Nato chief accuses Russia of working with NGOs to discredit fracking.

June 19, 2014 Climate, Gas, Oil 

Guardian: “The head of one of the world’s leading groups of democratic nations has accused Russia of undermining projects using hydraulic fracturing technology in Europe.”
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SolarCity moves from installation-only to domestic solar manufacturing.

June 18, 2014 Clean Energy 
Recharge: “In an announcement that will reverberate across the global PV industry, SolarCity on Tuesday said it will acquire Silevo, a module technology company, and intends to build a “pilot” 1GW module factory in New York State within the next two years.”
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Al Gore argues we are at a turning point of new hope on climate.

June 18, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Gas, Oil 

Al Gore in Rolling Stone magazine: “In the struggle to solve the climate crisis, a powerful, largely unnoticed shift is taking place. The forward journey for human civilization will be difficult and dangerous, but it is now clear that we will ultimately prevail.”
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First steps on the road to a fossil-fuel-free future.

Jeremy Leggett on The Elders website: “Every journey begins with a first step. It suggests that if you can take one, you can take a few more. And maybe even many, many more.
Those of us with a belief system tuned to a bit of science know that the global community has to get rid of most carbon fuel use, maybe all, by 2050, maybe earlier. This will be some journey. Where might we take a first step? Where is there any evidence that we could eliminate an entire category of carbon fuel use?”
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Odds seem to be stacked against the frackers in Germany.

June 17, 2014 Gas 

Guardian: “Germany consumes 90bn cubic metres of natural gas a year, making it the world’s eighth biggest user. Only 12% of its consumption is home-produced – with 37% imported from Russia, a trade that has been increasingly perceived as a problem as the crisis in Ukraine has escalated. The EU energy commissioner, Günther Oettinger, claimed in March that fracking could free Germany from its dependency on Russian imports “for decades to come”.”

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“Energy Crunch” back as front-page headline.

June 17, 2014 Gas, Oil 

CityAM front page headline: “Fears of a disruptive energy price spike grew yesterday as conflict escalated in Iraq and Ukraine’s gas supplies from Russia were abruptly cut off.”
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REN21 report: Renewables added 56% of new generation in 2013.

June 16, 2014 Clean Energy 

REN21: “Renewable electricity capacity achieves new record level, jumps 8.3% in 2013, accounts for more than 56% of net additions to global power capacity;  renewables meet almost one-fifth of world final energy consumption.”
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Russia cuts off gas to Ukraine as talks collapse.

June 16, 2014 Gas 

Guardian: “Russia turned off the gas to Ukraine on Monday, the latest hostile act in the crisis between the two countries. Both sides blamed the other for the collapse of last-ditch talks in Kiev on Sunday evening that lasted into the early hours of Monday.”
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“Peak oil is dead” but the peakists “were not entirely wrong”, says FT.

June 16, 2014 Oil 

FT editorial: “Peak Oil is dead. The news that US output of liquid petroleum has regained its previous peak, reached in 1970, is enough to read the last rites over the idea that a region’s oil production will follow a shape like a bell curve, rising to a peak and then inexorably falling away.”
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Cautious optimism as US, China and EU all move at the climate talks.

June 16, 2014 Climate 

TreeAlert e-mail (no url): “Despite finishing a day earlier than scheduled, the Bonn climate negotiations ended on a positive note this weekend, with tentative progress being made towards a 2015 climate deal that will slash emissions and take the world off its current trajectory towards runaway climate change.”
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Coal’s global energy market share highest since 1970, despite everything.

June 16, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Gas, Oil 

Guardian: “Coal has reached its highest market share of global energy consumption for more than 40 years, figures reveal, despite fears that its high carbon emissions make it a prime cause of climate change.”
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“Iraq blowback: Isis rise manufactured by insatiable oil addiction”.

June 16, 2014 Oil 

Nafeez Ahmed in the Guardian: “Following the bulk of western reporting on the Iraq crisis, you’d think the self-styled ‘Islamic State of Iraq and Syria‘ (Isis) popped out of nowhere, took the west completely by surprise, and is now rampaging across the Middle East like some random weather event.”
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Oil firm drops drilling Congo gorilla park under celebrity pressure.

June 15, 2014 Oil 

Guardian: “Actress Anna Friel has said she was still “completely in shock” at the unexpected decision last week of British oil and gas company Soco to pull out of exploration plans in Africa‘s oldest national park, something she has been campaigning for on behalf of the wildlife charity WWF.”
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US oil production surpasses 1970 peak – if NGL are included.

June 15, 2014 Gas, Oil 

FT: “US production of liquid petroleum is surpassing its previous peak, reached in 1970, in the latest landmark for the country’s shale oil boom. Four decades of decline in US oil output have been reversed in just five years of growth.”
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Tesla plans to give away all patents to speed EV development.

June 13, 2014 Change for Good 

Guardian: “Electric carmaker Tesla Motors is handing over the keys to its technology in an unusual effort to encourage other automakers to expand beyond gasoline-burning vehicles.”
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Ohio Governor introduces bill to roll back wind and solar.

June 13, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal 

Guardian: “The coal-heavy state of Ohio rebelled against Barack Obama’s climate change agenda on Friday, becoming the first state to roll back measures promoting wind and solar power and energy efficiency.”
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Germany now has a smart grid of Volkswagen mini-generators.

June 13, 2014 Clean Energy 

Guardian: “Volkswagen car engines purr in the basement of German green power company Lichtblick’s test site in a church across the street from Berlin’s Jewish Museum.”
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Oil industry: “there is no clear evidence of a speculative ‘carbon bubble’.”

June 12, 2014 Gas, Oil 
IPIECA fact sheet: “Over the past year, the concepts of ‘unburnable carbon’, ‘stranded assets’ and a ‘carbon bubble’ have been promoted by a number of groups, gaining the attention of investors, academics and the media.” Read more

“Fossil fuels are on their way out”: Nelder on the stranded assets story.

June 12, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Finance, Gas, Oil 

Chris Nelder on SmartPlanet:  ”The topic of stranded assets in the fossil fuel sector is all the rage in climate policy circles, as well it should be. Even so, the discussion has really only scratched the surface of the subject, which deserves much broader attention.”
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Tourist guidebook to German renewables sites sells out.

June 11, 2014 Change for Good, Clean Energy 

Guardian: “….growing numbers of German communities think they have found a silver lining: they’re touting renewables as tourist attractions.” Read more