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“Blue” Energy! Have the Dutch Come Up With a Truly Environmentally Friendly Renewable Energy?

Dutch researchers to produce electricity from ‘blue energy’ Dutch researchers are trying to popularize a new renewable energy source called “blue energy”. On Wednesday, REDstack BV, the Dutch company which supervises the project, opened a test facility in order to popularize blue energy and pave the way for the construction of blue energy plants in […]

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UK: Renewable Lobby Group “influenced wind farm noise report”

Gordon Rayner — The Telegraph (UK) — December 2, 2013 Internal energy department emails released following a freedom of information request show the lobby group RenewableUK met ministry officials and assured that their input was “reflected in guidance” The lobby group for the turbine industry was able to influence the wording of a report produced […]

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Germany Sends Clear Signal that it will Slam the Brakes on Renewables

Industry and Jobs are more important From No Tricks Zone: P. Gosselin — October 26, 2013 A major part of Germany’s SPD socialist party, which is Germany’s second largest party behind Angela Merkel’s CDU conservative party, is coming to its economic and social senses on the issues climate change and renewable energy. The threat of […]

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How Renewable Portfolio Standards Can Subvert Your Economy

Sally Kaye — Huffington Post — September 10, 2013 A strange thing happened on our way to a “clean energy” future in the U.S.: we’ve been hijacked by private developers whose primary interest is cashing in on state and federal subsidies and the guaranteed payback of a hefty return on investment, spawned by each state’s […]

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Ontario: Economic Impact of Renewable Energy Initiative

Dianne Saxe — Mondaq — August 23, 2013 A new Sustainable Energy Initiative paper from York’s Faculty of Environmental Studies has been released, on the economic impact of renewable energy initiatives like the Green Energy Act. The paper is available here. It concludes: “the province was very late in establishing a coherent strategy for the development of the renewable […]

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Europe’s Renewable Energy: The Law of Unintended Consequences

“If there is a message to be gotten across to Joe Public it’s this: there’s no such thing as ‘free’ solar, wind or any other ‘clean energy’ source. Someone, somewhere always has to pay for them. And they will always cost far more than hydrocarbons – don’t believe the green hype believe the physics – […]

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U.S. — Renewable Energy Subsidies Compared to Actual Electricity Generation

This chart is for the U.S., but it is fairly indicative of renewable energy subsidies world-wide being completely out of whack with the amount of return for our money.  In Canada, other forms of electricity generation get twelve times the subsidies that renewables get, however, renewables account for less than 5% of our total power. […]

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Ontario’s Misguided Reliance on Renewable ‘Green’ Energy

Letters to the Editor — The Chronicle Journal — July 13, 2013 Ontario’s misguided reliance on renwable ‘green’ energy Saturday, July 13, 2013 Re Move to More Renewable Energy Will Save Lives — Viewpoint, July 6: The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) congratulates the Ontario government for committing to add 900 megawatts of […]

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Renewable Energy Standard is Unachievable

The Coloradoan — July 7, 2013 A few basic facts are in order: Both wind energy and solar energy are intermittent and unreliable, typically producing power less than 30 percent of the time. As a result, both must be backed up by hydroelectric or natural-gas power plants, which continuously change power levels to compensate for […]

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Ontario PC Caucus Renewable Energy Symposium

July 30, 2013 Albany Club, 91 King St. E., Toronto, ON 9:00 A.M. Light continental breakfast starting at 8:15 Industry Experts, Keynote Speaker, Roundtable Sessions For Inquiries, or to RSVP, contact Lisa Thompson, MPP atlisa.thompson@pc.ola.org or 416-325-3467  

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Renewable Energy’s Reversal of Fortune

Marita Noon — Townhall Finance.com — June 2, 2013 I met Monica in a store where she works. When she found out that I write on energy issues, she told me her story. Her electric bills run as high as $7-800 a month in the summer for a 1600-square-foot home. “I work for the electric […]

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European Lessons on Renewable Energy Subsidies — What NOT to do!

Todd Wynn and John Eick — American Legislator — May 30, 2013 Considering how important and ubiquitous energy is for virtually all of life’s activities, it should come as no surprise that energy policy often dominates the agendas in legislative chambers in each of the fifty states and on Capitol Hill.  Historically, most of the […]

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Germany to Cut Renewable Energy Support to lower consumer electricity bills

Plans are to build more coal and gas plants Martin Lynch (European News Editor) — May 8, 2013 — Industrial Info Resources Germany, one of Europe’s strongest supporters of green energy, is facing an overhaul of its renewable energy act that will see subsidies for renewable energy projects cut and more gas-fired power plants constructed. […]

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Romania plans to cut support for renewable energy

Luiza Ille — Reuters — March 29, 2013  Romania’s government will cut its support scheme for wind, solar and small hydro renewable energy projects to avoid overcompensating investors, energy regulator ANRE said on Friday. Elsewhere in the European Union, countries such as Germany, Britain and Spain have either cut or plan to reduce incentives for renewable […]

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Renewable Energy’s Hidden Costs?

Barry Brook — The Energy Collective — March 23, 2013 A recent Bloomberg press release got wide coverage with its claim that wind power is now cheaper than coal. But a new report from the OECD shows that when you cover the full cost to the grid, variable renewables like wind don’t add up as favourably. It […]

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