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Keeping energy costs down after brexit. Infrastructures : un vent de changement dans l'énergie africaine. L'objectif de production d'énergie verte en Afrique pour 2030, 300 GW, est ambitieux.

Infrastructures : un vent de changement dans l'énergie africaine

L'arrivée de nouveaux financements ainsi que le potentiel solaire, éolien et hydraulique du continent rendent ce défi possible. There are more jobs in renewable energy than in oil, gas, and coal combined. A word to the burly coal miners who complained that cutting coal out of our energy mix would take away their jobs when the Climate Action Plan was up for debate.

There are more jobs in renewable energy than in oil, gas, and coal combined

Jobs in solar energy now outnumber jobs in coal mining and the oil and gas industry added together, says a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Solar may be taking away old jobs, but it’s offering new ones. That’s especially true for women. Global clean energy employment rose 5% in 2015, figures show. A boom in solar and wind power jobs in the US led the way to a global increase in renewable energy employment to more than 8 million people in 2015, according to a report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena).

Global clean energy employment rose 5% in 2015, figures show

More than 769,000 people were employed in renewable energy in the US in 2015, dwarfing the 187,000 employed in the oil and gas sector and the 68,000 in coal mining. The gap is set to grow further, with jobs in solar and wind growing by more than 20% in 2015, while oil and gas jobs fell by 18% as the fossil fuel industry struggled with low prices. Across the world, employment in renewable energy grew by 5% in 2015, boosted by supportive government policies and subsidies including tax credits in the US, although jobs in renewables fell in Europe.

The growth was despite renewable energy subsidies being far outweighed by subsidies for fossil fuels, where jobs were lost. The third biggest sector was wind power, employing 1.1 million people, up 5% compared to 2014. This is how cities of the future will get their energy. A photo taken on February 26, 2015 in Paris, shows two 7-meter high vertical axis wind turbines generating 10,000 kwh, installed on the second floor of the Eiffel tower.

This is how cities of the future will get their energy

(JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images) In the global effort to fight climate change, cities have some of the greatest potential– and the greatest imperative — to make a difference. With an increasing global migration into the world’s urban areas, which are expected to support at least two-thirds of the total human population by 2050, experts have argued that cities have no choice but to transition toward low-carbon systems if they’re going to remain sustainable. Energy will need to be a primary focus of that effort. From the expansion of renewable energy sources to the adoption of cutting-edge energy efficiency and storage technologies, cities have the opportunity to drastically reduce their carbon footprints. « EDF et le gouvernement se sont enfermés dans un triple déni industriel, financier et politique »

The energy transition could be profound – and there's a lot to lose for those who can't keep up. Change is coming to the energy landscape.

The energy transition could be profound – and there's a lot to lose for those who can't keep up

A transition to a new energy economy is happening. In a country like Australia – awash with energy both under and above the ground – this transition could be rapid and profound. There is a lot to lose for those who can’t keep pace. Last month the government committed $1bn to the Clean Energy Innovation Fund. The fund will have “the primary purpose of earning income or a profitable return” on debt and equity extended to renewable energy, energy efficiency and low-emissions technologies. There are a number of converging technologies driving the transition. One of the maturing technologies is solar.

Together with other renewables, photovoltaics are becoming increasingly competitive. How Origin's CEO went from solar insolvency to the sun King. Origin Energy chief executive Grant King knows better than most CEOs how risky it can be to get in on the ground floor with a new technology that promises huge growth potential.

How Origin's CEO went from solar insolvency to the sun King

He was finishing his civil engineering degree at the University of NSW in the mid 1970s when he and a couple of fellow students founded Solar Technics, one of the first companies to offer solar heating for swimming pools. The company went broke and he lost everything. The abiding lesson he learned was the importance of having sufficient working capital. As he tells Chanticleer in an interview: "People who supply you want cash and customers want credit. " But 40 years later, he can rightly claim to be the "Sun King" of Australian energy markets. La transition énergétique reste chaotique en Europe - La Croix.

La part des énergies renouvelables progresse en Europe.

La transition énergétique reste chaotique en Europe - La Croix

Mais l’offre d’électricité excède la demande, déclenchant un effondrement des prix. Les électrons n’ont jamais été aussi verts en Europe. L’an dernier, les énergies renouvelables y ont représenté 27,5 % de la production d’électricité, soit quatre fois plus qu’il y a dix ans. Et ce n’est qu’un début. Rien qu’en France, l’ambition affichée est de doubler le parc éolien d’ici à 2023 et de tripler le parc solaire. « L’Union européenne dispose aujourd’hui de trois fois plus de capacités électriques renouvelables par habitant que le reste du monde », souligne Michel Derdevet, secrétaire général d’ERDF et professeur à Sciences-Po.

Baisse des coûts. The renewable energy transition - insight from Germany’s energiewende - Circulate. How does a country go through a renewable energy transition?

The renewable energy transition - insight from Germany’s energiewende - Circulate

Well, no country has done it before and there is no blue print to follow, but Germany is leading the world in this front. In this episode Patrick Graichen provides a comprehensive picture of the situation and explores future developments. Patrick Graichen is executive director of Agora Energiewende, a think-tank and policy laboratory working towards the success of the energy transition or Energiewende. Listen to the previous episodes of A New Dynamic podcast series This podcast series presented by Colin Webster explores the recently published book A New Dynamic 2: Effective systems in a circular economy. Transition énergétique : à défaut de prédire l’avenir, il faut le dessiner. Rapid transition to clean energy will take massive social change. Global climate change, driven by human emissions of greenhouse gases, is already affecting the planet, with more heatwaves, droughts, wildfires and floods, and accelerating sea-level rise.

Rapid transition to clean energy will take massive social change

Devastating impacts on our environment, health, social justice, food production, coastal city infrastructure and economies cannot be avoided if we maintain a slow and steady transition to a zero-carbon society. According to Stefan Rahmstorf, Head of Earth System Analysis at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, we need an emergency response. A big part of this response needs to be transforming the energy sector, the principal contributor to global warming in Australia and many other developed countries. Many groups have put forward ideas to transition the energy sector away from carbon. But what are the key ingredients? Technology is the easy bit At first glance the solution appears straightforward. Transition énergétique : la France veut donner l'exemple - 26/04/2016 - ladepeche.fr. Les textes d'application de la loi sur la transition énergétique seront pris d'ici l'été, promet François Hollande à la conférence environnementale.

Transition énergétique : la France veut donner l'exemple - 26/04/2016 - ladepeche.fr

Après la COP 21, la France veut donner l'exemple, mais la CGT boycotte et beaucoup d'écologistes critiquent… The Transition to Renewable Energy Is at the Tipping Point. The world is approaching a tipping point, with renewable energy taking over from the fossil fuel industry. We now need to come together to give it a last push to help deliver the zero-carbon economy that world leaders agreed to at the recent UN climate talks in Paris (COP21). This is what We Mean Business will be discussing at the Climate Action 2016 Summit in Washington, D.C. this week, with 700 global leaders from businesses, national and sub-national governments, academia and civil society.

The evidence that the high-carbon energy industry is struggling is mounting. In the last few months, we have seen two of the world’s largest energy companies, Peabody Energy and Exxon, facing financial troubles. Peabody, a privately-owned coal producer, filed for bankruptcy and Exxon’s credit rating was downgraded by Standard & Poor’s. The picture is rather different on the other end of the energy sector. Les Tepos, en route vers la transition énergétique. Un Territoire à énergie positive (Tepos), est un territoire qui produit autant ou plus d'énergie qu'il n'en consomme.

Pour y parvenir, les acteurs locaux misent sur les énergies renouvelables (EnR) et la baisse de la consommation énergétique. Le Gers a sa «Cité de la transition énergétique» - 03/05/2016 - ladepeche.fr. Transition énergétique : où en est la France en matière d’énergies renouvelables ?