Archive for the ‘Clean Energy’ Category

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.”

Storage not needed until renewables are 60% of German power: Agora.

October 30, 2014 Clean Energy “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.”

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?”

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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

India announces 15GW of new new solar in next 5 years.

October 16, 2014 Clean Energy “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.”

Putin strengthening China-Russia ties for renewable energy development.

October 16, 2014 Clean Energy “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.”

Germany’s clean energy costs decline on domestic bills for the first time.

October 15, 2014 Clean Energy “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.”

“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.”

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.”

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.”

Investors desert Desertec plan for huge solar farms in desert.

October 14, 2014 Clean Energy

Guardian: “An ambitious project to harness and export solar power generated in Middle East and African deserts has all but folded after the withdrawal of most of the Desertec Industrial Initiative’s shareholders.”

China targets 100 GW PV by 2020 and no more state support.

October 13, 2014 Clean Energy “….let’s jump right in and look at the latest aggressive targets now being finalized by Beijing under its upcoming five-year plan for the sector between 2016 and 2020.”

EU subsidies: for every € going to solar, 0.67 goes to coal.

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

EU Press release: “The functioning of energy markets and the size and effect of government interventions has been the subject of debate for years. To date however, a consolidated dataset for government interventions in the power market of the European Union has been missing.”

Japan’s utilities turn on solar, threatening industry’s prospects.

October 9, 2014 Clean Energy, Coal, Gas, Nuclear

Bloomberg: “After spending almost $30 billion on solar energy in a single year and installing as many panels as exist in the whole of Spain, Japan is preparing to ratchet back its boom in photovoltaic power. At least five of the nation’s utilities are restricting the access of new solar farms to their grids.”

Solar and wind cost may fall to level for coal by 2020s, study says.

October 7, 2014 Clean Energy, Coal, Finance

Bloomberg:  ”The cost of solar and onshore wind power may fall to the same level as generation from fossil fuels by the 2020s, energy consultant Poyry Oyj (POY1V) said in a report.”

Austrian lithium projects seeks IPO as drive for EVs grows.

October 5, 2014 Clean Energy

FT: “….Several deals this year have suggested increased investor interest in lithium, and Tesla’s plans have focused fresh attention on sources of supply.”

Environmentalists’ appeal to foundations on climate: the full case.

October 2, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Commentaries, Finance, Gas, Oil
Jeremy Leggett in Recharge magazine: “Imagine two armies lining up for a make-or-break battle in a civil war. Envisage a group of financiers, worth hundreds of billions, most of whom want a certain side to win.”