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Energy minister's electorate backs higher emissions reduction target, poll shows

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Tue, 09/18/2018 - 18:00

ReachTel poll of Angus Taylor’s voters finds 42.3% want Australia to cut emissions more deeply

More voters in the electorate of the new energy minister, Angus Taylor, support an emissions reduction target for electricity and a higher national target than the Paris commitment than oppose those positions.

A ReachTel poll of 690 residents across the federal electorate of Hume, which reaches from Boorowa in the southern tablelands of New South Wales to Camden on Sydney’s southern fringe, was commissioned by the Australia Institute. It found the sample was divided over a range of climate and energy questions, but more people supported stronger action on emissions reduction than opposed it.

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.@AngusTaylorMP in #qt "the (RET) target reaches a peak in 2020 and we will not be replacing that with anything." Extraordinarily confirmation the Liberals will have no energy policy! He's the Minister for higher power prices and anti-renewables #auspol

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Yves Rannou leaves hydro for wind

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 09/18/2018 - 16:00

Yves Rannou, formerly president and chief executive officer of hydro for GE Renewable Energy, has taken a position as CEO of Senvion S.A., a manufacturer of wind turbines.

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SolarReserve Teams with Heliostat SA to Create South Australian Jobs

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 09/18/2018 - 14:37
SolarReserve, a developer of large-scale solar power projects and solar thermal technology, announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Heliostat SA, a South Australian company focused on the manufacture and assembly of heliostats and heliostat components.
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Energy Poll: 8 out of 10 South Koreans Want Clean Energy

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 09/18/2018 - 13:17
According to the survey of 1,003 South Koreans across the nation, 86.2 percent of respondents said they are in favor of the expansion of renewable energy, such as solar and wind power.
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ABB in Multi-million Philippines Geothermal Deal

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 09/18/2018 - 11:12

ABB has won a multi-million-dollar retrofit deal to upgrade six geothermal units at two power plants in the Philippines.

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The 100 Percent Renewables Vision is Reachable Says Wartsila

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 09/18/2018 - 09:44

“Smart technology is unlocking the 100 per cent renewables future,” said the boss of Wartsila Energy Solutions today.

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Coalition won't replace renewables target after it winds down in 2020

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Tue, 09/18/2018 - 06:39

‘We will reach the 26% emission reduction target without additional intervention,’ minister says

The energy minister, Angus Taylor, says the Morrison government will not be replacing the renewable energy target “with anything” after it winds down in 2020.

Taylor confirmed there would be no policy to reduce emissions in the electricity sector during an answer to the Greens MP Adam Bandt in question time on Tuesday.

Related: Steep emissions reductions targets won't drive up power bills, modelling shows

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Hydrogen-powered Vehicles Seek Another Shot at Green-Car Race

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 16:06
It’s lighter, abundant and finally ready to take on Tesla. Hydrogen-powered vehicles are gearing up to challenge electric vehicles again in the race for mass-market clean cars. This week, a much larger group of companies signed on to a global coalition aimed at drumming up government support for the technology that Tesla Inc. Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk has derided as “ mind-bogglingly stupid” for cars. The firms also pledged to find a cleaner way to produce the gas.
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China’s EV Charging Infrastructure Sector Consolidating, Maturing

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 15:55
As of the end of 2017, there were nearly 450,000 installed charging stations (also called charging points or power points) across China, including 214,000 set up by the government for public use, up 51 percent since the end of the prior year. The remaining 232,000 were privately-owned units. At the time, the proportion of ownership of electric vehicles (EVs) to charging stations in the country was below 4:1.
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China Adds 9.46 GW of Installed Wind Power Capacity for the First 7 Months of 2018

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 15:21
China added 9.46 GW of installed wind power capacity for the first seven months of this year, up by 23 percent from the same period of last year, according to the latest statistics from China’s National Energy Administration (NEA). For the seven months, the average utilization of wind power equipment reached 1,292 hours, an increase of 174 hours from a year earlier.
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Germany launches world's first hydrogen-powered train

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 14:20

Two trains built by the French train maker Alstom are now operating on a 62 mile stretch of line in northern Germany

Germany has rolled out the world’s first hydrogen-powered train, signalling the start of a push to challenge the might of polluting diesel trains with costlier but more eco-friendly technology.

Two bright blue Coradia iLint trains, built by French TGV-maker Alstom, on Monday began running a 62 mile (100km) route between the towns and cities of Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervoerde and Buxtehude in northern Germany – a stretch normally plied by diesel trains.

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Asset Performance Optimization for Distributed Energy Resources

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 14:07
Globally, the energy markets continue to witness an increased proliferation of distributed renewable resources (DER). The onsite power and behind-the-meter market segments are probably the biggest applications of DER generation technologies. Instances of outages and equipment fails in off-grid locations, along with random surges in power demand, can cost millions of dollars per day in lost revenue to asset owners. Adverse weather conditions and inefficient performance can exponentially increase the risk profile of these projects, creating an imperative need to optimize asset performance.
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California plans to show the world how to meet the Paris climate target | Dana Nuccitelli

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 10:00

Governor Jerry Brown signed an executive order for statewide carbon neutrality by 2045

Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed State Senator and US Senate candidate Kevin de León’s SB 100, which mandates that the state obtain all of its electricity from zero-carbon sources by 2045. That in itself was a big deal, but Brown didn’t stop there; he also issued an executive order calling for the entire California economy to become carbon-neutral by 2045. That’s a huge deal.

In order to stay below the Paris climate threshold of 2°C global warming above pre-industrial temperatures, humanity must become carbon-neutral by around 2060 or 2070. If California can meet Brown’s target, it will be providing the rest of the world a blueprint for meeting the Paris target. As the world’s fifth-largest economy, California can provide a powerful roadmap for others to follow.

Levels of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, are already rising. The Trump EPA wants to further loosen rules on leaks and releases by the oil and gas industry.

We’re launching our own damn satellite!

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Global Climate Summit Celebrates Emission Reduction Progress; Calls for Bolder Action to Meet Paris Climate Goals

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 09/14/2018 - 16:06
On the premise that the nations of the world are not doing enough to meet the goals of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, Governor Jerry Brown, New York City’s former Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other dignitaries convened a high-profile international gathering in San Francisco September 12-14 to inspire more ambitious action and showcase successful efforts.
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Spain Plans $116 Billion Energy Retrofit

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 09/14/2018 - 15:56
The Spanish government is exploring ways to persuade investors to finance a 100 billion-euro ($116 billion) transformation of its energy system as it tries to move beyond past policy mistakes that led to widespread losses and lawsuits.
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Australian Energy Storage Company Raises AU $16.3 Million in IPO

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 09/14/2018 - 15:22
South Australian energy storage company 1414 Degrees will start trading on the Australian Securities Exchange after raising $16.3 million as part of its IPO.
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Big Oil Aims to Exploit Brazil's Sun and Wind Along With Crude

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 09/14/2018 - 11:53
European oil majors are looking for more than just deepwater gushers in Brazil. They also plan to profit from the country’s abundant wind and sunshine.
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Building America's Regional Offshore Wind Powerhouses – 10 GWs & Counting

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 09/14/2018 - 09:12
Atlantic States' commitment to OSW driving economies of scale & declining costs. Now they must cooperate as regional teams to empower market competition, enable industry supply chain & ensure share of 160,000 new U.S. jobs.
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Pollutionwatch: hazy air of cities 'reducing solar panel efficiency'

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Thu, 09/13/2018 - 20:30

As urban air pollution affects the passage of daylight, photovoltaic panels lose efficiency finds study

Haze over cities is a visual reminder of the air pollution we breathe. This is less obvious than the coal smoke induced gloom that Victorians suffered. In the 1880s central London had just 17% of the winter sunshine that was measured in the countryside. This had only improved to 45% by 1916–20.

However, even modern haze is still reducing sunlight in cities. Scientists find that in Delhi air pollution over the city is reducing the efficiency of solar panels by between 12% and 17%, depending on the type of photovoltaic technology. Losses are between 9% and 13% in Beijing, and around 2% in London and Los Angeles.

Related: Rain or shine: new solar cell captures energy from raindrops

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Most Investors Are Going Green to Make Money, HSBC Says

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 09/13/2018 - 14:49
Make money first, save the planet second. Those are the reasons for most investors to get into green finance, according to HSBC Holdings Plc.
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