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Increasing Risks of Fossil Fuel Energy Investment

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In the current political and economic environment, fossil fuel investments are looking much more risky than at any other time in history.

There are at least three good reasons why. First, as climate change worsens, policies are likely to be put in place to constrain emissions. We could see this begin domestically with strict enforcement of the Clean Air Act. Second, whether or not large-scale coal retirements happen, the capacity market isn’t particularly friendly to new fossil fuel generation. In fact, the U.S. has a surplus of generation and dramatically underutilizes existing capacity. And for the first time, fossil fuels have a host of increasingly competitive alternative investments that include efficiency, demand response, solar, and wind.

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Mining Industry Will Invest Billions in Renewable Energy Sources

During the period from 2012 through 2020, the study concludes, mining companies will invest a total of $82.5 billion in energy conservation measures and renewable energy technologies.

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S Africa: renewables interest dampened by legal hurdles

S Africa: renewables interest dampened by legal hurdles | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
South Africa’s latest round of renewable energy contracts has attracted interest from European developers after home subsidies have dried up, but legal uncertainty and rules over local ownership may cut the temper their enthusiasm.
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Almost Half of Big Corporations Plan Renewables Increase, Study ...

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Nearly half of the world's largest corporations plan to moderately or significantly increase investment in renewable energy over the next five years, according to research by Ernst & Young.
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Renewables Attract Investment from Pension Funds

"With interest rates in government bonds at a rather low level, there is quite a lot of money in pension funds chasing relatively reliable returns, which offer more than sovereign debt."

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Tunisian renewables market is hotting up, says CSP developer ...

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The investment case for renewables in Tunisia has improved significantly in the year since the Arab Spring turned the region on its head, claims the developer behind one of North Africa's largest concentrating solar power ...
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Energy Use a ‘Major Factor’ in Investment Decisions for 63% of Building Sector

Energy Use a ‘Major Factor’ in Investment Decisions for 63% of Building Sector | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
Energy usage plays an important role in most building-sector companies’ investment decisions, and is a major factor for 63 percent of survey respondents, according to an Economist Intelligence Unit report.

Energy efficiency and energy savings: a view from the building sector, also found the majority of companies are replacing inefficient lighting (57 percent), HVAC systems (50 percent) and building insulation (50 percent) with more energy-efficient products. Four in 10 are taking this a step further and rethinking their buildings’ design to maximize natural light.


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KfW to lend Germany €100bn for renewables deployment

KfW to lend Germany €100bn for renewables deployment | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
German development bank KfW will provide the country with €100bn as it shifts to a renewable energy-focused economy.

The country made the bold move to carry out a shutdown of its nuclear plants after the Fukushima disaster in March 2011 but after reducing subsidies its homegrown solar and other renewable energy companies are suffering.

According to a report in Reuters, KfW will make available loans of more than €100bn for both renewable energy and energy efficiency.
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The German grid operators' plan

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Germany's four transit grid operators have put together a wish list for the government at a price tag of 32 billion euros. The main reason these lines are needed is that new offshore turbines are to be installed in the north, where ...

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Funding Energy Efficiency

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It is vital to separate energy efficiency projects from capital budgets for several reasons. Doing so will allow the company to thrive as it effectively manages its energy costs and risk.

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Germany's $270 Billion Renewables Shift Biggest Since War | B4E ...

Germany's $270 Billion Renewables Shift Biggest Since War | B4E ... | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

Chancellor Angela Merkel is planning to build offshore wind farms that will cover an area six times the size of New York City and erect power lines that could stretch from London to Baghdad. The program will cost 200 billion euros ($268 billion), a third of annual gross domestic product, according to the DIW economic institute in Berlin.

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