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The era of energy dinosaurs is coming to an end

The era of energy dinosaurs is coming to an end | Energy Alternatives | Scoop.it
The big, slow-moving dinosaurs of the energy world face increasing competition from a swarm of smaller, fast-moving mammals. Energy companies will update their strategies for a changing world, or t...
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"But a shifting environment means increasingly replacing dinosaur heuristics with mammal heuristics: efficiency, flexibility, responsiveness, open data, transparency, coalitions."

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Michael John Carter's curator insight, March 6, 2013 9:39 PM

Interesting the move from the "Old Energy to the Newer One"

 

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Direct Current Circuits for Solar Panels | The Energy Collective

Direct Current Circuits for Solar Panels | The Energy Collective | Energy Alternatives | Scoop.it
Do you have a solar system at the home? An electric car in your drive way? Smart phones, tablets, game consoles and other electronics proliferating in your home?
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Is Concentrating Solar Power The Technology That Saves Humanity?

Is Concentrating Solar Power The Technology That Saves Humanity? | Energy Alternatives | Scoop.it
Concentrating solar power (CSP) could unlock our clean energy future and boost solar from an intermittent contributor to a baseload generator – if we clear the regulatory, technological, and financial hurdles standing in the way.
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Solar Power Record In Germany — 22.68 GW — Infographic

Solar Power Record In Germany — 22.68 GW — Infographic | Energy Alternatives | Scoop.it
On Monday, the 15th of April, 2013, the approximate 1.3 million solar power systems in Germany set a new domestic/world record by reaching a peak power output of 22.68 GW at noon.
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Sweden’s Quest To Be The First Oil-Free Nation

Sweden’s Quest To Be The First Oil-Free Nation | Energy Alternatives | Scoop.it
This post first appeared on Fuel Freedom
By Zana Nesheiwat

Famous for Volvo, Ikea and Absolut Vodka, Sweden is now on a new pursuit to become the first completely oil-free economy in the world by 2020.
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“Our dependency on oil should be broken by 2020,” said Mona Sahlin, former minister of Sustainable Development, in an interview with The Guardian newspaper. “There shall always be better alternatives to oil, which means no house should need oil for heating, and no driver should need to turn solely to gasoline.”
Read more at http://cleantechnica.com/2013/04/15/swedens-quest-to-be-the-first-oil-free-nation/#F01WwKSrGMdVqomK.99

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Carbon bubble will plunge the world into another financial crisis – report

Carbon bubble will plunge the world into another financial crisis – report | Energy Alternatives | Scoop.it
Trillions of dollars at risk as stockmarkets inflate value of fossil fuels that may have to remain buried forever, experts warn
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China’s Growing Methanol Economy | The Energy Collective

China’s Growing Methanol Economy | The Energy Collective | Energy Alternatives | Scoop.it
China has increased production capacity and consumption of methanol.
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Analysis: Renewables turn utilities into dinosaurs of the energy world

Analysis: Renewables turn utilities into dinosaurs of the energy world | Energy Alternatives | Scoop.it
PARIS (Reuters) - Every new solar panel installed on European rooftops chips away at power utilities' centralized production model.
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"In a future electricity system, the electricity network company could essentially be an insurance company, providing insurance against not having sunshine when you need power," said International Energy Agency economist Laszlo Varro.

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CHART: Which Kills More Birds, Cats or Turbines?

CHART: Which Kills More Birds, Cats or Turbines? | Energy Alternatives | Scoop.it
When it comes to bird deaths, wind turbines carry far less blame than kitties, a new study finds.
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"No word yet on whether the Obama administration plans to prosecute these renegade felines." :-)

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The next big thing in energy: Decentralization

The next big thing in energy: Decentralization | Energy Alternatives | Scoop.it
In the energy world, centralized technologies and institutions are giving way to dispersed, networked, small-scale solutions. It's exciting.
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"Anyway, add these three metatrends together — energy being democratized, small-scale technologies converging into new solutions, and utilities being dragged into the 21st century — and you get the metametatrend of decentralization."

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Secret funding helped build vast network of climate denial think tanks

Secret funding helped build vast network of climate denial think tanks | Energy Alternatives | Scoop.it
Anonymous billionaires donated $120 million to more than 100 anti-climate groups working to discredit climate change science.
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"By 2010, the dark money amounted to $118 million distributed to 102 think tanks or action groups which have a record of denying the existence of a human factor in climate change, or opposing environmental regulations.

The money flowed to Washington think tanks embedded in Republican party politics, obscure policy forums in Alaska and Tennessee, contrarian scientists at Harvard and lesser institutions, even to buy up DVDs of a film attacking Al Gore."

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India Has Allocated 1172 MW Of Solar Power In Three Years

India Has Allocated 1172 MW Of Solar Power In Three Years | Energy Alternatives | Scoop.it
India's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) revealed that they have assigned 1172 megawatts (MW) of grid-connected solar power plants, and of these so far 369 megawatts (MW) have already been commissioned.
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Gujarat has installed 824.09 MW of the total 1,233.73 MW and Tamil Nadu just a little above one percent!

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2012 Solar Predictions Reviewed

2012 Solar Predictions Reviewed | Energy Alternatives | Scoop.it
It took me awhile to get to this one, but this article by Rosana Francescato (originally published on the PV Solar Report) gives a pretty thorough overview of how various 2012 solar predictions fared.
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"The Economist, a most rational publication, goes so far as to predict that renewables, especially solar, will become the new normal."

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EU Wind Energy Grew In 2012, Faces Challenges In 2013

EU Wind Energy Grew In 2012, Faces Challenges In 2013 | Energy Alternatives | Scoop.it
The European Union added 11.6 gigawatts (GW) of wind energy capacity in 2012 according to annual statistics released by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), bringing the total EU wind energy capacity up to 105.6 GW.
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”“The 2012 figures reflect orders made before the wave of political uncertainty that has swept across Europe since 2011, which is having a hugely negative impact on the wind energy sector,” said Christian Kjaer, chief executive of EWEA.”

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Batteries included: New wind turbines and solar panels come with built-in storage

Batteries included: New wind turbines and solar panels come with built-in storage | Energy Alternatives | Scoop.it
Solar and wind systems need batteries to store power for when the sun isn't shining or the wind isn't blowing. But why have two devices when you could have just one?
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Bitcoin’s Environmental Problem

Bitcoin’s Environmental Problem | Energy Alternatives | Scoop.it
The world of environmental problems is bad enough without adding digital problems to the mix, but that's just what Bitcoin has done by virtue of being the most popular digital currency currently available.  Bitcoin, for the uninitiated, is...
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Meet the woman who shut down Chicago's dirty coal plants

Meet the woman who shut down Chicago's dirty coal plants | Energy Alternatives | Scoop.it
Kimberly Wasserman wins the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for organizing her neighbors in Southwest Chicago to fight the power plants giving them asthma.
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Q. What’s your advice for other communities facing similar battles?


A. Definitely don’t give up. And definitely arm yourself with as much research as possible. There is tons of capacity in our communities to do research, to do surveys, to collect and analyze data. We have to be arming our young people to be thinking about careers in math and science and engineering to be able to bring those skills back and help us tackle some of these environmental-justice issues. When our campaign started, some of our young people were in first or second grade, and those young people are now in college, getting their masters in environmental justice, because this had such a resonating effect on them.

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None of the world's top industries would be profitable if they paid for the natural capital they use

None of the world's top industries would be profitable if they paid for the natural capital they use | Energy Alternatives | Scoop.it
A sobering new study finds that the world's biggest industries burn through $7.3 trillion dollars worth of free natural capital a year. And it's the only reason they turn a profit.
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“Solar Freedom Now” Unveils Plan For Cutting Red Tape, Solar PV Soft Costs 50%

“Solar Freedom Now” Unveils Plan For Cutting Red Tape, Solar PV Soft Costs 50% | Energy Alternatives | Scoop.it
Permitting, zoning, financing, contracting, installation, hooking up to the grid, and maintenance -- the so-called “soft” costs of powering a home, office or business with solar energy -- account for as much as 40% of the total installed cost of a...
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“Who wouldn’t want to generate electricity on the roof of their own house? But the costs are kept artificially high because of all the ridiculous paperwork and red tape,” another SFN co-founder, Barry Cinnamon, commented.

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Are Solar Batteries The Next Big Thing In Renewable Energy?

Are Solar Batteries The Next Big Thing In Renewable Energy? | Energy Alternatives | Scoop.it
By Christoph Steitz and Stephen Jewkes FRANKFURT/MILAN, March 8 (Reuters) - Renewable energy is constantly evolving and challenging traditional utilities but one growing sector could make home-generated power much easier to use...
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"The idea is to apply the same principles of the Internet to electricity networks - any device hooked up can send and receive content," said Ugo Govigli, vice president for European smart grid solutions for NEC.

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Activism and policy are not the same thing

Activism and policy are not the same thing | Energy Alternatives | Scoop.it
Keystone scolds seem to think that what activists are engaged in is a policy proposal. That's stupid.
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"Comparing activism and a policy proposal using the metric of direct carbon reductions is a category error. The goal of climate policy is to reduce carbon (and build out alternatives). Activism has different goals: persuasion, organization, and a shift in political power. That a particular activist campaign would reduce carbon less than a particular policy is not so much wrong as irrelevant."

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The era of energy dinosaurs is coming to an end

The era of energy dinosaurs is coming to an end | Energy Alternatives | Scoop.it
The big, slow-moving dinosaurs of the energy world face increasing competition from a swarm of smaller, fast-moving mammals. Energy companies will update their strategies for a changing world, or t...
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"But a shifting environment means increasingly replacing dinosaur heuristics with mammal heuristics: efficiency, flexibility, responsiveness, open data, transparency, coalitions."

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Michael John Carter's curator insight, March 6, 2013 9:39 PM

Interesting the move from the "Old Energy to the Newer One"

 

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Not-so-smart ALEC: How the lobbying group uses bad data to fight clean energy

Not-so-smart ALEC: How the lobbying group uses bad data to fight clean energy | Energy Alternatives | Scoop.it
The American Legislative Exchange Council argues against state renewable-energy requirements using flawed studies that vastly overestimate the cost of wind energy.
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"When it comes to energy, ALEC wants to speed up the permitting process for mines, oil and gas wells, and power plants — and to eliminate all state requirements for the use of renewable energy."

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Never mind the State of the Union; here's what Obama can actually do on climate

Never mind the State of the Union; here's what Obama can actually do on climate | Energy Alternatives | Scoop.it
From cracking down on power plants to getting rid of HFCs, there's a lot the president can do on climate change without the help of Congress.
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"Congress is no help as long as right-wing Republicans have veto power. There is nonetheless a great deal Obama can do if he is sincere about making climate change a priority in his second term."

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Estonia Is 1st Country In The World To Install Nationwide System Of Fast Chargers For EVs

Estonia Is 1st Country In The World To Install Nationwide System Of Fast Chargers For EVs | Energy Alternatives | Scoop.it
This article was originally published on EV Obsession.

The first nationwide system of fast charging stations for electric vehicles has now been completed in Estonia.
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“The network of fast chargers strategically placed along roads and in towns means that users need not worry about running out of power during their journeys. It also features a nationwide unified payment system.”

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The External Costs Of Fossil Fuels Are Large

The External Costs Of Fossil Fuels Are Large | Energy Alternatives | Scoop.it
The following is the testimony of Daniel J.
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”High oil and gasoline prices do benefit the big five oil companies: BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, and Shell. They made a combined profit of $255 billion in the last two years—an average of $1,000 in profit for each vehicle on the road.”

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