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In 2008, for the first time, more renewable energy than conventional power capacity was added in both the European Union and United States, showing a  “fundamental transition of the world’s energy markets towards renewable energy.” This is the finding of the Renewables Global Status Report released by REN21, a global network based in Paris .
Global power capacity from new renewable energies (excluding large hydro) reached 280 GW in 2008, a 16 percent rise from the 240 GW in 2007, and nearly three times the capacity of the US nuclear sector.
This has come in the midst of an historic and global economic crisis, Mohamed El-Ashry, Chair of REN21 points out.
Originally posted by truskeptic
That is great news except I have been hearing the exact same thing all of my life.