Renewable energy curb by Japanese utilities could force a nuclear restart.

September 29, 2014 Clean Energy, Nuclear 

FT: “Two Japanese utilities, responsible for about a fifth of the nation’s power, say they have had their fill of renewable energy, in a move that could add pressure on community leaders to allow idled nuclear reactors back on line.”
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Solar power world’s top electricity source by 2050, at 27% of mix: IEA.

September 29, 2014 Clean Energy 

Guardian: “Solar energy could be the top source of electricity by 2050, aided by plummeting costs of the equipment to generate it, a report from the International Energy Agency (IEA), the West’s energy watchdog, said on Monday.”
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Times “Fracking ‘greener than solar panels’” story refuted by author quoted.

September 24, 2014 Clean Energy, Gas 

Guardian: “Researchers at Manchester University have found that fracking causes less toxicity to humans and marine ecosystems and uses less resources than solar panels and wind turbines.”
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“How a single multinational corporation could light up the world.”

September 24, 2014 Change for Good, Clean Energy 

Guardian: “Most Americans take turning lights on for granted. But one in five people in the world still can’t plug anything in. The World Bank estimates 1.2 billion people lack electricity all together – resulting in millions of premature deaths yearly – and many more have undependable or unaffordable electricity service.”
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SolarAid’s CGI commitment: eradicate kerosene lamp from Africa by 2020.

September 23, 2014 Change for Good, Clean Energy, Climate 

SolarAid press release, no url: “At the 10th Annual Clinton Global Initiative, SolarAid commits to build an alliance to eradicate the kerosene lamp from Africa by 2020.”
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“Political will is only barrier to 100% renewables.”

September 22, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Commentaries 

TheEcologist: “A report published ahead of tomorrow’s UN Climate Summit shows that we can meet all our energy needs from renewables, writes Paul Brown – poor nations and prosperous, tiny islands and great cities, in any part of the globe. And some are doing it already.”
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“US solar and wind start to outshine gas”: FT.

September 18, 2014 Clean Energy, Gas 

FT: “Large wind farms and solar plants are now cost-competitive with gas-fired power in many parts of the US even without subsidy, according to Lazard, raising the prospect of a fundamental shift in the country’s energy market.”
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“Sun and wind alter global landscape, leaving utilities behind.”

September 13, 2014 Clean Energy 

NYT: “Of all the developed nations, few have pushed harder than Germany to find a solution to global warming. And towering symbols of that drive are appearing in the middle of the North Sea.”
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Solar industry set for record shipments of 52 GW in 2014.

August 29, 2014 Clean Energy 

Bloomberg: “Solar manufacturers are set to ship a record number of panels this year, with the largest makers expected to deliver 52 percent more panel between them than 2013.”
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Renewable energy grows at fastest ever rate.

August 28, 2014 Clean Energy 

Guardian: “Wind, solar and other renewable power capacity grew at its strongest ever pace last year and now produces 22% of the world’s electricity, the International Energy Agency said on Thursday in a new report.”
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UBS urges investors to join solar revolution.

August 27, 2014 Clean Energy, Finance 

Guardian: “Big power stations in Europe could be redundant within 10-20 years as electric cars, cheaper batteries and new solar technologies transform the way electricity is generated, stored and distributed, say analysts at the world’s largest private bank.”
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Oil industry on borrowed time as switch to solar and gas accelerates.

August 20, 2014 Clean Energy, Gas, Oil 

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard in the Telegraph: “The props beneath the global oil industry are slowly decaying. The big traded energy companies resemble the telecom giants of the late 1990s, heavily leveraged to a business model already threatened by fast-moving technology. Citigroup warns – or cheerfully acclaims, depending on your point of view – that world energy markets are entering a period of “extreme flux”, with oil caught in triple encirclement by cheap natural gas, much more efficient vehicles and breathtaking advances in solar power as scientists crack the secrets.”
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UK energy dependence – five hidden costs expose truth about fracking.

August 18, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Commentaries, Gas, Oil 

Jeremy Leggett in the Guardian: “The shale boom is a bubble waiting to burst as economics of extraction falter and the trickle of bad environmental news starts to swell.”
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Solar boom threatens first global solar panel shortage since 2006.

August 18, 2014 Clean Energy 

Bloomberg: “The solar industry is facing a looming shortage of photovoltaic panels, reversing a two-year slump triggered by a global glut.”
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Citigroup: solar industry to outperform fossil fuels in long term.

August 15, 2014 Clean Energy, Gas 

Blue&GreenTomorrow: “Investment bank Citigroup predicts that the solar industry will continue to grow on a global scale and will become competitive with fossil fuels, because of “pure economics” and the need to diversify energy supply over the long term.”
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Green energy co-ops blocked by UK government regulator.

August 15, 2014 Clean Energy 

Guardian: “The future of community-owned green energy projects that ministers say are crucial to break the dominance of the ‘big six’ is being put at risk by the Financial Conduct Authority, according to co-operatives and the Labour party.”
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US utility buys solar home energy products company

August 14, 2014 Clean Energy 

Recharge magazine: “NRG Energy will acquire personal solar products supplier Goal Zero, a move it says aligns with the company’s mission to lead the US market in “offering cleaner, smarter choices and sustainable lifestyle solutions to end-use energy consumers.”
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UK installed solar capacity now exceeds 5GW.

August 12, 2014 Clean Energy 

SolarPowerPortal: According to the latest weekly analysis by NPD Solarbuzz on UK PV market deployment, the UK’s cumulative capacity has now reached 5GW.”
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US state breaks ground on a “perfect” solar & storage microgrid.

August 12, 2014 Clean Energy 

REW.com: “Today Green Mountain Power (GMP) broke ground on a solar plus energy storage microgrid in Rutland, Vermont with one expert calling it a “perfect” project.”
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SolarCity, now worth $7bn, prepares to add solar loans to leases.

August 7, 2014 Clean Energy, Finance 

Recharge: “SolarCity is “testing” home solar loan products, says chief executive Lyndon Rive, with such loans expected to soon begin eating into the market share of the lease model upon which SolarCity has thrived.”
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