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A gold rush of new investment into renewable power over the past 18 months has led the United Nations to conclude that clean energy could provide almost a quarter of the world’s electricity by 2030.

More than £35bn was injected into wind and solar power and biofuels in 2006, 43% more than the preceding year. Sustainable energy accounts for only 2% of the world’s total but the UN says 18% of all power plants under construction are in this sector.

The findings, outlined in the Global Trends in Sustainable Development annual review, represent a challenge to the received wisdom among energy experts that green power is likely to play only a marginal part in the energy mix until at least the second half of the century.

Says UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner: “One of the new and fundamental messages of this report is that renewable energies are no longer subject to the vagaries of rising and falling oil prices-they are becoming generating systems of choice for increasing numbers of power companies, communities and countries irrespective of the costs of fossil fuels.

“The other key message is that this is no longer an industry solely dominated by developed country industries. Close to 10 per cent of investments are in China with around a fifth in total in the developing world. We will need many sustained steps towards the de-carbonizing of the global economy. It is clear that in respect to renewables those steps are getting underway.”

More on the UNEP report here.

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The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), based in the United States have come up with the Renewable Electricity Standards Toolkit. It provides a central point for anyone interested in finding out what registered states are doing and planning to do with investment for renewable energy.

This gives us an clearer picture about what is happening on the ground, which is not often reported within the mainstream media. We can search state standards here for example and on that page I chose to look at ‘Targets and timetables’. Here there is a good summary of what each registered state has achieved and is aiming to do by a certain target date.

This site is packed with useful information and presents it in a readable format. Overall, it presents a picture that the US is driving forward its renewable energy remit.

To add to this you can also go to the US Department of Energy website and take a look at the current news on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy , state by state. There’s a lot going on.

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