The South African government has set a target of 10,000GWh of energy to be produced from renewable energy sources (mainly from biomass, wind, solar and small-scale hydro) by 2013. This would be equivalent to electrifying approximately 2 million households having an annual electricity consumption of 5 000 kWh. That is about 5% of the present electricity generation in South Africa, or replacing two 660MW units of Eskom's combined coal-fired power stations.
A cluster of years of terrible weather was "part and parcel of the history of Irish weather", Dr Tyrrell said.
RECORD DAY FOR WIND ENERGY - A record 1,120 MW (megawatts) of Ireland's electricity needs were generated by wind on April 5 2010, according to the Irish Wind Energy Association. The renewable energy sector in Ireland reached the new high as it approaches Global Wind Day on June 15 next, with the new record set for the amount of electricity generated by wind turbines across the country in any one day, says the Irish Examiner. Announcing details of open days at seven Irish wind farms from June 12 to 19 next in the run-up to global wind-day, the Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA) revealed that April 5 last smashed the record for the amount of energy from turbines, with 1,120 MW of electricity being generated, enough to power 672,000 homes. The largest electricity generating plant in the country is the coal burning ESB facility at Moneypoint in Co Clare, which can generate 850MW of electricity for the national grid. Wind has supplied more than 50% of Ireland's electricity needs for short periods in recent months.
BERLIN (AFP)--Climate pressure group Greenpeace said Monday that switching to renewable energy sources could create 8.5 million jobs by 2030 if governments turn their backs on "dirty and dangerous" fossil fuels.
"Investing in people, rather than dirty and dangerous fossil fuels not only boosts global economic development but stems catastrophic climate change," Greenpeace said in a new report unveiled in Berlin.
"The sustainable future of the planet is rooted in the investment in people and local communities who can install and maintain renewable energy sources," it said.
Currently around 2 million people are employed in the renewables sector.
Greenpeace said that the global market for renewable energy sources such as solar or wind power could be worth more than $600 billion by 2030, a six-fold increase from now.
The forecasts are based on a scenario of carbon dioxide emissions being cut by more than 80% by 2050 from 1990 levels, and 95% of the world's electricity needs being produced by renewables compared with around 18% at present.
Sven Teske, Greenpeace's senior energy expert and co-author of the new report, told AFP that this scenario was "ambitious" and that major polluters haven't set such long-term targets.
The European Union has pledged to cut its emissions by 20% by 2020 from 1990 levels while President Barack Obama wants U.S. emissions to be cut "in the range of 17%" by 2020 compared with 2005 levels.
China, the world's biggest emitter, has pledged to reduce its carbon intensity--the measure of greenhouse-gas emissions per unit of gross domestic product--by 40-45% by 2020 based on 2005 levels.
A summit in Copenhagen in December failed to result in an across-the-board target for cutting emissions, and the U.S. climate negotiator said last month it was politically unrealistic to try to agree global targets.
The report, "Energy [R]evolution: A Sustainable World Energy Outlook", the third edition, provides a "detailed practical blueprint for cutting carbon emissions while achieving economic growth by replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy and energy efficiency," Greenpeace said.
PVC King wrote:
One suspects the oil companies will one would assume be the main innovators in the clean technology sector; tax breaks would be good.