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7 Incoming Governors Strongly Support Renewable Energy Goals

Two-thirds of voters in Arizona fell prey to one of the most vicious disinformation campaigns in the annals of US politics last Tuesday. Bombarded by more than $25 million worth of lies bought and paid for by local utility company Arizona Public Service, they turned thumbs down on a proposal that would have required the state to obtain 50% of its electricity from renewable energy sources — not including nuclear — by 2030.

Arizona’s loss is several other states’ gain, however. Incoming governors in Connecticut, Maine, Colorado, Illinois,  Nevada, New Mexico, and Oregon have all pledged to beef up their state’s renewable energy goals, according to a report by PV Magazine.
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Global Wind Turbine Market Value To Hit $48 Billion By 2022, Led By APAC

The global wind turbine market is expected to continue to grow over the next few years, according to new figures published by analysts GlobalData, with market value estimated to be $47.83 billion in 2022, up from $44.75 billion in 2017, driven primarily by onshore development

GlobalData published a new report last week which claimed that the global wind turbine market will surf the wave created by renewable energy global investment trends aimed at addressing power sector challenges. The authors of the report point out the obvious, that “solar and wind are prevalent due to the availability of resources across the world” and that “Power sectors in countries are moving towards improving energy security, self-sufficiency, and addressing climate change issues; driving the utilization and deployment of clean energy technologies such as wind as a power generation source.”

With regards the wind turbine market specifically, GlobalData expects the Asia Pacific region to lead the way, with a market value in 2022 of $17.24 billion and an aggregate market value of $93.85 billion. They will be followed by the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) with an aggregate market value of $88.77 billion — although, it’s worth noting, GlobalData expects EMEA to “outrun” the Asia Pacific region in terms of market value for offshore wind installations, as compared to wind as a whole Continue reading “Global Wind Turbine Market Value To Hit $48 Billion By 2022, Led By APAC”

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Germans to pay slightly lower levy for renewable energy in 2019

Germany will cut a green energy surcharge on consumers’ electricity bills by 5.7 percent next year, but savings for households will be limited as other fees are expected to rise.

Germans pay the highest electricity bills in Europe as state-induced taxes and fees account for over 50 percent of power bills.

German power network operators (TSOs) said on Monday that revenues collected to support green electricity are high and wholesale market prices have risen, allowing renewables producers to rely less on subsidies.

Next year the surcharge under the renewable energy act (EEG) – a fee that accounts for over a fifth of energy bills – will fall to 6.405 euro cents (7.4 US cents) per kilowatt hour (kWh), from 6.792 cents this year, TSOs said in a statement.

That was a steeper cut than forecast by industry group BEE last week, but may be offset by rises in other levies such as those on use of transport grids.

“Consumers should not pin too much hope on noteworthy price cuts by their electricity suppliers,” said Arik Meyer, managing director of SwitchUp, an online service for supplier switches. Continue reading “Germans to pay slightly lower levy for renewable energy in 2019”

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Will the clean energy revolution enhance energy security?

Over the next few decades the world’s energy systems will undergo a seismic revolution, with a transformation on a massive scale as renewable energy takes over from fossil fuels. This will be driven not only by the urgent imperative to address climate change, but also by the overwhelming economics of renewable energy.

This article examines the implications of the energy revolution for national security. The analysis is in three parts:
the implications for the security of supply chains; the shift from a centralised energy generating system to a disseminated network of myriad energy sources; and the implications for cyber security.

The first and most marked change in the energy security balance will be the shift away from traditional fuel supply lines,
and the disappearance of dependence on foreign energy sources for many nations.

The ability to exploit indigenous renewable energy (including solar photovoltaics, wind, concentrated solar thermal, geothermal, wave and tidal generation) will mean nations rely less and less on imported fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas.

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Harvesting renewable energy from the sun and outer space at the same time

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Scientists at Stanford University have demonstrated for the first time that heat from the sun and coldness from outer space can be collected simultaneously with a single device. Their research, published November 8 in the journal Joule, suggests that devices for harvesting solar and space energy will not compete for land space and can actually help each other function more efficiently.

Renewable energy is increasingly popular as an economical and efficient alternative to fossil fuels, with solar energy topping charts as the worldwide favorite. But there is another powerful energy source overhead that can perform just the opposite function — outer space.

“It is widely recognized that the sun is a perfect heat source nature offers human beings on Earth,” says Zhen Chen, the first author of the study, who is a former postdoctoral research associate at Stanford in the group of Shanhui Fan and is currently a professor at the Southeast University of China. “It is less widely recognized that nature also offers human beings outer space as a perfect heat sink.”

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Consumer Reports Survey Finds Most Americans Want More Renewable Energy

The Trump maladministration wants to choke us all with more emissions from coal-fired generating plants, but a survey of 1200 Americans conducted by GfK for Consumer Reports finds the vast majority of Americans want more renewable energy and less power plant pollution. The survey also reveals that plenty of utilities seem to have a credibility issue with their customers. Consumers Union has submitted the results of the survey to the EPA as part of the public comment process on rolling back the Clean Power Plan that ended October 31.

Proving beyond a reasonable doubt that people are smarter than the politicians they elect, a staggering 81% of respondents agreed that reducing pollution from power plants is a worthwhile goal. The survey included 400 people living in 4 states where coal is the predominant source of electricity — Illinois, Ohio, Tennessee, and Virginia. Their responses were not significantly different than those from people living in other states where coal power is less prevalent.

76% of people surveyed agreed that increasing renewable energy such as solar and wind is a worthwhile goal. 70% said they expect electricity to become cleaner over time. Oddly enough, climate change barely moves the needle for most voters, but renewable energy — which is directly connected to climate change — does. Continue reading “Consumer Reports Survey Finds Most Americans Want More Renewable Energy”

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UK renewable energy capacity surpasses fossil fuels for first time

The capacity of renewable energy has overtaken that of fossil fuels in the UK for the first time, in a milestone that experts said would have been unthinkable a few years ago.

In the past five years, the amount of renewable capacity has tripled while fossil fuels’ has fallen by one-third, as power stations reached the end of their life or became uneconomic.

The result is that between July and September, the capacity of wind, solar, biomass and hydropower reached 41.9 gigawatts, exceeding the 41.2GW capacity of coal, gas and oil-fired power plants.

Imperial College London, which compiled the figures, said the rate at which renewables had been built in the past few years was greater than the “dash for gas” in the 1990s. Continue reading “UK renewable energy capacity surpasses fossil fuels for first time”

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National forest logging on upward track, official says

The volume of timber cut from Northwest national forests is increasing due to collaborative planning and growing state involvement in logging projects, according to an Oregon forest supervisor.

For example, the Willamette National Forest — Oregon’s foremost timber producer and a regular top contender nationally — aims to generate 100 million board-feet in 2020, up from about 75 million to 80 million board-feet in 2018, said Tracy Beck, the forest’s supervisor.

Last year, 66 million board-feet were harvested from the forest, according to federal statistics.

Contrary to the common belief that federal logging projects are being tied up in litigation, lawsuits have only been a filed against a handful of the hundreds of projects in the area, Beck said at a recent timber industry tour in Corvallis, Ore.

“We’re winning most of those cases,” he said. “I really feel like collaboration has helped keep us out of court.” Continue reading “National forest logging on upward track, official says”

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US Corporate Renewable Energy Procurement Hits Record Levels

Corporate renewable energy procurement is currently on track to exceed 5 gigawatts (GW) in 2018, according to figures announced recently by the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance, which is so far tracking a new record of at least 4.96 GW worth of new capacity already acquired this year.

So far this year (as of October 19) there have been 59 deals signed by US corporates for a total of 4.96 GW — already a new record over the previous high of 3.22 GW set in 2015, and representing the most first-time buyers in a single year.

The largest corporate-backed projects announced and signed this year include the 315 megawatt (MW) Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) signed between Microsoft and sPower in March for electricity from the 500 MW Pleinmont I and II solar farms in Virginia; and the dual announcement made by AT&T in February for 300 MW of wind energy from a project in Texas and 220 MW for wind energy from a project in Oklahoma. (It’s worth noting that AT&T followed that up in June with a separate 300 MW PPA to secure electricity from two Texas wind farms.) Continue reading “US Corporate Renewable Energy Procurement Hits Record Levels”

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Pilot forestry investment zone launched in Cumbria

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The government has announced a pilot forestry investment zone (FIZ) in Cumbria, which will seek to encourage investment in tree planting across the region.

The pilot will run for two years and will be used as a test case for rolling out the initiative more widely around the country.

The aim is to accelerate the planting of larger-scale woodland and forestry to help meet a government target of planting an additional 11m trees in England.

Financial support will be offered through the existing Countryside Stewardship and Woodland Carbon Fund grant schemes. Continue reading “Pilot forestry investment zone launched in Cumbria”