Archive for the ‘Clean Energy’ Category

India now seeks 100GW of PV by 2022.

November 21, 2014 Clean Energy

Bloomberg: “India said its renewable-energy industry must eventually learn to live without government support and that it’s seeking to generate five times more power from solar by 2022 than its previous target.”
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China climate pledge would require 50,000 solar farms.

November 21, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Nuclear

Bloomberg: China, which does nothing in small doses, will need about 1,000 nuclear reactors, 500,000 wind turbines or 50,000 solar farms as it takes up the fight against climate change.”
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India plans $100bn of renewables investment by 2020.

November 6, 2014 Clean Energy

FT: “India will need $250bn of investment in power generation and transmission over the next five years to meet its goal of doubling electricity output and connecting everyone to the grid, according to the new government.
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“Fracking’s mythology is single biggest threat to the solar revolution.”

November 5, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Commentaries, Finance, Gas, Oil

Jeremy Leggett in Recharge magazine: “There are days of late when the solar revolution seems to be an inevitability, and an imminent one.
When one reads that by 2020 an “energy trio” purchase of solar roof plus electric vehicle plus domestic battery will be able to pay for itself within six to eight years, while giving a 7% pre-tax return on investment, how could it be otherwise? Especially when that prognosis comes from a team of analysts at the world’s biggest private bank. Such developments, UBS says, will change the face of the energy industry.
But then there are days when the vehemence of the incumbency’s rearguard action is so daunting that one wonders if Big Energy can delay the solar revolution, maybe for years, or even derail it.”
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Storage will soon replace simple cycle combustion turbine peaker plants.

November 5, 2014 Clean Energy, Gas

REW.com: “Power grids need extra generating capacity to work properly. For example, about 20 percent of New York State’s generation fleet runs less than 250 hours a year. Because they don’t run much, “peaker plants” are by design the cheapest and least efficient fossil generators.”
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“One Trillion Tonnes and $5 Trillion: Thoughts on IPCC Synthesis Report.”

November 3, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Finance, Gas, Oil

Mark Lewis for Kepler Cheuvreux (no url): “….The (IPCC) Synthesis Report states that if the world is to stand a better than even chance  of limiting warming  to no more than 2°C, only about one trillion tonnes of CO2 more can be emitted from 2011 onwards (the precise amount will depend on emissions trends for other GHGs).”
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CO2 budget 1.1 tn tons, & fossil-fuel subsidies exceed reductions spend.

November 3, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Finance, Gas, Oil

Bloomberg: “The world can only consume a fraction of the known deposits of fossil fuels if it’s to avoid the most dangerous effects of climate change, according to the biggest assessment of the issue.”
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IPCC 1990 – 2014: a quarter century of The Carbon War.

October 31, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Commentaries, Finance, Gas, Oil

Jeremy Leggett on the Greenpeace Energy Desk: “When the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change completed its First Assessment Report in 1990, almost a quarter of a century ago, I worked for Greenpeace as a climate campaigner.”
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Storage not needed until renewables are 60% of German power: Agora.

October 30, 2014 Clean Energy

REW.com: “Until recently, the going orthodoxy among supporters of Germany’s Energiewende, or clean energy transition, was that storage capacity for electricity was vital to expanding renewables in Germany’s power supply.”
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Swiss group Alevo announces $1 bn investment in battery manufacturing.

October 28, 2014 Clean Energy

Guardian: “Could a long-vacant cigarette factory in North Carolina build the rechargeable battery that will unlock the future of the clean energy economy?”
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EU leaders agree to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030.

October 24, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Gas, Oil

Guardian: “European leaders have struck a broad climate change pact obliging the EU as a whole to cut greenhouse gases by at least 40% by 2030. But key aspects of the deal that will form a bargaining position for global climate talks in Paris next year were left vague or voluntary, raising questions as to how the aims would be realised.”
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Climate and clean energy now in top 3 US electoral ad issues.

October 23, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Gas, Oil

Tree Alerts (no url): “Climate and energy issues now rank in the top three issues mentioned in electoral ads as the midterm elections near in the US.”
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Solar PV reduces costs of running buildings & can increase value.

October 22, 2014 Clean Energy

PV Magazine: “Published in conjunction with real estate investment firm JLL, a new Solarcentury report highlights the positive impact that solar PV installations can have on the performance of U.K. commercial property.”
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Advanced biofuels company warns oil lobbying may smother industry.

October 17, 2014 Clean Energy

FT: “The US risks killing off its nascent advanced biofuels industry as soon as it is launched because of inadequate support from regulations, the chief executive of one of the sector’s leading companies has warned.”
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India announces 15GW of new new solar in next 5 years.

October 16, 2014 Clean Energy

REW.com: “The federal government of India announced the largest of its National Solar Mission (NSM) programmes to date — 15,000 MW over the next five years.”
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Putin strengthening China-Russia ties for renewable energy development.

October 16, 2014 Clean Energy

REW.com: “China has encroached so strongly into Russia this year — a shift meant mainly to mollify the U.S. impact on the countries’ economic interests and the world stage — that the dominance made even prominent Russians fearful of the Asian giant.”
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Germany’s clean energy costs decline on domestic bills for the first time.

October 15, 2014 Clean Energy

REW.com: “German electricity consumers will for the first time see a drop in the fee added to their bills to fund renewables, a boost for Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has pledged to curb the cost for voters.”
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“Welcome to the energy transition”: Times special report.

October 15, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Commentaries, Gas, Oil

The Times: “It is tempting to be selective and take sustainability success stories, such as the positive climate stance of President Obama, Rockefeller Foundation divestment, and record-breaking solar power generation in China and Germany, as evidence of a global tipping-point moment for the clean and green agenda.”
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Giant battery unit aims at renewable-power storage holy grail.

October 14, 2014 Clean Energy

Bloomberg: “At a windy mountain pass on the edge of the Mojave Desert, North America’s most potent collection of batteries used for storing unused power is humming its way toward an electricity revolution.”
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Mining companies lobby G20 leaders to back coal as future of energy.

October 14, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal

Guardian: “Mining companies are campaigning for the G20 leaders’ meeting to support continued use of coal as a solution to the global “energy poverty” crisis, as Australia resists the inclusion of climate change on the formal agenda.”
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