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More than half new power in U.S., EU is green: study


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May 14, 2009
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This is the First even moderately encouraging sign I've seen something can be done about AGW.
However, even at current global emission rates it's probably already too late to stop it's more dire effects.
And despite the good looking numbers for China, they open a new unchecked coal-fired plant every two weeks.

More than half new power in U.S., EU is green: study: Scientific American
Reuters via Sciam // 7/15/10

LONDON - More than half of all new electricity capacity added in the United States and Europe last year was from renewable power such as wind and solar, a body backed by the International Energy Agency and the UN reported.

Last year was also a record year for the amount of new green power added to the grid, partly a result of shifting deployment and manufacture to emerging economies including Brazil, India and China, from flagging developed countries.

"In 2009, China produced 40% of the world's solar PV supply, 30% of the world's wind turbines, up from 10% in 2007," REN21, or the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century, said in a report on Thursday.

REN21, launched in 2005, is supported by the International Energy Agency (IEA), which advises 28 industrialized countries -- and by the United Nations Environment Programme.

Of an extra 80 gigawatts (GW) of new renewable power capacity added worldwide, China added 37 GW, more than any other country, said the study, titled "Renewables 2010, Global Status Report."[.....]
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