Wind farms far more popular than fracking, UK poll suggests.

April 14, 2014 Clean Energy, Gas 

FT: “Britons would prefer to live near a wind farm over a “fracking” site by a majority of three to one, according to an opinion poll published on Monday.”
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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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“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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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 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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Storage for renewable energy: expect big advances in 2014.

January 23, 2014 Clean Energy 

REW.com: “….new energy storage systems are helping grid operators fine-tune their management of wind and solar variability. Energy storage is a natural partner to renewable energy since it evens the peaks and valleys created by wind and solar production on the grid.”
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Wind energy helps ward off power outages in US icy winter blast.

January 8, 2014 Clean Energy 

REW.com: “Over the last 48 hours, wind energy played a critical role in keeping homeowners warm as grid operators across the Eastern and Central U.S. worked overtime to keep up with record-breaking winter demand.” Read more

UK windpower breaks monthly, weekly, and daily records in December.

January 2, 2014 Clean Energy 

Recharge: “British wind power enjoyed a boom December during which it set new delivery records to the nation’s grid, said RenewableUK.” Read more

SSE to close two coal-fired power plants.

December 20, 2013 Clean Energy, Coal 

Guardian: “Growing concerns about a future power generating capacity crunch were highlighted on Friday when SSE unveiled plans to close two coal-fired power stations, one of them the huge Ferrybridge complex in West Yorkshire.” Read more

Third Big 6 UK offshore wind farm cancellation or pullout in two weeks.

December 13, 2013 Clean Energy 

Guardian: “Scottish Power has abandoned a £5.4bn plan to build the world’s largest offshore wind farm, after four years of planning, because it is “not financially viable”.” Read more

UK renewable subsidy cuts hit onshore wind and solar pv.

December 4, 2013 Clean Energy 

Guardian: “Reduced subsidies for onshore windfarms and solar power announced on Wednesday are “good news”, according to a leading renewable energy trade body, because it shows the costs of the technologies are coming down. The cuts set out by the energy secretary, Ed Davey, mean onshore windfarms will for the first time receive lower subsidies than future nuclear power stations.” Read more

RWE axes huge UK offshore wind farm citing investor uncertainty.

November 26, 2013 Clean Energy 

Guardian: “Britain’s green ambitions have been dealt a blow as a big six energy company has pulled the plug on one of the world’s largest offshore windfarms, with the political storm enveloping the industry threatening the multibillion-pound investments needed to meet emissions targets and head off a looming capacity crunch.” Read more

Almost all new US generating capacity added in October is solar.

November 21, 2013 Clean Energy 

REW.com: “The U.S. brought online nearly 700 MW of new electricity generation in October, and practically all of it was large-scale solar energy, according to data from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Office of Energy Projects.” Read more

SSE and other EU utilities speak up for renewables, against the gas alliance.

November 13, 2013 Clean Energy, Gas 

EnergyPost: “At a meeting in the European Parliament on 5 November, organized by Eufores, the “Coalition of Progressive European Energy Companies” took the opportunity to stress the importance of the contribution of renewable energy to European competitiveness, growth, employment and energy security.” Read more

3 reasons why Germans are going renewable “at all costs”.

REW.com: Germany is racing past 20 percent renewable energy on its electricity grid, but news stories stridently warn that this new wind and solar power is costing “billions.” But often left out (or buried far from the lede) is the overwhelming popularity of the country’s relentless focus on energy change (energiewende).” Read more

A response to US critics of Germany’s Energiewende: Mark Jacobsen.

October 7, 2013 Clean Energy 

REW.com: “In 2009, Jacobson caught people’s attention with his co-authored article A Plan To Power 100 Percent of the Planet With Renewables, which was the cover story of November’s Scientific American.” Read more

European utilities declare a form of war on renewables.

October 1, 2013 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Commentaries, Gas, Nuclear, Oil 

Jeremy Leggett column in Recharge magazine: “The closer renewables get to becoming the first choice for energy, the more our opponents come out into the open and show themselves as the intransigent incumbency they are at heart.” Read more

9 utility bosses say solar and wind policies threaten EU energy security.

September 9, 2013 Clean Energy, Coal, Gas, Nuclear 

FT: “Nine of Europe’s biggest utilities have joined forces to warn that the EU’s energy policies are putting the continent’s power supplies at risk. Gérard Mestrallet, chief executive of  GDF Suez and Paolo Scaroni, head of Italian oil group  Eni, will present proposals for reforming the system at a European Parliament meeting on Tuesday.” Read more