Unintended Consequences of Renewable Energy – a short review

Energy technologies in the future will need to be based on renewable sources of energy and will, ultimately, need to be sustainable. The Springer book “Unintended Consequences of Renewable Energy” by Otto Andersen provides insight into unintended, negative impacts and how they can be avoided. In order to steer away from the pitfalls and unintended effects, it is essential that the necessary knowledge is available to the developers and decision makers engaged in renewable energy.

Unintended consequences have also been described as “unintended outcomes” due to the implementation of a policy, technology or initiative. This is what this well researched book looks into in terms of the increased uptake of renewable energy. Such consequences can become apparent at a later time in the future or at a different place other than where implemented – which can make it difficult to determine them. “Murphy’s Law” is also thought to play a role in this-  if there is more than one way to do a thing and one of them will end up in disaster, somebody will do it that way. Continue reading “Unintended Consequences of Renewable Energy – a short review”

Climate services and M&E now part of reegle Tagging API

You are probably aware of our free Tagging API which is a reegle service to automatically tag your web resources that deal with clean energy and climate change issues.

In an explosively growing online world, it is critical to make large independent databases more ‘searchable.’ Tagging the information in individual documents makes them much more accessible, but the actual process of tagging documents is both time-consuming and inconsistent when done manually. On top of this, there is often no consistent set of tags to cover a specific field such as clean energy. Continue reading “Climate services and M&E now part of reegle Tagging API”

Experiencing the Asian Clean Energy Forum 2013

This is an article by Laura Williamson, the communications and outreach manager at REN21:

The summer heat that has finally hit Paris!  It is reminiscent of the heat I recently experienced at the Asian Clean Energy Forum (ACEF); one major difference however is that in Manila everything is air-conditioned whereas in Paris you have to determinedly hunt out this “luxury”.

While luxuriating in the cool air at the ACEF, I listened to numerous presentations and spoke with many people about the state of renewables in the Asian region.  A lot is happening.  I spoke with those who work on national energy policies; those who buy and sell equipment; NGO representatives who advocate renewables to provide necessary energy services; engineers who calculate the load bearing capacity of rooftops to support PV panels; and regulators who set feed-in-tariffs and define other fiscal mechanismsContinue reading “Experiencing the Asian Clean Energy Forum 2013”

6 Reasons Why Installing Solar Power Makes Perfect Sense

Today I’d like to share a guest article by Brisbane solar company Infinite Energy Brisbane that highlights why solar energy systems for residential utilization make so much sense: 

Solar power is a relative newcomer in the residential energy industry; so many homeowners are still wary and somewhat uneducated about fueling the home using solar energy. However, solar power technology has been tried and tested by residential and commercial users alike. Every year, more homeowners are discovering a variety of financial and environmental advantages associated with installing solar power.

Here are some of the biggest advantages for homeowners looking to install a solar power system: Continue reading “6 Reasons Why Installing Solar Power Makes Perfect Sense”

IRELP Portal to Facilitate Education and Training in Renewable Energy

In the wake of the financial crisis, global unemployment rates have hit 6% with no improvement projected until after 2016. Recent estimates suggest that the most severely affected are today’s youth, with their global unemployment rate reaching 12.7%. Even the most educated generation in terms of higher degree attainment, the Millennial Generation born between early 1980s and mid-90s, are struggling to secure employment. Continue reading “IRELP Portal to Facilitate Education and Training in Renewable Energy”

World Future Energy Summit and Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week


Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week – a week packed with activity around clean energy

Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, January 13-17, 2013, will be the largest gathering on sustainability in the history of the Middle East. ADSW will provide a platform for leaders to address the business, technology and financial challenges required for sustainable development and consider investments and partnerships that can deliver real world solutions. Several different events are scheduled during this busy  and highly relevant week!

For more information about Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, visit: www.abudhabisustainabilityweek.com


Visit the sixth World Future Energy Summit

World Future Energy Summit 2013 (January 15-17) in Abu Dhabi is the world’s foremost gathering dedicated to promoting sustainable technologies. Celebrating its sixth year in 2013, it is the leading international event for government and industry decision makers committed to finding viable, sustainable solutions to the world’s growing energy challenges. WFES 2013 will be hosted by Masdar and held under the patronage of H.H General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. Continue reading “World Future Energy Summit and Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week”