In all the spin from fossil fuels and nuclear industries, it is easy to start believing that renewable energy can't get us out of the climate change hole. Think again - not only is an Energy [R]evolution happening, it's already underway.
1) Europe DECOMMISSIONED more coal, fuel oil and nuclear capacity than it installed in 2009.
2) Solar energy is now working at night on a commercial scale. A plant in Spain has seven hours of heat storage.
15% to 45% renewables.
4) Price Waterhouse Cooper says Europe and North Africa could run on 100% renewable energy by 2050.
5) Subsidies to fossil fuels worldwide outweigh renewable energy support by a ratio of 12:1.
6) West Virgina could replace all its electrical capacity with just 2% of its geothermal power potential.
7) Solar photovoltaic could account for 5% of global power demand by 2020, and up to 9% by 2030.
8) Iceland's power supply went from 75% imported coal to more than 80% local geothermal and hydro in 30 years.
9) China built (roughly) one windmill an hour in 2009.
10) Our energy needs can be met by 95% renewable energy by 2050.
Want to know more? Read about the Energy [R]evolution and find out more amazing facts about renewable energy.
Got more facts that should be in our list? Add them below in comments!
Juliette is a Digital Mobilisation Specialist at Greenpeace International. She likes chocolate, narwhals, and is slightly obsessed with the Arctic.
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Everything Is Energy
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Everything Is Energy
....it is a mere question of time when men will succeed in attaching their machinery to the very wheelwork of nature." -Tesla
15 February, 2011 at 21:03
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WOOO there is hope
but greenpeace sucks ass
15 June, 2011 at 11:15
YOU PPLZ ARE ALL TREE HUGGERS!!!!!
11 October, 2011 at 18:49
thats not good enough
20 March, 2012 at 20:08
humans have energy and energy is POWER!
2 May, 2013 at 10:19
(Unregistered) fedup with greens
wind does not blow all the time sun does not shine at night so who is going to build a back up generator e.g. power station if no government is goin...
wind does not blow all the time sun does not shine at night so who is going to build a back up generator e.g. power station if no government is going to guarantee a finical return
1 November, 2013 at 19:29
These are rather non-interesting facts I mean they will be surely useful and interesting in about 30 years since humans are much more interested in th...
These are rather non-interesting facts I mean they will be surely useful and interesting in about 30 years since humans are much more interested in things that are happing now or are going to happen very soon.
22 January, 2014 at 6:20
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