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Green Power: Energy Companies Want to Close Electricity Plants

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July 23, 2013
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Germany's energy policy transformation continues apace; around one quarter of the country's power already comes from the sun, wind and water. That good news for some parties is becoming a nightmare for conventional energy providers. RWE, Eon and other companies are seeing the profits from their large-scale fossil fuel powered generators fall. They are now threatening to shut down entire power stations.


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SE Indonesia: Hydroelectric Power for Villages

SE Indonesia: Hydroelectric Power for Villages

Deutsche Welle (June 17, 2013) — A third of all Indonesians have no access to electricity. Agricultural engineer Tri Mumpuni refused to accept this state of affairs. Her non-profit organization IBEKA, which she founded in 1993 with her husband Iskandar Kuntoadji, installs micro-hydro power plants in Indonesian villages. They not only supply electricity but also jobs and expertise into rural areas. 54,000 Indonesians are already profiting from this green power.
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Thailand Climate Protection Through Energy Efficiency

Thailand Climate Protection Through Energy Efficiency

Deutsche Welle (Mar. 13, 2012) — Thailand needs ever more energy for its industry. It already imports up to 10 percent of its electricity. The growth of industry is bringing a sharp rise in greenhouse gas emissions. Now a German-Thai project funded by the International Climate Protection Initiative is working for a more efficient use of energy, thereby contributing to climate protection.The Thai government has a long-term goal of "Low-Carbon Industry". It is collaborating with Germany in the umbrella organization "Energy Efficiency for Small and Medium Enterprises" on several pilot energy-efficiency projects in small and mid-sized companies. The Environment Ministry holds consultations regularly. The aim is to cooperate with German experts and develop an "Energy Use and Climate Protection Plan" for Thailand's economy.
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Germany Goes Greener, at a Cost

Germany Goes Greener, at a Cost

Reuters - Business Video Online (Apr. 8, 2014) — Germany is reforming its renewable energy law in a bid to stop costs rising so quickly, as it makes the transition from nuclear and fossil fuels to green energy, which accounts for 25 percent of Germany's electricity. As Joanna Partridge reports it will force new investors in green power to take some risk. Video provided by Reuters
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Ecuador: The Galapagos Island Under Threat From Climate Change

Ecuador: The Galapagos Island Under Threat From Climate Change

Deutsche Welle (Oct. 7, 2013) — Ecuador's Galapagos Islands are a Unesco World Heritage site and home to flora and fauna found nowhere else in the world. But one in five native plants as well as nearly 50 percent of its endemic wildlife are under threat from climate change. Rising ocean temperatures are making it harder for species such as the famous Galapagos penguin and the giant tortoise to survive. Scientists with the Charles Darwin Foundation are doing what they can to protect these species from the effects of climate change. A number of changes to the energy sector - such as the introduction of clean electricity - are helping. The island of Floreana has already switched completely to electricity produced by jatropha seeds, which grow in the Manabi region in mainland Ecuador. Jatropha production is also bringing an economic upswing to farmers.
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