November 23, 2014

Deutsche Bank Says US Solar Boom to Reach 50GW by 2016


Energy analysts at Deutsche Bank are predicting a huge surge in the uptake of distributed solar PV in the United States, the world’s biggest economy and electricity market, saying solar PV installations could rise 7-fold in coming years and lift overall solar PV capacity to nearly 50GW by 2016.

The expected boom in distributed solar – installations placed on homes and commercial businesses – is based on predictions that solar PV module prices will continue to fall, grid prices will continue rise, and innovative financing options will provide ample and cheap capital.

November 21, 2014

STATEMENT: WRI Reacts to $3 Billion U.S. Pledge to Green Climate Fund

President Obama announced that the United States will contribute $3 billion to the Green Climate Fund during the G20 Summit held in Australia this weekend.

Yesterday WRI's climate finance experts Alex Doukas and Athena Ballesteros blogged about how a U.S. pledge to the Green Climate Fund would build climate action momentum.

November 20, 2014

Alberta is the Only Province in Canada Without a Renewable Energy Policy

Albertans have already seen so many promises broken.

So we shouldn’t expect much more from Premier Jim Prentice, the newly elected leader of Alberta’s New Democrats told a Lethbridge audience Thursday.

Edmonton MLA Rachel Notley, selected three weeks ago to lead her party in the next election, recounted many campaign promises offered by previous premier Alison Redford and Conservative premiers before her.
They ranged from 140 new “community clinics across the province, she said, to full-day kindergarten and eradication of child poverty “within five years.”

But few if any of the promises have been honored, Notley told the Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs. More and more Albertans are now relying on food banks, she said, though the number of families in dire need has fallen in other provinces.

November 19, 2014

'Freeing The Grid' Shows U.S. States Strong On Clean Energy Policies

The Vote Solar Initiative and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council have released the 2014 edition of "Freeing the Grid," a policy guide that grades all 50 states on two key clean energy programs: net-metering and interconnection procedures.

Now in its eighth year of publication, the report shows that over the past year, U.S. states have generally upheld and, in some cases, strengthened these two policies, which are considered pillars of consumer clean energy development.

November 18, 2014

Labor Walks Away From RET Negotiations in Australia

Solar industry backs Labor's RET negotiation withdraw.  But the Australian Solar Council warns if the government doesn't change its position on the renewable energy target, it will change the government.

Labor has quit its negotiations with the Abbott government about Australia's renewable energy target saying there is "no prospect of reaching an agreement".

In an escalation of the high stakes clash over Australia's energy future, the opposition's environment spokesman, Mark Butler, has written to Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane to end discussions that were aimed at restoring bipartisan support for the renewable energy policy.

In a letter to Mr Macfarlane on Tuesday, Mr Butler said that the government's plan to dramatically scale back the target had not budged throughout weeks of negotiations.

November 17, 2014

Development of Renewable Energy in Bangladesh

Being aware of the finite stock of fossil fuels and their negative impact on the environment, countries across the world are now leaning towards renewable energies like solar energy, wind energy, bio-energy, hydropower, geothermal and ocean energy in efforts to ensure energy security.The use of renewable energy has risen considerably in recent times, both in developed and in developing countries. REN21's Renewables 2014 Global Status Report indicates that renewable energy provided an estimated 19% of global energy consumption in 2012 compared to 16.7 % in 2010. More than hundred countries now have renewable energy policy of one kind or the other.

November 16, 2014

In Australia, Climate Lobby Lifts G20 Pressure for Tony Abbott

Climate  change groups are moving to pressure the government ahead of the G20 meeting in Brisbane this weekend by releasing reports criticizing Tony ­Abbott’s renewable energy policy and calling for a commitment to deeper emissions cuts in 10 years.

The Climate Institute and the Climate Council both yesterday released reports on Australia’s policies in the area ahead of the ­arrival of world leaders.

November 10, 2014

Cuba Aims for 24 Percent Renewable Energy by 2030

Cuba is aspiring to obtain 24 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030 and to that end has unveiled an initial set of projects requiring a combined investment outlay of more than $600 million.

The island currently generates just 4.3 percent of its electricity from renewable sources but it plans to allocate more than $3.5 billion to develop that sector over the next 15 years, Communist Party daily Granma reported Friday.

November 9, 2014

Feinstein to Carry New Desert Conservation Act

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., released a discussion draft Thursday of the California Desert Conservation and Recreation Act, a bill Feinstein will introduce in January when the new Congress convenes.

The bill builds on Feinstein’s historicCalifornia Desert Protection Act, which became law in 1994. The new legislation is designed to protect additional land and help manage California’s desert resources by carefully balancing conservation, recreation and renewable energy development.

October 24, 2014

NJ Bill Hikes Offshore Targets

New Jersey lawmakers are considering aggressive renewable energy legislation that would require 3GW of offshore wind generation by 2030 and 4.5GW by 2050.

The proposal is part of bill that requires New Jersey to meet a renewable portfolio standard that starts at 20% by 2020 and increases every five years to reach 80% by 2050.

October 23, 2014

France's National Assembly Approves Energy Transition Law

The lower house of French parliament, the National Assembly, passed on Tuesday an energy transition bill that aimed at reducing nuclear use and promoting renewable use.

Submitted by Segolene Royal, Energy Minister and ex-partner of French President Francois Hollande, the text was approved by 314 lawmakers against 219 unfavorable votes.

October 22, 2014

French Energy Transition Law to Cut Red Tape on Renewables

France's much-delayed energy transition bill passed a key hurdle on Tuesday after a clear majority of the lower house of parliament adopted a text that skirts the key nuclear issue but includes simplification measures likely to boost renewables.

A cap on French nuclear power production at the current level, approved last week, was the main point of contention in the bill defended by Energy Minister Segolene Royal.

October 21, 2014

Three State Legislators Want To Kill Michigan’s Popular Clean Energy Law

Three state legislators in Michigan have put together a bill to kill the state’s renewable energy mandate, while their colleagues have already moved on to planning the second phase after it meets its current goal.

Michigan State Rep. Tom McMillin (R), introduced a bill on October 1 that would repeal the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS), Midwest Energy News reported on Tuesday. Passed in 2008, the RPS stipulates that 10 percent of Michigan’s energy come from renewable sources by 2015.

October 20, 2014

Committee Studying Ohio’s Energy Freeze Full of Lawmakers Who Voted for Bill that Enacted the Freeze

Proponents to keep Ohio’s renewable energy standards appear to face an uphill battle.

The legislative committee that will review the standards, which are frozen for two years, is overwhelmingly made up of lawmakers who voted for the bill that enacted the freeze.

Just three of the 12 committee members voted against Senate Bill 310, which Gov. John Kasich signed in June.

The lone Democratic senator to vote for the bill, Shirley Smith, D-Cleveland, is one of four Democratic appointees to the committee.

October 19, 2014

BILL WANTS 80% OF NJ’S POWER TO COME FROM RENEWABLE SOURCES BY 2050

Aggressive energy goals draw the ire of large manufacturers, questions and concerns from Rate Counsel

The idea that 80 percent of the state’s electricity could be produced from renewable energy by 2050 drew withering criticism from consumer advocates and business interests yesterday during an initial hearing on a bill to establish that target.

October 6, 2014

U.N. Climate Summit Sets Goals to Save Forests, Use Clean Energy

* Countries, investors to raise $200 billion by end-2015
* Alliance seeks to halt forest losses by 2030
* Looks to increase chances for global climate deal in 2015

A United Nations summit on climate change agreed on Tuesday to widen the use of renewable energy and raise billions of dollars in aid for developing countries in an effort to increase the prospects for a wide-ranging deal to slow global warming.

October 5, 2014

Four Priority Areas of India-US Clean Energy Collaboration

Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi's successful visit to the US, both sides have identified four key areas to enhance energy collaboration and sustainable development.

The areas included new smart cities collaboration, new multi-billion dollar effort to support renewable energy, partnership for climate resilience and training and exchange programme for scholars in US/India.

UK Renewable Energy Subsidy Changes Anger Solar Industry

Energy secretary, Ed Davey, says new subsidy scheme will help underwrite green energy and reduce reliance on imported gas

The government on Thursday outlined plans to provide £300m worth of support subsidies to the renewable power industry this autumn but has angered the solar industry and been accused of not providing value for money.

Zimbabwe to Develop Renewable Energy Policy

ZERA, mandated with regulating the country's energy sector, is also registering all the country's renewable energy service providers

Zimbabwe is seeking to develop a renewable energy policy to provide the sector with guidelines and a roadmap for creating a more conducive environment for attracting investment.

September 16, 2014

India Makes Plans To Spur More Renewable Energy Development

An innovative new policy will require fossil-fuel power plant developers to also invest in renewables.

India plans to ask power generators to invest in clean-energy projects as Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks to accelerate the nation’s shift away from the troubled coal industry.

August 21, 2014

Geothermal Bill Closer to Becoming Law

Proposed legislation that would diversify California's energy portfolio by requiring energy retail sellers to procure 500 megawatts of electricity from baseload geothermal power plants in the next 10 years continues to move through the state Legislature.

Senate Bill 1139 advanced from the Assembly Appropriations Committee today and is expected to go before the full Assembly for a floor vote sometime before the Legislature's end-of-the-month voting deadline. 

August 20, 2014

Massachusetts Legislation Supports Renewable Heating and Cooling

Bill Provides Financial Incentives for Several Thermal Renewable Energy Heating and Cooling Alternatives

The Massachusetts House of Representatives has passed a comprehensive renewable thermal energy bill that will promote the use of clean renewable fuels and technologies for heating and cooling buildings. Passed earlier by the Massachusetts Senate, the bill is expected to be signed by Gov. Deval Patrick and go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015.

August 19, 2014

Government Establishes N33b Credit Line for Consumer Metering in Nigeria

THE Presidency has stated its concern over the huge metering gap in the electricity sector and wants it bridged immediately for a progressive growth in the direction the Federal Government intends it to.

   To that that end, Vice President Namadi Sambo said in Abuja Thursday that government was sourcing various funding avenues, including an initial N33 billion soft credit line to enable the distribution companies acquire smart metres and make them more available to consumers.

August 18, 2014

Energy Data and Effective Renewable Energy Policy-Making Needed to Fulfil Renewable Energy Targets in Pacific Islands

In 2013, the Pacific leaders reaffirmed their commitment to a sustainable future through the adoption of national renewable energy and energy efficiency targets as outlined in the Majuro Declaration on Climate Leadership.

While these commitments are encouraging, for countries to succeed in achieving them, much rests on collaborative efforts made today. Achieving renewable energy targets, for instance, requires immense capital and resources: a challenge to most of the Pacific Islands.  Access to up-to-date, accurate and appropriate data is also of critical importance.

August 17, 2014

Energy Department Invests More Than $55 Million to Advance Efficient Vehicle Technologies

As part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to reduce dependence on foreign oil and transition to a clean energy economy, the Energy Department today announced more than $55 million for 31 new projects to accelerate research and development of critical vehicle technologies that will improve fuel efficiency and reduce costs. These new projects are aimed at meeting the goals and objectives of the President’s EV Everywhere Grand Challenge, as well as improvements in other vehicle technologies such as power trains, fuel, tires and auxiliary systems.