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"A Summary" – Apr 2, 2011 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Religion, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Intelligent/Benevolent Design, EU, South America, 5 Currencies, Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Middle East, Internet, Israel, Dictators, Palestine, US, Japan (Quake/Tsunami Disasters , People, Society ...), Nuclear Power Revealed, Hydro Power, Geothermal Power, Moon, Financial Institutes (Recession, Realign integrity values ..) , China, North Korea, Global Unity,..... etc.) -
"The Quantum Factor" – Apr 10, 2011 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Galaxies, Universe, Intelligent design, Benevolent design, Aliens, Nikola Tesla (Quantum energy), Inter-Planetary Travel, DNA, Genes, Stem Cells, Cells, Rejuvenation, Shift of Human Consciousness, Spontaneous Remission, Religion, Dictators, Africa, China, Nuclear Power, Sustainable Development, Animals, Global Unity.. etc.) - (Text Version)

“ … Here is another one. A change in what Human nature will allow for government. "Careful, Kryon, don't talk about politics. You'll get in trouble." I won't get in trouble. I'm going to tell you to watch for leadership that cares about you. "You mean politics is going to change?" It already has. It's beginning. Watch for it. You're going to see a total phase-out of old energy dictatorships eventually. The potential is that you're going to see that before 2013.

They're going to fall over, you know, because the energy of the population will not sustain an old energy leader ..."

(Live Kryon Channelings was given 7 times within the United Nations building.)

"Update on Current Events" – Jul 23, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: The Humanization of God, Gaia, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Benevolent Design, Financial Institutes (Recession, System to Change ...), Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Nuclear Power Revealed, Geothermal Power, Hydro Power, Drinking Water from Seawater, No need for Oil as Much, Middle East in Peace, Persia/Iran Uprising, Muhammad, Israel, DNA, Two Dictators to fall soon, Africa, China, (Old) Souls, Species to go, Whales to Humans, Global Unity,..... etc.)

"Recalibration of Free Choice"– Mar 3, 2012 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Caroll) - (Subjects: (Old) Souls, Midpoint on 21-12-2012, Shift of Human Consciousness, Black & White vs. Color, 1 - Spirituality (Religions) shifting, Loose a Pope “soon”, 2 - Humans will change react to drama, 3 - Civilizations/Population on Earth, 4 - Alternate energy sources (Geothermal, Tidal (Paddle wheels), Wind), 5 – Financials Institutes/concepts will change (Integrity – Ethical) , 6 - News/Media/TV to change, 7 – Big Pharmaceutical company will collapse “soon”, (Keep people sick), (Integrity – Ethical) 8 – Wars will be over on Earth, Global Unity, … etc.) - (Text version)

“… 4 - Energy (again)

The natural resources of the planet are finite and will not support the continuation of what you've been doing. We've been saying this for a decade. Watch for increased science and increased funding for alternate ways of creating electricity (finally). Watch for the very companies who have the most to lose being the ones who fund it. It is the beginning of a full realization that a change of thinking is at hand. You can take things from Gaia that are energy, instead of physical resources. We speak yet again about geothermal, about tidal, about wind. Again, we plead with you not to over-engineer this. For one of the things that Human Beings do in a technological age is to over-engineer simple things. Look at nuclear - the most over-engineered and expensive steam engine in existence!

Your current ideas of capturing energy from tidal and wave motion don't have to be technical marvels. Think paddle wheel on a pier with waves, which will create energy in both directions [waves coming and going] tied to a generator that can power dozens of neighborhoods, not full cities. Think simple and decentralize the idea of utilities. The same goes for wind and geothermal. Think of utilities for groups of homes in a cluster. You won't have a grid failure if there is no grid. This is the way of the future, and you'll be more inclined to have it sooner than later if you do this, and it won't cost as much….”

"Fast-Tracking" - Feb 8, 2014 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Carroll) - (Reference to Fukushima / H-bomb nuclear pollution and a warning about nuclear > 20 Min)

Obama unveils landmark regulations to combat climate change

Obama unveils landmark regulations to combat climate change
In a bid to combat climate change, US President Barack Obama announced the Clean Power Plan on Monday, marking the first time power plants have been targeted by mandatory regulations on carbon dioxide emissions in the US.
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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Wind power fuels transition to renewable energy

2014 saw the record installation of more than 1,700 wind turbines in Germany. They supply as much electricity as two nuclear power plants, giving an important boost to renewable energies.

Deutsche Welle, 30 Jan 2015

"The 2014 figures look very good. That was the best year for the buildup of wind energy in Germany. The industry can be very satisfied," said Hermann Albers, President of the German Wind Energy Association (BWE).

In 2014 wind turbines with a total output of 4.8 gigawatts (GW) were installed. Since 2015, these devices have generated over 38 GW of power in Germany,covering approximately 10 percent of the country's demand for power.

And for 2015, the prospects are good. The wind industry expects an additional 3.5 to four GW. To facilitate Germany's transition to renewable energies, a decisive buildup of wind power is necessary, since photovoltaics and biomass took a strong hit in the last two years.
But wind power "made up for the deficit," said Albers.

Nuclear disaster as accelerator

The strong buildup of windpower is a consequence of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. In a broad consensus, Germany decided to phase out nuclear power in 2011. Eight nuclear reactors went immediately off the grid, and the last nine should be shut down by 2022.

To cover this power gap, the German states strongly pushed for the development of wind energy and designated new areas of land for wind turbines. Planning to installation took two to three years, and the success of the measures is now paying off: The buildout of wind energy more than doubled from 2011 to 2014.

Offshore wind energy reaches gigawatts

Meanwhile, the offshore wind industry is also gaining confidence. In 2014, 142 large wind turbines with a total output of 0.5 GW were connected to the power supply. Offshore wind power also doubled to one GW. After a long hard start, wind energy is gaining momentum offshore.

"By 2015, we expect up to two GW of offshore wind energy in the power supply, and around three GW total in the power supply by the end of 2015," said Norbert Geise from the Foundation Offshore Wind Energy.

By 2020, the German government plans to construct additional offshore wind turbines with a combined capacity of 6.5 GW, which would cover about five percent of Germany's demands. The industry is optimistic that they will achieve these goals.

Jess Jessen, farmer and wind pioneer in
 Schleswig-Holstein, runs his electric car
on wind power.
Rural areas benefit from the expansion of wind power

The leader in wind power is Schleswig-Holstein. In this northern German state, 455 wind turbines with a total capacity of 1.3 GW were installed last year. With a total output of five GW, Schleswig-Holstein relies on wind power to meet more than half of its demand in electricity.

This decentralized energy production is very popular among the state's three million citizens.

"Nine out of 10 wind turbines are turned by citizens' hands," explained Nicole Knudsen from the North German Wind Energy Association, citing this as the state's proven recipe for success.

For rural regions, the development of wind energy is an asset: Revenue for citizens and communities rises, new jobs are created, and it puts an end to the rural exodus.

According to an assessment by Albers, rural areas will also be an important engine for the development of wind energy in Germany in the coming years.

"Among German states, there's almost a competition," he said.

Schleswig-Holstein relies on wind power
to meet more than half of its demand in
A forward-looking policy

The German Engineering Association (VDMA) is also pleased.

"The strong additional buildup in Germany was accompanied by significant growth in international markets, in which German manufacturers are well positioned with their technological leadership," said Lars Bondo Krogsgaard of the VDMA's steering committee for wind turbine construction. "This leadership can only be secured if we continue to dynamically develop the technology on Germany's own market."

Albers calls on the federal government to ensure reliable political conditions and a long-term industry strategy, promoting continuous development. The leading position of the wind power industry should not be put at risk, "as the federal government did in the field of photovoltaics."

Albers sees renewable energies as a great opportunity for Germany and Europe to take on international competition in the long term.

"It will be able to overtake automobile engineering in significance in the future," he said.

A worldwide boom

Meanwhile, more and more developing and emerging countries are turning to cheap and climate-friendly technology. According to estimates from VDMA Power Systems, around 44 GW of wind power worldwide was installed on land in 2014 - an increase of 31 percent from 2013.

China remains the global leader in expanding wind power capacity. For 2014, Bloomberg Energy Finance calculated an additional capacity of 20.7 GW from China and 4.7 GW from the United States. There was also a strong push, according to the Word Wind Energy Association (WWEA), from India, Canada, Brazil, South Africa, France and the United Kingdom, with around two GW each.

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