Local energy brings greater democracy in Poland

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Poland is clearly far from being a leader on climate action – it still uses coal to generate nearly 90 per cent of its electricity. However, below the doom and gloom headlines there are glimmers of hope that reveal a burgeoning will to join the global transition towards a clean energy future. Indeed, a growing sector of the population is increasingly seeing community energy as a means to a more democratic future.

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November 25, 2014   No Comments

The right answer to alarming climate science: 100 % renewable energy

Mark Jacobsen

 

Back in the 1970s dedicated and resourceful Danes made a choice to take control of their energy, turning their backs on nuclear and embracing a renewable energy by building their own wind turbines. It started a true revolution. Now the country is on its way to power all it’s heat and power with 100% renewable energy in just 20 years from now – and transport too by 2050.

This week, the city of Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital, plays host to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as it finalises its 5th Assessment Report, AR5. Earlier in the year the solutions part of the report already showed that renewable energies are bigger and cheaper than ever and ready to start replacing fossil fuels.

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October 29, 2014   No Comments

David beats Goliath with solar panels

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When Joe Nixon moved with his young family to a small sleepy village in the south-east of England two years ago, little did he know that he was about to be caught up in an energy revolution. Last summer, energy company Cuadrilla came to the village of Balcombe to drill for oil and gas. Protestors from far and wide gathered to show their dissent and the village found itself increasingly divided. So the village did what villages do best: it held a public meeting and decided to turn the negative energy into positive energy. The aim? To build enough community-owned solar power to match the electricity needs of every home in the village.

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October 29, 2014   No Comments