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Cal on April 29th, 2016

Venezuela’s government ordered public workers to work a two-day week as an energy-saving measure in the energy crisis-hit South American country. The nation had already given most of it’s 2.8 million public employees Fridays off during April and May to cut down on electricity consumption. Drought has reduced water levels at Venezuela’s main dam and […]

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Cal on April 23rd, 2016

The International Energy Agency says China has become much less energy intensive as it restructures its economy away from exports and more towards domestic consumption. The country is moving away from traditional heavy industry to high-tech, and high value-added service activities. From 2005 to 2013, China had very energy intensive growth and was around 60% […]

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Cal on April 17th, 2016

In East Africa, Tanzania’s state-owned power utility company has announced plans to export electricity to its neighbouring country, Kenya. The African Development Bank has agreed to finance the $300 million energy project, which would see Tanzania becoming an electricity exporter by 2018. A yet to be built 680 kilometer transmission line would provide Kenya with […]

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Cal on April 16th, 2016

Netherlands politicians have proposed banning the sale of gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles starting in 2025. This would include hybrid vehicles. The lower house of the Dutch parliament recently supported the motion and the cabinet must now come up with a plan to implement the proposal. The motion has yet to pass into law. Over time […]

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Cal on April 12th, 2016

There is increasing discussion of how Saudi Arabia will adjust to a post-oil economy. For now, the main Saudi plan is to create a $2 trillion Sovereign Wealth fund. A “National Transformation Plan” is due to be announced soon that seeks to increase the flow of non-oil revenues from increased taxation and fees on other […]

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Cal on April 11th, 2016

The International Renewable Energy Agency reports global renewable energy generation capacity increased by 152 gigawatts (GW) in 2015, up 8.3% over the previous year. Wind power capacity grew 17% last year, installing 63 GW, while solar capacity increased 37%, with 47 GW installed during the year. Hydropower capacity increased 3%. Over the past 5 years, global […]

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Cal on April 10th, 2016

  China has proposed a $50 trillion global electricity network to be operational by mid-century. The plan envisions linking existing and future solar farms, wind turbines and electricity plants in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas, according to the head of State Grid Corporation of China. The grid would include giant solar farms around the […]

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Cal on April 9th, 2016

The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change reported that more than half of Scotland’s electricity consumption in 2015 came from renewable sources. Hydro, wind and solar provided 58% of the country’s electricity last year. Here is an infographic explaining the difference between electric and hydrogen vehicles. Japan is aiming to have 40,000 hydrogen-powered cars […]

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