Wind Power Growth in Emerging Markets Set for Double Digit Rise

by Joshua S Hill

Renewable Energy in Emerging Markets. Navigant research predicts that many established markets will experience flat or single-digit wind power growth over the next few years, while the average compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for wind markets in 10 'Emerging economy' nations -- from 2013 to 2023 -- will be 21.9%.
Renewable Energy in Emerging Markets. Navigant research predicts that many established markets will experience flat or single-digit wind power growth over the next few years, while the average compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for wind markets in 10 ‘Emerging economy’ nations — from 2013 to 2023 — will be 21.9%. Pilot Wind Farm in South Africa. warrenski/Flickr

New research from Navigant research predicts that demand for renewable energy in Africa and the former Soviet Union, as well as across the developed world, will see wind power experience fastest growth in emerging markets.

Several factors are hampering the growth of the market across the developed world, including austerity measures in a number of European countries, and a boom-and-bust cycle in the United States. These halts come at the same time that the emerging world are looking for technologies able to generate enough energy to support their burgeoning populations while at the same time creating less of an environmental impact than traditional generation techniques.

“Amidst the slowdown in the established markets, the demand for wind power in certain emerging markets will make these regions critical to the global wind market,” says Feng Zhao, research director with Navigant Research.

“The opportunities arising in these underserved regions will not only help reduce the exposure of wind turbine manufacturers to ups and downs in the mainstream wind power markets, but will also hold the key for current leading turbine suppliers to maintain their leadership in the future.”

Navigant’s research predicts that many established markets will experience flat or single-digit growth over the next few years, while the average compound annual growth rate for a chosen set of 10 emerging wind markets in Africa and the former Soviet Union from 2013 to 2023 will be 21.9%.

The 10 countries in question are South Africa, Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Ethiopia, Kenya, Ukraine, Russia, and Kazakhstan. A summary of the report can be found on the Navigant Research website.

The emerging world is probably the most likely to benefit most from renewable energies like wind. Russia is the world’s largest country by area, and approximately two-thirds of the country’s hinterland is unreachable by centralised power grids, which means that isolated communities must rely on expensive fuel for power generation. Over time, situations like this will likely be remedied by the spread of wind and solar power, allowing individual communities to find environmentally friendly and economically healthy means to generate their own power.

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Renewable Energy Joshua S HillJoshua S Hill I’m a Christian, a nerd, a geek, a liberal left-winger, and believe that we’re pretty quickly directing planet-Earth into hell in a handbasket! I work as Associate Editor for the Important Media Network and write for CleanTechnica and Planetsave. I also write for Fantasy Book Review (.co.uk), Amazing Stories, the Stabley Times and Medium.   I love words with a passion, both creating them and reading them.

The world is picking sides in Egypt’s conflict (via GlobalPost)

GlobalPost — Special to JBS News

Since the Egyptian Army overthrew the democratically-elected Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi, on July 3, the world has kept close watch. Officially, governments are denouncing violence while tacitly taking sides.

As violence swells in Egypt, and the death toll rises, global protests are growing.

Kuwait

Two demonstrations took place outside of the Egyptian embassy in Kuwait last week. Seventy demonstrators gathered to protest the military’s brutal crackdown in Egypt, leading to the deportation of nine Egyptian Islamists, the AFP reported. Kuwait has been a vocal supporter of the Egyptian military’s overthrow of Morsi, and has pledged to send $4 billion in aid.

Yemen

Thousands gathered in Sana’a, the Yemeni capital, last week in support of the ousted president. Morsi’s failure has raised questions about the Muslim Brotherhood’s future in Yemen, where the population remains divided on the Egyptian military’s takeover.

Indonesia

One-thousand Indonesian Muslims marched on the Egyptian embassy in Jakarta last week. As home to the world’s largest Muslim population, Indonesia is often seen as a possible template for Egypt’s transition from dictatorship to democracy.

United States

Tunisia

Pakistan

Libya

Protests broke out across Libya after a prominent critic of the Muslim Brotherhood was killed in July, intensifying widespread concern about the Brotherhood’s presence in Libya. The office of the Brotherhood’s political branch, The Justice and Construction Party (JCP), was set on fire in Benghazi, along with the offices of other political parties. Over 1,000 inmates escaped in a prison break during the unrest. Last week, a bomb hit the Egyptian embassy in Benghazi as protests continued.

Malaysia

Five-hundred Muslim demonstrators gathered in Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital, last week, condemning the Egyptian military’s crackdown and calling for international support of Morsi’s election. Protesters met outside the Egyptian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, as well as at mosques throughout the city and in the surrounding suburbs. Protests were also organized in other parts of Malaysia.

France

Palestinian Territories

Afghanistan

Morsi supporters gathered this week in the Afghan capital of Kabul, with 2,500 protesters rallying against Egypt’s brutal military crackdown. Some of the protesters from Afghanistan’s conservative Muslim population believe that the Egyptian military’s takeover was orchestrated by the West.

Senegal

Belgium

Protesters gathered outside outside the European Commission’s offices in Brussels to protest the military takeover in Egypt. The European Union decided to suspend arms shipments to Egypt this week, but will continue to send aid.

Britain

Supporters of Morsi drove near Park Lane in London last week, with 40 cars joining the brigade. Separate protests at the Egyptian embassy in London and outside Downing Street drew hundreds of demonstrators opposing the military takeover in Egypt.

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Egypt – Land of Chaos and Untapped Opportunity

by John Brian Shannon

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Protesters on Egypt want a better life and a corruption free government. Image courtesy: darkroom.baltimore.sun.com

If ever a country had the gift of being placed in the best geographical position on the world map, it is Egypt.

There they are, with the Mediterranean to the north, the Suez Canal and the Red Sea to the north and east, and all of Africa to the south and west of them. It is literally, the crossroads between Asia, Europe and Africa.

Not to mention Egypt’s priceless Nile River and the still largely untapped resources such as its hydro-electric power opportunities, the fertile agricultural land of its Nile Valley, and the country’s unimaginable solar and wind power potential.

Egypt has somewhat more than 84 million people to help bring all those opportunities to fruition, who live on only 3 percent of the total land area of the country, which is the fertile Nile Valley.

Some 96 percent of the country is desert with nothing in sight except the blasting Sun and sand dunes. One tiny corner of Egypt covered with solar photovoltaic panels (or thermal solar power) could power all of Europe!

Some of that unused land could be used for wind farms, as there is plenty of untapped potential there too.

Egypt should be the richest nation (per capita) on the planet.

But it’s not. Which can only mean one thing. Bad management.

Of course in previous centuries, excessive looting by some colonial powers and Egypt’s ill-advised military adventures in recent decades didn’t help. Nor did the Cold War, an evil, but seemingly necessary step in our civilizations progress.

All those things are now far removed from the scene, so why isn’t Egypt rich?

There is no reason good enough, that Egypt’s people shouldn’t be enjoying their lives to the same per capita income levels, or better, than the fortunate citizens of Norway or Sweden who have an excellent standard of living, even without Egypt’s advantageous geological placement!

If Egypt’s people are demonstrating against anything at all, they are demonstrating against poverty and inequality — in what should obviously be one of the richest per capita nations on the planet.

There is no reason for them to live in poverty, nor should they feel like second-class citizens in the world.

It’s their country!

A country, belongs to it’s citizens – not to a military junta, not to elected politicians and not to foreign interests! Egypt, belongs to the Egyptian people and they have the right to make the most of their resources — and they sense something is wrong, because, so far, only the least has been made with that nations great resources and geopolitical placement. The political cycle that we have seen over the past months attests to the depth of those sentiments.

Expect the present cycle that we have seen to repeat endlessly until the Egyptian people are satisfied that the wealth of their country is being utilized properly, (for now) and to its maximum potential, (eventually). Not just that, but shared equally with a minimum of inequality between citizens.

The present demonstrations are not to be confused with political advantage, or politics at all. These demonstrations are fundamentally about ‘bread and butter’ issues.

Some foreign powers are trying to paint the Egyptian protests which led to the downfall of President Mubarak, the rise of Mohamed Morsi, and the removal of Morsi by coup d’état, as part of ‘the great transition to democracy’ and that is what it is all about. Which is an utter crock.

It’s about what politicians can do to make the lives of everyday Egyptians better. What Egyptians want is jobs, stable food prices and personal safety and security and a whole lot of chatter about democracy is great – IF that gets them closer to their goals.

The people want bread!

People will say and agree to almost anything on the path to full stomachs and disposable income. They want to have a share in the country’s great (and so far, largely wasted) wealth, and its unimaginable future wealth. Egyptians want to feel proud of their nation and their accomplishments instead of being referred to as ‘that backward, poverty-stricken nation between Israel and Libya’.

When a government arrives in power that can attract the necessary FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) to build the country’s infrastructure — especially, the agriculture and (renewable) energy sectors and a massive electrical transmission network to the north to service Europe, south and west to distribute electrical power to the rest of Africa, then and only then, will we see an end to the present downward spiral of politics, democracy, and faith in government institutions in Egypt.

It’s the economy, stupid.

Egypt’s next ten leaders should take a page out of former President Bill Clinton’s book, and place a sign on their desk, saying; “It’s the economy, stupid!

If they ever get that right, the rest will fall into place…

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Arab Liberals Lament: Here’s How the Muslim Brotherhood is Fooling the West — MY COMMENT

February 9, 2012 – 12:14 am – by Barry Rubin

http://pjmedia.com/barryrubin/2012/02/09/muslim-brotherhood-doubletalk-fools-the-west-scares-arab-liberals/#comment-115337

It speaks volumes that we in the west, can’t get much accurate information about the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood – and instead we must turn to the MB itself for the information!

If these people are as bad as we have been led to believe — where is the proof of their obscene actions? Why aren’t we ‘amping-up’ the volume on their ‘incredible acts of cruelty’ against their own citizens – instead of ‘amping-up’ our fears about what they could do?

Really, we in the west must stop projecting on these people. It’s getting silly.

We WANT them to be engaged in the process, we want them to dialogue in the media, we want to have the ability to confront them in the media when they err.

If the MB have some hidden agenda – they are going about it in the wrong way! Logic would dictate that they stay out of the media spotlight and carry out their evil plans behind the scenes. I’m not saying the situation presently unfolding MB-wise shouldn’t be watched closely, but continually crowing about things that continue to NOT occur is a bit much.

Remember all the hype about WMD’s in pre-invasion Iraq? “If there are WMD’s in Iraq – it’ll be a slam-dunk to find them” said the then-CIA Director George Tenet. In George Tenet’s favour, he did carefully preface that comment with the words, “If there are…”

The same level of hype is now appearing in regards to a (so-far non-existent) Muslim Brotherhood threat to Arab Spring nations and their long-suffering citizens.

Why are some in the media (not Professor Barry Rubin) assuming the worst, playing on fears and trying to whip up some anger against elected MB members who communicate well with Egypt’s general electorate and the world’s media?

It’s a new process for the Brotherhood and for us. Getting hysterical about it will not help us – nor will it help the MB to govern Egypt in a moderate, democratic way –  which is what we SAY we want to occur.

The best thing we could do, if we really want stable, moderate and quality governance in Egypt, is to offer our assistance to help strengthen Egypt’s justice system. Now that’s something we could do which would actually make a positive difference, instead of donning tin-foil hats and acting hysterical.

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