Author: John Treat

John Treat writes for Trade Unions for Energy Democracy.

  • What Ever Happened to the Energy Transition?

    Anyone trying to understand what’s happening with the world’s energy systems right now can be forgiven if they are confused. On one hand, most people know about the climate emergency, and the need to move away from fossil fuels. On the other hand, we frequently see headlines about “record setting” levels of wind or solar … Keep reading »

  • Growth in Renewables has Stalled. Investment is Falling. But Why?

    The International Energy Agency (IEA) recently announced that the growth of capacity additions to renewable power generation stalled in 2018, after nearly two decades of growth. Calling the new findings an “unexpected flattening of growth trends,” the IEA noted that this development raises serious questions about reaching climate targets. Net new capacity from solar photovoltaic … Keep reading »

  • When “Green” Doesn’t “Grow”

    Facing Up to the Failures of Profit-Driven Climate Policy The onslaught of extreme weather and the increasingly stark scientific assessment leave no doubt that we face an ecological and civilizational emergency. But in the year since the 23rd annual Conference of the Parties (COP23) in Bonn, Germany, a constant stream of headlines and reports have confirmed … Keep reading »