Friday, July 22, 2011

Even the Axis of Evil is Investing in Renewables

Every nation on earth is exploring green energy alternatives even pariah states. To prove the point, even North Korea and Iran, members of what former President Bush called the Axis of Evil are Developing Renewable Energy.

North Korea wants to increase their production of renewable energy. China has agreed to collaborate with North Korea in the sector of renewable energy. North Korean officials recently visited China to learn from China’s experience in the geothermal sector.
Although they steadily increased in the 90s, North Korea's combustible renewables and waste sectors have become stagnant. The country is rich in hydro power resources which constitutes approximately half of the nation's total generation capacity.

An increase in renewable energy would decrease North Korea's dependence on oil imports from Russia, China and Iran.

Opec member Iran plans to develop new renewable energy power plants over the next five years to produce 2,000 megawatts (MW) of capacity. Iran's deputy minister for electricity, Abbas Aliabadi said Iran already has 8500 MW hydro power plants in operation and has installed 130 MW of wind turbines.

"The government of Iran has paved the way for private sector participation in developing renewable energy systems," he said. The private sector has already signed contracts to install wind turbines as well as biomass systems with capacity of 600 MW and the ministry of energy is implementing 500 MW wind converters in the country.

"Iran, though an oil exporting country, is determined to be an important partner in global efforts of human societies to achieve sustainable energy systems," he told a preparatory meeting of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) where even Israel was participating.

If even rogue nations are integrating renewable energy projects into their national energy policies, it is harder to justify Canada's increased exploitation of the tar sands.

© 2011, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.

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