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Category Archives: Energy

Renewable energy can stimulate rural economies

In the past ten years there has been more than $1 trillion of investment in renewable energy, and according to a report by the OECD (Linking Renewable Energy to Rural Development) this is now an important source of growth and jobs for many rural regions. The report used case studies from 16 regions in Europe, Canada and the US, but … Continue reading

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Gas from shale could create 35,000 jobs in UK – but should it?

The UK was a net exporter of gas until 8 years ago, thanks to our supplies from the North Sea. Now we are spending £5.2bn per year on imports as North Sea supplies dwindle. Obtaining gas from shale is somewhat controversial, and involves ‘fracking’, or hydraulic fracturing, which enables gas to be obtained from deep below the surface. A new … Continue reading

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More energy coming from renewable sources within the EU

In 2010, energy from renewable sources was estimated1 to have contributed 12.4% of gross final energy consumption in the EU27, compared with 11.7% in 2009 and 10.5% in 2008. This is according to figures released by Eurostat today. The 2009 Directive on renewable energy set individual targets for all Member States, such that the EU will reach a 20% share … Continue reading

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