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Test site selection signals progress in Japan

Test site selection signals progress in Japan

JAPAN: Japan looks set to increase pressure on electric power companies to put more sustainable energy on the grid, at the same time as expanding its offshore energy capabilities into ever more ambitious hybrid technologies, following the government's selection of four test sites for wind and ocean-based power.

New German law puts people power to the test

New German law puts people power to the test

GERMANY: Germany's impressive record of wind-power growth has largely been driven by local cooperatives rather than international utilities. But new legislation threatens the future for this hitherto successful ownership model.

Wind gains strength in water shortages

Wind gains strength in water shortages

WORLDWIDE: One of wind energy's most overlooked benefits is that it requires virtually no water to produce electricity. In an increasingly water-constrained world, this quality will only grow in importance.

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Viewpoint: The high cost of the lowest energy prices

WORLDWIDE: We are living in straitened times. The financial crisis and ensuing austerity programmes have raised the status of cost-saving above that of a means to an end: often it has become a virtuous end in itself.

Straight talking: Another country must take on climate leadership

WORLDWIDE: I was back at UN headquarters in New York in June for the first Sustainable Energy for All Forum (SE4ALL), part of UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon's initiative to achieve universal access to modern energy and double the efficiency and renewable-energy penetration in the global energy supply, all by 2030.

Local sourcing - handle with care

One would think the industry would be happy about a country with a 20GW pipeline. However, it's nearly impossible to cover the Brazilian market without mentioning its restrictive local-content requirements.

Straight talking: The terrible cost tomorrow of not doing enough today

If we assume that the course of human civilisation will continue for at least another 1,000 years, then we will eventually arrive at a 100% renewable-energy future.

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