renewable energy

Male, Maldives, October 2010: President Nasheed installs solar panels on the Presidential Residence in 2010 - 18 months before the coup which brought his term of office to an end.

Only connect - a renewable energy future for small island states

Zaheer Allam
| 5th September 2014
The future of small island states has to be renewable, says Zaheer Allam. But that's only the first of many choices. It's just as important to develop energy networks that are diverse, resilient, adaptive and flexible - and avoid the centralised, unimodal models that investors and bureaucrats prefer to impose, often at huge long term cost.

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Westmill Solar Park, Oxfordshire, is the world's largest community owned solar installation. Rated at 5MW, it covers 30 acres. Photo: Richard Peat via Flickr.

Green energy co-ops blocked by UK financial regulator

Adam Vaughan
Guardian Environment
| 15th August 2014
The FCA is accused of undermining official policy by refusing new applications for community energy projects with a co-operative structure, writes Adam Vaughan. The key question: what is a bona fide co-op? Is investment alone a valid form of participation?

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Former EPA Administrator Michael Leavitt speaks at an ALEC event sponsored by ExxonMobil, among other dirty energy interests and Fortune 500 companies. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

ALEC - civil society fights back

Ben Whitford
| 28th December 2013
Few groups have done more to further the US conservative agenda - and harm progressive causes - than the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC. But as Ben Whitford reports, civil society is fighting back.

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A commercial solar installation under way in the south of England. Photo: Adrian Arbib / Renewable energy Cooperative - r-eco.coop.

2014 - the UK's year of the sun?

Alex Stevenson
Oliver Tickell
| 20th December 2013
Cuts to feed-in tariffs and hostility to large-scale farms have undermined the UK's solar energy sector. But changes are under way in the heart of government. Could 2014 be the UK's 'year of the sun'?

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Khone-Phapheng Falls. Photo: hiroo yamagata via flikr.com.

The Mekong must run free!

Tom Fawthrop
| 14th December 2013
The Mekong is among Southeast Asia's greatest rivers, sustaining tens of millions from its abundant fisheries and its floodwaters which both irrigate and fertilise. But as Tom Fawthrop reports, Nature's bounty, and beauty, are at risk from a series of 11 dams.

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Masdar City: A Rising Star

Peter Hume
| 8th April 2013
Peter Hume examines plans for a zero-carbon, zero-waste, car free city in Abu Dhabi that will rely entirely on renewable energy sources, and asks whether the concept can become a sustainable reality......

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Ecologist Partners: Triodos Bank

Lisa Stanley
| 3rd September 2012
The UK is at a crossroads at which choices need to be made that will decide where our energy comes from in the future. Recent events are prompting an energy revolution, and many people are now more convinced than ever that a significant part of the UK’s future energy supply has to derive from our own renewable sources.

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Ecologist Partners: Triodos Bank

Lisa Stanley
| 3rd September 2012
The UK is at a crossroads at which choices need to be made that will decide where our energy comes from in the future. Recent events are prompting an energy revolution, and many people are now more convinced than ever that a significant part of the UK’s future energy supply has to derive from our own renewable sources.

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