States and cities in the lead as clean energy goes mainstream.

July 25, 2014 Clean Energy 

REW.com:  ”Clean Edge’s recently released 2014 U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index finds the U.S. clean-tech market making impressive strides in many areas, while still hampered by inaction and inertia in others.” Read more

“Coal company pain accelerates as bankruptcy cases rise”: Bloomberg.

July 25, 2014 Coal, Gas 

Bloomberg: “The coal business, after fueling the Industrial Revolution and powering U.S. growth for much of the past century, is now beset by a glut of cheap natural gas and tighter regulation.”
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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”.

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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China’s coal industry says times are hard, outlook worse.

July 24, 2014 Climate, Coal 

Reuters: “More than 70 percent of China’s coal firms are making losses, the head of the coal industry association said on Thursday, with prices eroded by falling demand growth, a worsening supply glut and a war on smog.”
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Coal India’s plans for 20 mines hit by land, environmental delays.

July 24, 2014 Climate, Coal 

Reuters: “Twenty new coal mine projects by state-run Coal India, planned with annual capacity of 52 million tonnes, have been delayed by difficulties acquiring land and environmental clearances, the coal minister said on Thursday, underlining the uphill task he faces in reforming the sector.”
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Will the micro-grid put major power companies out of business?

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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Four reasons why US fracking may turn out to be a bubble.

July 23, 2014 Climate, Finance, Gas, Oil 

Quartz: “Hydraulic fracturing—the oil drilling technique that unlocks oil and gas tightly trapped in rock formations—has been a recent bonanza for the US, creating economic growth, cheap fossil fuels and even changing the way the earth looks from space. But is it going to last?”
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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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Residents “weep with relief” as council rejects Sussex fracking site.

July 22, 2014 Gas, Oil 

West Sussex Gazette: “Villagers wept with relief as plans for exploratory drilling between Kirdford and Wisborough Green were thrown out by the county council today (Tuesday July 22).”
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UK, Germany & Poland top list of 30 dirtiest coal-fired power stations.

July 22, 2014 Climate, Coal 

Guardian: “The UK and Germany lead a list of the EU’s most polluting coal-fired power stations compiled by environmental campaigners, who say coal emissions are undermining efforts to combat climate change. Both countries have nine of the so-called “dirty 30” and the campaigners say coal burning is increasing due to the relatively low price of the fuel compared to gas.”
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Fears slump in Russia could trigger new global economic meltdown.

July 22, 2014 Finance, Gas, Oil 

Larry Elliot in the Guardian: “….The meltdown scenario can be easily sketched out. Every global downturn since 1973 has been associated with a sharp rise in the price of energy. Russia is one of the world’s biggest energy suppliers and is responsible for about one-third of Europe’s gas.”
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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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Top geologist warns fracking hearing of the dangers of shale gas drilling.

July 22, 2014 Gas, Oil 

ClickGreen.com: “Proposals for pilot fracking under consideration by West Sussex County Council have been attacked as “incomplete, incompetent and “disingenuous” by a leading academic.”
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World breaks temperature record for June after hottest May.

July 21, 2014 Climate 

AP: “The globe is on a hot streak, setting a heat record in June after it alsobroke the record for May. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced on Monday that last month’s average global temperature was 16.2C (61.2F), which is 0.7C higher than the 20th-century average. It beat 2010′s record by one-twentieth of a degree.
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Climate models accurate when reflecting natural ocean cycles.

July 21, 2014 Climate 

Guardian: “Predicting global surface temperature changes in the short-term is a challenge for climate models. Temperature changes over periods of a decade or two can be dominated by influences from ocean cycles like El Niño and La Niña”
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Kashagan delays mar outlook for Eni, Total and Shell.

July 20, 2014 Oil 

FT: “Three of Europe’s largest oil companies could take a $1.5bn hit to earnings as a result of delays to Kashagan, the $50bn oil project in the Caspian Sea that has been bedevilled by hold-ups and cost over-runs.”
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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.

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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