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Renewable energy industry information via SFU Library

Published by Mark Bodnar

I was just scanning the news (that's what a business researcher does to relax) and spotted the following story at the BBC site: Britain in two-week coal-free record.

As the article states, "Britain has not used coal to generate electricity for two weeks - the longest period since the 1880s." The move toward alternative energy sources is gathering momentum in the UK and having measureable impacts.

This is stunning news, especially if you've read anything about The Great Smog of London (1952), or about the effects overall of the extreme air pollution created as a side effect (an "externality") of the industrial revolution, not to mention the clear (and even more important) connection to climate change.

Photo from late 19th Century of polluting smokestacks in Widnes, England.

Photo credit: Hardie. "Pollution in Widnes, England in the late 19th Century" [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons"

And, since I am an opportunist at heart, this is also a chance for me to highlight the many alternative energy industry overviews available in our databases.  Read up... learn lots... take action... because the times they are a changin'!

Frost & Sullivan (emerging technology industry/market reports)


  • Renewable Power in Canada
  • Wind Turbine Manufacturing in Canada
  • Solar Panel Manufacturing in the United States
  • Wind Power in the United States
  • Solar Power in the United States
  • Biomass Power in the United States
  • Geothermal Electricity Plant Operation in the United States
  • Wind Power in China
  • Solar Power Generation in China 
  • Solar Panel Manufacturing in China
  • Alternative Energy in China
  • Energy-Efficiency Consultants in China


First Research industry reports via Mergent Intellect

  • Solar Power Generation
  • Wind Power Generation
  • Environmental Consulting Services

Plunkett Research Online

MarketLine Industry Profiles via Business Source Complete

Gale's industry encyclopedias (various titles)

OECD iLibrary

As always, this is just a taste of what your library has to offer. In addition, this is the sort of topic that many governments and industry associations also report on -- and their data and reports are often freely available. Start with my Industry Surveys guide to find further sources.

-- Mark
Mark Bodnar
Economics & Business Librarian