

Electricity usage in the US has been declining since 1993, writes Steven Nadel. Among the reasons for the fall, improved energy efficiency is emerging as a key factor, especially post-2007. more...
PRISM - bending light, or bending truth? Photo: Ingrid Truemper via Flickr.com.

Can PRISM solve the UK's plutonium problem?

Jim Green, Nuclear Monitor

26th February 2014

The UK's nuclear decommissioning authority has a problem - what to do with over 100 tonnes of plutonium. Jim Green evaluates the NDA's options, and sees another generation of nuclear white elephants in the making. more...
Chernobyl / Pripyat Exclusion Zone. Graffiti on a wall facing the amusement park in central Pripyat. Photo: Pedro Moura Pinheiro via Flickr.com.

The true cost of disaster insurance makes nuclear power uncompetitive

Ingmar Schumacher

6th February 2014

The European Commission is assessing how it should augment its nuclear disaster insurance. Ingmar Schumacher calls for full transparency of insurance costs in the cost-benefit evaluation of the nuclear industry. more...

Davos: Fracking won't avert energy crisis

Alex Kirby

25th January 2014

UK solar entrepreneur tells world leaders at Davos: fracking for shale oil and gas cannot help to avert a global energy crisis - and a global oil crisis could strike in 2015. Alex Kirby reports. more...
Danish offshore wind turbine, Burbo Bank. Photo: Danish Wind Industry Association via Flickr.com.

Weeny, weedy, weaky: the EU's new climate plan

Oliver Tickell

22nd January 2014

Europe's new targets for carbon emissions and renewable energy are severely retrograde and fly in the face of both science and economics. They will endanger climate and retard the renewable energy revolution. more...
Nanti people on river bank. Photo: © Anonymous / Survival.

Gas company: Amazon tribes vulnerable to 'massive deaths'

David Hill

20th January 2014

Amazon tribes in Peru's rainforest are at risk of 'massive deaths' from new diseases to which they lack immunity, gas company Pluspetrol admits - as it tries to expand its Camisea gas project into a Reserve for isolated indigenous people. more...

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An AP1000 reactor is under construction at Vogtle Electric Generating Plant, Georgia. Units 1 and 2 pictured here. Photo: Nuclear Regulatory Commission via Flickr.com.

Toshiba's nuclear project - cheaper than Hinkley C?

David Toke

17th January 2014

Toshiba, the 60% owner of NuGen, has announced it will build 3 AP1000 reactors at Moorside, England - much faster and cheaper than Hinkley C. But the whole proposition, writes David Toke, is seriously implausible. more...
Volunteers Bethany Whisman and Blake Kenney hand out bottled water on Jan. 11, 2014, at Poca High School, W.Va. Photo: Staff Sgt. De-Juan Haley / National Guard via Flickr.com.

They poisoned the river for a 'clean coal' lie

Trish Kahle

16th January 2014

On January 9 thousands of gallons of a toxic chemical used to produce “clean coal”, spilled into Elk River, leaving 300,000 with no water supply. Trish Kahle asks - how could this happen? more...
Solar is everywhere in Germany. This is a newly constructed home with near total solar covering. Photo: Tim Fuller via Flickr.com.

Germany's 'impractical dream'?

Chris Goodall

11th January 2014

Germany's Energiewende or Energy Path is leading Europe's dominant industrial power into wholly new territory. Sober bureaucrats see a 100% renewable energy economy by 2050 as technically feasible. Chris Goodall asks - have they all gone mad? more...

China: nuclear and coal giants go solar

Oliver Tickell

10th January 2014

Chinese coal and nuclear energy giants are suddenly piling into the solar industry. Is this the way of the future, not only in China but around the world? more...
Ellie Harrison campaigning for a publicly owned railway system. Photo: Robin Prime.

Power for the people!

Ellie Harrison

9th January 2014

Ellie Harrison explains how her concerns about climate change led to her founding two dynamic campaigns to make Britain's vital national infrastructure publicly owned and accountable once more. more...
Power for the People demo, London. Photo: Robin Prime.

Energy: Public ownership is the rational solution

Andrew Cumbers

9th January 2014

There is one glaringly obvious solution to the UK's energy problems, says Andrew Cumbers: re-nationalise the profiteering, under-investing energy companies that have created the mess. more...

Hitachi-GE nuclear reactor design assessment begins

The Ecologist

6th January 2014

The Office for Nuclear Regulation and the Environment Agency have begun assessing Hitachi-GE's boiling water nuclear reactor design. more...
Wind turbines near Tow Law, County Durham, UK. Photo: Jonathan Pearson / pearsongraphics via Flickr.com.

Wind turbines - going strong 20 years on

Chris Goodall

3rd January 2014

Anti-wind campaigners claim that wind turbine performance more than halves after 15 years. Chris Goodall analyses the figures and finds that even 20-year old wind turbines in the UK are still going strong ... more...
A promising crop of hemp. Photo: CSLP / Craik Sustainable Living Project via Flickr.com.

Hemp - the energy and industrial crop of the future?

Thomas Prade

5th January 2014

In 1980 The Ecologist published an iconic Special Edition' devoted to the multi-use 'wonder crop' hemp. 34 years on, Thomas Prade finds the case for industrial hemp is as strong as ever. more...
Mulan wind farm, 170km NE of Harbin City in Heilongiang, is one of the first wind farms to be built in China. Photo: Land Rover Our Planet via Flickr.com.

China roars ahead with renewables

John Mathews and Hao Tan

4th January 2014

Reports of China opening a huge new coal fired power station every week belie the reality - China is the new global powerhouse for renewable energy. As John Mathews and Hao Tan report, the world must follow its example. more...
These girls like coal and they like it dirty. Still from coal industry promo featured in Dirty Business.

The dirty business of coal

Joshua Frank

4th January 2014

Coal powers America. But at what cost? Peter Bull investigated the question in the epic new documentary Dirty Business: 'Clean Coal' and the Battle for Our Energy Future. Joshua Frank met up with him ... more...
A fracked landscape South of Odessa, Texas. Photo: Dennis Dimick via Flickr.com.

Who will pay the costs of the fracking revolution?

Lesley Docksey

31st December 2013

Despite all the hype that fracking the UK will mean cheaper energy bills, it is increasingly clear that the opposite is the case, writes Lesley Docksey. And who will pay the cost? Taxpayers, energy users, and the environment ... more...
Uranium mining in Kakadu National Park, Australia. Photo: Alberto Otero García via Flickr.com.

The nuclear renaissance is stone cold dead

Dr Jim Green

25th December 2013

2013 has been the nuclear power industry's annus horribilis and the nuclear renaissance can now be pronounced stone cold dead. Dr Jim Green reveals the global unravelling of the nuclear dream ... more...

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