UK’s DECC once again mulls risking solar defeat in jaws of victory.

April 29, 2014 Clean Energy 

Solar Power Portal: “The department of energy and climate change (DECC) is set to announce a review into the level of support offered to large-scale solar through the Renewable Obligation scheme, with a number of industry figures bracing themselves for the news.”
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UK support for renewables remains unwaveringly high in DECC poll.

April 29, 2014 Clean Energy 

Solar Power Portal: “The UK public has shown consistent support for renewable energy in the third of a series of opinion surveys published by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC).”
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Apple, with 100% renewable data centres, launches climate ad campaign.

April 22, 2014 Change for Good, Clean Energy, Climate 

Guardian: “Climate change is real and a real problem for the world, Apple said on Monday, announcing its progress on environment targets ahead of Earth day.”
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Conservative heavyweights now have solar industry in their sights.

April 19, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate 

LA Times: “….Solar, once almost universally regarded as a virtuous, if perhaps over-hyped, energy alternative, has now grown big enough to have enemies. The Koch brothers, anti-tax activist Grover Norquist and some of the nation’s largest power companies have backed efforts in recent months to roll back state policies that favor green energy.”
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A “terrordome” in solar pricing threatens fossil -fuel business models.

April 10, 2014 Clean Energy, Coal, Finance, Gas, Oil 

Business Insider: “It’s now a question of how and where, not if, solar becomes a dominant force in energy markets. AllianceBernstein’s Michael Parker and Flora Chang published a note last week with the following chart showing how rapidly the cost of solar on a real-dollars-per-million-BTU equivalent basis has, in many instances, come to match that of conventional fuels.” Read more

Nafeez Ahmed reviews Energy of Nations, Part 2: “Could he be right?”

Nafeez Ahmed in the Guardian: “In The Energy of Nations: Risk Blindness and the Road to Renaissance, Dr Jeremy Leggett – a former oil geologist and government adviser on renewable energy – warns of the risk of an imminent global oil crash as early as next year, and no later than 2020. In my first post on Leggett’s new book, I focused on his analysis of our “risk blindness.” But despite his trenchant and uncompromising stance on the potentially catastrophic consequences of business as usual, Leggett is no doomer.”
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“Global solar dominance in sight as science trumps fossil fuels.”

April 9, 2014 Clean Energy 

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard in the Telegraph: “Solar power has won the global argument. Photovoltaic energy is already so cheap that it competes with oil, diesel and liquefied natural gas in much of Asia without subsidies.”
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UK Conservative party plans to ban onshore wind farms, maybe dismantle.

April 4, 2014 Clean Energy 

Guardian: “The Conservative party is planning to pledge in its manifesto for next year’s general election that it will introduce a moratorium on future onshore windfarms from 2020 on the grounds that they have now become “self-defeating”.”
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UK government publishes strategy targeting solar rooftop generation.

April 3, 2014 Clean Energy 

Solar Trade Association: “The UK Government has today published the first dedicated Solar Strategy of any EU Government. The Strategy seeks to strengthen the UK’s position in the booming global solar market, which is estimated at a massive ~46GW in 2014 by Deutsche Bank – a 50% increase on total installed global capacity.”
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The disruptive potential of solar power: “long term implications” for all.

April 1, 2014 Clean Energy 

McKinsey Quarterly: “The economics of solar power are improving. ….Consumption continued rising even as the MAC Global Solar Energy Index fell by 50 percent between 2011 and the end of 2013, a period when dozens of solar companies went bankrupt, shut down, or changed hands at fire-sale prices.”
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“The energy transition tipping point is here, and there is no going back.”

March 12, 2014 Clean Energy, Coal, Finance, Gas, Nuclear, Oil 

Chris Nelder on SmartPlanet: “I have waited a long time—decades, really—for a tipping point in the energy transition from fossil fuels to renewables beyond which there can be no turning back. Fresh evidence pertaining to many themes I have explored in this column over the past three years suggests that tipping point is finally here.”
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100% renewable energy ambassadors appeal on Fukushima anniversary

March 11, 2014 Clean Energy, Commentaries, Nuclear 

World Wind Energy Association: “Three years after the Fukushima/Daiichi nuclear disaster, the Global100RE Ambassadors are highlighting the need to refrain from using hazardous nuclear and fossil energy sources and instead shift towards 100% renewable energy.”
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Solar booms in the UK.

March 5, 2014 Clean Energy 
Recharge: “Last year, while Britain’s politicians and media were arguing over the merits of nuclear energy, offshore wind and fracking, large-scale PV quietly and methodically boomed.”
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How to renewable-power the States, state by state.

February 24, 2014 Clean Energy 

REW.com: “….Back in 2011 Stanford professor Mark Jacobsen envisioned what that might require, and followed that up with an analysis of how to accomplish it in New York State. ….Now he’s extended his analysis to all 50 U.S. states, laying out a resource roadmap to how each of them could meet 100 percent of their energy needs (electricity, transportation, heating) through renewable sources by 2050 — excluding nuclear, ethanol and other biofuels.”
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Renewables revolution now in full swing, says Amory Lovins.

February 17, 2014 Change for Good, Clean Energy, Climate 

Guardian: “Heating systems are so 20th century,” he says. “We have found you actually save money by not putting in a heating system. It’s cheaper. The monitoring system uses more energy than the lights.”
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SolarAid closes in on a million solar lantern sales.

February 11, 2014 Change for Good, Clean Energy, Commentaries 

SolarAid’s retail brand SunnyMoney nears 900,000 solar lanterns sales, should pass a million c. May. What I saw:
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China sets world record for annual national solar installation.

January 30, 2014 Clean Energy 

Guardian: “China installed a record 12GW of solar power in 2013, doubling its rate of solar installations, according to preliminary figures. This is more than has ever been installed by any country in a single year and means that China installed three times more solar energy in 2013 than the total UK solar capacity.”
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US solar jobs growing 10x > national average employment growth.

January 27, 2014 Change for Good, Clean Energy 

REW.com: “….In total there were 142,698 solar workers in the U.S. as of November 2013. A solar worker is defined as someone who devotes at least 50 percent of his or her work to solar-related activities.  This is a 20 percent increase over 2012 figures and ten times higher than the national average employment growth rate, which was 1.9 percent.”
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Renewables provide 37% of all new 2013 US generating capacity.

January 27, 2014 Clean Energy, Gas 

REW.com: “According to the latest “Energy Infrastructure Update” report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects, renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) accounted for 37.16 percent of all new domestic electrical generating capacity installed during calendar-year 2013 for a total of 5,279 MW.”
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EU’s renewable energy plan is a ‘lame-duck’ ‘setback’, industry says.

January 23, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Commentaries 

Bloomberg: “Wind and solar power producers said they’re at risk of losing investment after the European Union’s executive arm scrapped proposals for a mandatory target on renewable energy use in 2030.”
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