EU Upgrades Relations with Israel, Energy Over Politics

Green Prophet

This announcement came almost a week after the European Commission and Israel announced they are increasing cooperative efforts to develop sustainable water supplies and energy-efficiency, including oil fuel alternatives. Pragmatic alternatives for the EU might include empowering Palestinian people and encouraging diversity and transparency within Israeli democracy. Surveys conducted in 2010 by the Harry S.

Masdar Wind Project May Blow Back Into Egypt

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As part of a long-term strategy to advance alternative energy, Masdar had sought investment opportunities in the Egyptian windfarm industry, and in February 2010, they finalized plans to build a 200-megawatt wind farm on the Red Sea coastline. Egypt’s renewables target was announced in 2008 with a goal of sourcing 20% of its electricity from fossil-fuel alternatives by 2020.

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Cost Of Solar Drops Two-Thirds Since 2008; May Be Competitive With Fossil Fuels By 2016

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Originally when solar panels came to the marketplace they were expensive and significantly more than typical fossil fuel alternatives. While solar energy still remains more expensive than fossil fuels, their prices have dropped notably in the last few years. According to those in the industry, regardless of government incentives solar energy will likely compete closely will fossil fuels by 2016. Between 2009 and 2010, solar installations had a growth of 102 percent.

Aprés COP 18: Will Qatar Rebound with Solar?

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With free water and electricity, and the world’s largest carbon footprint, is Qatar’s new stance on solar a bona fide shift towards fossil fuel alternatives or are they simply catching the latest fashion? Oil extracted from the desert country’s rich sands isn’t included in the country’s consumption figures (unless it’s burned in-state), but even with that qualification, Qatar is one of the top users of fossil fuels.

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