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Study: Solar and Wind Won’t Break the Grid

A new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) shows that major power systems are able to cope quite well with increasing shares of intermittent renewables, if the right measures are taken. The study says that increased generation of these renewables does not make the grid less reliable or compromise security of supply. Critics of renewable energy have often warned that there are strict...

What India’s Solar Tariff Exemption Could Mean for...

New documents show that a few countries with significant solar manufacturing facilities are exempt from Trump’s new solar tariffs, which could help U.S. developers. The exemption could be meaningful for Adani, the largest cell and module manufacturer in India. The market impact from new solar tariffs announced earlier this week is shaping up to be less severe than it could have been. But while analysts don’t expect...

Ozone layer declining over populated zones: study

The ozone layer that protects life on Earth from deadly ultraviolet radiation is unexpectedly declining above the planet’s most populated regions, according to a study released Tuesday. A 1987 treaty, the Montreal Protocol, banned industrial aerosols that chemically dissolved ozone in the high atmosphere, especially above Antarctica. Nearly three decades later, the “ozone hole” over the South Pole and the...

New global player CATL sets EV battery sights on E...

The next global powerhouse in the auto industry comes from a small city in a tea-growing province of southeast China, where an unheralded maker of electric-vehicle batteries is planning a $1.3 billion (8.2 billion yuan) factory with enough capacity to surpass the output of Tesla and dwarf the suppliers for battery-powered cars by GM, Nissan and Audi. Contemporary Amperex Technology, or CATL, already sells the most batteries...

Macron: France Will Shut All Coal-Fired Power Stat...

France will shut down all of its coal-fired power plants by 2021, President Emmanuel Macron announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The deadline is two years ahead of his predecessor Francois Hollande’s goal of shutting down France’s coal-powered plants by 2023. France only produces around 1 percent of its energy from coal-fired stations, as the country is 99 percent dependent on hydrocarbon...

This graphic explains why 2 degrees of global warm...

Signatories to the Paris climate agreement — every country in the world, unless and until the US drops out in 2020 — agreed to what is by now a familiar goal: “holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C.” How important is that difference, though? How much worse would 2 degrees be than 1.5? Is it worth the...

The Next Five Years in Energy Storage According to...

  Experts weigh in on the top themes in energy storage. Photo Credit: Shutterstock Broad optimism among the industry on utility engagement   Only 1 percent of attendees feel that natural-gas plants will always out-compete storage, a perspective that may have been shaped by Shayle Kann’s earlier presentation indicating that 4-hour storage begins to compete with peaker plants within four years, and always wins financially...

How to Halve the Cost of Residential Solar in the ...

To highlight the opportunity, let’s look at Australia, where nearly 2 million solar systems have been successfully and safely installed. As of early December, installed costs in the main Australian markets were at $1.34 per watt, compared to $3.25 per watt in the U.S. What does that difference stem from? The Cost of Solar to a Homeowner in Australia vs. the U.S. In Australia, there is no permitting process. You simply lodge...

Norway’s PM makes business case of ‘green economy’...

WASHINGTON (AP) — Norway’s prime minister told President Donald Trump on Wednesday that her country remains committed to the Paris climate agreement, making the business case of the “green economy” to the real estate developer-turned president. Prime Minister Erna Solberg noted that many Norwegians drive U.S.-made Tesla electric cars and said her country saw “tremendous economic and business opportunities” as nations around...

Belize Ends Oil Operations in Its Ocean Waters

Belize, home of the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere, has permanently suspended oil operations in its ocean waters. The legislation marks the first time that a developing country has taken such a major step to protect its oceans—and all the life within—from oil exploration and extraction. The new suspension of oil activity marks an enormous win for the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System World Heritage site, the...

Climate Change Challenges the Human Imagination

At times of crisis, we turn to art and myth, the realms where hope resides We live in strange times. It’s clear that our politicians have been remarkably inept at addressing the climate change crisis. Scientists tell us that we have already injected so much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that, especially in light of the ineptitude of political leadership, it is almost certainly too late for the human race to avoid...

New Research Confirms ‘Catastrophic’ C...

New research has confirmed one of the worst nightmares of climate science: the instability of the East Antarctic ice sheet. This vast mass holds enough water to raise sea levels by 53 meters (approximately 174 feet) worldwide. And researchers have confirmed that one stretch of the southern polar coastline has melted many times in the past: by enough to raise sea levels by three to five meters (approximately 10 to 16 feet). A...

Power Prices Go Negative in Germany, a Positive fo...

Germany has spent $200 billion over the past two decades to promote cleaner sources of electricity. That enormous investment is now having an unexpected impact — consumers are now actually paid to use power on occasion, as was the case over the weekend. Power prices plunged below zero for much of Sunday and the early hours of Christmas Day on the EPEX Spot, a large European power trading exchange, the result of low demand,...

3 Charts That Illustrate the Impact of EVs on Batt...

“While this transformation would be extreme, it is not considered impossible.” Electric vehicles will put the pressure on battery, oil and power demand. By 2035, there could be 125 million electric cars on the road, up from 2 million last year. The result: a steep upward swing in demand for batteries and electricity, and a similarly strong decline in global oil demand. A new report from Wood Mackenzie details the rise of...

World Bank to Discontinue Support for Oil and Gas ...

National Observer (Canada): The World Bank has confirmed that it will stop financing upstream oil and gas projects after 2019 except under exceptional circumstances in the world’s poorest countries. The global financial institution made the announcement at climate summit in Paris on Tuesday, which took place roughly two years after the historic COP21 climate conference in the same city. At Tuesday’s summit, French insurance...