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On the Way to 1 Million Solar Roofs: Los Angelenos Can’t Get Enough Solar Power

On the Way to 1 Million Solar Roofs: Los Angelenos Can’t Get Enough Solar Power | Combating Climate Change | Scoop.it

 
Los Angeles homeowners have been signing up for rooftop solar power installations in droves -- so much so that the overwhelming volume of applications threatened to overrun the program's budget and prompted the LA Dept. of Water and Power’s (LADWP) to actually shut the program down for five months last year.

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Over 600 MW Of New Solar Installed In Germany In October (YTD = Almost 7,000 MW)

Over 600 MW Of New Solar Installed In Germany In October (YTD = Almost 7,000 MW) | Combating Climate Change | Scoop.it
 
611.856 MW of new solar power modules were installed in Germany in October. The official numbers were just released by The German Federal Network Agency. Around 19,000 new solar plants were registered last month.
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Brighter days for solar power

Brighter days for solar power | Combating Climate Change | Scoop.it
China will allow distributed photovoltaic solar power producers to be connected to the national grid free of charge to support the renewable-energy industry.

 

During the first nine months, 2.71 million kW of PV solar power projects were integrated into the national grid within the State Grid's business areas, 4.2 times more than last year, according to Shu Yinbiao, executive vice-president of the company.

 

Those solar projects have generated a total of 2.52 billion kilowatt-hours during the first nine months, a 540 percent year-on-year increase.

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What the Arabs know about energy that Americans don't

What the Arabs know about energy that Americans don't | Combating Climate Change | Scoop.it

Why do Americans continue pursuing hazardous deepwater oil and fracked gas, when the Middle Eastern members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) are pouring hundreds of billions of dollars into power from the sun and other renewable sources?

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Grüne Energie: Die Lüge auf der Stromrechnung

Grüne Energie: Die Lüge auf der Stromrechnung | Combating Climate Change | Scoop.it
Von wegen grüne Energie ist teuer. Die Politik ist schuld an hohen Preisen. Den Stromkonzernen geht es nur darum, die Energiewende zu blockieren.
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Solar Energy System Approvals Surge Following Launch of Japan’s Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariff

Solar Energy System Approvals Surge Following Launch of Japan’s Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariff | Combating Climate Change | Scoop.it
Approvals for new solar and renewable power capacity in Japan look set to exceed a projected fiscal 2013 total of 2,500 megawatts (MW).
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Little power storage or coal power needed for 40% green power supply in Germany

Little power storage or coal power needed for 40% green power supply in Germany | Combating Climate Change | Scoop.it

A study conducted this summer by German engineering association VDE finds that there will be little need for power storage if Germany increases its share of renewable electricity by around 50%. And perhaps even more importantly, the engineers show that baseload power – coal and nuclear – will have to go as the country switches to renewables.

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“It pays to be a forerunner”: studies explore second-best scenarios of climate policy — PIK Research Portal

“It pays to be a forerunner”: studies explore second-best scenarios of climate policy — PIK Research Portal | Combating Climate Change | Scoop.it
09/27/2012 - Industrialized countries can profit from taking early action for climate change mitigation even if the rest of the world delays greenhouse gas emission cuts.
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EU Surpasses 100 Gigawatts of Wind Power

EU Surpasses 100 Gigawatts of Wind Power | Combating Climate Change | Scoop.it

Wind power in the European Union (EU) has surpassed 100 gigawatts according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). This is enough electricity generated per year to meet the total needs of 57 million households. The installation of wind power is accelerating: it took 20 years to install the first 10 gigawatts; 13 years to add another 90 gigawatts...

 

A few other stats: 100 gigawatts of wind power can produce the same amount of electricity over a year as 62 coal power plants, 39 nuclear power plants or 52 gas power plants. To produce the same amount of electricity it would requiring the mining, transporting and burning of 72 million tonnes of coal, at a cost of € 4,983 million, and emit 219.5 Mt of CO2, or would requiring extracting, transporting and burning 42.4 million cubic meters of gas, at a cost of € 7,537 million, and emit 97.8 Mt of CO2.

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Renewables share of Denmark's power tops 40 pct

COPENHAGEN, Sept 24 (Reuters) - The share of Denmark's total domestic power supply from renewable sources, mainly wind, exceeded 40 percent for the first time last year, the DanishEnergy Agency said on Monday.

 

The share of renewables rose to 40.7 percent of the domestic electricity supply in 2011, from 34.8 percent in 2010, with the portion from wind rising to 28.1 percent from 21.9 percent, the agency said in its annual statistical review.

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KPMG says rooftop solar power could be a game-changer for India - The Economic Times

KPMG says rooftop solar power could be a game-changer for India - The Economic Times | Combating Climate Change | Scoop.it
Rapid fall in solar prices and increase in cost of conventional power driven by fuel shortages has brought ‘grid-parity’ closer, which is expected to happen at a broad scale level by 2017 in India, according to the report, KPMG said in a report.
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German Electricity Prices Rise as Utilities Increase Their Profit Margin from 1.1% to 8.2%

German Electricity Prices Rise as Utilities Increase Their Profit Margin from 1.1% to 8.2% | Combating Climate Change | Scoop.it
In the debate about the cost of renewable electricity in Germany, the renewables sector and the governmental authorities are taking a closer look at the matter – and coming up with much different findings.

 

In November, Germany's four transit grid operators (the country has around 900 distributor grid operators) will once again determine the surcharge passed on to retail consumers to cover the cost of renewable electricity. The "EEG surcharge" (EEG is the German abbreviation for the Renewable Energy Act) is essentially the result of the cost of all feed-in tariffs minus the price of electricity on the power exchange; media reports estimate that this surcharge could rise by nearly 50 percent next year to more than five cents per kilowatt-hour. For large power firms like RWE and Vattenfall, the reason is obvious: the energy transition is not a free lunch, as they repeatedly tell German media. Vattenfall estimates that consumers face an additional 150 billion euros in costs by 2020.

 

Admittedly, the retail power rate in Germany (which is not set by the government, but rather by the market; any household in Germany can switch to any power provider) has risen by around 20 percent since 2007. But an analysis by Germany's Network Agency, which regulates gas networks and power grids, also recently found that the profits of power firms rose during that time from a profit margin of 1.1 to 8.2 percent. The Agency says that the net rate for power could have even dropped since 2009 had power firms passed on the lower cost of wholesale power to consumers; but unfortunately, only the factors that increased prices were passed on.

 

In 2012, prices on the power exchange are even lower. The main reason is the large share of renewable power, which is largely offsetting more expensive conventional plants only switched on to cover peak demand. Power providers benefit from these lower prices and could pass them on to consumers.

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Labor's carbon price pragmatism

Frank Jotzo

 

The price floor in Australia’s permit trading scheme will be replaced with a binding limit on CDM emissions credits, coupled with early linking to the EU emissions trading scheme, the Australian government announced today. It means a common carbon price in Australia and the EU, from 2015.

 

In an ideal world, maintaining the price floor and linking later would have been the preferable. But with political pressure on the price floor and the carbon pricing scheme overall, the arrangement announced today is a good alternative.

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Bitte setzt den Strompreis rauf!

Bitte setzt den Strompreis rauf! | Combating Climate Change | Scoop.it

Wenn man mich vor ein paar Jahren gefragt hätte, wie hoch meine Stromrechnung ist, hätte ich ahnungslos mit den Schultern gezuckt. 100 Kilowattstunden? 1.000, 10.000 im Jahr? Was ist überhaupt eine Kilowattstunde? Und wie setzt sich der Preis zusammen? Habe mal was gehört von Grund- und Arbeitspreis. Kapiert habe ich das nicht. Und mit wie viel Euro schlägt eigentlich der Öko-Aufschlag zu Buche? Und was macht das dann alles pro Jahr? Puh, aber so viel kann es nicht sein, denn es würde einem ja irgendwie auffallen, wenn das Konto nach der monatlichen Abbuchung der Stadtwerke dauernd überzogen wäre.

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IEA slams 'epic failure' of global energy efficiency policy

IEA slams 'epic failure' of global energy efficiency policy | Combating Climate Change | Scoop.it
Report bemoans 'disappointingly slow' progress in tapping energy efficiency potential, as figures show 30 per cent rise in fossil fuel subsidies...
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On the Way to 1 Million Solar Roofs: Los Angelenos Can’t Get Enough Solar Power

On the Way to 1 Million Solar Roofs: Los Angelenos Can’t Get Enough Solar Power | Combating Climate Change | Scoop.it

 
Los Angeles homeowners have been signing up for rooftop solar power installations in droves -- so much so that the overwhelming volume of applications threatened to overrun the program's budget and prompted the LA Dept. of Water and Power’s (LADWP) to actually shut the program down for five months last year.

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IKEA constructs multi-billion euro energy independence plan

IKEA constructs multi-billion euro energy independence plan | Combating Climate Change | Scoop.it
Retailer plans €1.5bn investment in wind and solar energy through to 2015 as part of new sustainability strategy...
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Kosten der Energiewende - Warum der Strompreis so stark steigt

Kosten der Energiewende - Warum der Strompreis so stark steigt | Combating Climate Change | Scoop.it
Der Zuschlag für die Erneuerbaren Energien steigt 2013 auf 5,3 Cent je Kwh. Das muss nicht sein, denn manche Kosten sind unnötig. Wer treibt den Preis hoch?

 

Laut FTD: Industriebefreiung 1,5ct, Offshore 0,25ct, ALTE Solaranlagen 1,4ct, Röttgen-Tricks 0,7ct, Stromversorger 0,3ct.

 

Und zu den Solaranlagen ist zu sagen, dass damit die Photovoltaik die Lernkurve runter gekauft wurde. Vergütung ursprünglich über 50ct, heute unter 20ct - Erfolgreiche Technologieförderung.

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Was kostet die Energiewende?

Was kostet die Energiewende? | Combating Climate Change | Scoop.it

Die Entwicklung der Strompreise ist zentrales Thema vieler Diskussionen zur Entwicklung des Energiemarktes im Allgemeinen wie auch zu den Kosten der Energiewende im Speziellen. Diese Fokussierung greift jedoch zu kurz. Denn erstens bildet die EEG-Umlage nicht den einzigen Stromkostenbestandteil mit steigender Tendenz, zweitens wirken die geförderten Strommengen im Großhandelsmarkt für Strom preisdämpfend und drittens beinhaltet die EEG-Umlage auch eine ganze Reihe von industriepolitisch motivierten Umverteilungsmechanismen.

 

Die Grafik zeigt den Energiewende-Kosten-Index des Öko-Instituts, der verschiedene Einflussfaktoren auf den Strompreis in der zeitlichen Entwicklung von 2003 bis 2015 abbildet. Wichtig ist es, zwischen der allgemeinen Stromkostenentwicklung und der auf die Energiewende zurückzuführenden Kosten zu differenzieren.

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klimaretter.info - "Preistreiber" Photovoltaik ist mit 0,01 Cent dabei - klimaretter.info

klimaretter.info - "Preistreiber" Photovoltaik ist mit 0,01 Cent dabei - klimaretter.info | Combating Climate Change | Scoop.it

Interessierte Kreise machen Stimmung gegen die angeblichen 'Preistreiber' erneuerbare Energien – die seien schuld an den Strompreiserhöhungen und der schon wieder steigenden EEG-Umlage. Doch an deren absehbarer Erhöhung um 1,5 Cent ist die Photovoltaik nur mit ganzen 0,01 Cent beteiligt. Der wirkliche Preistreiber sind die Ausnahmen für stromintensive Firmen.

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Studie: Langfristig spart Energiewende Geld

Studie: Langfristig spart Energiewende Geld | Combating Climate Change | Scoop.it

Von wegen teure Energiewende. Forscher des Fraunhofer-Instituts für Solare Energiesysteme haben die Zukunft der deutschen Strom- und Wärmeversorgung unter die Lupe genommen. Das Fazit ihrer Studie: Ist der Umbau hin zu erneuerbaren Energien erst geschafft, wird es billiger als heute – und zwar im zweistelligen Milliardenbereich.

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UK renewable energy output jumps by 42%

UK renewable energy output jumps by 42% | Combating Climate Change | Scoop.it
BusinessGreen: New government figures reveal UK renewable electricity capacity has soared 42% over the past year to 14.2GW...
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China to Double 2015 Solar PV Target to 40 GW

China to Double 2015 Solar PV Target to 40 GW | Combating Climate Change | Scoop.it
 
China has a habit of increasing its solar power targets. I think it's done so 3 times in the past year and a half. Its initial 2015 target of about 5 GW has been quadrupled to 21 GW in that time (see the link above for more info on that).

 

China is about to double its targeted installation rate for solar PV for the second time in as many months, and now expects more than 40GW to be installed by 2015.

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Germany – sane and just plain smart

Germany – sane and just plain smart | Combating Climate Change | Scoop.it

American journalist Craig Morris fact-checks error-ridden Forbes article on renewables in Germany.

 

"The fact is that none of what is happening in Germany fits what Americans think, and the only regular source of news from Germany in English is Spiegel Online, a laughable source of energy news (the Forbes article cites Spiegel). Germany is switching to renewables quickly, without raising its carbon emissions, with probably the most reliable grid in the world, on a market with freedoms Americans don't even know they lack, with a job market that continues to strengthen (even during the ongoing economic crisis), and in combination with a nuclear phaseout. None of this makes sense to Americans, who respond not by accepting the facts and changing their minds but by getting the picture wrong. So the question is not whether Germany is "insane or just plain stupid," but whether Forbes is "misinformed or just plain lazy." (Craig Morris)"

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Why Do We Hold Renewables To Different Standards Than Fossil Fuels And Nuclear?

Why Do We Hold Renewables To Different Standards Than Fossil Fuels And Nuclear? | Combating Climate Change | Scoop.it

Now that renewables are receiving some of the same incentives that fossil fuels have enjoyed for nearly one hundred years, we’re suddenly being inundated with calls for a purely “free-market” approach to energy development from politicians on the right and companies concerned about the growth of clean energy.

 

Their arguments make for good sound bites. But if we take a look at the history of energy development in the U.S., it’s very clear that we’ve never had a truly “free” market. In fact, all of the technologies that dominate our energy system today were given special incentives by the government in order to get them to commercial scale.

 

According to a recent report from the venture capital firm DBL Investors, the U.S. coal, oil, gas, and nuclear industries have cumulatively taken in more than $630 billion in tax credits, land grants, R&D programs, and direct investments from the government. That far surpasses the roughly $50 billion in government renewable energy investments (wind, solar PV, solar thermal, geothermal, biofuels) through these same mechanisms over the decades, according to the report.

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Bavarian Village Rakes in $5.7 Million/Year by Selling Green Energy

Bavarian Village Rakes in $5.7 Million/Year by Selling Green Energy | Combating Climate Change | Scoop.it
 
Small towns have no more excuses. Bavarian village Wildpoldsreid, with a population of about 2,600, has created a local economy that produces 321% more energy than it needs, selling the excess back to the national grid at a rate of $5.7 million...
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