ABS Announces the Launch of a New Programme of Renewable Energy Reports in 2009

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ABS has already established a successful series of 7 reports, each covering one renewable energy source and technology (hydro, wind, solar PV, solar thermal, biomass, geothermal, ocean), which provide a wealth of information and statistical detail about each segment.

ABS announces the launch of a new Programme of Renewable Energy Reports in 2009.

ABS has already established a successful series of 7 reports, each covering one renewable energy source and technology (hydro, wind, solar PV, solar thermal, biomass, geothermal, ocean), which provide a wealth of information and statistical detail about each segment. These energy sources are in widely varying phases of development. Some are still to be commercialised, like ocean energy conversion, others are now well established, such as hydro, wind and direct use of solar thermal heat. As these technologies progress through their cycle of development they are marked by successes and reverses, some unexpected, and ABS identifies these. These reports are continuing and expanding to embrace new developments.

The new, complementary series of Renewables Reports has a different focus. Instead of concentrating on individual technologies, it cuts across all the technologies and identifies important issues affecting some or all of the technologies and investigates these. Questions have arisen out of experience and were not fully understood at the start of the emergence of Renewables. If this sounds academic it is not. The reports are full of facts which planners need to confront and be aware of. ABS is a strong supporter of Renewable Energy, but we are convinced that it will be most successful if it is addressed honestly, warts and all. The Renewables sector has been victim and still is of overclaims and misinformation. This is partly due to enthusiasm, but let it be said, also to the financial benefits from feed-in tariffs and RPS support schemes.

One of the most commonly used terms used by proponents and opponents of Renewable Energy is the word 'myth'. Either side uses it frequently to pigeonhole a contrary argument and often accuse those putting forward contrary arguments of 'peddling myths'. The new series of reports seeks to address some of these issues and to establish what are the facts, as opposed to the so-called 'myths'.

ABS is not for or against any point of view, we seek FACTS.
Some topics addressed include the following:

  •     A new service is to be launched in March 2009, providing up-to-date information on targets, legislation and support mechanisms for Renewables. We have identified 83 countries with targets and/or support programmes and/or incentives. These are changing continuously and ABS is monitoring this situation and offering regular reports.
  •     Costs and benefits of Renewable Energy and Conventional Energy. The CEO of one wind power association recently made a public statement that wind power costs nothing, it's free. The wind may be free, but the electricity it generates is extremely expensive by the time the subsidies to the wind power developers are added in and paid for by the unsuspecting electricity consumer. What, on the other hand, are the carbon costs of fossil fuel electricity? What other emissions are avoided apart from carbon?
  •     Capacity factors and capacity credits. These concepts are uncomfortable and frequently attract the pejorative description 'myth'. What are the capacity credits of the technologies and how can they best be utilised?
  •     GHG savings. Where do emissions come from, what are they, are they increasing or decreasing? How could efficiency change the picture? These have been among the most shamefully politicised and distorted aspects in the promotion of Environmentalism and Renewable Energy.

For a detailed look at ABS Energy Research's renewable energy reports please visit the ABS website at http://www.absenergyresearch.com.

Media contact:
MELANY KRANGLE
ABS Energy Research
+44 (0)20 8432 6378
melanykrangle (at) absenergyresearch.com
http://www.absenergyresearch.com

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