“As the world's leaders prepare for another round of eloquent speeches, our question to them is simple: Exactly how and when is your country going to phase out fossil fuels? Please, may we see your plan?
The reality is that very few countries have such a plan. Which is incredible, given the current state of climate affairs. Denmark is one rare exception. The country has a plan, which outlines a transition to 100% renewable energy within a relatively short period of time. Ambitious? Yes. Unrealistic? Not at all. Here is how:”
By providing an international platform for government, business and civil society to work together on low carbon solutions, Climate Week NYC will show the world there are clear opportunities and many benefits in joining the global ‘clean revolution’.
“Today is truly an historic day,” said County Executive Mike Hein. “It is no secret that continued reliance on unsustainable fossil fuels has the potential to lead to a global energy crisis, and in situations such as this I firmly believe that government must lead by example. In the past, the County was striving towards a goal of purchasing 10% of its electricity from renewable sources, but when I look out and see the pristine beauty of Ulster County I am reminded that we must protect our environment all across the country, not just for us but for our children and grandchildren. Purchasing 100% of our electricity from renewable sources considerably reduces our carbon footprint and embodies my administration’s continued commitment to the environment and to our future.”
Ulster County executive Mike Hein issues executive order requiring county government to purchase 100% of its electricity from renewable energy sources. The executive order is the first of its kind in New York State.
A Dutch company cased The Archimedes has developed a small, highly efficient, and silent rooftop wind energy generator called the Liam1, which it claims could generate half the power a typical house would need, and which they say would be ideal for combining with solar rooftop PV panels.
“Sharp reductions in solar power prices opened the door to a new renewable energy chapter, by aligning economic self-interest – the dominant cultural force of our time – with clean energy.
Currently, we still need a grid for back-up, and that grid is predominantly fossil-fuelled, but the door is now ajar, and there is light on the other side. Our challenge now is not just to walk through that door, but to storm through, to knock the door down and take the hinges along with us. (...)
Some utility chiefs are even acknowledging how plunging costs of solar and batteries can provide a new model of power supply. The next challenge is providing financial products to fast-track this transition. (...)
However, if we want to bring the house down and take the hinges with us, we need a new story for renewable energy that goes beyond the narrow sense of economic self-interest that’s been allowed to become the dominant culture of our time.
Last week, Energy for the People unveiled the first step in our contribution to that new story, a crowd-funding platform for solar power called The People’s Solar, which aligns personal and social incentives by blurring the lines between them.”
Boston’s Next Step Living has launched a new way for some Massachusetts residents to have their electricity supplied via solar energy. The company has announced a program to harness the power (and savings) of solar without having to install solar panels on their home or property.
Solar's dramatic cost declines are likely to be repeated with batteries. Failing to predict falling energy demand is one thing – failing to predict that customers will leave the grid altogether escalates utility death spiral risks.
“This is a great summary piece on the renewable energy revolution from one of CleanTechnica’s daily readers. Unlike with many of the recent reader articles we’ve published, this one doesn’t come from a frequent commenter but from one of the many, many lurkers who read CleanTechnica daily and silently. I’m happy he jumped in”
The bill that could set France on the path to renewable energy has passed the cabinet and will make its way to Parliament this fall.
Energy Minister Segolene Royal said that France will mobilize about €10 billion ($13.41 billion) for a package of tax breaks, low-cost loans, and bonuses to boost investment in renewable energy and cut the country's oil and gas bill.
A powerful message on the "truly disruptive" nature of solar energy technologies and the profound changes they portent for energy generation and individual customers ... drawn from a range of respected energy experts.
I know. I'll just keep working and paying taxes so that Tony Abbott can lock lost children in concentration camps from which all press and observers are banned, spend billions on killer jets and billions more on roads while sucking the lifeblood from education, health and our already abject renewable energy performance. That way he gets to spend $4.5 million on the Lodge as well. Yay. Sound like a plan?
The contrast between the solar price trend and price trends for various types of fossil fuels is so sharp, and the ramifications for those industries so disruptive, that the creators of the graph gave it a title more fitting of the welcome mat for a Halloween haunted house: "Welcome to the Terrordome."