Edelman formally declares it will not accept climate denial campaigns.

August 7, 2014 Climate 

Guardian: “Edelman, America’s biggest public relations firm, has for the first time formally declared it will not take on campaigns that deny global warming, in response to an investigation by the Guardian.”
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China, finding exploration “challenging”, halves its shale gas target.

August 7, 2014 Gas 

Reuters: “China has halved the quantum of shale gas it expects to produce by 2020 after early exploration efforts to unlock the unconventional fuel proved challenging, according to an industry website and a government source.”
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Corporatisation of US green energy: a double-edged sword worth billions.

August 7, 2014 Climate, Finance 

Guardian: “There’s a popular meme that surfaces on green energy blogs, forums, and Facebook pages. The gist is that large corporations love oil and gas because they can own and control it. They’re against renewable energy because no-one can own the sun or wind. The problem for anti-corporate green-energy campaigners is, increasingly: the meme isn’t true.”
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Oil price up as Sunni militants close in on Kurdish territory.

August 7, 2014 Oil 

FT: “The price of Brent crude rose above the $105 mark on Thursday after reports that Islamist militants were creeping closer to the semi-autonomous Kurdish region’s oilfields.”
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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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EIA: Oil & gas cos take on debt, sell assets to boost cash flow.

August 4, 2014 Gas, Oil 

Rigzone: “Oil and gas companies are taking on debt and selling assets to make up for the shortfall between operational cash flow and cash being spent, according to a recent report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).”
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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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World’s top PR companies rule out working with climate deniers.

August 4, 2014 Climate 

Guardian: “Some of the world’s top PR companies have for the first time publicly ruled out working with climate change deniers, marking a fundamental shift in the multi-billion dollar industry that has grown up around the issue of global warming.”
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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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Coal to be “forbidden” from Beijing by 2020.

August 4, 2014 Climate, Coal 

Xinhua: “Beijing will ban coal sales and use in its six main districts and other regions by the end of 2020 to cut air pollution, local authorities said on Monday.”
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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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Blow to UK renewables as plan for Europe’s largest windfarm is scrapped.

July 31, 2014 Clean Energy 

FT: “Plans for Europe’s largest wind farm off the north Wales coast have been scrapped after Celtic Array, the joint venture between Centrica and Dong Energy of Denmark, said the project was “economically unviable”.”
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Renewables hit 15% UK market share in 2013 (Germany 28% in H1 2014).

July 31, 2014 Clean Energy 

Recharge: “Almost 15% of the UK’s electricity was generated by renewable sources in 2013 compared to 11.3% in the previous year – a new record for the country, government statistics released today show.”
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EU underplays financial benefits of a 40% 2030 target for energy efficiency.

July 31, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate 

Mark Lewis for Kepler Cheuvreux (no url): “The European Commission presented its 2030 Climate & Energy Package in January of this year, targeting a 40% reduction in EU greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions by 2030 relative to 1990 levels (building on the 2020 target of a 20% reduction), and a 27% target for energy consumption from renewable sources by 2030 (building on the 2020 target of 20%).”
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