George C. Dimitriou

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Al Gore: A Generational Challenge to Repower America.

July 17, 2008 By: George Category: Climate, Renewable Energy No Comments →

To reset the way Americans think about the energy future and the climate crisis, former Vice President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore issued a bold challenge today: that 100 percent of U.S. electricity production come from sources with zero carbon emissions within 10 years.

“We are borrowing money from China to buy oil from the Persian Gulf to burn it in ways that destroy the planet. Every bit of that’s got to change.”

“What if we could use fuels that are not expensive, don’t cause pollution and are abundantly available right here at home? We have such fuels. Scientists have confirmed that enough solar energy falls on the surface of the earth every 40 minutes to meet 100 percent of the entire world’s energy needs for a full year.” Gore said.

Click here to watch the full speech

Solar Plan for the Mediterranean Union.

July 14, 2008 By: George Category: Climate, Renewable Energy No Comments →

The DESERTEC Concept of TREC, the Trans-Mediterranean Renewable Energy Cooperation, brings deserts and technology into service for global security of energy, water and the climate. To this end TREC propose that the regions of Europe, the Middle East and North Africa (EU-MENA) begin to cooperate in the production of electricity and desalinated water using concentrating solar thermal power plants and wind turbines in the MENA deserts. These technologies can supply the growing demands for power and seawater desalination in the MENA region, and produce clean electrical power that can be transmitted via High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmission lines to Europe (with overall transmission losses of about 10-15%).

Computers, Phones Can Reduce CO2 by 15%, According to Report.

June 21, 2008 By: George Category: Climate, Digital World No Comments →

Transformation in the way people and businesses use technology could reduce annual man-made global emissions by 15 per cent by 2020 and deliver energy efficiency savings to global businesses of over EUR 500 billion [GBP 400 billion/USD 800 billion], according to a new report published yesterday by independent non-profit The °Climate Group and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI).

The report – SMART 2020: enabling the low carbon economy in the information age – is the world’s first comprehensive global study of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector’s growing significance for the world’s climate.
The report’s supporting analysis, conducted independently by international management consultants McKinsey & Company, shows that while ICT’s own sector footprint – currently two per cent of global emissions – will almost double by 2020, ICT’s unique ability to monitor and maximise energy efficiency both within and outside of its own sector could cut CO2 emissions by up to five times this amount. This represents a saving of 7.8 Giga-tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (GtCO2e) by 2020 – greater than the current annual emissions of either the US or China.

World’s Top Energy Ministers Launch Energy Efficiency Effort.

June 14, 2008 By: George Category: Climate, Renewable Energy No Comments →

South Korea agreed this weekend to establish the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC).The IPEEC will serve as a high-level forum for facilitating a broad range of actions that yield significant gains in energy efficiency. The partnership will support the on-going energy efficiency work of the participating countries and relevant international organizations by exchanging information on best practices, policies, and efforts to collect data. The IPEEC members will also develop public-private partnerships for improving energy efficiency, participate in joint research and development efforts, and facilitate the dissemination of energy-related products and services. The energy ministers plan to hold the first IPEEC meeting before the end of the year. See the IPEEC declaration (PDF 26 KB).

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Report Finds the United States Leading in Wind Power Growth.

June 10, 2008 By: George Category: Climate, Renewable Energy No Comments →

For the third year in a row, the United States was the fastest growing wind power market in the world in 2007, according to a new DOE report. The 2007 edition of DOE’s “Annual Report on U.S. Wind Power Installation, Cost, and Performance Trends,” released last week, found that $9 billion was invested in 5,329 megawatts of new U.S. wind power capacity in 2007, causing the total U.S. wind power capacity to increase by 46%. The growing U.S. wind market spurred new investment in turbine and component manufacturing plants, with enough new and planned facilities to create more than 4,700 new U.S. jobs. The report notes that wind power accounted for 35% of all new U.S. electric generating capacity in 2007 and can now supply about 1.2% of the country’s electricity needs. In addition, new transmission facilities under development throughout the country will allow the future development of another 200,000 megawatts of wind power.

Prepared by DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the annual report analyzes developments in the wind market, including trends in wind installations, turbine size, turbine prices, installed project costs, project performance, wind power prices, and cost comparisons between wind power and conventional generation. It also describes developer consolidation trends, current ownership and financing structures, and trends among major wind power purchasers. See the DOE press release and DOE’s Wind and Hydropower Program Web site, or go directly to the full report (PDF 3.9 MB)

Combined Heat And Power Generation.

June 09, 2008 By: George Category: Climate, Renewable Energy No Comments →

Deutsche Bank Research issued the following publication:Combined heat and power generation: A pillar of Germany’s integrated energy and climate programme”.
To enable the cogeneration of heat and power (CHP) to be a sustainable, growing pillar of Germany’s energy and climate strategy going forward, it is imperative to take the right steps now. These are the aims of the amendments to the Combined Heat and Power Act (KWKG) at present and to the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) in 2009. The issues at hand are energy efficiency and related challenges, the increasing decentralization of the energy supply and ultimately the evolution of Germany’s power plants.

“Reducing U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions: How Much at What Cost?”

June 09, 2008 By: George Category: Climate, Renewable Energy No Comments →

The McKinsey & Company report “Reducing U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions: How Much at What Cost?” really drives home the need for comprehensive national action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and an end to fragmented policies. Looking at over 200 abatement strategies, the report paints the clearest and most compelling picture to date of how no one single policy alone can be deemed the solution to the climate crisis. The report demonstrates that we need a rapidly enacted slate of efficiency measures across buildings, electricity generation, transmission and distribution, and transportation; a regulatory environment with a price on carbon that creates enough incentives to actually change consumer behavior; and predictable, long-term incentives for investment in renewables. This ‘silver buckshot’ approach at the national is the only way to make a major impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and unlock the real long-term economic opportunities inherent in shifting to a clean-energy economy.