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Wednesday, 14 November 2012 04:12

 

[21/11/12] Tilting towards wind energy by Peter Hannam

AUSTRALIANS overwhelmingly want more renewable energy over the next five years and half of them want the brands they regularly buy to declare the source of the energy that went into making them. That's two of the findings in a study across 20 countries commissioned by Vestas Wind Systems, the world's biggest maker of wind turbines, and Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Almost three-quarters of the 1000 Australians polled prefer to have their energy supplied by renewable sources, and just 5.6 per cent for fossil fuels - almost the reverse of the country's actual energy mix.

But while the study had the support of Vestas, its findings also reveal Australians are less enthusiastic about wind as the renewable energy source of choice.

Almost one in six Australians, for instance, were opposed to having wind turbines ''within visible proximity of their lives'', compared with a one-in-20 ratio globally. Those strongly in favour came in at 13.7 per cent locally versus almost a quarter internationally. Read more: Tilting towards wind energy | STOCK&LAND

 

[20/11/12] US Energy Boom Undermines Logic of Pentagon's Alternative Fuel Subsidies by Lachlan Markay

The Defense Department plays a key role in the Obama administration’s “green energy” agenda. But the coming energy boom in the United States may undercut its efforts and could provide avenues for reducing spending at the Pentagon while avoiding ham-fisted sequestration cuts.

A new report from the International Energy Agency predicts that the United States will be a net energy exporter by 2030, even overtaking OPEC giant Saudi Arabia in oil production within the next five years.

Much of that boom is attributable to the rise of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, oil and gas extraction techniques that have vastly expanded the nation’s energy potential. The impending windfalls for energy-producing states are knocking down political barriers to increased production there, USA Today reports.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/11/20/us-energy-boom-undermines-logic-pentagons-alternative-fuel-subsidies/#ixzz2CpI5SMyD

The Defense Department plays a key role in the Obama administration’s “green energy” agenda. But the coming energy boom in the United States may undercut its efforts and could provide avenues for reducing spending at the Pentagon while avoiding ham-fisted sequestration cuts.

A new report from the International Energy Agency predicts that the United States will be a net energy exporter by 2030, even overtaking OPEC giant Saudi Arabia in oil production within the next five years.

Much of that boom is attributable to the rise of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, oil and gas extraction techniques that have vastly expanded the nation’s energy potential. The impending windfalls for energy-producing states are knocking down political barriers to increased production there, USA Today reports.. Read more: US Energy Boom Undermines Logic of Pentagon's Alternative Fuel Subsidies |The Daily Caller

 

[20/11/12] World Trade Organization Backs EU, Japan on Canada’s Green Energy Program by Jennifer M. Freedman

The Defense Department plays a key role in the Obama administration’s “green energy” agenda. But the coming energy boom in the United States may undercut its efforts and could provide avenues for reducing spending at the Pentagon while avoiding ham-fisted sequestration cuts.

A new report from the International Energy Agency predicts that the United States will be a net energy exporter by 2030, even overtaking OPEC giant Saudi Arabia in oil production within the next five years.

Much of that boom is attributable to the rise of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, oil and gas extraction techniques that have vastly expanded the nation’s energy potential. The impending windfalls for energy-producing states are knocking down political barriers to increased production there, USA Today reports.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/11/20/us-energy-boom-undermines-logic-pentagons-alternative-fuel-subsidies/#ixzz2CpI5SMyD

World Trade Organization judges largely backed complaints by the European Union and Japan against Canada over subsidies the province of Ontario gives to renewable-energy producers that use domestic technology, according to the Sierra Club and Public Citizen.

Under Ontario’s feed-in tariff program, created by the province’s Green Energy Act, above-market rates are paid to producers of renewable energy provided it is generated with a certain percentage of Canadian-made equipment. The act was designed to help Ontario meet its goal of shutting all its coal- power generators by 2014.

A provision of the program that began in October 2009 requires projects to use goods and labor from Ontario for as much as 60 percent of supply costs, depending on the type of renewable-energy source.

WTO judges agreed with the EU and Japan that provisions of the program discriminate against foreign suppliers of equipment and components for renewable-energy generation facilities by affording less favorable treatment to imported equipment and components than given to like-products originating in Ontario, according to the Sierra Club and Public Citizen. Judges rejected the EU and Japanese argument that the program provisions constitute an illegal subsidy.. Read more: World Trade Organization Backs EU, Japan on Canada’s Green Energy Program |Bloomberg

 

[20/11/12] Asia to account for quarter of offshore market to 2016 by Karl-Erik Stromsta

The Defense Department plays a key role in the Obama administration’s “green energy” agenda. But the coming energy boom in the United States may undercut its efforts and could provide avenues for reducing spending at the Pentagon while avoiding ham-fisted sequestration cuts.

A new report from the International Energy Agency predicts that the United States will be a net energy exporter by 2030, even overtaking OPEC giant Saudi Arabia in oil production within the next five years.

Much of that boom is attributable to the rise of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, oil and gas extraction techniques that have vastly expanded the nation’s energy potential. The impending windfalls for energy-producing states are knocking down political barriers to increased production there, USA Today reports.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/11/20/us-energy-boom-undermines-logic-pentagons-alternative-fuel-subsidies/#ixzz2CpI5SMyD

Asia will soak up a quarter of the offshore wind turbines installed from now until 2016, with demand in Germany, Sweden and the US progressing more slowly than previously envisaged. Some 470MW of new offshore wind capacity was brought on line last year, comprising 127 turbines in four countries, with the UK and China representing the two largest markets, according to BTM. That 470MW is equivalent to 1.13% of the total wind capacity added globally in 2011.

By 2016, however, the global offshore market will expand to 5.6GW annually, with a quarter of the capacity going up in Asia. And by 2021 China will be the world’s largest market, followed by the UK and Germany – with Europe still accounting for 63% of the overall market, BTM predicts. Read more: US Asia to account for quarter of offshore market to 2016 |Recharge News


[20/11/12] China to hit 60GW on-grid wind power by year-end, says official by Dominique Patton

The Defense Department plays a key role in the Obama administration’s “green energy” agenda. But the coming energy boom in the United States may undercut its efforts and could provide avenues for reducing spending at the Pentagon while avoiding ham-fisted sequestration cuts.

A new report from the International Energy Agency predicts that the United States will be a net energy exporter by 2030, even overtaking OPEC giant Saudi Arabia in oil production within the next five years.

Much of that boom is attributable to the rise of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, oil and gas extraction techniques that have vastly expanded the nation’s energy potential. The impending windfalls for energy-producing states are knocking down political barriers to increased production there, USA Today reports.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/11/20/us-energy-boom-undermines-logic-pentagons-alternative-fuel-subsidies/#ixzz2CpI5SMyD

China's grid-connected wind power capacity is expected to pass 60GW by the end of the year, remaining the world’s largest market, but the industry is facing challenges in accessing the grid, admits a senior government official. 

China’s wind farms will generate more than 100 billion Kwh of energy by the end of 2012, becoming the third main source of power in the country, Liu Qi, vice director of the National Energy Administration told the China Windpower conference in Beijing last week.

Wind power continues to have “a huge growth potential and room for market expansion”, added Liu, thanks to strong government support for clean energy, underlined by China’s Communist Party leadership in its annual report last week.

However there is a need to address the phenomenon of ‘abandoning wind’ in some regions, or curtailment by grid operators.

Read more: China to hit 60GW on-grid wind power by year-end, says official |Recharge News


[20/11/12] Solar Panels Are Getting Cheaper, Force Firm Into Tough Spot by Chris Clarke

The solar industry shakeout continues as rock-bottom solar panel prices have forced a difficult decision at yet another high-tech California solar firm. SolFocus, a San Jose-based manufacturer of concentrating photovoltaic modules, has announced it's looking for a company to buy it after failing to secure new rounds of venture capital investment.

Concentrating PV (CPV) modules are similar to the standard photovoltaic panels you see on more and more rooftops in California, except that CPV uses an optical system -- lenses or mirrors -- to focus extra sunlight on each square inch of photovoltaic surface. CPV systems can reach efficiency levels well above standard PV..Read more: Solar Panels Are Getting Cheaper, Force Firm Into Tough Spot | KCET


[19/11/12] Solar power when the sun has set: The battery that could power the world by CNN

What if we could use solar energy when the sun has set, or wind energy when the air is calm? Donald Sadoway is working on a way to make that happen. The professor of materials chemistry at MIT is leading an effort to develop a new kind of battery -- a "liquid metal battery" -- that would enable the economical storage of energy from solar, wind and other sources so that it could be used when homes and businesses need it. Sadoway's work landed him on TIME's list of the world's 100 most influential people this year and last month he was a guest on the Colbert Report. In March, he described his project in an interview with CNN after giving a talk at the TED conference in Long Beach, California. "We need to have reliable sources of electricity. And wind and solar in harmony with a battery become reliable 24/7," Sadoway said...Read more: Solar power when the sun has set | CNN



[14/11/12] Southern Hemisphere's First Tidal Energy Facility to be Constructed in Darwin, Australia by Mark Boyer

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The first tidal energy facility in the Southern Hemisphere could be located down under. Australia’s Charles Darwin University signed a memorandum of understanding with Tenax Energy in the first step towards building a new facility that would provide renewable energy to the city of Darwin. The research center is expected..Read more: Southern Hemisphere's First Tidal Energy Facility to be Constructed in Darwin, Australia | Inhabitat


[13/11/12] 50+ Ways to Green Your Workday by Marry Mazzoni

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You already reduce, reuse and recycle your way to a low-waste home. But it can be easy to let your green habits fall by the wayside when you’re out of the house. Read more: 50+ Ways to Green Your Workday | earth911 


[13/11/12] How energy efficiency and renewables can save the planet by Giles Parkinson

 The International Energy Agency has raised hopes that time can be bought for the world to finally get its act together on climate change – as long as it implements a rapid uptake of energy efficiency measures.

In its latest World Energy Outlook, the IEA says energy efficiency could buy the world an extra five years to reach conclusive and effective climate change policies. Without such measures,it says, the world by 2017 will have exhausted its carbon budget to try and keep keep the world to an average rise in global temperatures of 2C. It says 81 per cent of that budget has already been used. Read more: How energy efficiency and renewables can save the planet | RENeweconomy


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