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Renewables Are Up! But in the the UK, not so much

A worker at Xinyi photovoltaic power station in Songxi, China. China will lead the world for growth in renewable power, the IEA has predicted. Photograph: Feature China / Barcroft Images

A worker at Xinyi photovoltaic power station in Songxi, China. China will lead the world for growth in renewable power, the IEA has predicted. Photograph: Feature China / Barcroft Images

Slowly but surely, positive change is happening all over the world. Adam Vaughan writing for the Guardian reveals: Renewables made up half of net electricity capacity added last year. China and the US are expanding rapidly. The UK? Not so much.

Green energy accounted for more than half of net electricity generation capacity added around the world last year for the first time, leading energy experts have found.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) said the milestone was evidence of a rapid transformation in energy taking place, and predicted capacity from renewable sources will grow faster than oil, gas, coal or nuclear power in the next five years.

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Since coming to power, the (UK) Conservatives  have drastically cut or ended subsidies for wind and solar powerbegun the privatisation of the green bank which supports clean energy, and enthusiastically backed fracking for shale gas and new nuclear. “While government support for new gas and nuclear capacity is evident, recent policy changes indicate that the role envisioned for renewables is uncertain,” the IEA said.

The article includes really helpful graphs.

Renewables made up half of net electricity capacity added last year

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Prescott grew up in the hills of western Massachusetts, and still feels most at home out in the wild. He went on to graduate from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with his undergraduate degree and has done post graduate studies at the University of Houston as well as the Gemological Institute in New York City. While hiking is a major passion, as is snowshoeing, he also love to read, research and learn, and can just as easily get lost in internet information as he can photographing the wilderness.

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