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Global milestone for renewable energy

Global milestone for renewable energy
November 6, 2014 Amy Sudbury

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Renewable energy contributions

The International Energy Agency has published [1] its Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report for 2014. This has revealed that 2013 saw almost 22% of the global energy consumption come from renewable sources – a new record. The same report also stated that generation from renewables is now on par with natural gas.

The chart below shows the contribution of renewables sources to the global energy demand for 2007, 2012 and 2013.

Graph Showing Global Renewable Energy Contribution

It has been reported that [2] 2013 saw the fastest expansion to date of renewable power capacity.

Some sources have reported [3] that the share of nuclear power production has declined globally from its highest levels in 1996 (17.6%) to 10.8% in 2013.

Too early to celebrate?

The IEA report warns of challenges facing the long term deployment of renewables, citing policy uncertainty as one of the concerns. The report suggests that generation growth is anticipated. However, it also indicates that renewable power capacity additions and investment may level off.

While the industry continues to break barriers, the future remains uncertain. What do you think?

References

[1] http://www.iea.org/ (Last accessed 02/11/14)

[2] http://motherboard.vice.com/ (Last accessed 02/11/14)

[3] http://vitalsigns.worldwatch.org/ (Last accessed 02/11/14)

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