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Increasing Risks of Fossil Fuel Energy Investment

Increasing Risks of Fossil Fuel Energy Investment | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

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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Global warming: Businesses see ‘tangible and present risk’

Global warming: Businesses see ‘tangible and present risk’ | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

Investor support for addressing climate change is growing * 

 

The number of large corporations reporting current risks from climate change has grown substantially over the last two years.



According to a survey of 405 of the biggest global companies conducted by the Carbon Disclosure Project, 37 percent say they are already seeing the impact of climate change on their business — up from 10 percent in 2010.

 

Republished from Climate Progress, By Stephen Lacey


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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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Global Climate at Risk as Nearly 1,200 New Coal Plants Proposed

Global Climate at Risk as Nearly 1,200 New Coal Plants Proposed | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

The World Resources Institute (WRI) released a report, Global Coal Risk Assessment, that analyzes information about proposed new coal-fired plants and other market trends in order to assess potential future risks to the global climate.

The report finds that there are 1,199 new coal power plants in the works, totaling more than 1.4 million megawatts of capacity worldwide. That’s four times the capacity of all the coal-fired power plants in the U.S. Seventy-six percent of the coal plants are proposed for India and China, with the U.S. seventh in the world for coal power plants in development.
According to the WRI, if all of these projects are built, it would add new coal power capacity that is almost four times the current capacity of all coal-fired plants in the U.S.


View the locations of proposed coal-fired power plants by country in this interactive map at the article link.


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Are building owners leaving money on the energy efficiency table?

Are building owners leaving money on the energy efficiency table? | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
Due to risks associated with upgrade projects or the age of the building itself, cost savings aren't always maximized. Learn how to shift your risk while offering incentives to others.
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Solar projects held back by risk worries in Australia

Solar projects held back by risk worries in Australia | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

Lack of confidence is impeding development of enough big-scale solar power to provide a lot of Australia's electricity generation and the federal government needs to do more to show the technology is financially viable, the Australian Solar Institute says.A report commissioned by the institute - released today - found that concentrated solar power (CSP) technology, which uses mirrors or lenses to obtain heat energy from the sun to produce power, can contribute up to 15 gigawatts of capacity with only "modest" investment in transmission.

But governments and the solar sector needed to demonstrate that risks could be overcome, said Mark Twidell, executive director of the institute.


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