The push to keep fossil fuels in the ground is coupled by a need to transition to an energy system based on renewables like solar and wind. With dropping technology costs, increased efficiency and growing public pressure, a global transition to 100% renewables seems more possible than ever before.
Global 100% RE is the first global initiative that advocates 100% renewable energy. This unique campaign builds on projects that are already taking place on national, regional and local levels and steers the global discourse on renewable energy towards 100% RE as the new normal. Global 100%RE has an excellent resource e-library, with reports, videos, websites and links about renewable energy. We recommend their website as a useful starting point to learn more about renewable energy at a global scale.
Projects & Initiatives
Go 100% Renewable Energy
Go100Percent.org is a virtual gathering space for anyone striving toward a 100% renewable energy energy goal, as well as those who want to learn from them. The Renewables 100 Policy Institute launched the Go 100 Percent Renewable Energy project in 2010.
The Solutions Project
The Solutions Project accelerates the transition to 100% renewable energy through interactive 50-state and world-wide maps. They engage the public, celebrate and convene leaders, and advance partnerships and policies that make strides on the road to 100%.
International Renewable Energy Agency
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is an intergovernmental organization that supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future, and serves as the principal platform for international cooperation, a centre of excellence, and a repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy.
Renewables International Magazine
Renewables International is an online portal provides a broad range of stories, news and articles about renewable energy. With a section on 100% renewables, this website is an important source of information that is often not covered by the mass media.
Solar Action Alliance
Solar Action Alliance is a website that educates visitors about opportunities to get involved with solar. They write an energy blog, have launched a petition, and provide U.S. state-specific solar infographics.
Articles & Reports
Reports and academic articles about renewable energy, including roadmaps,
Stanford's U.S. Roadmap for 100% Renewables
This groundbreaking study presents roadmaps for each of the 50 United States to convert their entire energy systems (including electricity, transportation, heating/cooling, and industry) to renewable sources including wind, water, and sunlight.
Environmental and Energy Resource Institute
This report from the Environmental and Energy Studies Institute finds that renewables accounted for two-thirds of new U.S. generating capacity in 2015 and that new renewable capacity is 3,500 times greater than new coal capacity.
Renewable Energy Benefits: Measuring the Economics
This report by the International Renewable Energy Agency provides the first quantification of the macroeconomic impact of doubling the global share of renewables in the energy mix by 2030. The report found that accelerating the deployment of renewable energy will fuel economic growth, create new employment opportunities, enhance human welfare, and contribute to a climate-safe future.
The Impact of Fossil-Fuel Subsidies on Renewable Electricity Generation
This report by the Institutional Institute for Sustainable Development and Global Subsidies Initiative, contends that fossil-fuel subsidies can act as a barrier to the development and deployment of renewable energy technologies.
World Energy Outlook 2015
In the run-up to COP21, The World Energy Outlook provided a report on the competitive position of fast-growing renewable energy technologies in different markets and implications this might have for policy. The analysis also tracks for the first time energy use by efficiency policies around the world and the ways in which product design, recycling and reuse can contribute to energy savings. Note: Energy Watch Group argues that this report does not sufficiently account for recent developments including fossil fuel divestment (see below).
Energy Watch Group on World Energy Outlook Projections
In this report, the Energy Watch Group concludes that the World Energy Outlook’s latest projections did not take into account recent developments, including measures on climate protection and divestment of finance from the conventional energy sector. Therefore, policy-makers are advised to consider the expansion of renewables well beyond the WEO projections in their energy policies in order to avoid stranded investments in future.
Will We Ever Stop Using Fossil Fuels?
Will We Ever Stop Using Fossil Fuels? is a scholarly article that concludes that activist and aggressive policy choices are necessary to drive reductions in the consumption of fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions.
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