Archive for September 25th, 2012

While there’s been a great deal of public attention on failing bridges and energy brownouts, the nation’s sea trade is also being hit hard by a lack of investment in key shipping infrastructure. Unless funding improves for U.S. ports and waterways, their deteriorating conditions are likely to cost jobs and impede economic growth. Read more


When it comes to green energy progress in the European Union, few countries have had more challenging paths than that of the UK. But a new report by alternative energy analysts GlobalData found that if renewables continue to grow along its present path in the UK, their combined capacity could meet that of fossil fuel capacity by 2025.

The GlobalData report found that cumulative installed capacity of renewable energy plants is expected to reach 79,000 megawatts (MW) by 2025. This is just 2,000 MW less than the predicted installed fossil-fuel capacity by the same year.

So where are all the renewables coming from? For starters, there is wind energy (which won’t surprise anyone who has ever visited coastal UK). Wind is expected to grow from about 6,000 MW in 2011 to 53,000 MW by 2025. Accelerated growth has resulted in part from government support and investment in offshore wind farms. Read more

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