Archive for the ‘Clean Energy’ Category

George Osborne defeated in attempt to weaken UK carbon budget.

July 22, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate

Guardian: “The chancellor, George Osborne’s hopes of weakening the UK’s carbon budget for the next decade were quashed on Tuesday when Lib Dem energy secretary, Ed Davey, said the target would not be changed.”
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Diesel supply bedevils investments in Africa’s internet: solar can help.

July 19, 2014 Clean Energy

FT: “If you wake me up at 2 am and ask me what I am thinking about, the answer is power,” says Pankaj Kulshrestha, chief operating officer of Eaton Towers, one of a crop of infrastructure companies that have sprung up in the past five years to control some 15 per cent of Africa’s telecoms towers.”
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Solar displacing oil for lighting, en route to the rest of fossil fuels.

July 19, 2014 Change for Good, Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Commentaries, Gas, Oil

Robyn Williams on ABC Radio National: “Jeremy Leggett describes kerosene lamps as the vampires of developing communities in Africa. They suck financial resources to provide pitiful light, noxious fumes, lost houses and schools due to accidents, as well as damaging emissions.”
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Solar on UK commercial buildings: big vacant spaces, big opportunity.

July 18, 2014 Clean Energy, Commentaries

Jeremy Leggett in the Guardian: “As the cost of solar energy plunges, the solar industry is growing at whatsome describe as “lightning speed”. But that is a global picture. Nationally, the situation varies greatly, depending on the attitude of the incumbent government.”
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UK economy less energy efficient than China’s.

July 18, 2014 Clean Energy

Guardian: “Germany is the world’s most energy efficient country with strong codes on buildings while China is quickly stepping up its own efforts, an environmental group said Thursday.”
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Australia kills off carbon tax.

July 17, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Gas, Oil

Guardian: “Australia’s carbon price has been repealed, leaving the nation with no legislated policy to achieve even the minimum 5% greenhouse emissions reduction target it has inscribed in international agreements.”
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Green bond market, growing at 60% pa, becomes mainstream.

July 17, 2014 Change for Good, Clean Energy, Climate, Finance

Guardian: “The market for green bonds has grown 60% this year compared to 2013, surpassing expectations and leading experts to say a niche has now become mainstream.”
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Renewables are now almost 15% of UK electricity, £8bn annual investment.

July 17, 2014 Clean Energy

PA: “Almost £8bn was invested in renewable energy in the UK last year, according to a report by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).”
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Reports of the death of green jobs have been exaggerated.

July 16, 2014 Clean Energy, Commentaries

FT:  ”Global investment in clean energy fell 12 per cent in 2013 according to Bloomberg. So are we watching the nails go in the coffin of an unaffordable technology? And has the green jobs bubble burst along with it?” (more…)

UK on track to miss carbon targets, climate change advisers warn.

July 15, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate

Guardian: ”The coalition’s flagship insulation programmes have failed to put the UK on the right track to meet its commitments on cutting greenhouse gases, a review by the statutory advisers on climate change has found.”
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US should broke rules with tariffs on Chinese solar modules, WTO finds.

July 15, 2014 Clean Energy

REW.com: “In a move that many in the solar industry applauded, a World Trade Organization panel found that the US government overstepped its bounds when it imposed tariffs on solar panels and other goods from China.”
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China requires EVs to be 30% of state vehicle purchases by 2016.

July 14, 2014 Clean Energy, Oil

Bloomberg: “China is mandating that electric cars make up at least 30 percent of government vehicle purchases by 2016, the latest measure to fight pollution and cut energy use after exempting the autos from a purchase tax.”
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China exempts new electric cars from tax.

July 10, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Oil

Guardian: “China will exempt electric cars and other types of “new energy” vehicles from purchase tax, the government said, as it seeks to reduce pollution and conserve resources.”
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Helsinki’s ambitious plan to make car use redundant in 10 years.

July 10, 2014 Clean Energy, Oil

Guardian: “The Finnish capital has announced plans to transform its existing public transport network into a comprehensive, point-to-point “mobility on demand” system by 2025 – one that, in theory, would be so good nobody would have any reason to own a car.”
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UK High Court rules for solar companies’ £132 million damages claim.

July 9, 2014 Clean Energy

Solar Power Portal: “The High Court has ruled in favour of 14 UK solar companies who brought a £132 million damages claim against the government.”
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Electric ‘Boris cars’ come to London, now that they work in Paris.

July 9, 2014 Clean Energy, Oil

Guardian: “….By any measure – including, judging from a random sample quizzed on the pavement last month, customer satisfaction – Paris’s Autolib’ electric car sharing scheme is looking like a success.” (more…)

“Fossil industry is the subprime danger of this cycle” / solar the future.

July 9, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Finance, Gas, Oil

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard in the Telegraph: “The cumulative blitz on energy exploration and production over the past six years has been $5.4 trillion, yet little has come of it.”
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Deep decarbonization pathways available to hit 2˚C climate target: report.

July 9, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Finance, Gas, Nuclear, Oil

Guardian: “The United Nations was presented with a roadmap to avoid a climate catastrophe on Tuesday, prescribing specific actions for the world’s biggest economies to keep warming below 2C.”
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Deutsche Bank to lend $1 billion for solar in Japan.

July 8, 2014 Clean Energy, Finance

REW.com: “Deutsche Bank AG plans to lend about $1 billion for Japan solar projects, joining Goldman Sachs Group Inc. in funding cleaner energy as the government struggles to restart nuclear power plants after the Fukushima disaster.”
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150 UK companies appeal to PM to stop undermining solar industry.

July 7, 2014 Clean Energy, Commentaries

SolarPowerPortal: “A letter to Prime Minister, David Cameron urging him to support Britain’s thriving solar industry has been signed by more than 150 businesses.”
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