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Energy Efficiency Bill Goes from No-Brainer to Life Support to Plan B - Energy Collective

Energy Efficiency Bill Goes from No-Brainer to Life Support to Plan B - Energy Collective | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Energy Efficiency Bill Goes from No-Brainer to Life Support to Plan B
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They say the first step to fixing a problem is recognizing it.

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"They say the first step to fixing a problem is recognizing it. The United States rejects more than half of the energy it produces, and a good deal of that is due to simple inefficiencies. Recognizing that waste and targeting the easiest ways to address it the bipartisan Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency bill would be a good start to fix the problem. But after a promising start, recent Washington gridlock has stymied the bill’s progress. (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy)"

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“Strengthens national model building codes,”“Kick starts private sector investment in building efficiency … by creating a Commercial Building Energy Efficiency Financing Initiative,” and“Trains the next generation of workers in energy-efficient … design and operation through university based Building Training and Research Assessment Centers.”

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Pour un développement durable et pour l'efficacité énergétique. «Pour ce qui est de l’avenir, il ne s’agit pas de le prévoir mais de le rendre possible. »  Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
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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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"Pacte mondial pour l'environnement": Macron portera le projet devant l'ONU "dès septembre"

"Pacte mondial pour l'environnement": Macron portera le projet devant l'ONU "dès septembre" | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Emmanuel Macron s'est engagé à porter "dès septembre prochain" devant l'ONU le projet de "pacte mondial pour l'environnement" présenté samedi à Paris par des juristes, personnalités politiques, experts et militants écologistes pour renforcer le droit de l'environnement.

Via Hubert MESSMER @Zehub on Twitter
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Ce "troisième pacte" international, après celui sur les droits civils et politiques et celui sur les droits économiques, sociaux et culturels, adoptés en 1966, "reconnaîtra pour la première fois les droits de l'environnement", a plaidé Laurent Fabius, ancien président de la COP21, la conférence de l'ONU qui a scellé l'accord de Paris sur le climat en 2015. 

"Less talk, more action!" ("moins de paroles, plus d'action!"), avait-il lancé en ouvrant la conférence, empruntant au passage à l'acteur américain Arnold Schwarzenegger, également présent à l'université de la Sorbonne, l'une des ses formules préférées.

M. Macron a promis de porter "dès septembre prochain" devant l'ONU.
 
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Something We Take for Granted Could Mean the Difference Between Peace and Civil Unrest

Something We Take for Granted Could Mean the Difference Between Peace and Civil Unrest | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
It’s time for us to come together as a global community and actually accomplish all 17 of these Global Goals. Solar energy is one solution that's ready.
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"Since the end of World War II, there’s been this shared belief that we can collectively solve the world’s biggest problems. We’ve made tremendous progress, but the Sustainable Development Goals show that there is more to do. For example, the total number of people living in poverty is nearly the same as it was back then. 
 The SDGs represent the final frontier of the grand experiment that was post-WWII reconstruction. It’s time for us to come together as a global community and actually accomplish all 17 of these Global Goals. Part of this means prioritizing the 1.2 billion people without access to electricity, especially the populations in places where we’re seeing civil unrest and unmet social needs. The West needs to redouble our efforts to support these governments in providing sufficient social services. 
 The technology is here, and it’s ready. The political willpower has to be there, too."
 
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Rare US floods to become the norm if emissions aren't cut, study warns

Rare US floods to become the norm if emissions aren't cut, study warns | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Princeton-Rutgers study finds sharp increase in risk of frequent deluges, with New York City, Seattle and San Diego among cities expected to be hit
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"The research found that if emissions are not curbed, San Francisco and Seattle would both get a 100-year flood every year by 2050, while San Diego would expect 10 such events annually and Key West in Florida would be hit 11 times a year. Some of the worst affected areas would be in Hawaii, with Mokuoloe island, situated off Oahu, forecast to be deluged by 130 floods a year that are currently considered to be 100-year events.
Michael Oppenheimer, a Princeton climate scientist and co-author of the paper, added that New York City is set to get a 100-year flood every 20 years by 2050 but this frequency would leap to a large flood every other month by 2100."
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Michael Bloomberg: US states and businesses will still meet Paris targets

Michael Bloomberg: US states and businesses will still meet Paris targets | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Former New York mayor, now UN cities and climate ambassador, says Trump may have withdrawn from Paris accord but American people haven’t
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The United States will meet its Paris accord greenhouse gas targets despite Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the agreement, former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has said.
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La #Terre #avant et #aujourd’hui : la #NASA dévoile des clichés inédits sur les changements dramatiques de notre planète

La #Terre #avant et #aujourd’hui : la #NASA dévoile des clichés inédits sur les changements dramatiques de notre planète | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Voici quelques clichés récupérés sur le site officiel de la NASA. Ils représentent les mêmes endroits photographiés quelques années auparavan

Via François GARREAU
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"La différence temporelle varie entre 5 et 100 ans. Les changements sont impressionnants. L’Homme modifie en toute conscience l’apparence de son monde mais bien souvent, dans le mauvais sens. A vous de juger…."
 
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Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is rising at the fastest rate ever recorded

Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is rising at the fastest rate ever recorded | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

For two straight years — 2015 and 2016 — atmospheric carbon dioxide has climbed by more than 3 parts per million.

According to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, carbon dioxide levels jumped by three parts per million in both 2015 and 2016 and now rest at about 405 parts per million.

It’s the biggest jump ever observed at the agency’s Mauna Loa Baseline Atmospheric Observatory in Hawaii, where the measurements were recorded. Similar observations have been recorded at stations all over the world, said Pieter Tans, who leads the Carbon Cycle Greenhouse Gases group at NOAA’s Greenhouse Gas Reference Network.

Throughout the last decade, the average rate of increase has been around 2.3 parts per million per year, Tans added. 

 

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"All signs have suggested that we’re now living in a permanently post-400 parts per million world. In September 2016, the time of year when atmospheric carbon dioxide levels are usually at their lowest, scientists observed that the monthly average concentration still remained above this threshold. And now, the new NOAA measurements further indicate that carbon dioxide levels are only continuing to grow — and they’re rising at breakneck speed."
 
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Which 'science' will be right after all? It'll be empirical, right in your face...

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#Climat l'Europe et ses monuments plongés dans le noir pour "Earth hour"

#Climat l'Europe et ses monuments plongés dans le noir pour "Earth hour" | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
“La tour Eiffel, le Vatican ou encore l'Acropole ont éteint leurs lumières samedi à l'occasion de l'opération "Une heure pour la planète" (Earth Hour), une vaste mobilisation aux quatre coins du monde contre le réchauffement climatique.”
Via Hubert MESSMER @Zehub on Twitter, François GARREAU
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"Nous avons lancé Earth Hour en 2007 pour montrer aux dirigeants que les citoyens se préoccupaient du changement climatique. Ce moment symbolique est aujourd'hui un mouvement mondial, rappelant combien le poids des citoyens compte," souligne Siddarth Das, directeur d'Earth Hour.
 
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Evidence mounts on health, productivity benefits of sustainable work spaces

Evidence mounts on health, productivity benefits of sustainable work spaces | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
New research has added fuel to the notion that working in a green-certified building improves productivity, job performance, and occupant well-being.
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New studies, led by Harvard University and SUNY Upstate Medical University, found that workers in high-performing green buildings showed higher cognitive function scores, fewer sick-building symptoms, and higher sleep quality scores than workers in high-performing buildings lacking green certification. Thermal conditions and lighting influenced employee perception of their space and their cognitive function, one of the researchers says in a Society for Human Resource Management article.
 
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Philosophie par temps chaud

Philosophie par temps chaud | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

À propos de : Olivier Godard, La justice climatique mondiale, La Découverte, 2015.


Dans La justice climatique mondiale, Olivier Godard montre l’apport considérable de la philosophie politique aux débats en cours sur le changement climatique. Ce petit livre est l’un des premiers à avoir été écrit en français sur la justice climatique, et il est sans doute celui qui présente le mieux les débats sur le sujet dans la littérature anglophone. Il permet d’aborder un champ de recherche philosophique qui prend, tout comme le sujet qu’elle étudie, chaque année plus d’ampleur. Son auteur présente les grandes lignes des débats politiques et philosophiques sur la justice climatique mondiale, ainsi que les questions difficiles de justice distributive soulevées par le changement climatique.


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Notre responsabilité envers les victimes du changement climatique relève-t-elle d’un devoir de justice ou d’un simple devoir d’assistance ? Dans cet ouvrage de synthèse, Olivier Godard restitue les principaux débats sur la justice climatique, tout en assumant certaines positions controversées.
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10 conséquences concrètes du #réchauffement #climatique | www.directmatin.fr

10 conséquences concrètes du #réchauffement #climatique | www.directmatin.fr | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
La COP21, qui s'est tenue en décembre à Paris, s'est fixée pour objectif de maintenir le réchauffement climatique à moins de 2°C. Si cela n'était pas fait, les conséquences pourraient être dramatiques, comme le montrent ces 10 exemples concrets. Des îles paradisiaques menacées de disparition
Via François GARREAU
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Risques sanitaires, augmentation de la pauvreté, espèces et lieux menacées... Les exemples de l'impact du réchauffement climatique sont nombreux:
1. Des îles paradisiaques menacées de disparition 
2. Miami, Tokyo, Amsterdam envahies par les eaux 
3. Des records de chaleur 
4. 250 millions de réfugiés climatiques en 2050 
5. Explosion de la pauvreté d’ici à 2030 
6. Recrudescence des maladies
7. Animaux : une espèce sur six pourrait disparaître 
8. Disparition de la Grande Barrière de Corail 
9. Bientôt plus de vins de Bordeaux et de la vallée du Rhône 
10. Forte augmentation des turbulences en avion
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Arctic ice melt could trigger uncontrollable climate change at global level - The Guardian

Arctic ice melt could trigger uncontrollable climate change at global level - The Guardian | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Scientists warn increasingly rapid melting could trigger polar ‘tipping points’ with catastrophic consequences felt as far away as the Indian Ocean

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Temperatures in the Arctic are currently about 20C above what would be expected for the time of year, which scientists describe as “off the charts”. Sea ice is at the lowest extent ever recorded for the time of year. 

“The warning signals are getting louder,” said Marcus Carson of the Stockholm Environment Institute and one of the lead authors of the report. “[These developments] also make the potential for triggering [tipping points] and feedback loops much larger.”
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Près de 500.000 Européens tués chaque année par la pollution de l'air

Près de 500.000 Européens tués chaque année par la pollution de l'air | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
La pollution de l'air, qui nuit à la santé de 85% des habitants des villes en Europe, provoque près de 500.000 décès prématurés sur le continent chaque année, a indiqué mercredi l'Agence européenne pour l'environnement.

L'Agence, basée à Copenhague, a expliqué dans un rapport annuel que la situation s'améliorait, mais encore trop lentement.

Via Hubert MESSMER @Zehub on Twitter
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"Les réductions d'émission ont permis d'améliorer la qualité de l'air en Europe, mais pas assez pour éviter des dégâts inacceptables sur la santé humaine et l'environnement", a affirmé dans un communiqué son directeur, Hans Bruyninckx. La pollution atmosphérique reste la première cause environnementale de décès prématurés, au nombre de 467.000 en 2013 dans 41 pays européens. Dans l'UE le nombre est estimé à 430.000.
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California invested heavily in solar power. Now there's so much that other states are sometimes paid to take it | Ivan Penn | LaTimes.com

California invested heavily in solar power. Now there's so much that other states are sometimes paid to take it | Ivan Penn | LaTimes.com | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

On 14 days during March, Arizona utilities got a gift from California: free solar power.

Well, actually better than free. California produced so much solar power on those days that it paid Arizona to take excess electricity its residents weren’t using to avoid overloading its own power lines.

It happened on eight days in January and nine in February as well. All told, those transactions helped save Arizona electricity customers millions of dollars this year, though grid operators declined to say exactly how much. And California also has paid other states to take power.

The number of days that California dumped its unused solar electricity would have been even higher if the state hadn’t ordered some solar plants to reduce production — even as natural gas power plants, which contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, continued generating electricity.


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"A key question in the debate is when California will be able to rely on renewable power for most or all of its needs and safely phase out fossil fuel plants, which regulators are studying. The answer depends in large part on how fast battery storage improves, so it is cheaper and can store power closer to customers for use when the sun isn’t shining. Solar proponents say the technology is advancing rapidly, making reliance on renewables possible far sooner than previously predicted, perhaps two decades or even less from now — which means little need for new power plants with a life span of 30 to 40 years."
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Clean Tax Cuts for Commercial Real Estate

Clean Tax Cuts for Commercial Real Estate | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Many new ideas may be considered in tax reform discussions. One idea is clean tax cuts—the application of supply-side tax-rate cuts for clean investments that reduce pollutant emissions. Lower tax rates for income from clean investments (where clean is specifically defined) will  encourage such investments and could leverage large amounts of private capital. Clean tax cuts may be particularly appealing in markets where investment returns are passed on to individuals and included on individual tax returns.
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U.S. Congress is likely to tackle federal tax reform in 2017 and may consider new ideas. One proposal it should seriously consider is clean tax cuts---the application of supply-side tax rate cuts to investments that reduce the emissions of harmful pollutants. Cutting tax rates on income gained from clean investments such as energy efficiency improvements could incentivize investors to tap large amounts of private capital. 

The Grace Richardson Fund (GRF), an organization with conservative roots and an interest in addressing climate change and other environmental issues, is promoting the clean tax cut concept. Their view is that conservatives tend to see traditional tax incentives as wasteful, but are interested in tax cuts. They believe that reducing taxes on income from clean investments could increase these investments substantially and help clean the environment. GRF worked with the Sabin Center at Columbia University and the Rocky Mountain Institute on a charrette to explore and refine the clean tax cut concept. The resulting report spells out the concept in more detail.
 
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For a Republican Mayor in Texas, Clean Energy Is a ‘No Brainer’ 

For a Republican Mayor in Texas, Clean Energy Is a ‘No Brainer’  | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Mayor Dale Ross of Georgetown, Texas, has become a media darling, as a conservative Republican who backs solar and wind power.
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"Despite its rich history in the petroleum industry, Texas has become a national leader in renewable electric power because of its ample supplies of both sun and wind. “We started in 2008 with the goal of getting 30 percent of our power from renewables by 2030,” Ross said. But improved technology in solar panels and more accessible transmission lines allowed the city to become much more ambitious."
 
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#RenewableEnergy, It's a no brainer for this conservative Republican mayor.

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#RenewableEnergy, It's a no brainer for this conservative Republican mayor in Texas.

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Opinion | New York City Should Grade Buildings on Energy Efficiency

Opinion | New York City Should Grade Buildings on Energy Efficiency | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
A simple tweak to an existing law could help the city reach its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050.
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"If buyers and renters value energy efficiency, or at least the savings on utility bills that come with it, improving the disclosure of energy-performance information should help increase demand for high scoring properties and encourage investments and upgrades in others."
 
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Des moines japonais ont tenu un journal climatique pendant 700 ans

Des moines japonais ont tenu un journal climatique pendant 700 ans | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Des registres historiques tenus en continu nous montrent le changement radical du climat...
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"Les résultats de leur étude, publiés le 26 avril 2016 dans la revue Nature Scientific Reports, montrent que depuis la Révolution industrielle, les variations dans les dates de gel et de dégel se sont accélérées, et suggèrent que le cycle annuel de la glace aux deux endroits est devenu plus étroitement lié aux niveaux de concentration de dioxyde de carbone dans l’atmosphère."
 
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How 2016 Became Earth’s Hottest Year on Record

How 2016 Became Earth’s Hottest Year on Record | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
2016 is the hottest year on the historical record and the third consecutive record-breaking year, scientists say.
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Human-induced climate change has made it at least 160 times more likely that three consecutive years after 2000 would be record-setting, according to Michael E. Mann, a climate scientist at Pennsylvania State University. His findings show that if human-induced climate change was not part of the equation, the amount of warming in 2016 would have less than one-in-a-million odds of occurring.
 
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UPS: Smart Innovation Drives Sustainable Growth

UPS: Smart Innovation Drives Sustainable Growth | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

Even as global political climates change, businesses are uniquely equipped to deliver innovative climate and efficiency solutions on a large scale, says Peter Harris, of UPS.


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Ultimately, investing in technologies that increase the sustainability of operations is a smart business move. It serves as a combination of risk mitigation and opportunity creation. And, if you are able to demonstrate strong leadership, tangible brand benefits including increased cost savings, enhanced customer engagement and higher employee retention rates will follow. Our world needs more companies that are committed to being at the forefront of technology investments that spur sustainable outcomes, and who work with other leaders to use innovation as a tool for addressing critical environmental challenges.
 
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How New York City Gets Its Electricity

How New York City Gets Its Electricity | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
The power grid was established in the country nearly 135 years ago in Lower Manhattan. Now the state is preparing for a major overhaul of the system.
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A surprising portion of the system is idle except for the hottest days of the year, when already bottlenecked transmission lines into the New York City area reach their physical limit. “We have a system which is energy-inefficient because it was never designed to be efficient,” said Richard L. Kauffman, the state’s so-called energy czar, who is leading its plans to reimagine the power grid. It’s like a mainframe computer in the age of cloud computing, Mr. Kauffman added, and with climate change, the state has to “rethink that basic architecture.”
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Why The US Army, Navy, & Military Veterans Love Solar Power & Electric Vehicles

Why The US Army, Navy, & Military Veterans Love Solar Power & Electric Vehicles | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Donald Trump says he wants to create American jobs, but he is cool to the idea of renewable energy, which he claims is “too expensive.” Don’t tell that to the US military, however…
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Last year, the Navy broke ground on a 4 megawatt (MW) solar array at the Naval Construction Battalion Center in Mississippi and the Army completed a large 30 MW solar array at Fort Benning, Georgia. Many soldiers deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan have seen first hand how human and economic resources are wasted to protect fossil fuel assets. After serving, they are also finding jobs in the solar industry. As it turns out, solar power has become cheaper than fossil fuels and solar jobs have been flying through the roof — a dozen or so times faster than overall US job growth.
 
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C40: American Mayors Pledge Climate Leadership In Response To United States Presidential Ele...

C40: American Mayors Pledge Climate Leadership In Response To United States Presidential Ele... | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Speaking at the C40 Mayors Summit in Mexico City, Mayors from cities across the United States have urged president-elect Donald Trump to recognize the real and urgent threat that climate chang
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“The science hasn’t changed. The urgency hasn’t changed,” said Mayor of Boston and C40 Vice Chair Martin J. Walsh, speaking from Boston. “As mayors of cities at the frontlines of climate change, we have a continued responsibility to carry forward solutions – even more so today than yesterday.”
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How energy efficiency will reshape power markets 

How energy efficiency will reshape power markets  | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
The fossil fuel industry has been obsessed by its battles with renewable energy – wind and solar in particular – as it struggles to prop up its disintegrating business model.

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Energy efficiency has long been held by its enthusiasts as the most obvious lever to reduce emissions, and save costs. A megawatt hour of electricity not used is the cheapest form of abatement, they say, and have even coined a term – the “negawatt” – to market the idea. But try as they might – and despite the almost immediate returns on investment from energy efficiency – the idea never really captured the attention of the public or politicians. 

And the powerful fossil fuel generators in Australia used their regulatory influence to ensure that any major initiatives were quietly jettisoned. In Europe, however, the opposite has occurred, and Citigroup says the combination of EU-wide energy efficiency targets, its renewable energy policies and the emergence of ultra efficient appliances and zero carbon homes will have a big impact on power markets. In effect, the combined impact will be to significantly reduce demand to the point that fossil fuel generators will largely lose their pricing power. 

 “Say goodbye to power prices fully driven by fuel prices,” the Citigroup analysts write in a new report (and no, we are not allowed to provide a link). “Renewable output is set to continue growing as demand falls,” the report says. “This will squeeze the market share of conventional power companies, making thermal power, which is today the price setter, a marginal contributor to power price formation.
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« L’île de Tesla », entièrement alimentée aux panneaux solaires

« L’île de Tesla », entièrement alimentée aux panneaux solaires | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

La petite île de Ta'u, perdue au milieu du Pacifique , était jusqu'ici connue pour être le berceau du peuple polynésien, tout comme les autres îles des Samoa américaines. Ce petit territoire volcanique est maintenant sous le feu des projecteurs de Tesla et SolarCity, qui l'ont choisie il y a plusieurs mois pour y mener un projet commun : rendre l'île quasiment autonome grâce aux énergies renouvelables. 


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L'énergie solaire offre ainsi une alternative économique au diesel en fournissant « près de 100 % des besoins énergétiques de l'île ». L'hôpital local, les écoles secondaires et primaires, les pompiers, les postes de police et les entreprises locales en bénéficient. Le système solaire de micro-grilles (1,4 mégawatt de capacité de production pour les panneaux et 6 mégawattheures de stockage de batterie pour les Powerpacks) a été installé en seulement un an. 
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Trump's influence on the future of clean energy is less clear than you think

Trump's influence on the future of clean energy is less clear than you think | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
The president-elect is a political novice whose energy plan doesn’t account for the economic reality of coal and renewable energy

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Stephane Bilodeau's insight:
Whatever happens in the US over the next four years, technologies such as wind and solar will continue getting cheaper until they beat out fossil fuels; battery and fuel-cell electric vehicles will keep getting better until they render internal combustion engines old fashioned. So the world will continue its inevitable transition to clean energy and transportation, just at a slower rate than if the US were fully committed to leading the process.  

Does that matter? I’ll leave the last words to President-elect Trump. In 2009, ahead of the Copenhagen Climate Summit, he was a co-signatory to a letter to Obama which pointed out that clean energy technologies would “spur economic growth, create new energy jobs and increase our energy security”. The letter concluded by saying: “If we fail to act now, it is scientifically irrefutable that there will be catastrophic and irreversible consequences for humanity and our planet.”
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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, November 14, 2016 6:27 AM

#Trump is full of controversies, here is another article making that point.