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USA A l'ombre de la révolution du gaz de schiste, le développement des énergies renouvelables

USA  A l'ombre de la révolution du gaz de schiste, le développement des énergies renouvelables | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
La "révolution du gaz de schiste" a été au coeur des débats sur l'énergie ces dernières années. Il ne faudrait pas pour autant occulter les changements majeurs qui ont eu lieu dans le secteur des énergies renouvelables dans le même temps.

Via Hubert MESSMER @Zehub on Twitter, Professeur Neptune
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"Le rapport de Bloomberg Finance révèle que la quantité d'électricité produite à partie d'énergie renouvelable a considérablement augmenté, passant de 375TWh en 2008 à 488TWh en 2012 (respectivement 126TWh et 217TWh hors hydroélectricité). Depuis 2008, la capacité totale installée des renouvelables (hydraulique exclu) a doublé, passant de 44GW à 86GW (187GW avec l'hydraulique). "

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Energy Efficiency: Why? How? | Groupe Enerstat Inc.

Energy Efficiency: Why? How? | Groupe Enerstat Inc. | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Efficacité énergétique. Pourquoi ? Comment ?
Pour faire la différence dans votre organisation, économiser et faire un geste concret pour l'environnement, tout en réduisant le gaspillage et les excès.
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Des chalets de l'Estrie font un pied de nez à l'électricité | ICI.Radio-Canada.ca

L'entreprise Les habitations Vertendre en Estrie offre l'expérience de séjourner dans un chalet isolé, mais complètement débranché du réseau d'électricité sans compromettre le confort.

Via Hubert MESSMER @Zehub on Twitter
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L'énergie pour alimenter l'éclairage et le frigo du chalet, par exemple, provient des panneaux solaires. Pour faire fonctionner la machine à maïs soufflé, il faudra, toutefois, pédaler sur un vélo stationnaire! « Le vélo, c'est plus ludique qu'autre chose. Je pense que c'est surtout une vitrine qui montre comment on peut intégrer des pratiques plus énergétiques dans notre quotidien », indique le cofondateur de LaFabrique, Julien Lamarche.

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Tesla Motors choisit le Nevada pour son usine de batteries qui sera alimentée par un parc solaire et éolien

Tesla Motors choisit le Nevada pour son usine de batteries qui sera alimentée par un parc solaire et éolien | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Selon les informations d'Associated Press, Tesla le fabricant de voiture électrique Californien a finalement décidé d’installer son usine

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"Développée en partenariat avec Panasonic, cette usine est destinée à produire les batteries du modèle 3  qui sera commercialisé au prix de 35000 $ (27000 €) sensiblement inférieur au prix du véhicule actuellement en vente."

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Can Humans Get Used to Having a Two-Way Relationship with Earth's Climate?

Can Humans Get Used to Having a Two-Way Relationship with Earth's Climate? | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Can humans get used to having a two-way relationship with Earth’s climate?

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NRG and GMP Strike Deal to Remake the Vermont Grid - Microgrid Knowledge

NRG and GMP Strike Deal to Remake the Vermont Grid - Microgrid Knowledge | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
NRG Energy and Green Mountain Power have teamed up to remake the Vermont grid with microgrids, distributed energy, and products to help consumers manage energy
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Outages caused by Superstorm Sandy and other severe storms served as the initial impetus for the region to remake its electric grids. But increasingly states cite other benefits, such as reduced emissions and economic development.


Owned by Quebec-based Gaz Metro, Green Mountain Power is well situated for the statewide effort – the utility controls most of Vermont’s electric distribution system.


New Jersey-based NRG brings to the deal a growing portfolio of smart grid, distributed energy and retail energy products. The independent power producer’s backbone, however, remains a large fleet of wholesale generating assets that total about 53 GW.

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Concentration record des gaz à effet de serre en 2013 - le Monde

Concentration record des gaz à effet de serre en 2013 - le Monde | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

Le taux d'accroissement du dioxyde de carbone atmosphérique représente la plus forte augmentation annuelle depuis 1984.


Via Laurent Samuel
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Pour le secretaire général de l'OMM, Michel Jarraud, la situation est inquiétante :

« Nous savons avec certitude que le climat est en train dechanger et que les conditions météorologiques deviennent plus extrêmes à cause des activités humaines, telles que l'exploitation des combustibles fossiles. (…) L'ignorance ne peut plus justifier l'inaction. »
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Les énergies renouvelables : le vivier d’emplois qui résiste à la crise

Les énergies renouvelables : le vivier d’emplois qui résiste à la crise | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Alors que les chiffres du chômage viennent de tomber, les entreprises expliquent à qui veut l’entendre qu’elles n’y sont pour rien, le climat économique français ne leur permet simplement pas de recruter. Pour autant, les secteurs de croissance existent, à l’instar des énergies renouvelables.

Via Atlantis RH
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Le boom de l’économie verte : une prédiction devenue enfin réalité

S’engager pour le développement des énergies renouvelables en France n’est plus seulement une question idéologique aujourd’hui, c’est un véritable vecteur de croissance à suivre de près, et ce depuis plusieurs années. Déjà en 2010, il était possible de prédire un tel intérêt des métiers verts pour l’économie française. Selon l’Insee, entre 2004 et 2010, alors que le nombre de postes de travail salarié n’a augmenté que de 3,5 % dans tous les secteurs d’activités confondus, les métiers verts ont progressé de 5,6 %.

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Insider Insights: Articles - Leaked IPCC draft report highlights risk of 'abrupt and irreversible change' as carbon emissions continue - The Weather Network

Insider Insights: Articles - Leaked IPCC draft report highlights risk of 'abrupt and irreversible change' as carbon emissions continue - The Weather Network | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
A leaked draft report from the IPCC is warning of 'abrupt and irreversible change' if we continue to delay action on climate change.

Via SustainOurEarth
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The emphasis in the report is definitely on risk. According toAP science writer Seth Borenstein, the 127-page report uses that word over 350 times! However, another important aspect that they are trying to get across is that, should we fail to act, some of the changes to come will be very sudden, and they could be irreversible, meaning that our actions - however unintended - will result in permanent changes to Earth's climate system.

 

According to the report: "Continued emission of greenhouse gases will cause further warming and long-lasting changes in all components of the climate system, increasing the likelihood of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems."

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Renewables and Resiliency Help Reverse a 30-Year Decline in US ... - Greentech Media

Renewables and Resiliency Help Reverse a 30-Year Decline in US ... - Greentech Media | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

“Renewables and Resiliency Help Reverse a 30-Year Decline in US ...”


Via Erwan Boumard
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"America has fallen behind when it comes to investing in new energy infrastructure. 

According to the latest report card from the American Society of Civil Engineers, energy companies have chronically under-invested in the electrical grid, oil and gas pipelines, and storage facilities for fuels. The organization gave America a sorry D+ grade for the shortfall."

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DOUGLAS LEZAMETA: Bill Gates: How to Fund Energy Miracles

DOUGLAS LEZAMETA: Bill Gates: How to Fund Energy Miracles | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

Through the Gates Foundation, Bill Gates has taken a stand on improving global public health, investing in programs focused on basic advances such as developing a next-generation condom to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, creating a standalone vaccine cooler for communities that are stranded without electricity, and inventing a toilet that can solve sanitation issues by pyrolizing human refuse into something more usable (using solar power, no less).  Meanwhile, Gates is also challenging U.S. energy policymakers and their funding practices for energy R&D.


Via Douglas A Lezameta
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"Responding to Gates, Solar Wakeup (republished by Clean Technica) noted that Gates has been active in investing in energy storage with Aquion and LightSail but challenged him to be the major financer of the next energy miracle.  Why? Simply put, it’s unreasonable to expect increased investments (private and public) in risk-agnostic energy R&D, and if one of the world’s richest men wants it to get done, he should do it himself.  Payoffs are slow for energy projects, the uncertainties many: macroeconomic conditions, volatile energy and resource markets, policy reversals, infrastructure needs, and high operating and maintenance costs.  Solar Wakeup’s challenge is based in reality."

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The topic of investment in renewables and smart grid is thorny, with many caveats and nuances that tend to shape the potential for ROI – but it’s safe to say that with China’s example, maybe Gates has a point in his stance against being risk-averse toward investing in potential energy miracles.

 
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Obama Pursuing Climate Accord in Lieu of Treaty | Coral Davenpoert | NYTimes.com

Obama Pursuing Climate Accord in Lieu of Treaty | Coral Davenpoert | NYTimes.com | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

The Obama administration is working to forge a sweeping international climate change agreement to compel nations to cut their planet-warming fossil fuel emissions, but without ratification from Congress.

 

In preparation for this agreement, to be signed at a United Nations summit meeting in 2015 in Paris, the negotiators are meeting with diplomats from other countries to broker a deal to commit some of the world’s largest economies to enact laws to reduce their carbon pollution. But under the Constitution, a president may enter into a legally binding treaty only if it is approved by a two-thirds majority of the Senate.

 

To sidestep that requirement, President Obama’s climate negotiators are devising what they call a “politically binding” deal that would “name and shame” countries into cutting their emissions. The deal is likely to face strong objections from Republicans on Capitol Hill and from poor countries around the world, but negotiators say it may be the only realistic path.

 

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25 millions de nouvelles routes, de quoi faire 600 fois le tour de la Terre

25 millions de nouvelles routes, de quoi faire 600 fois le tour de la Terre | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Des chercheurs ont mis en place une carte planétaire qui trace les axes les moins dévastateurs pour l'environnement d'ici à 2050.

Via Flo @ddline2020
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Ce réseau va encore se densifier, à un rythme accéléré, prévoient William Laurance (université James-Cook de Cairns, dans le Queensland, en Australie) et ses collègues. A l'horizon du milieu du siècle, sa longueur cumulée devraitêtre de 60 % supérieure à celle qu'elle atteignait en 2010. Les raisons de cette expansion sont multiples, qu'il s'agisse de l'exploitation des ressources naturelles – bois, minerais, pétrole ou terres arables – ou des échanges commerciaux nécessitant des infrastructures de transport et d'acheminement de l'énergie. Mais, déplorent les chercheurs, elle se fait trop souvent de façon« chaotique ou peu planifiée ».

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Climat : en congrès à Montréal, les météorologues annoncent le pire

Climat : en congrès à Montréal, les météorologues annoncent le pire | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

Turbulences aériennes accrues, épisodes polaires et caniculaires toujours plus extrêmes, vagues géantes dans les océans: les spécialistes mondiaux du climat ont brossé un tableau apocalyptique de la météo des prochaines décennies lors d’un congrès international qui s’est conclu jeudi à Montréal.

 

 


Via Stéphane NEREAU
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Après des semaines de calculs, son verdict est sans appel: « Le changement climatique donne plus de force à ces courants. (…) D’ici 2050, vous passerez deux fois plus de temps en vol dans des turbulences. » Tout en notant qu’actuellement, en moyenne, seulement 1% du temps de vol des avions commerciaux subit des turbulences, M. Williams souligne que si la concentration de dioxyde de carbone augmente de façon exponentielle dans les prochaines années, « on ne sait pas comment les avions vont réagir » à ces masses d’air très agitées.


Et pas question de se rabattre sur le transport maritime pour voyager en toute quiétude: il faut en effet s’attendre à des vagues monstrueuses sur les océans. « Les compagnies de transport maritime rencontrent toujours plus de vagues énormes« , dont certaines font 40 mètres de hauteur alors qu’auparavant 20 mètres était exceptionnel, dit Simon Wang, de l’Université Utah State. « Ce n’est que le début du changement climatique, car les océans auront beaucoup plus d’impact en libérant davantage de chaleur et davantage de vapeur« , avertit-il.

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La première décennie du XXIe siècle a vu la température moyenne de la surface de la planète augmenter de 0,47 degré celsius. Or, une hausse de 1 degré génère 7% plus de vapeur d’eau dans l’atmosphère, et comme l’évaporation est le moteur de la circulation des flux dans l’atmosphère, une accélération des phénomènes météorologiques est à prévoir. D’autant que les scénarios retenus par la communauté scientifique privilégient une hausse de 2 degrés de la température moyenne à la surface de la Terre d’ici 2050. « Les nuages vont se former plus facilement, plus rapidement et les pluies vont être plus fortes », engendrant notamment davantage d’inondations soudaines, note Simon Wang, de l’Université Utah State. D’une manière générale, relève ce chercheur américain, la hausse des températures va avoir « un effet d’amplification sur le climat tel qu »on le connaît actuellement« . Les épisodes de grand froid, tel le vortex polaire qui s’est abattu cet hiver sur une grande partie de l’Amérique du nord, seront plus marqués, plus extrêmes, tout comme les vagues de chaleur et les périodes de sécheresse, ajoute-t-il.


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The Ugly Truth About Disruption & Innovation

The Ugly Truth About Disruption & Innovation | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Disruption literature, like Innovation literature, is something that most often resembles junk food. It tastes great, has very little substance, and any money spent on it is often regretted because
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"Dr. Clayton Christensen has made a career on addressing why start-ups run differently than a corporation when it comes to innovation, and other scholars such as Drs. Stuart Evans & Homa Bahrami at Carnegie Mellon & Berkley University have done ground breaking research on how to help corporations respond better when it comes to handling an increasingly disruptive industry ecosystem"

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Smart Grid: The 5 things utilities need to know about smart cities

Smart Grid: The 5 things utilities need to know about smart cities | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Smart Grid - Power utilities have a major role in the development and success of a smart city, although the exact nature of the connection between the two can be complex.

Via Joan Tarruell
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1. Sustainability is the buzzword. It covers everything from efficiency measures to water osmosis to solar-powered lighting at bus stops. But the biggest concepts here, says Kathleen Wolf Davis, are microgrids and electric vehicles.

 

2. Citizen buy-in is the backbone. After all that planning and investment and research, what if there’s a backlash? It can make or break your project, as it did with Boulder, Colorado's SmartGridCity mess.

 

3. Power is the first step. "Unfortunately, this often means that power companies pick up a lion’s share of work when building a smart city, but it also makes them leaders in the field.

 

4. Privacy is the problem. As more and more data is gathered about citizen's energy usage, privacy issues will only grow.

 

5. Real-time is the key. Timing is the crucial issue in a smart city -- reacting today to today's data.

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Who's Willing to Pay for Renewable Energy?

Who's Willing to Pay for Renewable Energy? | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Reuters It's easy for people to say they support renewable energy. But if their eagerness to be green meant spending more money, would they really?

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"Younger adults across the board were more likely to agree that paying more for renewable energy is worth it: 60 percent of people aged 18 to 34 responded affirmatively. Older generations found that commitment more distasteful, with roughly 44 percent of those 50 and above agreeing. (People older than 65 said they "didn't know" almost three times more often as youngsters). And college graduates were more likely to open their wallets for renewable energy than people with a high-school education or less."

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Results Announced for 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices Review

Results Announced for 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices Review | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

NEW YORK and ZURICH, Sept. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- S&P Dow Jones Indices, one of the world's leading providers of financial market indices, and RobecoSAM, the investment specialist focused exclusively on Sustainability Investing, today announced the results of the annual Dow Jones Sustainability Indices ("DJSI") review...


Via Pascal TEBOUL
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"Both the importance and the understanding of sustainability has grown dramatically over the past decade and a half. During that time the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices have been established as the leading benchmark in the field.


RobecoSAM recognizes the following 15 companies for being in the DJSI World all 15 years:

DJSI World member all 15 years

Baxter International Inc

Novo Nordisk A/S

Bayer AG

RWE AG

Bayerische Motoren Werke AG

SAP AG

BT Group PLC

Siemens AG

Credit Suisse Group AG

Storebrand ASA

Deutsche Bank AG

Unilever NV

Diageo PLC

UnitedHealth Group Inc

Intel Corp


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>>> 23 entreprises françaises présentes dans l'indice

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In Las Vegas, Hillary Clinton Pushes for Energy-Efficient Casinos

In Las Vegas, Hillary Clinton Pushes for Energy-Efficient Casinos | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

(John Locher / AP Photo) If Hillary Clinton has it her way, every casino in Las Vegas would soon be getting a makeover. During her keynote at the 7th annual National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas today, Clinton called for companies to retrofit buildings to become more energy efficient, and challenged the city’s biggest industry–casinos–to start making the change. “Imagine if every casino in Las Vegas retrofitted to improve energy efficiency and if they made it possible for all their employees to do the same in their homes,” Clinton said. “It would save on utility bills. It would save on energy. It would save on greenhouse gas emissions.”

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Clinton cited an initiative created by the Clinton Foundation, which helped retrofit the Empire State building in New York City as an example to emulate. According to Clinton, the project, which included an overhaul of 2.8 million square feet of office space, created 275 jobs over two years, saved the building $4.4 million annually, and dropped the building’s annual energy consumption by 38 percent.

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Understanding the implications of climate change for business

Understanding the implications of climate change for business | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
A new online resource, which summarises the implications of climate change for specific sectors of the economy, has been produced and made freely available by the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

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Among the findings highlighted and explained in the series are:

The significant impact of climate change on agriculture, including reduced crop yields, and predicted food price rises of 37% (rice), 55% (maize), and 11% (wheat) by 2050The potential for more energy efficient buildings to play a big part in reducing emissionsThe particular impact on cities of climate change, and the urgency of acting to protect people in urban areas (predicted to be 64% of the world's population by 2050)The significant potential for the energy sector to reduce emissions, including by switching to lower-carbon fuels, improving energy efficiency, and introducing carbon capture and storageThe disruptive impacts climate change will have on the stability of the financial systemThe potential for losses to global fisheries of up to $40 billion by 2050The way climate change acts as a 'threat multiplier', driving involuntary migration and indirectly increasing the risks of violent conflictThe need for additional energy supply investments of between $190-900 billion per year from now until 2050, in order to meet the 2°C target.
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Data Centers and Energy Efficiency

Data Centers and Energy Efficiency | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
New analysis suggests there's still an opportunity to cut power consumption and save billions in 2014.

Via Duane Tilden
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"Here's the likely outcome: By 2020, U.S. data centers will probably require about 140 kilowatt-hours of electricity to keep online.

The biggest culprits in wasteful IT power consumption are underutilized servers using significant amounts of electricity without performing any useful purpose, according to NRDC. The research was developed in partnership with with Anthesis. Shortsighted procurement practices and policies for overprovisioning that basically keep unused servers in place "just in case" don't help either."

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>"A new tally by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) suggests there's still a big opportunity to cut energy usage by 40 percent, saving more than $3.8 billion in 2014 alone.  Put another way, that's like switching off 39 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity, the equivalent of 14 large, coal-fired power plants.

"Most of the attention is focused on the highly visible hyperscale 'cloud' data centers like Google's and Facebook's, but they are already very efficient and represent less than 5 percent of U.S. data center electricity consumption," said Pierre Delforge, NRDC's director of high-tech energy efficiency. "Our small, medium, corporate and multi-tenant data centers are still squandering huge amounts of energy."

Here's the likely outcome: By 2020, U.S. data centers will probably require about 140 kilowatt-hours of electricity to keep online.

The biggest culprits in wasteful IT power consumption are underutilized servers using significant amounts of electricity without performing any useful purpose, according to NRDC.  [...]

Figures suggest the average server operates at just 12 percent to 18 percent of its capacity, which means businesses could stand to be far more aggressive about consolidating or virtualizing them. That's particularly true of the smallest server rooms, ones that crop up with little advance planning.

"The more work a server performs, the more energy-efficient it is—just as a bus uses much less gasoline per passenger when ferrying 50 people than when carrying just a handful," the analysis notes.

Among the recommended fixes for this persistent problem are the adoption of metrics that provide deeper insight into average server utilization, more public disclosure of data center energy performance information, and "green" data center leases that provide incentives for energy savings.

The reason why these green data center service contracts work, according to the report, is because they create financial incentives for companies to consider their energy use. [...]"<

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China Will Open Carbon Markets

China Will Open Carbon Markets | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Chinese leadership is aware that they have a climate problem. Even more immediately, they have a problem in bringing their cities up to livability standards that the rest of the world can except - ...

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NYTimes:

China plans to introduce its national market for carbon permit trading in 2016, a government official said on Sunday, adding that Beijing is close to completing rules for what will be the world’s biggest emissions trading program.

 
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State of the smart grid: Solving the storage and transmission problem for ... - TechRepublic

State of the smart grid: Solving the storage and transmission problem for ... - TechRepublic | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

“Economic Times State of the smart grid: Solving the storage and transmission problem for ...”


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Renewable energy, though extraordinarily reliable, cost-effective, and important to the future, is inherently intermittent. Storing and transmitting solar and wind power is the key to scaling the clean energy movement and effecting real changes in the amount of greenhouse gas emissions the world produces.

The smart grid energy storage sector is expected to grow to $50 billion by 2020, with an annual compound growth rate of 8%, according to a recent report from Lux Research. In 2013, renewable energy accounted for only 10% of total US energy usage and 13% of electricity generation, according to the US Energy and Information Administration.

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A Big Summer Story You Missed: Soaring Oil Debt

A Big Summer Story You Missed: Soaring Oil Debt | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Last July the government agency, which has collected mundane statistics on energy matters for decades, quietly revealed that 127 of the world's largest oil and gas companies are running out of cash.

Via Willy De Backer
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"Some of the summer's biggest news stories took place in the bombed schools of Gaza, the abandoned hospitals of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the wheat fields of eastern Ukraine and the bloody mountains of northern Iraq.

But one of the most important made virtually no headlines at all, and seemed to only appear on the website of the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Last July the government agency, which has collected mundane statistics on energy matters for decades, quietly revealed that 127 of the world's largest oil and gas companies are running out of cash.

They are now spending more than they are earning. Profits have lagged as expenditures have risen. Overburdened by debt, these firms are selling assets.

The math is simple. The 127 firms generated $568 billion in cash from their operations during 2013-2014 while their expenses totalled $677 billion. To cover the difference of $110 billion, the energy giants increased their debt load or sold off assets.

Given that the gap between earned cash and spending stood at a modest $10 billion in 2010, that's a significant change for the industry as well as the global economy it fuels."

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By investing in expensive hydrocarbon projects, the brownies are undermining the future of our economies. But only few people and even fewer governments get it.

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La croissance des énergies vertes pourrait marquer le pas

La croissance des énergies vertes pourrait marquer le pas | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

Les réglementations pèsent sur le développement des énergies renouvelables, juge un rapport de l’AIE. 

L’année 2014 pourrait bien marquer un point d’inflexion dans le développement des énergies renouvelables. Selon un rapport de l’Agence internationale de l’énergie (AIE), le rythme de croissance annuelle de l’énergie solaire, éolienne et hydroélectrique va « ralentir et se stabiliser après 2014 ».

 



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One Electric Utility Is Carbon Neutral Today

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It’s one thing to own your utility and have a commitment to renewable energy, but it’s another thing to deliver. The municipal utility in Palo Alto, CA, set an ambitious target of 33 percent renewable energy by 2015 and to ultimately deliver a carbon neutral electricity supply. They will


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MIT Study: Climate Talks on Path to Fall Far Short of Goals | InsideClimate News

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Experts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology using a sophisticated computer model examined what they think is the most likely outcome of UN climate treaty negotiations and found that the talks are likely to come up short.

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"Our analysis concludes that these international efforts will indeed bend at the curve of global emissions" of carbon dioxide and other planet-warming greenhouse gases, they said. "However, our results also show that these efforts will not put the globe on a path consistent with commonly stated long-term climate goals."

 
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