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Renewables Supply 56% of Denmark’s Domestic Electricity

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1The numbers fluctuate. At 10:19 AM Pacific Time, on December 13, wind turbines fed 434 MW into the grid.  There have been days when they produced 140% of the nation’s need. Then there is solar energy and biomass. According to the Danish Energy Agency, renewables supply 56% of Denmark’s Domestic electricity consumption.

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2016 Global Sustainable Competitiveness Index Ranks Europe Foremost

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Though China and the United States lead the world when it comes to gross domestic output (GDP), the sustainable competitiveness model  uses another standard. SolAbility defines this on its’ website, “Sustainable competitiveness is the ability of a country to meet the needs and basic requirements of current generations while sustaining or growing the national and individual wealth into the future without depleting its natural, intellectual and social capital.”  The focus is not corporate wealth or political clout, but “dignifying standard of life for all citizens.” Thus the 2016 Global Sustainable Competitiveness Index ranks Europe Foremost.

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A People’s Candidate Vs Corporate Greed

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMA new Hampshire poll raises the possibility of Senator Bernie Sanders going up against self made billionaire Donald Trump in the 2016 US election. Sanders has been called a socialist, a liberal and so far has been #2 among Democratic hopefuls. Now a democratic poll finds Sanders trumps Clinton, 46% to 30%. If that trend continues, the 2016 US election may be remembered as a people’s candidate vs corporate greed.

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All You Need Is A Bicycle

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Mads Phikamphon, editor of the Danish website icebike.org, lives in Copenhagen and, as you will read in the following Q&A, doesn’t think most people need a car. He says, “You can get around much faster by bike and if you need to bring your children or something heavy you can use a cargo bike.” All you need is a bicycle.

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European Polls Consistently Support Renewables

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The latest public attitude tracker released by the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Changed showed that 75% of the population support the use of renewables. Only 4% oppose them. The Government survey did not contain specific questions about biomass, utility scale solar farms, and all onshore wind farms – all of whose subsidies were recently slashed. So Good Energy hired its own pollsters. They found that 4% of the British public are opposed to solar farms and 8% to onshore wind projects. This appears to be a pattern, from the continent whose population is most exposed to wind and solar energy. European polls consistently support renewables.

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Renewables Supplied 32.9% of the EU’s Electricity

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Aside from the cold winter of 2012, Europe’s electric consumption has been declining the past five years. A combination of milder winters, advances in  energy efficiency and some industry  relocations have brought the numbers down. It is against this background that the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) point to the marked growth of  wind and solar energy. According to their report Electricity in Europe 2014, renewables supplied 32.9% of the EU’s electricity.

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The EV Tipping Point Will Arrive Quickly

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Though the Netherland’s EV sales are picking up, Fastned’s co- founder & CEO Michiel Langezaal does think they will reach  the national goal of 200,000 electric cars on the road by 2020. According to Michiel this number includes not only fully electric cars, but also the Hybrids.There are still parts of the country that are beyond the reach of EVs with a 100 kilometers per charge range. Around 85% of the population do not have their own parking spaces.  Yet Fastned’s co- founder & CEO Michiel Langezaal says the EV tipping point will arrive quickly.
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The German Renewables Awards for Wind Energy

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The official photo above captures a little of the spirit that pervaded Hamburg’s historic Fish Auction Hall. It was more like a party than a ceremony. The atmosphere could be summed up in three words: fine, wine and conversation. This was where the German Renewables Awards for Wind Energy were announced.

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The Storage Necessity Myth: A Review

By Roy L Hales

In the video “the Storage Necessity Myth,” Amory Lovins tackles one of the most commonly held beliefs of the green industry. While “a breakthrough in cheap bulk storage of electricity would be helpful,” he contends it is not necessary. Is storage necessity a myth?

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Why Denmark is not a Good Model for Wind Energy Production

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMWhen I first visited Denmark’s real time energy site, the wind turbines seemed to be producing +90% of the nation’s need. That’s an overly simplistic explanation. Yesterday George Taylor, executive director of Palmetto Energy Research, explained it in a way that made it obvious that though this system works for Denmark, it is misleading to portray it as an illustration of what is possible with today’s wind technology.
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