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pv_tansania_gold-solarwind120.jpgArticle published by Preben Maegaard, WCRE Chairman, Director Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy, Denmark, July 2008

Energy Security in Africa with Renewable Energy

More than any other continent, Africa needs an energy revolution and independence from the international fossil fuel economy; a change to renewable energy and energy autonomy is paramount for survival. Africa depends largely on the import of fossil fuels to meet a significant and growing part of its modern energy needs, which has created perverse effects on the economy and lives of Africans. Renewable energy is the only viable alternative that has the potential, when properly managed, to improve quality of life on a national and continental scale.

First World Wind Energy Institute Programme launchedThe first programme of the World Wind Energy Institute (WWEI), supported by WCRE, started on May 15th, 2007, at the Folkecenter for Renewable Energy, as culmination of four years of preparations. The WWEI was created in order to cover the deficit in training and education in renewable energies (RE) which exists in many parts of the world. The uneven distribution of knowledge, experience and technology denies access to RE technologies to many countries and sectors of the population. This represents an important limiting factor for the necessary dissemination of renewable energy technologies.

Article published by Kolya Abramsky, May 2007

Why, What, How and By Whom? Building New Alliances

The article relates to what kind of transition to renewable energies might be desirable, how such a transition might come about and possible obstacles which may hinder or even prevent such a transition. In particular, it aims to situate a discussion of such a transition within a critical discussion of the “global renewables sector”, “global work-force”, and “global market”. Through discussing these concepts, it will pose the question of which alliances may be necessary or useful in order to accelerate the transition to renewable energies, as well as a discussion about how “leadership” in renewable energy might be understood. 

Kolya Abramsky is currently working on a PhD about energy related conflicts in the world economy, in the sociology department at the State University of New York, Binghamton. He has worked in the secretariat of the World Wind Energy Institute at the Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy, and has been active for many years in different anti-authoritarian global anti-capitalist networking processes. 

Article  Article "Accelerated and Far-Reaching Transition to Renewable Energies: Why, What, How and By Whom?" (pdf) 

(c) photocase.comArticle published by Wolfgang Palz, WCRE Chairman, March 2007

Energy is a basic need of our economy. Yet the world relies primarily on the polluting and exhaustible fossil energies. Consequently, we are faced today with three essential geopolitical challenges: security of energy supply, depletion of conventional fossil energy resources, and climate change that is by and large a result of current energy consumption patterns. The overarching solution for all these problems is the speedy development of the renewable energies – those derived from the sun, the wind, agriculture and forestry, water flow and other sources.

Article  Article "Renewable Energies: on their way to conquer world markets" (pdf)

(c) aboutpixel.comArticle by Hermann Scheer, General Chairman WCRE, published in Le Monde diplomatique, June 2006 

Renewable energies are a realistic and affordable alternative

There is both bad news and good news for world energy supply. The bad news? Oil is running out. The good news? Oil is running out. And not only oil: sooner or later, every type of fossil energy will run out – including fossil uranium ore which is needed to make atomic fuel rods. The reason why oil became the most used form of energy was simple: because it is liquid, making it easier to use, it became the 20th Century's "Black Gold". Yet even John Rockefeller, the first and best-known of the oil magnates, spoke prophetically of "the devil's tears".

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