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Hans De Keulenaer

Renewables industry urges government to clarify post-2020 targets | - 0 views

  • The renewables energy industry has again called on the government to urgently clarify its plans for low-carbon energy development after 2020, following the release of a controversial submission to the EU, which argues the bloc should abandon specific renewable energy targets post-2020.
Sergio Ferreira

New EU renewables law takes shape | EU - European Information on Energy - 0 views

  • While the draft directive , made available by Friends of the Earth Europe (FoEE), does not specify the precise percentage figures by which each member state will be required to increase its share of renewable energies, the following criteria are put forward: By 2014, each member state's share of renewables must be at least the amount it used in 2005 plus 51% of the 2020 target;  by 2016, the figure must increase to 66% of the 2020 target; and; by 2018, member states should have achieved 83% of their 2020 target (compared to the 2005 level as usual).
  • An early draft of an upcoming Commission proposal to increase the use of renewables in final EU energy consumption includes guidelines for establishing individual national targets, provisions for mandatory use of certificates for renewables trading and sustainability criteria for biofuels production.
  • 20% of their energy needs from renewables
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  • 10% share of biofuels
Hans De Keulenaer

European & US Renewable Energy Targets | Renewable Energy World Magazine Article - 0 views

  • Latest data show, however, that in 2010, the indicative targets the member states set themselves for the electricity and transport sector were missed by most member states and the EU overall.
  • 'It is the fifth consecutive year that renewables have accounted for more than 40% of new electricity generating installations,' said Zervos.
  • By 2035, 80% of America's electricity will come from clean energy sources'.
    Possible article: Transatlantic ping-pong on renewable targets.
Hans De Keulenaer

Battery Could Provide a Cheap Way to Store Solar Power | THE GREEN ENERGY BLOG - 0 views

  • There’s a promising new entry in the race to build cheap batteries for storing energy from solar panels and wind turbines. Stanford researchers led by Yi Cui, a professor of materials science and engineering, have demonstrated a partially liquid battery made of inexpensive lithium and sulfur. Cui says the battery will be easy to make and will last for thousands of charging cycles. Cui believes that the material and manufacturing costs of the battery might be low enough to meet the Department of Energy’s goal of $100 per kilowatt-hour of storage capacity, which the DOE estimates will make the technology economically attractive to utilities. Existing batteries can cost hundreds of dollars per kilowatt-hour of capacity, although several companies are working to commercialize cheaper ones (see “Ambri’s Better Battery” and “Battery to Take On Diesel and Natural Gas”).
Colin Bennett

The 2009 EU Renewables Directive - how binding is 'binding'? - 0 views

  • A 2009 progress report by the Commission suggests that the EU will fall short of its 2010 renewable energy targets as set out in the first Renewables Directive and the Biofuels Directives. The Commission projects that the EU will achieve 19% instead of the target of 21% of total electricity consumption, and 4% instead of the 5.75% target for the transport sector. This failure may in part be due to the absence of binding targets in either directive.
    We've had this discussion before on LE that the discussion between binding & non-binding is largely cosmetic. Good catch!
Sergio Ferreira

Renewables: Parliament wants binding sectoral targets - 0 views

  • Setting binding targets for the use of other kinds of renewable energies in electricity, transport and heating/cooling is contrary to the preferences of some member states, who argue that differing climatic and geographical conditions across the EU mean that some states will be at a disadvantage in terms of meeting the targets.  Italy, for example, recently sent a letter to EU Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs, stating that the country will be unable to produce more than 15% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020.
Colin Bennett

Here is the 21st Century Storage and Transmission System for Wind Power - 1 views

  • 1. Transmission Developers would provide electricity transmission in underwater cables (previous story this week), that can be lain in aqueducts, riverbeds and lakes, or down ocean coastlines – clearing the one big hindrance to the development of renewable energy, which is the new transmission needed, and the NIMBYism that succeeds in prevents that from being built, because these would be out of sight. 2. The other,  Riverbank Power – an equally innovative breakthrough, would provide a complete solution to storing wind power (previous story)  effectively making it dispatchable base-load power.
Arabica Robusta

The Anthropocene Myth | Jacobin - 0 views

  • Who’s driving us toward disaster? A radical answer would be the reliance of capitalists on the extraction and use of fossil energy. Some, however, would rather identify other culprits. The earth has now, we are told, entered “the Anthropocene”: the epoch of humanity. Enormously popular — and accepted even by many Marxist scholars — the Anthropocene concept suggests that humankind is the new geological force transforming the planet beyond recognition, chiefly by burning prodigious amounts of coal, oil, and natural gas.
  • The important thing to note here is the logical structure of the Anthropocene narrative: some universal trait of the species must be driving the geological epoch that is its own, or else it would be a matter of some subset of the species. But the story of human nature can come in many forms, both in the Anthropocene genre and in other parts of climate change discourse.
  • Giving short shrift to all the talk of a universal human evildoer, she writes, “We are stuck because the actions that would give us the best chance of averting catastrophe — and would benefit the vast majority — are extremely threatening to an elite minority that has a stranglehold over our economy, our political process, and most of our major media outlets.”
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  • So how do the critics respond? “Klein describes the climate crisis as a confrontation between capitalism and the planet,” philosopher John Gray counters in the Guardian. “It would be be more accurate to describe the crisis as a clash between the expanding demands of humankind and a finite world.”
  • It is perfectly logical that advocates of the Anthropocene and associated ways of thinking either champion false solutions that steer clear of challenging fossil capital — such as geoengineering in the case of Mark Lynas and Paul Crutzen, the inventor of the Anthropocene concept — or preach defeat and despair, as in the case of Kingsnorth.
Hans De Keulenaer

Norway sets ambitious renewables target | Green Oil Plantations - 0 views

  • Norway set a renewable energy target for 2020 of 67.5 percent of its domestic production. The Norwegian Energy and Petroleum Ministry said that means the country needs to increase its renewable energy portfolio around 9 percent per year
Hans De Keulenaer

UK climate watchdog warns against raising renewables targets - 1 views

  • The government's climate watchdog today urged the coalition to focus on hitting the UK's renewable energy targets rather than raising them higher.
Colin Bennett

American Wind Energy Association: Wind Power Trends to Watch for in 2009 - 0 views

    New policies include: adjusting the federal production tax credit (PTC) to make it more effective in the midst of the current economic downturn and extending it for a longer term (it expires at the end of 2009); establishing a national renewable electricity standard (RES) with a target of generating at least 25% of the nation's electricity from renewables by 2025, and a near-term target of 10% by 2012 (a Washington Post poll in early December found that 84% of Americans support such a standard); legislation and initiatives to develop a high-voltage interstate transmission "highway" for renewable energy; and strong national climate change legislation.
Energy Net

Peak Energy: Smart metering is essential to hit cardon emission targets - 0 views

    Smart Meters are hitting the news with ever increasing frequency (which means I really should pull my finger out and finish off a detailed post on them one day) - The (UK) Telegraph reports that "Smart metering alone will not make Britain meet its 2050 carbon emission targets. But the necessary cuts will not be made without them." - Smart metering is essential to hit 2050 cardon emission targets.
Hans De Keulenaer

European Parliament calls for adoption of energy efficiency target | Energy Efficiency ... - 0 views

  • The European Parliament has overwhelmingly backed a comprehensive energy plan for the region, including a 35% improvement in energy efficiency.A large majority of MEPs voted to endorse the EU’s Second Strategic Energy Review, which was proposed by the EC in November last year.The proposals form the basis of Europe’s ’20-20-20’ policy which aims to cut CO2 and energy use by 20% by 2020, and increase renewables by 20%.

BBC NEWS | Scotland | Glasgow, Lanarkshire and West | Switch on for largest wind farm - 0 views

    Europe's largest onshore wind farm is set to be officially switched on by Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond. David MacKay, professor of natural philosophy at the University of Cambridge's department of physics, said Whitelee was a step towards targets to cut carbon emissions, but was only a start. He said: "To achieve the government target of a complete decarbonisation of our electricity supply system by 2030 we need to be talking about a 100-fold increase in wind farms in Britain and perhaps as much as a five-fold increase in nuclear power. "That's the scale of the building challenge we have if we're serious about getting off fossil fuels."
Hans De Keulenaer

UK opposes 2030 renewable energy target | Environment | The Guardian - 0 views

  • "The UK envisages multiple low-carbon technologies: renewables, nuclear and carbon capture and storage, all competing freely against each other in the years to come … For this reason, we cannot support a 2030 renewables target," it reads.
Colin Bennett

Improving efficiency of US homes could cut energy consumption 22.5% - 1 views

  • If all US homes built before 2000 were brought up to the same efficiency standards as those built after that time, energy consumption would fall 22.5%, according to a new report.The study by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, which was co-sponsored by the US Green Building Council (USGBC), looked at the affordability, energy and location efficiency of the country’s existing housing stock.

Technology Review: A Design for Cheaper Wind Power - 0 views

  • FloDesign Wind Turbine, a spin-off from the aerospace company FloDesign based in Wilbraham, MA, has developed a wind turbine that could generate electricity at half the cost of conventional turbines. The company recently raised $6 million in its first round of venture financing and has announced partnerships with wind-farm developers. The company's design, which draws on technology developed for jet engines, circumvents a fundamental limit to conventional wind turbines. Typically, as wind approaches a turbine, almost half of the air is forced around the blades rather than through them, and the energy in that deflected wind is lost. At best, traditional wind turbines capture only 59.3 percent of the energy in wind, a value called the Betz limit.
    FloDesign Wind Turbine, a spin-off from the aerospace company FloDesign has developed a wind turbine that could generate electricity at half the cost of conventional turbines. The design circumvents the Betz limit.
Hans De Keulenaer

Obama Should Kill the Combustion Engine - MemeBox's Garry Golden on The Takeaway - 0 views

  • Appearing on PRI’s The Takeaway with John Hockenberry, Golden was asked how he would advise Congress and the upcoming Obama administration on the proposed U.S. multi-billion dollar auto industry bailout. He responded by unequivocally advocating the avoidance of “any further investments into the old combustion engine model” arguing that the country needs to quickly move past hybrids by leap-frogging “to an all-electric platform.”
    Thank God for Obama. We may survive yet.
Sergio Ferreira

Report from "brave" Lithuania: more climate change please? « 3E Intelligence - 0 views

  • Renewables now accounts for about  8% of Lithuania’s energy consumption (see the Commission’s DG Energy’s fact sheet on Lithuania’s renewable energy situation of 2007). In its latest renewable energy proposal of 23 January 2008, the Commission has set a very ambitious target of 23% of renewables to be reached by Lithuania in 2020.
Sergio Ferreira

EU wind sector confident despite cash and skills shortage - 0 views

  • growth is being slowed by insufficient electricity grid infrastructure, hesitant investors, and rising raw material costs, notably for copper and steel
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  • A lack of trained technicians and engineers also weighs heavily on the minds of the industry. Finding enough skilled workers "is an enormous challenge in Europe," according to Kjaer, who cited examples of companies that are simply unable to fill dozens of vacancies for qualified engineers technical staff.
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  • Most renewables supporters agree that feed-in tariffs are the best way to give a boost to the sector. But a number of smaller member states with limited wind, solar or hydro potential prefer to trade virtual renewable energy certificates in order to reach their targets.
  • Some EWEC delegates, such as MEPs Britta Thompsen and Claude Turmes, also want the Commission to impose tough penalties on those member states that fail to reach their targets.
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