Archive for the ‘Clean Energy’ Category

Reasons for optimism about prospects for the Paris climate summit.

August 21, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Commentaries, Gas, Oil

BusinessGreen: “BusinessGreen Leaders Awards Champion of the Year, Jeremy Leggett, reveals why there are reasons to be optimistic in the run up to the Paris climate summit.”
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Oil industry on borrowed time as switch to solar and gas accelerates.

August 20, 2014 Clean Energy, Gas, Oil

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard in the Telegraph: “The props beneath the global oil industry are slowly decaying. The big traded energy companies resemble the telecom giants of the late 1990s, heavily leveraged to a business model already threatened by fast-moving technology. Citigroup warns – or cheerfully acclaims, depending on your point of view – that world energy markets are entering a period of “extreme flux”, with oil caught in triple encirclement by cheap natural gas, much more efficient vehicles and breathtaking advances in solar power as scientists crack the secrets.”
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UK energy dependence – five hidden costs expose truth about fracking.

August 18, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Commentaries, Gas, Oil

Jeremy Leggett in the Guardian: “The shale boom is a bubble waiting to burst as economics of extraction falter and the trickle of bad environmental news starts to swell.”
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Solar boom threatens first global solar panel shortage since 2006.

August 18, 2014 Clean Energy

Bloomberg: “The solar industry is facing a looming shortage of photovoltaic panels, reversing a two-year slump triggered by a global glut.”
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Citigroup: solar industry to outperform fossil fuels in long term.

August 15, 2014 Clean Energy, Gas

Blue&GreenTomorrow: “Investment bank Citigroup predicts that the solar industry will continue to grow on a global scale and will become competitive with fossil fuels, because of “pure economics” and the need to diversify energy supply over the long term.”
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Green energy co-ops blocked by UK government regulator.

August 15, 2014 Clean Energy

Guardian: “The future of community-owned green energy projects that ministers say are crucial to break the dominance of the ‘big six’ is being put at risk by the Financial Conduct Authority, according to co-operatives and the Labour party.”
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US utility buys solar home energy products company

August 14, 2014 Clean Energy

Recharge magazine: “NRG Energy will acquire personal solar products supplier Goal Zero, a move it says aligns with the company’s mission to lead the US market in “offering cleaner, smarter choices and sustainable lifestyle solutions to end-use energy consumers.”
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UK installed solar capacity now exceeds 5GW.

August 12, 2014 Clean Energy

SolarPowerPortal: According to the latest weekly analysis by NPD Solarbuzz on UK PV market deployment, the UK’s cumulative capacity has now reached 5GW.”
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US state breaks ground on a “perfect” solar & storage microgrid.

August 12, 2014 Clean Energy

REW.com: “Today Green Mountain Power (GMP) broke ground on a solar plus energy storage microgrid in Rutland, Vermont with one expert calling it a “perfect” project.”
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SolarCity, now worth $7bn, prepares to add solar loans to leases.

August 7, 2014 Clean Energy, Finance

Recharge: “SolarCity is “testing” home solar loan products, says chief executive Lyndon Rive, with such loans expected to soon begin eating into the market share of the lease model upon which SolarCity has thrived.”
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“Why Home Depot could soon be in charge of the power industry.”

August 6, 2014 Clean Energy

SmartGridNews.com: “NRG Energy CDO David Crane wants the private sector to lead the next energy revolution – even though that could put companies like his out of business. NRG Energy is America’s largest solar developer and one of the country’s largest power producers.”
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SunPower offers solar home power package to EV customers.

August 6, 2014 Clean Energy

REW.com: “Buyers of Volkswagen or Audi hybrids will find themselves getting yet another sales pitch as they leave a U.S. dealership next year — to buy a home power network that allows them to charge their new cars using only solar power.”
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Collective energy switching auction in UK saves £232 per household.

August 6, 2014 Clean Energy, Coal, Gas, Nuclear

Guardian: “Consumers who took part in the most recent council-led collective switching auction to get cheaper gas and electricity bills saved an average of £232 per household, the Local Government Assocation (LGA) has revealed.”
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Big 6 face criminal prosecution if suspected of price fixing.

August 5, 2014 Clean Energy, Coal, Finance, Gas, Nuclear

FT: “UK regulators will be given powers to prosecute anyone suspected of rigging the energy market, under proposals being put forward by the government.”
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Areva closes its solar business.

August 5, 2014 Clean Energy, Nuclear

Power Engineering: ‘Shares in Areva closed 20 percent lower on Friday as the French nuclear group posted a first-half loss and announced it was dropping its solar business.”
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The signs of energy system-change are coming think and fast now.

August 5, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Commentaries, Gas, Oil

Jeremy Leggett in Recharge magazine: “Some mornings these days, I open my laptop, check the energy news and have to pinch myself to make sure that I am not still dreaming, so fast are signs of system change emerging.”
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Big companies using thermal storage to meet carbon rules.

August 4, 2014 Clean Energy

Bloomberg: “Clustered deep beneath the trading floors of Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s Manhattan headquarters are 92 tanks with enough ice for 3.4 million margaritas.”
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Sharp cuts solar module business, shifts focus to energy storage systems.

August 4, 2014 Clean Energy

Bloomberg: “Sharp Corp., the Japanese company that stopped making solar panels in the U.S. and the U.K., is betting power users in the U.S. will benefit from a device to store energy and control demand when it’s needed the most.”
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“Rise of renewables adds to need for gas power”: FT.

August 3, 2014 Clean Energy, Gas

FT: “Something odd is happening at Europe’s big energy companies. They have stopped complaining so much about renewable energy subsidies.”
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Solar firms to sue UK government over subsidy cuts once again.

August 3, 2014 Clean Energy

Business Green: “Four of the UK’s leading solar companies are to sue the government over proposals to halt subsidies for large solar farms from early next year, sparking the third legal battle over solar policy in three years.”
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