Archive for the ‘Clean Energy’ Category

Germany drops proposed green pylon route amid strong opposition.

July 30, 2014 Clean Energy

FT: “Germany’s plans for new network of electricity pylons to distribute green power around the country have suffered a setback after the government scrapped a proposed route in the face of intense local opposition.”
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EV sales double in EU with Renault and Volvo in lead.

July 30, 2014 Clean Energy

Guardian: “New models helped sales of electric cars in the European Union double in 2013, but the zero-emission vehicles still only account for one in every 250 new cars sold.”
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“Solar and energy storage are a match made in heaven.”

July 28, 2014 Clean Energy

REW.com: “Solar and energy storage are a match made in heaven and a new report from the Solar Electric Power Association, “Electric Utilities, Energy Storage, Solar: Trends in Technologies, Applications and Costs,” takes a deep dive into the energy storage sector.”
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Apple eyes solar to power the cloud and iPhone 6 screen manufacturing.

July 25, 2014 Clean Energy

Guardian: “….The company, which once drew fire from campaigners for working conditions in China and heavy reliance on fossil fuels, is now leading other technology companies in controlling its own power supply and expanding its use of renewable energy.”
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The Energy of Nations: “thriller-like”, “fast-paced”, “wonderful anecdotes”.

July 24, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Commentaries, Finance, Gas, Nuclear, Oil

Germana Canzi: “It was with a bit of trepidation that I started to read Jeremy Leggett’s most recent book,The Energy of Nations: Risk Blindness and the Road to Renaissance (Routledge, 2013). Last time I read one of Leggett’s books – The Carbon Wars – it had such an impact on me that it contributed heavily to my decision to leave a promising job as a financial journalist to pursue a fascinating but less linear career in climate change policy.”
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Will the micro-grid put major power companies out of business?

July 23, 2014 Change for Good, Clean Energy, Coal, Gas, Nuclear

Guardian: “For the last century, the power created by large power generators (hydro, nuclear, coal and gas) has been brought to consumers via a grid comprised of transmission lines and cables with varying voltages.”
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EU agrees to improve energy efficiency 30% by 2030.

July 23, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Gas

Guardian: “European Union member states will have to improve their energy efficiency by nearly a third in the next 15 years, under new proposals unveiled on Wednesday by the European commission.”
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Wind energy the cheapest form of power in Denmark.

July 22, 2014 Clean Energy

Energy Digital: “According to the government of Denmark’s energy agency, onshore wind power is the cheapest form of new electricity generation. This puts it ahead of both renewable and non-renewable sources, including biomass, coal, and solar power.”
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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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