Giant battery unit aims at renewable-power storage holy grail.

October 14, 2014 Clean Energy 

Bloomberg: “At a windy mountain pass on the edge of the Mojave Desert, North America’s most potent collection of batteries used for storing unused power is humming its way toward an electricity revolution.”
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Solar and wind cost may fall to level for coal by 2020s, study says.

October 7, 2014 Clean Energy, Coal, Finance 

Bloomberg:  ”The cost of solar and onshore wind power may fall to the same level as generation from fossil fuels by the 2020s, energy consultant Poyry Oyj (POY1V) said in a report.”
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Renewables spending on the increase after two years of decline – except EU.

October 2, 2014 Clean Energy, Finance 

Bloomberg: “About $175 billion was spent globally on renewable energy projects during the first three quarters, up 16 percent from the same period last year, with Chinese solar investment at a record, according to a Bloomberg New Energy Finance report.”
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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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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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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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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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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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Renewables to win two-thirds of energy investment by 2030: Bloomberg.

July 1, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Finance, Gas, Nuclear, Oil 

Bloomberg: “Renewable energy may reap as much as two-thirds of the $7.7 trillion in investment forecast for building new power plants by 2030 as declining costs make it more competitive with fossil fuels.”
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Solar and wind leaving “a trail of blood” on German utility balance sheets.

June 27, 2014 Clean Energy, Coal 

Bloomberg: “Germany is headed for its biggest electricity glut since 2011 as new coal-fired plants start and generation of wind and solar energy increases, weighing on power prices that have already dropped for three years.”
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German parliament votes in revisions of clean-energy law.

June 27, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate 

REW.com: “German lawmakers backed an extensive revision of the country’s EEG clean-energy law to curb subsidies and slow gains in power prices that are the second-costliest in the European Union.”
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Berlin accuses Brussels of trying to scupper the Energiewende.

June 26, 2014 Clean Energy 

FT: “Brussels and Berlin traded barbs on Thursday amid a bitter row over EU competition rules allegedly scuppering reforms to Germany’s prized renewable energy programme.”
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UK and Germany beat solar records as community schemes multiply.

June 24, 2014 Change for Good, Clean Energy 

TreeAlerts (no url): “As EU Sustainable Energy Week begins, the UK and Germany have demonstrated what can be achieved, announcing they have both broken records for generating solar electricity this month.”
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Global race underway to develop floating offshore wind turbines.

June 23, 2014 Clean Energy 

Guardian: “The Windfloat turbine is one of the frontrunners in a global race to develop flotillas of wind turbines that can conquer the deep oceans and reap the strongest winds on the planet. Existing offshore wind turbines, standing on concrete and steel foundations driven into the ocean floor, flounder on heavy costs in depths greater than about 40 metres.”
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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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Renewables hit a record of just under 70% power in Germany.

Renewables International: ”….an overview of Sunday, when renewables made up nearly 3/4 of domestic German power demand. Power prices in Germany were negative for much of the afternoon yesterday, as our latest Distributed Renewables chart shows.”

Cleantech sector gaining steam – despite regulatory and other setbacks.

May 1, 2014 Clean Energy 

Sara Hastings-Simon, Dickon Pinner, and Martin Stuchtey of McKinsey: ”….Is cleantech failing? In a word, no. Rather, the sector has experienced a cycle of excitement followed by high (and often inflated) expectations, disillusionment, consolidation, and then stability as survivors pick up the pieces.” Read more