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Global Energy Markets Reach Tipping Point Giving Renewables an Edge

http://ecowatch.com/2014/07/09/global-energy-markets-tipping-point-renewables/
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The Zayed Future Energy Prize is the annual award ceremony for excellence in renewable energy, sustainability & energy efficiency, awarded by the Government of Abu Dhabi. 
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Shean Bond

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We have choices to make on our energy future, says Fred Krupp of EDF.
The electricity systems we built in the last century are no longer adequate to ensure reliability, fight climate change, or accommodate rapid changes.
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Dwell Development

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"Renewable" energy? Not just for us "greenies" anymore. Take a look at some of the examples large companies are investing in to go "green"!

#Fortune500 #renewableenergy #energyefficiency #livegreen #gogreen  
Renewable energy is dismissed  by some as being only for 'greenies' or as some kind of fringe technology, but a recent report has shown mainstream Fortune 500 companies are using it to save hundreds of millions of dollars every year. Collectively, they are saving about $1.1 billion dollars, according to the report put out by Ceres, David
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Greg Wiszniewski

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The Bloomberg New Energy Finance's (BNEF) 2030 Market Outlook projects that renewable energy "could represent up to 65% of the 7.7 trillion in new power plant investments and 60% of all new capacity additions expected over the next 15 years": http://cleantechnica.com/2014/07/01/bnef-renewable-energys-about-to-dominate-global-power-investments/
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Rushabh Furia

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#Green plans
 
How does the EU invest in #energy efficiency? Find out more about all the funding opportunities for #energy efficiency, #renewables projects, and investments in a low-carbon economy. #EUEnergyChallenge

http://europa.eu/about-eu/funding-grants/index_en.htm
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Shean Bond

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Getting mail from the power company typically isn’t good news. Billions spent needlessly upgrading poles and wires has led to steep rises in bills. Add to that increasing gas prices and the (modest) carbon price and it’s easy to see why two million Australian homes have some form of solar power. But if the fossil fuel power companies and the Federal Government succeed in tipping the energy market away from renewable energy, household power bills ...
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In the long run, having a robust renewable energy portfolio can not only help to keep energy costs lower than they would otherwise have been (e.g., by offsetting the need to construct new costly fossil fuel facilities), it can also help to stabilize energy prices against the kind of disruptive spikes that occasionally occur with oil and natural gas.
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Slobodan Gaborović

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The Fukushima Renewable Energy Institute (FREA) Japan
-  Necessity is the mother of invention. Japan shut down most of their nuclear reactors as a result of fears from Fukushima.
-  Now they need alternatives for energy...
TISTR’s delegation led by Mr. Yongvut visited New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), and Takada Foundation, to have a discussion and reaffirm on doing potential S&T collaboration with these 4 institutes, especially, in the area of renewable energy, biodiesel, biomass, and/or DME.
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Shean Bond

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Green Bonds increasing as a source of funding.

It's also worth a look at these links to see how the bonds applied: 
http://investor.shareholder.com/jpmorganchase/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=818581

... and what projects might be applicable:

http://www.ceres.org/resources/reports/green-bond-principles-2014-voluntary-process-guidelines-for-issuing-green-bonds

... which extends beyond renewables:

The Green Bond Principles (see above link) say:
"The GBP recognize several broad categories of potential eligible Green Projects for the Use of Proceeds including but not limited to: 
 
* Renewable energy 
* Energy efficiency (including efficient buildings) 
* Sustainable waste management 
* Sustainable land use (including sustainable forestry and agriculture) 
* Biodiversity conservation 
* Clean transportation 
* Clean water and/or drinking water 

#finance    #projectdevelopment   #greenbond   #renewableenergy  
Green bonds may help provide the $1 trillion annual investments in clean energy that environmental groups say is necessary to limit the impact of climate change.
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wolfram scharnhorst

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Is Europe tangled in an #Energy Dilemma?

On May 28 the European Commission published its energy #security strategy. In the midst of sanctions and strong rhetoric on the need to reduce dependence on #Russian #gas, this was to be the first salvo in a long term plan to reduce dependence on Russian natural gas. Unsurprisingly, this will not happen any time soon.

Read... http://kt75-mirror.blogspot.com/2014/06/kt75-reprint-inside-sustainability.html
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Shean Bond

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Closing of coal fired power stations and renewable energy subsidies being blamed for future price rises. 
Pipes and pylons operator says failure to invest more in local gas production would leave country 90% dependent on imports
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The power companies are behaving very similarly to the cable companies. They refuse to modernize, do everything they can to monopolize, raise prices continuously, and loose customers to competition.
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Shean Bond

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An interesting development ....

#solarpower  
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The government hopes to encourage innovative #renewableenergy and energy efficient projects with $4 billion in loan guarantees targeted at grid integration, #energystorage, #bioenergy and #energyefficiency.
In an effort to seek out and give financial help to innovative technologies that reduce energy use and encourage the uptake of renewable energy, the U.S. government last week announced that it was making $4 billion available in loan guarantees. The money, which is provided by the Loan Program Office
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UNITED STATES ARE GETTING GREENER? NEW ENVIRONMENTAL PROPOSALS #obamaadministration  
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Alex P

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Wow, a state in Germany already produces 120% electricity from renewables.  :)  Congratulations Germany! :)
 
The North German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern produced 120% electricity from renewables in 2013, making it the leader ahead of Schlweswig-Holstein (which will only reach 100% renewables this year). This comes to no surprise, since Germany increased its solar capacity 16000 times between 1990 and 2012http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photovoltaic_in_Germany.  Already some German villages reached 321% renewableshttp://inhabitat.com/german-village-produces-321-more-energy-than-it-needs/wildpoldsried-germany.

Solar, wind and battery storage can replace coal-gas-nuclear-oil soon to power the whole planet and all electric transportation ► https://plus.google.com/110265788529286523789/posts/AbEg57jgHQF

The age of renewables has begun, according to Citigroup ►  http://reneweconomy.com.au/2014/citigroup-says-the-age-of-renewables-has-begun-69852.  Morgan Stanley says that we are nearing the tipping point for going off-grid with solar/wind/green power, battery storage and electric cars ► http://reneweconomy.com.au/2014/say-investors-wake-solar-pro-sumers-24413



some reasons for buying your next car electric:

1.  help humanity since you no longer generate carcinogenic exhaust, otherwise known as smog, which kills millions of people each year ► http://goo.gl/jDj0hI and leads to lower IQ ► http://goo.gl/alNQIk and autism ► http://goo.gl/66nqwr.  

2.  save lives since you reduce heart attacks caused by traffic noise ►  http://goo.gl/Fuhvn.   Electric cars are much quieter.

3.   save humanity from oil wars that destroy the environment and kill countless civilians.  Iraq war trillions could have powered all US with solar/wind ► http://goo.gl/ZqN47.  

4.  you no longer have to change oil or spark plugs; no more smog check either; electric cars have 60% less parts, so you will go for repairs much less.  Combustion engines are noisy and only 15% efficient;  electric motors are 90% efficient. 

5.  bring the end of gas stations that poison the water wells with MTBE or other compounds leading to billions of dollars wasted in cleaning up the well water (example:  $0.4 billion settlement ► http://goo.gl/eKasZD)

6.  save money as you spend 4 times less money on fuel, since electricity is 4 times cheaper than gasoline as a fuel.  If you have enough solar panels,  you get free CLEAN fuel for life, since you charge at home and utilities pay you for energy you put on the grid.  Likewise, Tesla Motors offers free solar ☼ charging for life ► Tesla Motors Supercharger Event?  

7.  save money for noble purposes because electric cars are cheaper than many oil cars after the federal and state rebates:  in Colorado, you can buy a Nissan Leaf for only 15, 000, while in most other states for 18-21, 000.  A Smart EV costs only $12, 000 in Colorado, see http://smartusa.com.  Mitsubishi i-MieV is only $13, 000 in California and $10, 000 in Colorado ► http://www.evworld.com/news.cfm?rssid=31881

8.  electric car batteries and solar panels are far greener than alternatives.  Battery recycling for today's oil car lead batteries is happening at a 97% rate globally. It will be even better for the far safer lithium car batteries.   Lithium Ion batteries are classified by the federal government as non-hazardous waste.  Lithium ion batteries are made from nontoxic lithium carbonate (used in ovenware), nontoxic cobalt oxide (in pottery glaze), nontoxic graphite (in pencils), and a polymer (plastic) membrane. The most toxic components are the electrolyte and lithium cobalt oxide, neither of which are persistent in the environment and both of which are increasingly being replaced by safer compounds.  Wang Chuan-Fu, CEO of BYD, demonstrated the safety of the electrolyte in their lithium ion batteries by drinking it. Zero Motorcycles founder Neal Saiki said that the Lithium Ion batteries they use are safe to eat. 

Solar is way better than coal, oil or natural gas which spew 100-1000 times more carcinogens in the environment per unit of energy produced, besides far more CO2.  How long does a solar panel system have to operate to recover the energy used for making the panel? Energy payback for rooftop panels is 1-4 years depending on type.   Assuming a life of 30 years for a panel, that means that most energy produced will be free from pollution of any sort ► http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy04osti/35489.pdf.   
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Elisa Wood

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What would you say if you had five minutes alone with Obama on energy? EnergyEfficiencyMarkets.com asked Jules Kortenhorst, Rocky Mountain Institute's CEO.
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I can't think of any meaningful conversation that could be done in 5 minutes. Like most real problem solving, the energy future of the world (or the USA) is not the kind of thing that gets solved with sound bites and 5 minute conversations.  I suppose the one bit of advice I could give would be to put some politically isolated objective thinkers on the problem, have them scour the business and academic community for ideas, run the numbers, and come up with an all encompassing and viable plan.

So long as the governments of the world are effectively run as an oligarchy we cannot realistically come up with objective solutions to any problems.  Vested interests (with money to throw around) will always trump the common good until public servants  are actually allowed to function as independent servants of the public good. 
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Market Size -$ 113.53 bn in 2013, Market Growth - CAGR of 6.8%, Market Trends – Growing energy demand in Asia to drive growth new report by Grand View Research. View complete report with TOC Further key findings from the study suggest: The global installed capacity for DEG was 102.97 GW in 2013 and is expected to reach 227.63 GW by 2020, growing at a CAGR of 12.0% from 2014 to 2020.CHP was the most dominant technology in the DEG market with insta...
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I am certain you are correct about this being a large commercial installation, and I would agree that one would not generally consider something that size to be distributed power.
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Dwell Development

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Do you believe "urban farming" is a thriving industry waiting to happen? Bobby Walker thinks so, and the numbers are starting to agree. #urbanfarming
As the popularity of local food has exploded over the past several years, advocates have started pushing to bring the movement to urban areas, where, they say, small-scale farming can create jobs, strengthen communities, and improve access to and education about fresh, healthy foods.
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David Herron

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Risky Business report hoping investors wake up, smell the climate change, take action
This may become typical if sea level rises as expected The Conservative approach to enrolling climate change deniers into action is not to get into a battle, confronting the doubters. Instead it's to say "Look, there must be, in the back of your mind, at le...
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