China secures the lead in renewable energy - UPI.com, BEIJING, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- China is now the leader in the global renewable energy market, a report by Ernst & Young says. Read more »
The web site is the latest in a series of measures from the government designed to facilitate the rollout of community-scale renewable energy projects, which critics have long claimed have been neglected in favour of onsite and larger-scale projects.
Coalition calls on ‘big society’ to embrace small energy New Community Energy Online web site to provide guidance on how to deliver local renewables projects, BusinessGreen, By James Murray25 Nov Read more »
According to 1Block Off The Grid, U.S. taxpayers have contributed over $500 each towards fossil fuel subsidies in the past 5 years, compared to just over $7 for solar power. Subsidies do not come out of thin air; they are the result of indirect taxation or tax breaks that see less revenue coming into government coffers. Ultimately, the cost is borne by the taxpayer and the consumer.
1Block Off The Grid states that if solar power received the same financial support as fossil fuel in the U.S., solar energy would be cheaper than fossil fuel generated electricity across the nation.
The Cheap Energy Era That Wasn’t, Renewable Energy news, 25 Nov 10, Fossil fuels – not so cheap As the era of “cheap” energy courtesy of fossil fuels draws to a close; it’s becoming increasingly apparent it never really existed. Our addiction to fossil fuels appears to have been a case of “easy credit” – where you get the goods immediately, but the paying is always hard and long and the full costs not always apparent at the point of sale. Read more »
Approval by the Massachusetts DPU comes on the heels of news that Cape Wind project construction will soon bring over 1,000 new manufacturing, staging, assembly, construction, and operations jobs to Massachusetts.
Massachusetts OKs Cape Wind Deal with National Grid Reuters Ecopolitology Nov 23, 2010 by Timothy B. Hurst Cape Wind, the first offshore wind farm ever approved in the U.S., today passed another major milestone with the approval by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities of a 15-year Power Purchase Agreement with the utility, National Grid, to buy Cape Wind’s energy, capacity and renewable energy credits. Read more »
the Harper government has favoured solutions that benefit established industries in the Conservatives’ Western Canada power base. In its last budget, the government created a “clean-energy fund” of nearly $800 million, but most of the money is being invested in carbon capture and storage, which oilsands developers plan to use to store carbon emissions underground.
Tories quietly reviewing support for renewable energy technologies Companies say Canada needs to urgently develop a national strategy for clean energy By Andrew Mayeda, Vancouver Sun, s November 22, 2010 Read more »
Meanwhile, Erin Noble with the Missouri Coalition for the Environment said that wind and solar energy would be better investments than nuclear power.
“Both of which [are] dramatically cheaper than nuclear and don’t have the nuclear waste issue, and can be actually implemented today and put Missourians to work today,” Noble said.
Critics oppose deal to pursue new nuclear reactor in Missouri. KWMU. Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio (2010-11-22) A deal announced last week to pursue a second nuclear power plant in Missouri is beginning to draw criticism. Read more »
Britain today pledged to spend several hundred million pounds to finance a series of private sector green energy initiatives intended to bring electricity to some of the poorest African and Asian households….In Asia the project could generate 5GW of new renewable energy and create 60,000 jobs,”
Government to fund private sector renewable energy schemes for Africa Global development | guardian.co.uk, 18 Nov 10, The international development secretary, Andrew Mitchell, pledges to finance green energy projects proposed by industry that could raise £9 for every £1 of government money guardian.co.uk, 18 November 2010 Read more »
Research and development is needed to prepare the electric grid for the coming onslaught of new solar and wind power, in much the way farmers must prepare the ground before sowing a crop, (picture below from Repower America)
Report: Electric Grid R&D Must Parallel Expansion of Renewable Power, NYTimes.com, By JENNY MANDEL November 16, 2010 tThe Energy Department should expand its research on energy storage, long-distance electricity transmission and short-term weather forecasting in order tosupport the growing use of renewable energy, the American Physical Society says in a report released today. Read more »
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IRENA – Building a New Energy Agency RenewablesNovember 15, 2010 by Anja Atkinson On the 24th and 25th October, the International Renewable Energy Agency held it’s fourth session of the Preparatory Commission in Abu Dhabi. All together 300 delegates attended from more than 100 countries. Read more »
Green power rallies Toronto Sun, 15 Nov 10, VANCOUVER – Backing Canada’s leading renewable energy companies wasn’t just a feel-good venture this past year. It made investors rich as shares of big producers enjoyed market-beating returns. Read more »
VIDEO Sky News: Completely green city being built in UAE Completely green city being built in UAE, Sky News, 15 Nov 10, The United Arab Emirates is on track to produce a completely new – and rather unexpected source of future revenue – in the oil-rich country.Masdar City is being built 17 kilometers from Abu Dhabi, and is the world’s first completely green city.As Abu Dhabi’s government-backed renewable energy company established in 2006, Masdar is also known as the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company.It aims to advance the development, commercialisation and deployment of renewable energy solutions and clean technologies.Masdar City is powered by renewable energy and its buildings are covered in solar panels.It aims to have a zero carbon and zero waste environment.The project will be completed between 2020 and 2025.Sky News: Completely green city being built in UAE
A “commercial” nuclear reactor would cost upwards of 15 billion dollars to build in America today and require massive government subsidies which could be invested in, for example, offshore wind power and transmission lines instead.
A response to President Obama on nuclear industry, Media With Conscience , By Ace Hoffman, 8 Nov 10, During a press conference after the elections this week, President Obama made a short reference in vague support of nuclear energy. He said:”There’s been discussion about how we can restart our nuclear industry as a means of reducing our dependence on foreign oil and reducing greenhouse gases. Is that an area where we can move forward?” Read more »
the solar energy sector has created 17,000 jobs since 2009, and supports roughly 46,000 related jobs in the U.S. Employment in solar is expected to surpass 60,000 jobs by the end of 2010.
“Californians get it,” said Rooney. “California continues to lead the way on a critical national policy debate by rejecting the Prop. 23 notion that clean energy means fewer jobs.
CALIFORNIA VOTERS REJECT PROP 23 AND SEND MESSAGE: “RENEWABLE ENERGY IS HERE TO STAY”altenergy.com Solar Industry Leader Says Validation of AB32 Cements Foundation for Continued Investment and Job Creation in America’s Largest Renewable Power Market NOVATO, CA—November 3, 2010 Read more »
the administration received dozens of applications, but then made little progress in getting them processed. So far, less than 3 percent of the money set aside for [renewable energy] loan guarantees has actually been formally assign…….
Obama Talks Big About Clean Energy While Cash Stripped From Key Program Internal Memo Advises President Obama to Fix Program or Scrap It ABC News By MATTHEW MOSK and TIM FLEMING. Nov. 3, 2010 While President Obama has touted his deep commitment to a clean energy industry, the administration has quietly drained more than half of the $6 billion allocated to a key renewable energy program Read more »
Americans’ scary scarcity of global warming knowledge, The Science Friday Blog, October 29, 2010 by Neil Wagner Study: 52% of Americans deserve an “F” for their climate change researchers from Yale University and the University of Wisconsin have published results of a study that show just how little the American public understands climate change. If the authors of the study were to give grades to those surveyed, 1% would get an A, 7% a B, 15% a C, 25 % a D and 52% an F! Yikes! That IS scary!
On the bright side, 75% said they would like to know more about the issue and that schools should teach our children about climate change.
New York Times story about the study … Americans’ scary scarcity of global warming knowledge
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