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Recent studies suggest that countries worldwide could make a complete transition towards renewables energy resources by the year 2050. The Renewable Electricity Futures Study suggests that it is completely realistic to achieve 80% renewables in the future by utilising the available technologies within the wider sectors of wind, solar, biomass, geothermal and hydropower. 

The benefits from renewable energy to our climate, health, and economy is widely recognized and continue to drive the development of the renewable energy industry further. To continue sector development the industry requires further government support and policies that support the growth of the renewable energy market. The UK Government recently diverted its attention from investing into renewables and consequently reduced the installed capacity between 2015 and 2016. The recent closure of the Renewables Obligation for new capacity in 2017 has also resulted in fewer renewable energy sites being planned for the coming year.

Despite policy changes and reduced investment, a study by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) indicated that a drop in costs allowed record new renewable capacity to be achieved in 2016. Even though investment fell during 2016 by 23%, their was an overall increase of 8% on the year before. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report suggests that 139 gigawatts (GW) of renewable capacity was built in 2016. (Source: CarbonBrief)

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Solar Energy

The solar industry continues to grow rapidly worldwide with an increase of approximately 50% of solar power added to the industry since 2016, partly driven by the surge of solar panel development in China and the USA. Find out more about the solar industry, the latest news and solar jobs here. 

Wind Energy

According to the Global Wind Energy Council, approximately 55GW of new wind power capacity was installed globally within 2016. The wind industry continues to grow rapidly with 2017 forecast to be another successful year for the wind industry. Find out more about the wind industry, the latest news and wind jobs here.

Waste to Energy

Waste-to-energy is one of the most efficient and effective alternative energy options to combat carbon dioxide emissions and reduce reliance on traditional fossil fuels. Waste-to-energy involves the process of creating energy in the form of electricity and/or heat from the primary treatment of waste. Find out more about the waste to energy industry, the latest news and waste to energy jobs here.

Biomass Energy

Biomass is fuel that is developed from organic materials, a renewable and sustainable source of energy used to create electricity or other forms of power. Biomass power is carbon neutral electricity generated from renewable organic waste that would otherwise be dumped in landfills, openly burned, or left as fodder for forest fires. Find out more about the biomass industry, the latest news and biomass jobs here.

Geothermal Energy

Geothermal power is power generated by geothermal energy. Technologies in use include dry steam power stations, flash steam power stations and binary cycle power stations. Geothermal electricity generation is currently used in 24 countries, while geothermal heating is in use in 70 countries. Find out more about the geothermal industry, the latest news and geothermal jobs here.

Hydro Energy

Whether it's from a small stream or a larger river, small or micro hydroelectricity systems, also called hydro power systems or just hydro systems, can produce enough electricity for lighting and electrical appliances in an average home. Find out more about the hydro power industry, the latest news and hydro jobs here.

Tidal/Wave

Tidal Energy or Tidal Power as it is also called, is another form of hydro power that utilises large amounts of energy within the oceans tides to generate electricity. Find out more about the tidal industry, the latest news and tidal jobs here.

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Global Wind Energy Council, GWEC

The Global Wind Energy Council is the international trade association for the wind power industry. Their mission is to ensure that wind power establishes itself as the answer to today’s energy challenges, providing substantial environmental and economic benefits.

Geothermal Resources Council

With more than 1,300 members in over 40 countries, the GRC actively seeks to expand its role as a primary professional educational association for the international geothermal community. The GRC serves as a focal point for continuing professional development for its members through its outreach, information transfer and education services.

 

European Biomass Industry Association

EUBIA’s main objective is to support the European biomass industries at all levels, promoting the use of biomass as an energy source, developing innovative bio energy concepts and fostering international co-operation within the bio energy field. 

 
Solar Trade Association

Since 1978, the Solar Trade Association (STA) has worked to promote the benefits of solar energy and to make its adoption easy and profitable for domestic and commercial users. A not-for-profit association, they are funded entirely by our membership, which includes installers, manufacturers, distributors, large scale developers, investors and law firms.