Are we making progress in renewable energy?

Despite the fact that the climate accord negotiated by the Member States of the UN in Paris does not promise to solve the problem of sustainable development, there is growing progress in renewable energy which ultimately may solve much of the problem.

Here are the articles in CPNN since 2015 showing this progress. For discussion and articles prior to 2015, click here.

Readers are encouraged to add their comments below.


February 15, 2021: With 10-Point Declaration, Global Coalition of Top Energy Experts Says: ‘100% Renewables Is Possible’

November 27, 2020: Iceland moved from oil to geothermal in only 12 years

November 1, 2020: South Australia Got 100% Of Its Electricity From Solar For 1 Hour

February 28, 2019: A slew of electric truck plans may deliver the goods for China’s EV ambitions

February 19, 2019: Solar Energy Provides Hope for Poor Neighbourhoods in Buenos Aires

January 4, 2019: Germany: Renewables overtake coal as main power source

November 20, 2018: Researchers Develop Artificial Photosynthesis System that Generates Both Hydrogen Fuel and Electricity

October 7, 2018: Indigenous Peoples Link Their Development to Clean Energies

September 3, 2018: Why India’s Solar Water-Drawing ATMs and Irrigation Pumping Systems Offer Replicable Strategies

August 16, 2018: How Corporations ‘Bypassed the Politics’ to Lead on Clean Energy in 2017

July 30, 2018: India strides towards clean energy leadership

May 21, 2018: Solar Leads Record Renewables Investment

January 17, 2018: ‘World’s First Solar Highway’ Opens in China for Testing

December 27, 2017: Top five solar energy inventions from Africa

September 20, 2017: The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2017

September 11, 2017: China’s Upcoming Transition to Electric Cars ‘Will Benefit the Whole Economy’

September 5, 2017: In India the energy revolution does not wait !

September 5, 2017: China eclipses Europe as 2020 solar power target is smashed

May 8, 2017: Germany Breaks Record: 85% of Energy Comes From Renewables Last Weekend

February 3, 2017: Coal and oil demand ‘could peak in 2020’

January 30, 2017: Latest Data Support Bullish Stance on Commercial Energy Storage

November 27, 2016: 47 of the world’s poorest countries are aiming to hit 100% renewable energy

October 28, 2016: Global renewables capacity overtakes coal for first time

October 21, 2016: Boosting Renewables in Cities is Vital to Achieve Climate and Development Goals

October 18, 2016: China financing renewable energy

October 17, 2016: Swiss ban new nuclear reactors

October 15, 2016: You’ll never believe how cheap new solar power is

October 15, 2016: Urban leadership in the US for renewable energy

October 4, 2016: Catholic institutions around the world divest from fossil fuel extraction

September 8, 2016: The story of the first Spanish renewable energy cooperative

April 19, 2016: Renewable Energy Investments: Major Milestones Reached, New World Record Set

February 17, 2016: France expects to have 1000 kilometers of solar routes within 5 years!

January 2, 2016: USA: Renewable Energy Soars in 2015

November 16, 2015: Global climate cash flows neared $400bn in 2014 – report

May 17, 2015: MITEI Releases Report on The Future of Solar Energy

May 14, 2015: Book Review: Seven Surprising Realities Behind The Great Transition to Renewable Energy

One thought on “Are we making progress in renewable energy?

  1. CPNN has received comments indicating that the progress in renewable energy does not make a big difference in total energy use.

    1) Renewable energy is primarily for electricity, but electricity is only about 18% of total energy. For example, it is much smaller than the use of fossil fuels for manufacturing and transport (cars, airplanes, trucks and tractors, etc.).

    2) Even within the sector of electricity, as pointed out in the above articles, solar energy does not work at night, so its electricity production is much less than that of fossil fuels which are burned all night.

    However, it is not simple to project current trends into the future. We must take into consideration the risks posed by the culture of war. We are increasingly at risk for another world war, and if that comes, everything will be changed – for the worst, obviously. And short of that, the culture of war is economically unsustainable, as shown by the experience of the Soviet Union (see, for example, this blog ), and if the global economic system collapses, so will the maritime delivery systems of oil. We may go back to horses and oxen as they had to do in Cuba after the halt in oil supplies from the Soviet Union; that, too, would drastically change energy consumption. An advantage of renewable sources of electricity is that they are relatively independent of the global economic situation.

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