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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Iceland and its Quest for 100% Renewables

Picture: Svartsengi Geothermal Plant with swimming in the Blue Lagoon from the International Geothermal Association.

Today Iceland is reaping the rewards from its renewable energy development, turning around one of previously poorest European economies to one of most prosperous.

The island of nearly 300,000 are producing nearly 100% of its electricity through geothermal and hydro power, and billions in saving has clearly benefited its economy. Although it still has one of the highest greenhouse gas emission per capita because of its fishing and heavy industry, the nation has made tremendous progress since the oil crises of the 70's and remains one of few nations that stayed the course towards renewable infrastructure. It remains on course to phase out fossil fuel in two decades.

More than just a model of success in renewable infrastructure or an example of the economic benefits in going green, what Iceland has really shown me is a hint of possibility that someone somewhere can survive the devastating energy crisis.

Check Wikipedia's Geothermal power in Iceland.

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