Tag Archives: renewables

China’s Wind Power: Renewable Revolution or Just Hot Air?

All too common a sight in China, 20,000 MW of wind turbines stand idle despite persistent 35 mph winds. Installations at Jiu Quan, one of six Chinese wind power megaprojects, are estimated to have cost US$17.5 billion alone. Yet despite these massive financial outlays, technology, infrastructure, and planning roadblocks are hamstringing China’s renewables revolution. As … Continue Reading ››

Three Reasons the Energy Transition Is a Bumpy Ride

The energy world is changing fast. Investments in renewable energy are outpacing investments in traditional energy. But both traditional power providers and startups are struggling to find viable business models for an industry in transition. Among the first to feel the sweeping changes in the energy sector were utilities in developed countries that have a high share of … Continue Reading ››

Tilting the emissions scale: How Brazil’s INDC for emissions reduction may become irrelevant

  Despite an 18 percent reduction in deforestation, Brazil was unable to significantly reduce its absolute greenhouse gas emissions in 2014. A forward-thinking plan for cutting emissions from the country’s rapidly growing power sector, which are poised to surpass emissions from deforestation, is essential if the pledge in Brazil’s Intended Nationally Determined ContributionContinue Reading ››

A Justified Juncture: How Renewables are Redefining Jamaican Energy Economics (Part 4)

Never before has the opportunity to go green in the energy sector been as appealing and accessible as in the Caribbean. This four-part blog series documents the paradigm shift currently under way in the region, where the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Jamaica present moving case studies on the momentum that is building … Continue Reading ››

Effortless Energy Economics: How Domestic Renewables can Energize the Caribbean (Part 1)

Never before has the opportunity to go green in the energy sector been as appealing and accessible as in the Caribbean. This four-part blog series documents the paradigm shift currently under way in the region, where the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Jamaica present moving case studies on the momentum that is building … Continue Reading ››

Financing Climate-Conscious Investments in Latin America, Post-Lima

Following the conclusion of the United Nations climate negotiations in Lima, Peru, last December, a busy schedule of breakout sessions has begun for Latin American business and political leaders in early 2015. Building on the Lima Call for Climate Action, these summits have the important objective of creating functional and market-based mechanisms to achieve … Continue Reading ››

Providing 100% Clean Electricity Through the Spread of Renewables

On November 13, 2014, the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), held the panel event “Renewable Energy at Scale in the U.S. and Europe: Lessons Learned and Best Practices,” in collaboration with the Transatlantic Climate Bridge and hosted by the German Embassy in Washington, D.C. The discussion continued the dialogue from an … Continue Reading ››

Scaling Up Renewables in Europe and the United States

How can the United States and Europe keep growing clean power at large scales? On November 13, 2014, the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) held the panel event “Renewable Energy at Scale in the U.S. and Europe: Lessons Learned and Best Practices,” in collaboration with the Transatlantic Climate Bridge and hosted by … Continue Reading ››

Rise and Shine: Haiti’s Bright Energy Future

This article was originally printed in Haiti Libre,  a Haitian news outlet that aims to catalyze  the debate of ideas, promote the expression of critical thinking, and initiate a participatory process. There is hardly a place on Earth where the advantages of domestic renewable power are as evident as in Haiti. Today, the country’s electricity system relies … Continue Reading ››