World Bulletin / News Desk
Iceland, which consumes the most electricity power per capita in the world, makes almost all energy production through renewable energy sources, according to Orkustofnun, the National Energy Authority of Iceland.
Iceland produced 70 percent of its energy by hydroelectricity and produced 20 percent by geothermal energy last year, according to figures from the International Energy Agency.
Iceland produced almost all energy needs from renewable sources because it is a volcanic island with the advantage of being able to generate hydro and geothermal energy, experts said.
"The geographic features of Iceland make it rich in both hydro and geothermal resources," said Eirikur Hjalmarsson, Icelandic energy company Reykjavik Energy's Communication Manager.
"When technology allowed and external conditions were ripe - for example when fossil fuels became more expensive or when World War I and World War II made transportation difficult - Icelanders grabbed the opportunity to implement greener local energy resources," Hjalmarsson said.
According to a report from Iceland's National Energy Authority, the country generated 71 percent of its electricity from hydropower and 24 percent of it from geothermal energy last year.
Iceland has 2,579 megawatt (MW) installed capacity and the main hydropower plants of the country are in Fljotsdalsvirkjun, Burfell, Hrauneyjafoss, Blanda, Sigalda, Sultartangi and in Vatnsfell.
Iceland used 40 percent of its geothermal energy to generate electricity, 43 percent of it for space heating and the other 17 percent was used for swimming pools, snow melting, industry, fish farming and greenhouses, the report says.
The other countries, such as Germany and Great Britain, want to utilize geothermal heat but do not have the same geophysical conditions as Iceland. Iceland has great expertise in this area and a long tradition of using geothermal and renewable energy for heating. This explains why Iceland uses geothermal energy mostly for primary use, energy experts explain.
Iceland has a lot of modern generating stations and reservoirs for hydropower and in the geothermal sector as it has the possibility to add more turbines at a low cost.
Finland, Iceland's neighboring country, consumes approximately 15,788 kilowatts an hour (kWh) per person whereas Iceland consumes more than three times this amount with 52,621 kWh per person. Finland imports 15 percent of the energy it consumes while Iceland imports almost zero percent of its energy.
Fears brewing in financial hub that further moves by government to censor content could scare foreign SME away.
Samsung's share slipped to 46 percent after hovering around 60 percent for five months.
He cited Facebook, WhatsApp and Snapchat as examples of online communication channels which were difficult for intelligence agencies to access.
Obama's proposal includes measures to allow for the prosecution of the sale of botnets, computer networks linked to cybercrime, and would give courts the power to shut down those responsible for distributed denial of service attacks.
Hackers posted threats and contact information of US military personnel.
Researchers said the antibiotic, which has yet to be trialled in humans, could one day be used to treat drug-resistant infections caused by the superbug MSRA, as well as tuberculosis
For the first time, frogs have been seen giving birth to tadpoles.
A hacker activist group known as Lizard Squad said it was responsible for the PSN outage as well as delays on Microsoft's Corp's Xbox network; Microsoft quickly fixed the problem.
Chancellor Angela Merkel's government wants to bring 1 million battery-powered vehicles onto the roads of Europe's largest economy by the end of the decade.
North Korea experienced Internet problems last weekend and a complete outage of nearly nine hours before links were largely restored on Tuesday.
#ICantBreathe and #IAmMikeBrown are the two top trending social media hashtags of the year.
The vehicle is the first one that marries the automobile functionality and software engineering into one working car. It will be tested in 2015.
Spanish news publishers want government to negotiate with Google.
The Russian space station Mir, launched by the Soviet Union in 1986, operated until 2001 and President Vladimir Putin is now seeking to reform Russia's once-pioneering space industry
Google's action caps a decade of acrimony with news publishers who blame the search giant for revenue and readership declines
Top climate envoy gives broad support for global deal but says country's "special circumstances" must be factored.