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CNN Money/Fortune: Shale gas is no alternative to renewables

CNN Money/Fortune: Shale gas is no alternative to renewables | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
If we really want to cool the planet this century, we need rapid and massive deployment of a mix of conservation, wind, solar, and nuclear energy -- not natural gas.

 

Pretty good article on shale gas and renewables.

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Wind power still gets lower public subsidies than fossil fuel tax breaks

Wind power still gets lower public subsidies than fossil fuel tax breaks | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Financial support for renewable energy under attack as gas, oil and coal still subsidised to far greater extent, new data shows...
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Top Three Reasons Cheap Natural Gas Won’t Kill Renewable Energy

Top Three Reasons Cheap Natural Gas Won’t Kill Renewable Energy | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

Great article on Joe Romm's Climate Progress blog, explains why the "golden age of gas" will not kill off the renewables industry but make it stronger.

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Power paradox: Clean might not be green forever

Power paradox: Clean might not be green forever | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
As energy demand grows, even alternative energy sources such as wind, solar and nuclear fusion could begin to affect the climate.

 

Excellent thought-provoking piece in New Scientist asking some inconvenient questions about the energy revolution we need.

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Renewables From Vestas to Suntech Plan Profit Without Subsidy

Renewables From Vestas to Suntech Plan Profit Without Subsidy | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Renewable energy companies are approaching the point where they can generate electricity at a price competitive with fossil-fuels without subsidies, the biggest wind and solar manufacturers said.
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Fossil fuels vs. renewables: the key argument that environmentalists are missing

"It seems doubtful at this time that future technologies for exploiting fossil fuels will be able to do much beyond softening the inevitable declines. And, given the known trends and data, it seems foolish to wait for these yet-to-be-invented technologies to appear. That means that leapfrogging now past fossil fuels to renewable energy is not just desirable but probably inescapable. The only question is whether we as a society will do it with a focused plan for a rapid transition or whether the transition will be chaotic and marked by violent swings in the economy as the world lurches from one energy-induced crisis to another."

 

Brilliant overview by Kurt Cobb of the reasons why we need to move away from fossil fuels as fast as possible.

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The European Power System - Decarbonization and Cost Reduction: Lost in Transmissions?

The European Power System - Decarbonization and Cost Reduction: Lost in Transmissions? | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

The French Institute for International Relations (IFRI) has produced one of the best analyses of the inconsistencies in European energy policy.

 

"The objective of the Internal Electricity Market is to bring competitive electricity prices to end-users, but as these prices are linked to the composition of the power generation mix, it is easy to see that there is a clear discrepancy in the rationales pushing for corridors aiming at transporting RES across Europe and a market-driven logic that will favor the building of transmission lines based on a competitive power generation mix."

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The Essentials for the Necessary Transition to a Renewable Energy Economy | Environment | AlterNet

The Essentials for the Necessary Transition to a Renewable Energy Economy | Environment | AlterNet | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Unless we want to be indentured to an energy-military-financial complex, we need to build a new infrastructure for renewable energy.

 

Good article by Jon Rynn via AlterNet.

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India’s Solar Future Burns Bright

India’s Solar Future Burns Bright | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"India is poised to become a solar powerhouse, a possibility on its way to becoming a reality, with sunny prospects for the awakening subcontinent’s economic future."

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Energy: Roadmap 2050 - European Commission

Energy: Roadmap 2050 - European Commission | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

On 15 December 2011, the European Commission adopted the Communication "Energy Roadmap 2050". The EU is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 80-95% below 1990 levels by 2050 in the context of necessary reductions by developed countries as a group. In the Energy Roadmap 2050 the Commission explores the challenges posed by delivering the EU's decarbonisation objective while at the same time ensuring security of energy supply and competitiveness. 

 

Despite some unrealistic assumptions in the modelling, the EU Commission study demonstrates that a high renewables and energy efficiency scenarios would not cost Europeans more than business as usual.

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Wind Power Produces Just 4-14% Emissions of Fossil Fuels, Even With Manufacturing & Decommissioning

Wind Power Produces Just 4-14% Emissions of Fossil Fuels, Even With Manufacturing & Decommissioning | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

A new life-cycle assessment of the environmental impact of wind power confirms the greenhouse gas reduction potential of replacing fossil fuels by wind energy.

 

This article from Treehugger summarises a new analysis published in Environmental Research Letters.

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Predictions for cleantech in 2012

Predictions for cleantech in 2012 | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
What will 2012 have in store for the cleantech/greentech market? Kachan & Co. offers its predictions for the new year, calling 2012 a mixed bag for cleantech.

 

This is an incredibly interesting and well-written report about the outlook for the clean technology in 2012. It lists opportunities as well as challenges and is a must-read for anyone interested in this sector.

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Spain Exits Renewables Top 10 After Curbing Subsidies, E&Y Says - Businessweek

Spain Exits Renewables Top 10 After Curbing Subsidies, E&Y Says - Businessweek | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Spain, the top-ranked renewable- energy market for investors five years ago, dropped out of the top 10 after suspending subsidies for new clean power generation, an Ernst & Young survey found.
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German ministers agree to speed up solar cuts

BERLIN (Reuters) - The German government has agreed to accelerate the next round of cuts in state-mandated photovoltaic incentives by three months to April 1 after a record-breaking expansion of solar...
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High praise for Denmark's long-term energy vision

The International Energy Agency has commended Denmark for its energy policies. Denmark is a world leader for renewable energy, energy efficiency and climate change.

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PwC report confirms big growth in renewable energy deals

PwC report confirms big growth in renewable energy deals | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

Deals for 'new generation' renewable technologies – wind, solar, biomass - are entering the big time driving the market to new record highs, reports PwC in its annual global analysis of merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions in the renewable sector.

 

Despite the global economic slowdown and the debt crisis in Europe, the renewable energy sector keeps showing strong growth and market consolidation.

 

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New study paints rosy future for grid-scale energy storage in UK

The Bloomberg New Energy Finance study finds that rapid falls in the price of technology and appropriate regulatory support could create a significant opportunity for the use of storage in the electricity network.

 

Excellent news for all renewable energy fans.

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Renewables revolution: Europe leads the way

Renewable energy's share of the generation mix, already substantial in several European countries, is rising fast.

 

Very good video interview by Platts discussing the progress of wind and solar towards grid parity.

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New MIT report: shale gas maybe a bridge but what is at the other side of the bridge?

New MIT report: shale gas maybe a bridge but what is at the other side of the bridge? | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

A new MIT report shows shale gas in the US creates jobs, keeps energy prices low but suppresses the development of the renewables revolution.

 

"Shale might provide the flexibility to meet reduction targets at lower costs today, making it a strong “bridge” in the short term to a low-carbon future. But the report concludes that we can’t let “the greater ease of the near term … erode efforts to prepare a landing at the other end of the bridge.”

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Solar grid parity 101—and why you should care

Solar grid parity 101—and why you should care | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
We're rapidly approaching solar grid parity -- that magical tipping point when installing solar power will cost less than buying electricity from the grid. Learn more about the details of this complex concept.

 

Grist has this very interesting article on grid parity of solar power in the US.

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The Chinese Solar Machine

The Chinese Solar Machine | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Chinese manufacturers have ­dominated the international ­market for conventional solar ­panels by ­building bigger ­factories faster. Now they will need to ­innovate to maintain their lead.

 

Excellent article in MIT's Technology Review on China's manufacturing of solar panels.

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Solar Power Much Cheaper to Produce Than Most Analysts Realize, Study Finds

Solar Power Much Cheaper to Produce Than Most Analysts Realize, Study Finds | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
The public is being kept in the dark about the viability of solar photovoltaic energy, according to a study conducted at Queen’s University.
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European proposals: EU planners hint at fairytale future

Imagine a future in which Europe derives virtually all its power from thousands of windmills and other sources of renewable energy.

 

The FT's Joshua Chaffin calls the renewable energy scenario in the EU's upcoming Energy Roadmap a "fairytale" and warns that ultimately consumers will have to pay the price for the low-carbon future. Problem is, Joshua, that continuing to rely on "extreme" or unconventional fossil fuel energy will be no less than a "nightmare" (for climate, environment and also in price we will pay for our energy). Sometimes fairy tales do come true.

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