EGEB: Europe could power the world with wind til 2050, US DOE says turn your AC up, more
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EGEB: Europe could power the world with wind til 2050, US DOE says turn your AC up, more

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • Onshore wind farms in Europe could potentially power the world until 2050.
  • US Department of Energy: Chill out with that AC use.
  • US DOE awards green energy money to farmers, rural businesses.
  • Norwegian cruise line Hurtigruten converts three of its ships to hybrid.

EGEB: A daily technical, financial, and political review/analysis of important green energy news.

A new study from the University of Sussex and Aarhus University found that onshore wind farms in Europe can supply enough energy for the entire world through 2050, according to They “have the capacity to produce 100 times the energy that is currently generated.”

The investigation was focused on advanced data from Geographical Information System (GIS)-based wind atlases… The researchers estimated that more than 11 million additional wind turbines could be installed over almost 5 million square kilometers of terrain.

Professor Mark Jacobson said:

One of the most important findings of this study, aside from the fact that it concludes that the European onshore wind potential is larger than previously estimated, is that it facilitates the ability of countries to plan their onshore wind resource development more efficiently, thereby easing the way for commitments by these countries to move entirely to clean, renewable energy for all purposes.

The research is published in the Energy Policy journal.

Keep it (not as) cool

The US Department of Energy recently published a report that recommends thermostat settings in your home for energy efficiency. Your thermostat should be set no cooler than 78 Fahrenheit (26 Celsius) in the summer when you’re home and 85 F (29 C) when you’re away.

Their reasons for making temperature recommendations?

Air conditioners use about 6% of all the electricity produced in the United States, at an annual cost of about $29 billion to homeowners. As a result, roughly 117 million metric tons of carbon dioxide are released into the air each year.

According to Newsweek, the Twittersphere isn’t happy with these recommendations, particularly in what has been a record-breaking hot summer. Some tweet replies are pretty funny, but the DOE makes a good point.

Walking through the house after I set the thermostat to 78.

— copus (@copus) August 20, 2019

Money for US rural farmers, businesses for green energy

The US Department of Agriculture is distributing $9.3 million in loan and grant funding through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) for renewable energy and energy effic

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