With his Clean Power Plan, President Barack Obama is promoting the energy transition in the U.S. and taking the lead—rhetorically, at least—on international climate protection. In doing so, he is taking decisive action primarily against those great perpetrators of harm to the climate, the operators of coal-fired power plants. Although Europe is a long way ahead of the U.S. in the fight against climate change, heads of state and government in this part of the world can learn a thing or two from the way in which Obama has taken this step—with boldness and determination in the battle against CO2 emissions, even in the face of resistance.
Australia has a target to source 20 per cent of our electricity from renewable sources by the year 2020. The Renewable Energy Target (RET) was developed to drive the deployment of at least 41,000 GWh of renewable electricity by 2020 to meet the 20 per cent target.
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Poland is probably one of the last EU countries just starting to explore PV. The hours of sunshine are very similar to Germany and with its size of 312,679 km2, and population of 38,000,000 people, the country’s potential is huge.
Councils are committing to sustainable practices and renewable energy amidst the current Government’s intention to dismantle the Renewable Energy Target. They have implemented innovative renewable energy projects to reduce electricity bills and pass the financial, and environmental rewards back to the taxpayers in their communities.
Germany has drawn a lot of international attention for its aim to switch to a renewable energy economy and leave nuclear and fossil energy behind. A lot of the international reporting about the German Energy Transition, or Energiewende, has, however, been misleading — for instance, when it comes to the role of coal power, energy price trends, and carbon emissions.
How can we succeed in providing the growing world population with access to clean and affordable energy, thus offering a chance of economic development?
Raymond Carlsen, Chief Executive Officer of the international solar project developer Scatec Solar, has been a manager in the energy industry for more than 20 years and has traveled the world. “Access to energy is a prerequisite for prosperity. Almost everything we do in the modern world requires energy, especially the running of a company and the creation of jobs. This is a mammoth task,”said Carlsen a native of Norway and hits right at the heart of the challenge – globally, 1.3 billion people still do not have access to energy – and thus have very little chance of improving their standard of living.
The Australian Federal Government is conducting a review of the Renewable Energy Target (RET), with a particular focus on the level of the target and its impact on electricity prices. This presents a real risk to the industry and warrants a concerted effort to defend the policy at the heart of the clean energy sector.