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How to improve the public perception of large-scale hydropower development is one of the key themes perenially explored by this industry.
Many public opinion polls suggest that Americans strongly support mass adoption of renewable energy; however, when it comes to actually making a purchase from their utility or investing in their own system, people just aren't buying in the same numbers. Why? In this episode, we'll look at how to overcome the barriers in front of mainstream acceptance of renewables.
According to the World Wind Energy Association, the number of countries using wind energy for electricity generation had increased to 86 earlier this year. This expansion takes the total global capacity beyond 200 GW and means that wind turbines now have the ability to satisfy 2.5 percent of world electricity demand — impressive figures for a technology that is relatively new.
Like blind men describing an elephant, African pundits talk about renewables in terms of individual perceptions, needs and inclinations, and often in ways that put the overall issue completely out of perspective.
In 2007, more than $100 billion was invested in new renewable energy capacity, manufacturing plants, and research and development -- a true global milestone. Yet perceptions lag behind the reality of renewable energy because change has been so rapid in recent years. This report captures that reality and provides an overview of the status of renewable energy worldwide in 2007. The report covers trends in markets, investments, industries, policies, and rural (off-grid) renewable energy. (By design, the report does not provide analysis, discuss current issues, or forecast the future.) Many of the trends reflect increasing significance relative to conventional energy.
The turning of another year is always a great time for review and reflection, both on the 12 months just passed and the opportunities and challenges that are likely to emerge in the coming year.
Paula Mints from Navigant Consulting looks at long-term and near-term demand trends, to illustrate what the PV industry needs to develop a sustainable market vs. the perception of being a highly subsidized type of commodity: electricity.
Top industry CEOs will attend the 2003 European Wind Energy Conference (EWEC) to share their perception of the wind industry future. EWEC, hosted in Madrid June 16 - 19 will be the largest international wind energy conference for the business and research community.
In an online survey sponsored by Mobil Industrial Lubricants, Renewable Energy World magazine asked readers where they think wind power is headed, and where the threats and opportunities lie. Readers across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa responded to give their views on the future of wind power. Quizzed on issues related to policy, costs, public perception, threat from non-renewable 'carbon-free' technologies, potential markets, and more, the responses reveal much about the industry perceptions of future across more than sixty countries.
Fake news, politics and social media impact more than elections. There is no question that the credibility of American institutions and news sources has suffered in the past year, from the combined influence of continued vilification of the media, retracted news stories and the ever-growing use of social media platforms. But by how much?