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Bavarian Village Rakes in $5.7 Million/Year by Selling Green Energy

Bavarian Village Rakes in $5.7 Million/Year by Selling Green Energy | climate change economics | Scoop.it
 
Small towns have no more excuses. Bavarian village Wildpoldsreid, with a population of about 2,600, has created a local economy that produces 321% more energy than it needs, selling the excess back to the national grid at a rate of $5.7 million...
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THE PRICE OF IGNORANCE: Global Warming Now "Irreversible", Warns Scientific Body

THE PRICE OF IGNORANCE: Global Warming Now "Irreversible", Warns Scientific Body | climate change economics | Scoop.it
The American Meteorological Society has revised its 2007 statement on climate change, and the new one is much grimmer.

Governments, corporations and individuals could cut greenhouse gas emissions today, and it would still be too late to stave off disaster. What is left to us now is mitigation and adaptation. That is the conclusion of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) in an Information Statement published August 20, 2012.

Their conclusions are yet more confirmation that the dire predictions of the 1972 report, “Limits to Growth”, were accurate.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/global-warming-irreversible-warns-scientific-body.html#ixzz255Cnzc8a


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Why power generators are terrified of solar | Crikey

Why power generators are terrified of solar | Crikey | climate change economics | Scoop.it
In Germany, solar PV is not just licking the cream off the profits of the fossil fuel generators -- as happens in Australia with a more modest rollout of PV -- it is in fact eating their entire cake, writes Giles Parkinson, of RenewEconomy.
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Renewable Electricity Nearly Doubles with Obama in Office - CleanTechnica

Renewable Electricity Nearly Doubles with Obama in Office - CleanTechnica | climate change economics | Scoop.it
 
Non-hydro renewable electricity generation has nearly doubled since President Obama took office, reaching 5.75 percent of net electricity, according to figures from the Energy Information Administration.

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Friends of the Earth - Climate change and slavery

Friends of the Earth - Climate change and slavery | climate change economics | Scoop.it
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Making the link between inaction on climate change in the 2000s, and inaction on slavery in 1800s..

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Why Do We Hold Renewables To Different Standards Than Fossil Fuels And Nuclear?

Why Do We Hold Renewables To Different Standards Than Fossil Fuels And Nuclear? | climate change economics | Scoop.it

Now that renewables are receiving some of the same incentives that fossil fuels have enjoyed for nearly one hundred years, we’re suddenly being inundated with calls for a purely “free-market” approach to energy development from politicians on the right and companies concerned about the growth of clean energy.

 

Their arguments make for good sound bites. But if we take a look at the history of energy development in the U.S., it’s very clear that we’ve never had a truly “free” market. In fact, all of the technologies that dominate our energy system today were given special incentives by the government in order to get them to commercial scale.

 

According to a recent report from the venture capital firm DBL Investors, the U.S. coal, oil, gas, and nuclear industries have cumulatively taken in more than $630 billion in tax credits, land grants, R&D programs, and direct investments from the government. That far surpasses the roughly $50 billion in government renewable energy investments (wind, solar PV, solar thermal, geothermal, biofuels) through these same mechanisms over the decades, according to the report.

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Skeptical about renewable energy predictions? You should be. | Fresh Energy

Skeptical about renewable energy predictions? You should be. | Fresh Energy | climate change economics | Scoop.it

"Based on data collected by the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century, many experts were way off on how wind and solar electricity would grow over the last decade. I think you’ll enjoy this list, and I hope it inspires."

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Germany — 26% of Electricity from Renewable Energy in 1st Half of 2012

Germany — 26% of Electricity from Renewable Energy in 1st Half of 2012 | climate change economics | Scoop.it
 During the first half of 2012, the share of renewable energy sources in the electricity supply has risen significantly in Germany, rising to a sensational 25.97%. That’s a massive increase compared to 20.56%, the percentage during the same period in 2011, and 18.3% in H1 2010.
PV-Solar Contribution Increases 47%
In total, renewable energy sources produced 67.9 TWh (billion kWh). While all renewables have increased their share, there has been a significant change in the ranking of the different technologies, with PV-Solar(!) coming in 3rd, ahead of hydropower and right behind biomass (1% behind it).
Here’s a breakdown of the 26% between the different technologies and the changes compared to 1H 2011:
Wind power with a share of 9.2% (+19.5%)
Biomass with a share of 5.7% (+7.5%)
PV-Solar with a share of 5.3% (+47%)
Hydropower with 4.0% (+25%)
Other Renewables 0.9% (+10%)
Of course, a part of the massive increase has been weather-related. For example, January was very windy compared to the last few years, and a bit more rain is the only reason hydropower increased its share. But, overall, the trend is clear, and all of these sources are here to stay.

 


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