Posts Tagged ‘Energy’

The South African Government’s Department of Energy, announced the Preferred Bidders for Round 2 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP) on 21 May 2012. Out of the 79 proposals submitted in Round 2, with a total capacity of 3.2 GW, the Department of Energy selected 19 Preferred Bidders, totalling 1,043.9 MW of […]


In the graphs below, I compare new renewable energy capacity with new conventional energy capacity for selected countries. The data comes from the EIA and is shown in GW for each year between 1980 and 2006. New renewable capacity (excluding conventional hydro) is shown in blue and new conventional capacity (including conventional hydro) is shown […]


An excellent study, by Dr. Tao Wang and Dr. Jim Watson of the Tyndall Research Centre, looks at the development paths necessary to substantially reduce China’s greenhouse gas emissions over the long-term. The study is a culmination of three years of research and it is probably the most thoughtful and comprehensive study of its kind […]


This post continues some of the reflections on the potential for nuclear to play a role in the supply of low carbon energy. Here we are considering the adequacy of uranium supplies. Let’s start with estimates of global uranium reserves… According to the Nuclear Energy Agency’s Red Book, there is 5.5 million tones of conventional […]


Picking up on a previous post (can we supply low carbon energy to 9 billion people) which highlighted the potential importance of next generation nuclear power if we are to meet the world’s energy needs with low carbon energy sources, I wanted to take a closer look at the practicalities and the realities of nuclear […]


For some time I’ve been thinking about the question – how will we deliver low carbon energy to the 9 billion people that will be living on this planet in 2050? I mean, that’s the crux of addressing global climate change isn’t it? I’ve been astonished at how difficult it is to navigate through all […]


In January 2008, the European Commission tabled a new Directive on renewable energy, which is intended to replace the existing measures adopted in 2001. EU Governments reached agreement on the proposed text on 9 December 2009, and the European Parliament adopted the Directive on 17 December 2009. The Directive requires EU Governments to increase the […]