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IEA: Renewable generation capacity expected to climb by 1,200GW in next five years

first_imgIEA: Renewable generation capacity expected to climb by 1,200GW in next five years FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:Global supplies of renewable electricity are growing faster than expected and could expand by 50% in the next five years, powered by a resurgence in solar energy.The International Energy Agency (IEA) found that solar, wind and hydropower projects are rolling out at their fastest rate in four years. Its latest report predicts that by 2024 a new dawn for cheap solar power could see the world’s solar capacity grow by 600GW, almost double the installed total electricity capacity of Japan. Overall, renewable electricity is expected to grow by 1,200GW in the next five years, the equivalent of the total electricity capacity of the US.“This is a pivotal time for renewable energy,” said the IEA’s executive director, Fatih Birol. “Technologies such as solar photovoltaics (PV) and wind are at the heart of transformations taking place across the global energy system. Their increasing deployment is crucial for efforts to tackle greenhouse gas emissions, reduce air pollution, and expand energy access.”The Guardian reported earlier this month that a renewable energy revolution could end the world’s rising demand for oil and coal in the 2020s, decades ahead of forecasts from oil and mining companies.Renewable energy sources make up 26% of the world’s electricity today, but according to the IEA its share is expected to reach 30% by 2024. The resurgence follows a global slowdown last year, due to falling technology costs and rising environmental concerns. However, Birol warned that the role of renewables in the global energy system would need to grow even faster if the world hopes to meet its climate targets.The IEA expects solar energy to play the biggest role in jumpstarting fresh growth in global renewable energy because falling costs are already below retail electricity prices in most countries. The cost of solar power is expected to decline by a further 15% to 35% by 2024, spurring further growth over the second half of the decade.More: Renewable energy to expand by 50% in next five years – reportlast_img read more

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Vineyard Wind Wins Offshore Connecticut

first_imgThe Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has selected Vineyard Wind to advance to contract negotiations for its 804MW Park City Wind project as part of the state’s Request for Proposals (RFP).The Park City Wind project will now enter into contract negotiations with the state’s two electric utilities, The United Illuminating Company and Eversource Energy, for a contract with a 20-year term.The resulting contracts will be subject to review and approval by the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA).According to DEEP, Park City Wind is offered at a price lower than any other publicly announced offshore wind project in North America.It also includes an estimated USD 890 million in direct economic development, including Bridgeport Harbor and the local supply chain. Vineyard Wind estimates 2,800 direct full-time employment years will be created in Connecticut through the project.The selection of the project, which will provide the equivalent of 14% of the state’s electricity supply, is said to represent the largest purchase of renewable energy in Connecticut’s history.“Vineyard Wind is proud that our Park City Wind proposal was selected in this competitive process and we are excited to work with Governor Lamont and DEEP to deliver jobs and economic development opportunities to the Bridgeport region and meaningful reductions in harmful carbon emissions,” said Lars Pedersen, CEO of Vineyard Wind.“We look forward to building on the work already underway with a network of project partners, local officials, the maritime community, other developers, and all stakeholders involved to make Connecticut a hub for the offshore wind industry in the United States for decades to come.”To remind, DEEP launched the RFP for up to 2,000MW of offshore wind power in August, which represents the U.S. state’s first solicitation dedicated specifically to offshore wind development.Vineyard Wind revealed shortly after that it had submitted a proposal that comprises a set of bids, including a required 400MW plan and options to develop projects that will generate 800MW, 1,000MW and 1,200MW of offshore wind capacity.The joint venture of Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) and Avangrid Renewables proposes to construct the project in one of its two federally designated lease areas located south of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket on the east coast.last_img read more

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Advocate against abuse, former quarterback warns public to await facts regarding Fine allegations

first_img Published on November 21, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: mcooperj@syr.edu | @mark_cooperjr Comments Don McPherson got to know Bernie Fine well as a member of the Syracuse athletics family. But McPherson, the former SU quarterback who has spent more than 20 years speaking out against social issues such as sexual abuse, said his thoughts are a little jaded.  McPherson said his viewpoint is clouded by the fact that he is familiar with the issues being brought up. ‘It’s not a matter of being surprised, it’s a matter of being saddened by it. … This isn’t a normal case because it’s Bernie Fine, and it’s attached to a major national media story,’ McPherson said. McPherson played for Syracuse from 1983-87, starting at quarterback for the Orangemen in his final three seasons. In 1987, he won the Maxwell Award as the college football player of the year and finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text In his post-football career, McPherson has devoted himself to help boost awareness on critical social issues. He said he’s been traveling the country during the past couple of weeks since the news broke about Pennsylvania State University’s child sex abuse case.  After the Penn State scandal, McPherson said he isn’t shocked, but he’s withholding judgment on the case. He said people should be careful to listen for facts and not speculation.  He knows Fine, but said Bobby Davis and Mike Lang, the two former ball boys making the molestation accusations against Fine should be heard, respected and trusted because they have made serious claims. ‘Unfortunately, now Bernie’s name is going to forever be linked to a sex abuse accusation,’ McPherson said. ‘And again, if he’s innocent of that, it’s a tragedy. And if he’s guilty of that, it’s a bigger tragedy. So there’s nothing good out of this story.’ Like with Penn State, McPherson said the general public only looks into these uncomfortable issues when they come up against other things that it cares about. Child sexual abuse is an issue that is always around, but the conversations are happening more because it’s affecting sports. McPherson said conversations about preventing child sex abuse have to continue after these events go away to stop them from happening. ‘They become news stories and they survive a news cycle and then we tend not to have the real hard conversations, the difficult conversations that lead toward prevention,’ McPherson said. ‘And that’s, unfortunately as long as we’re talking about Penn State University and Syracuse University as the stories behind this behavior, and not sexual abuse and why it happens and how we can recognize it, how we can help kids. ‘As long as we talk about Jerry Sandusky as a monster and not as a human being who we need to really understand and help other people understand how to protect themselves, then it’s going to continue to happen.’ mcooperj@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more