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Renewables Now Cheapest, But How To Enable Faster Renewable Energy Growth?

January 22nd, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Renewable energy is now the cheapest option, on average, for new electricity capacity around the world — developed countries like the US as well as developing countries. As I noted the other day, we need to keep channeling this message to the broader public, and especially decision-makers, but there are other things to do in order to increase renewable energy growth


Awareness, Awareness, Awareness — Clean Energy Is Cheap, Cheap, Cheap (Time To Be Annoying)

January 16th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

What do you think of people who just keep talking about the same thing o v e r and o v e r and o v e r again? Annoying as hell, right? Politicians who repeat the same crap lines repeatedly. CEOs who you hear deliver the same fluff PR talking point for the 100th time. Annoying cleantech bloggers who keep telling you about ... oh, wait, I'm not going to go there. :)


2017 Zayed Future Energy Prize Awards & Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week Opening Ceremony

January 16th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

In a few moments, the 2017 Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week will launch. That includes the opening of the 2017 World Future Energy Summit, the 2017 Zayed Future Energy Prize awards ceremony, WISER (Women in Sustainability, Environment and Renewable Energy), Abu Dhabi Global Action Day, the 2017 International Water Summit, and more. Technically, it also includes the IRENA General Assembly, which I attended on Saturday and where I was inspired to write about the totally insane carbon bubble and tremendous cost-competitive renewable energy potential (790 GW) in South East Europe (more articles to come from the IRENA event)


The Totally Insane Carbon Bubble

January 14th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

As the cleantech transition speeds up, many of us are jumping for joy. Trump may be king of tweetland, but he and his oil & gas buddies can't stop renewables or electric robotaxis. They know that. Their goals are pretty clear, though: pump up the carbon bubble as much as possible, stuff as much cash into their own bank accounts before it pops, and hopefully retire and die before the whole global economy is brought down with the the thin soapy liquid that was probably much prettier as a bubble


Clean Energy Jobs Increasing, Fossil Fuel Jobs Decreasing, Says IRENA

December 5th, 2016 | by Steve Hanley

Jobs in clean energy industries like solar, wind, geothermal and hydroelectric are increasing while jobs in oil, natural gas, and coal extraction are decreasing worldwide. About 8.1 million people worldwide had jobs in the clean energy in 2015. That’s up from 7.7 million in 2014, according to the latest figures from


Cost Reductions & Dynamic Polices Drive Renewable Energy Growth In Latin America

November 18th, 2016 | by Joshua S Hill

A combination of rapid technology cost reductions and the consolidation of renewable energy policies have served to help Latin America become home to some of the world's most dynamic renewable energy markets, and resulted in "an unprecedented opportunity" for the region to accelerate the uptake of renewable energy across all sectors.



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