A Danish clean energy company and its technical partners have financed and installed renewable energy technologies providing 70 percent of the power on the Azores island of Graciosa. Green energy penetration on the North Atlantic island will mean diesel savings of two million euros per year, says HowardScott, the company behind the project. The installations consist of a multi-megawatt wind park, a solar park and a battery energy storage system – making Graciosa the most intelligent energy island on the planet. And a new project on the island, which has a population of 4,780, could see its energy become greener still. “The island needs its own grid because it is so far from the mainland. We have a new project [for Graciosa] – we want to bring battery-run cars to the island and run them from the grid. The island would then be 100 percent green,” HowardScott communications chief Sarah Dubord-Gagnon told The Local. The installations consist of a 4.5 MW wind … [Read more...] about Danish clean energy firm helps island to run on 70 percent green power
WWE superstar CM Punk could make his UFC return with a fight against the original green Power Ranger.The MMA fan quit professional wrestling to pursue his dream of being a legitimate martial artist and he was handed a huge chance by UFC boss Dana White.Punk – real name Phil Brooks – brought mainstream and cross-over attention to the UFC and was the subject of a documentary leading up to his octagon bow.But he was demolished in the first round of his grand unveiling by young grappler Mickey Gall who forced the 38-year-old to tap.Punk has disappeared since his embarrassing cage debut but he has a real life superhero ready and waiting to fight him as the UFC plan his return.Jason David Frank played Tommy Oliver - the green Power Ranger - in the original line-up of the hit kids show Mighty Morphin Power Rangers between 1993-1995.Frank also starred in two spin-off films of the show, switching to become the Red Turbo Ranger for the 1997 blockbuster Turbo: A Power Rangers … [Read more...] about WWE hero CM Punk offered second UFC fight against green Power Ranger and karate black belt Jason David Frank
In Germany there is much discussion around renewable energies and cost. Fans of conventional energy sources hope to slow the rapid expansion of wind and solar power since, they say, the cost of renewable energies is too high. The forum Green Budget Germany (FÖS) has now put forward a comprehensive study that compared all power technologies in Germany, including all known costs. Germany's energy cooperative Greenpeace Energy had commissioned the study. Things considered were overall expenses, as well as "other effects from using conventional energies including costly consequences - for example, environmental and climate damage," said study leader Swantje Küchler from FÖS. In the case of nuclear power, the damages after a possible nuclear accident were also taken into account. So far, the risks for large accidents worldwide have been carried by the general public, as power plant operators usually don't have the appropriate liability insurance. Most bang for your buck … [Read more...] about Green power takes on fossil fuels
The sleepy atmosphere of Tuebingen's historical center, where picturesque half-timbered houses line cobblestones streets and punt boats glide slowly downstream, belies the town's pioneering spirit. Tuebingen has set itself the goal of reducing green house gas emissions by 10 percent by 2010, and by 70 percent by 2020. The climate protection campaign, called "Tuebingen is going blue" is the brainchild of Mayor Boris Palmer, a member of the Greens, who said that almost every decision made during an average day has an effect on the climate. And he does mean everything: from how you choose to travel to work, to whether you prefer to take a shower or a bath, to whether or not you eat meat. "It all has implications for the climate," he said, "And we ask people to consider what they are doing and to act to save the climate." Going blue to be green A play on the German expression of skipping out on work or school that literally translates to "going blue," the "Tuebingen is going … [Read more...] about Tuebingen uses blue campaign to go green
German Economics Minister Rainer Brüderle recently warned that Germany faces frequent power blackouts because too much 'green electricity' is being pumped onto the grid. While this is a problem all four of Germany's major electricity network operators have to deal with one time or another, Belgian-Australian company 50Hertz Transmission is particularly hard hit. It took over the monitoring and protection of the eastern German energy grid - which is home to more than 8,000 wind turbines - from Swedish company Vattenfall last year, and faces the threat of power outages much more often than its counterparts. The situation tends to be particularly critical on public holidays, 50Hertz systems control and security chief Hans-Peter Erbring told Deutsche Welle. That's when residents and companies based in eastern Germany use significantly less electricity than usual - but the wind, of course, often blows regardless. In extreme cases, wind turbines and conventional power plants in … [Read more...] about Wind energy surplus threatens eastern German power grid
High above the dark water of the Otra River, Roald Tjorteland looks over the dam and turbines of the Nomeland power station. "Today, 98 percent of electrical energy in our country comes from dams," he said, adding that Norway's reliance on hydroelectric power meant money was no object when it came to erecting the plant's stone and concrete walls. "Water means a lot to us Norwegians." Built in 1920, the power plant's technology seems outdated to some, but its supporters, like Tjorteland, say the technology it uses has proven its value by running for nearly 90 years. "The annual output is about 170 gigawatt hours," he said. "That's enough to power 15,000 households." Abundant hydroelectric power Norwegian hydroelectric turbines could deliver power to Germany... The Agder Energi company, for which Tjorteland works, runs dozens of hydroelectric plants in Norway and has said it believes more of the power plants could be built in the country. Smaller plants could be built in … [Read more...] about Norway to invest in delivering green power to Germany
2015 was a record-breaking year for renewable energy: Germany currently covers close to a third of its electricity needs with renewables, while Denmark is edging up on two-thirds. In both countries, investments by ordinary citizens, farmers, and publically owned utilities have played a major role in developing green power. In Germany, "citizens' energy" accounts for around half of renewable power capacity. In Denmark, that figure is 80 percent. Both countries have used a system of feed-in tariffs to guarantee income to any entity generating renewable power. "The government provided incentives for people to get involved, and they jumped onboard," said researcher Diana Süsser on the development of renewables in Germany. "People realized they could be not just consumers of energy, but also actors in the energy transition." Süsser, a volunteer with Greenpeace, says this has been particularly true of areas in the north of Germany where communities got involved early, and … [Read more...] about Citizen wind power for a global energy transition?
Germany's renewable energies levy, which is slapped on market prices for electricity, will have to be increased by 47 percent in 2013, according to calculations released by national grid operators Amprion, 50Hertz, Tennet and TransnetBW. Additional costs for green power would rise from 3.6 cents per kilowatt-hour this year to 5.27 cents next year, the grid operators said Monday. The four utilities attributed the rise to the boom in solar energy and mounting construction costs. Under Germany's renewable energies law (EEG), investors in green electricity production enjoy generous state subsidies for up to 20 years, as part of a government effort to boost renewable sources of energy from the current 25 percent to 40 percent within the next decade. However, the energy strategy has led to rising energy bills in Germany, as subsidies are financed through a special levy. The rise in 2013 is expected to increase energy costs for a three-person household by about 60 euros ($77.4) for the … [Read more...] about German green electricity levy almost doubles
At the G8 summit at the Baltic Sea resort of Heiligendamm this past June, German Chancellor Angela Merkel put measures for reducing CO2 emissions at the top of the agenda. The heads of government of the largest industrialized countries agreed to reduce their CO2 emissions to help fight global warming, but for many people in society, that is not enough. Many Germans, too, think they should be taking action in their own daily lives and since the beginning of this year, more than three million of them have changed their electricity provider. The four big energy companies RWE, Vattenfall, EN-BW and E-On are the biggest losers in this development. Customers are neither happy with their prices, nor with the source of energy these companies use. Going green German Chancellor Angela Merkel had climate change on her agenda as EU president Since the liberalization of the German energy sector in 1998, the Green party has encouraged people to switch to more ecologically oriented … [Read more...] about More German Consumers Switching to Green Power
What if Germany's soccer league was suddenly flipped on its head, putting a tiny club at the top of the table and relegating a giant to bottom? A David versus Goliath story in the fight for glory and gold that sounds too good to be true. But it happened. The nongovernmental organization Environmental Action Germany (DUH) recently crowned second league Union Berlin the German champion, while putting first division Borussia Dortmund (BVB) in the relegation zone. It might sound strange - but then again, we're not, in strict terms, talking about football; but rather about which team scores biggest for the environment. "The mountains of trash after a soccer match are vast," Thomas Fischer of the DUH told DW. Citing a report based on a survey that clubs answered voluntarily, he said fans use around 4 million cups. Many of which end up not in bins, but scattered about the countryside. Joy and suffering But what do David and Goliath make of the DUH's study? Well, it was relatively easy to … [Read more...] about How green is your soccer match beer cup?