Archive for the ‘Clean Energy’ Category

Conservative heavyweights now have solar industry in their sights.

April 19, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate

LA Times: “….Solar, once almost universally regarded as a virtuous, if perhaps over-hyped, energy alternative, has now grown big enough to have enemies. The Koch brothers, anti-tax activist Grover Norquist and some of the nation’s largest power companies have backed efforts in recent months to roll back state policies that favor green energy.”

Wind farms far more popular than fracking, UK poll suggests.

April 14, 2014 Clean Energy, Gas

FT: “Britons would prefer to live near a wind farm over a “fracking” site by a majority of three to one, according to an opinion poll published on Monday.”

“Averting climate change catastrophe is affordable, says IPCC report.”

April 13, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Finance, Gas, Oil

Guardian: “Catastrophic climate change can be averted without sacrificing living standards, according to a landmark UN report published on Sunday. It concludes the transformation required to a world of clean energy and the ditching of dirty fossil fuels is eminently affordable.”

“UN urges huge increase in green energy to avert climate disaster.”

April 13, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Finance, Gas, Nuclear, Oil

Guardian: “Mitigation of Climate Change, by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a panel of 200 scientists, will make it clear that by far the most realistic option for the future is to triple or even quadruple the use of renewable power plants.” (more…)

“We need an apartheid-style boycott to save the planet”: Archbishop Tutu.

April 10, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Finance, Gas, Oil

Desmond Tutu in the Guardian: “Twenty-five years ago people could be excused for not knowing much, or doing much, about climate change. Today we have no excuse. No more can it be dismissed as science fiction; we are already feeling the effects.”

Nafeez Ahmed reviews Energy of Nations, Part 2: “Could he be right?”

April 9, 2014 Change for Good, Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Commentaries, Finance, Gas, Nuclear, Oil

Nafeez Ahmed in the Guardian: “In The Energy of Nations: Risk Blindness and the Road to Renaissance, Dr Jeremy Leggett – a former oil geologist and government adviser on renewable energy – warns of the risk of an imminent global oil crash as early as next year, and no later than 2020. In my first post on Leggett’s new book, I focused on his analysis of our “risk blindness.” But despite his trenchant and uncompromising stance on the potentially catastrophic consequences of business as usual, Leggett is no doomer.”

“Global solar dominance in sight as science trumps fossil fuels.”

April 9, 2014 Clean Energy

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard in the Telegraph: “Solar power has won the global argument. Photovoltaic energy is already so cheap that it competes with oil, diesel and liquefied natural gas in much of Asia without subsidies.”

Crowdfunding seen topping $5 bn for rooftop solar within 5 years.

April 8, 2014 Change for Good, Clean Energy, Finance

Bloomberg: “Crowdfunding may supply the rooftop solar projects with $5 billion of investment within five years, more than 50 times the amount raised to date.”

Renewable energy investment fell for second year running in 2013.

April 7, 2014 Clean Energy, Finance

UNEP: “According to Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2014 ….the investment drop of $US35.1 billion was partly due to the falling cost of solar photovoltaic systems. The other main cause was policy uncertainty in many countries, an issue that also depressed investment in fossil fuel generation in 2013.”

UK Conservative party plans to ban onshore wind farms, maybe dismantle.

April 4, 2014 Clean Energy

Guardian: “The Conservative party is planning to pledge in its manifesto for next year’s general election that it will introduce a moratorium on future onshore windfarms from 2020 on the grounds that they have now become “self-defeating”.”

UK government publishes strategy targeting solar rooftop generation.

April 3, 2014 Clean Energy

Solar Trade Association: “The UK Government has today published the first dedicated Solar Strategy of any EU Government. The Strategy seeks to strengthen the UK’s position in the booming global solar market, which is estimated at a massive ~46GW in 2014 by Deutsche Bank – a 50% increase on total installed global capacity.”

“No fool like an old fuel”: latest Leggett column in Recharge.

April 3, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Finance, Gas, Oil
Recharge magazine: “Shell’s 2013 annual report includes an interesting statement about the company’s potential death. “Over time, we expect that a growing share of our CO2 emissions will be subject to regulation and result in increasing our costs,” it reads.”

How SolarAid’s retail brand sold a million solar lanterns in Africa.

April 3, 2014 Change for Good, Clean Energy

Business Green: Targeting schools “links perfectly with the social benefits offered by solar lamps, providing affordable and renewable lighting under which school children can complete their homework, and in turn driving up educational standards in communities.”

The disruptive potential of solar power: “long term implications” for all.

April 1, 2014 Clean Energy

McKinsey Quarterly: “The economics of solar power are improving. ….Consumption continued rising even as the MAC Global Solar Energy Index fell by 50 percent between 2011 and the end of 2013, a period when dozens of solar companies went bankrupt, shut down, or changed hands at fire-sale prices.”

Ofgem to launch full investigation into Big 6, possibly leading to breakup.

March 27, 2014 Clean Energy, Coal, Gas, Nuclear

Guardian: “Britain has been warned that it faces an energy investment freeze and a heightened risk of blackouts after the industry watchdog called for the deepest ever investigation into the big six power suppliers.”

The vulnerable US grid: how a little dispersed generation would help a lot.

March 24, 2014 Clean Energy, Coal, Gas, Nuclear “….the human race has been reminded again and again that big things have their vulnerable points. The U.S. power grid, sometimes called the world’s largest machine, is no exception.”

List of tech companies targeting 100% renewables energy grows.

March 21, 2014 Change for Good, Clean Energy, Climate

Guardian: “Software giant SAP plans to figuratively power its operations worldwide with 100% renewable electricity by the end of this year, according to its sustainability report released today.”

Growing global energy use threatens water supplies, UN warns.

March 21, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Gas, Oil

Guardian: “Growing demand for energy will put increasing pressure on the world’s already strained water resources, particularly in developing and emerging economies, the UN has warned.”

After investing more than $8 bn in renewables, BP retreats.

March 20, 2014 Clean Energy, Gas, Oil

Bloomberg: “BP Plc, recovering from an oil spill that may cost it as much as $42 billion, said it hasn’t set a new target for investing in renewable energy after investing $8.3 billion in the business.”

How does an aging workforce build an electric power plant? Er, I forget.

March 18, 2014 Clean Energy, Coal, Gas, Nuclear

Mass-marketing e-mail: “Participants at this 2nd Utility Aging Workforce Conference will become familiar with the utility and energy industries challenges and trends concerning the aging workforce, effective knowledge transfer, and retirement impacts. Over one-half (50%) of utility workers will be eligible to retire in the next 6-8 years.” (more…)