Renewable Energy Generates Billions for Rural America

A report published last week by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), an investment research arm of Bloomberg news service, highlights a principle that 25x’25 has been preaching since its origins in 2004: Renewable energy offers farmers, ranchers, forestland owners and rural communities huge income opportunities. Focusing principally on wind energy, the BNEF analysis says more than $100 billion has been invested by companies in low-income counties, where some 70 percent of the nation’s wind farms are located. Alex Morgan, North American wind energy analyst at BNEF, says that by 2030,…

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Renewable Energy Makes Inroads Globally, Off-Grid Grows in Africa

5 October 2016: Several recent reports released from international organizations and multilateral agencies highlight the important progress renewable energy is making, as it expands its reach in developing countries and worldwide. The advances reported in these publications are a key component of implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, especially Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 (Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all) and SDG 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts). Recent reports address the growth of renewables, which is linked to…

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German cities introduce ‘The Fourth Industrial Revolution’

Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein in Germany have embarked upon a project to achieve a fully sustainable energy supply after hitting 2025’s renewable energy targets nine years early. The Northern German cities, with a combined population of 4.5 million people, have already achieved Germany’s ambitious targets of obtaining 40 per cent of their energy from renewables on an annual basis. Both cities now aim to hit 70 per cent renewables by 2025 and 100 per cent by 2035, using the “NEW 4.0” project initiative to do so. According to the report, “NEW…

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EU-Africa research cooperation to improve energy access in Africa

Energy in Africa is a rarer commodity than in the developed world, with 15% of the world’s population lives on the African continent, yet they represent only 3% of global electricity consumption. Electricity consumption per capita in sub-Saharan Africa is, on average, less than that needed to power a 50-watt light bulb continuously. The 48 sub-Saharan countries have a combined installed generation base of only 68gW, according to the African Development Bank Group. This is roughly equal to the generation capacity of Spain, a country that has a population of…

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How businesses will help governments hit climate targets

The transition to a low-carbon economy is inevitable, and smart businesses recognize the opportunity it presents. As governments solidify their commitment to the Paris Agreement at the official signing ceremony this week, businesses are already ensuring that the promises are transformed into actions. Influential global companies have begun their own transition toward net-zero emissions, by using renewable energy, deploying innovative low-carbon technologies, sustainably sourcing resources and more. Their initiatives are part of the global shift that has opened the floodgates to larger-scale opportunities that exist to combat climate change and…

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