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Renewable energy for the economy engine - Society3

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An economy is like an engine. Nothing that just comes and goes in unpredictable cycles. If the economy is “high” it basically means it fires on all cylinders. If it is low, it runs at low speed, maybe spotty, maybe some get even stuck.

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Organic Social Media's curator insight, January 6, 2014 4:33 PM
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4 Infographics Show How Much Solar Power Is Installed in the U.S. | EcoWatch

4 Infographics Show How Much Solar Power Is Installed in the U.S. | EcoWatch | Offset your carbon footprint | Scoop.it

The record-setting third quarter for U.S. solar energy installations brings the nation’s total to a whopping 10.25 gigawatts (GW).

That’s enough to make the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) predict that the U.S. could finally rise up the ranks to beat Germany in new solar photovoltaic (PV) installations next year. Included in that figure—the country’s second-best quarter—was the residential sector’s record of 186 megawatts (MW) in installations.

 

Just how much is 10.25 GW? SEIA explores that question with a few infographics...


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Energy sources have changed throughout the history of the United States (1776-2012)

Energy sources have changed throughout the history of the United States (1776-2012) | Offset your carbon footprint | Scoop.it
Energy Information Administration - EIA - Official Energy Statistics from the U.S. Government

 

Energy consumption patterns have changed significantly over the history of the United States as new energy sources have been developed and as uses of energy changed.

 

A typical American family from the time our country was founded used wood (a renewable energy source) as its primary energy source until the mid- to late-1800s. Early industrial growth was powered by water mills. Coal became dominant in the late 19th century before being overtaken by petroleum products in the middle of the last century, a time when natural gas usage also rose quickly.

 

Since the mid 20th century, use of coal has again increased (mainly as a primary energy source for electric power generation), and a new form of energy—nuclear electric power—emerged. After a pause in the 1970s, the use of petroleum and natural gas resumed growth, and the overall pattern of energy use since the late 20th century has remained fairly stable.

 

While the overall energy history of the United States is one of significant change as new forms of energy were developed, the three major fossil fuels—petroleum, natural gas, and coal, which together provided 87% of total U.S. primary energy over the past decade—have dominated the U.S. fuel mix for well over 100 years. Recent increases in the domestic production of petroleum liquids and natural gas have prompted shifts between the uses of fossil fuels (largely from coal-fired to natural gas-fired power generation), but the predominance of these three energy sources is likely to continue into the future.


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Get ready for a massive renewable energy boom

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Renewables are projected to be the fastest growing source of energy over the next 30 years. And that's a conservative estimate.

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Organic Social Media's curator insight, December 17, 2013 4:10 PM
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Energy Transformation Index: Italia terza nel mondo dopo Svezia e Brasile

Energy Transformation Index: Italia terza nel mondo dopo Svezia e Brasile | Offset your carbon footprint | Scoop.it
L'Energy Transformation Index tiene in considerazione la quota di potenza rinnovabile installata e il valore economico prodotto per kWh. L'Italia ha ottime potenzialità se solo sapesse sfruttarle
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Norway Investments in Renewable Energy 'Could Change the World'

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Brandon Baker With more than $750 billion of holdings in its sovereign wealth fund, Norway is on the brink of potentially making renewable energy investments around the world.

Erna Solberg, who will be named Norway’s second female prime minister, has already heard proposals from her government to use sovereign wealth fund money to invest in sustainable companies and projects in developing countries, Climate News Network reported today. Leader of the conservative party, Solberg won the election in September.
She hasn’t publicly discussed the specific companies and projects the country might invest in, but there are already high hopes.
“If Norway actually does this, it will be an unprecedented shift in the global investment community and also for tangible action on climate change,” said Samantha Smith, head of the global climate and energy initiative at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
Financial analysts predict that other nations will follow Norway’s lead and also invest in renewable energy projects. Pension funds in Denmark and the Netherlands already support the renewables sector.

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, October 15, 2013 4:01 PM

At least some countries have positive balances and know very well what to do with the extra money!

Organic Social Media's curator insight, October 18, 2013 9:58 AM

Brandon Baker With more than $750 billion of holdings in its sovereign wealth fund, Norway is on the brink of potentially making renewable energy investments around the world.

António Sousa Correia's curator insight, October 20, 2013 6:11 AM

An example to conscient and wealthy govenments...