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What Energy Shortage?

If we were able to capture and use the energy from just two minutes of sunlight falling on the earth, it would be enough to fuel our cars, light and heat our buildings, and provide for all of our other electricity needs for an entire year. Simply put, we humans are not facing a shortage of energy. We are facing a technical challenge in capturing it and delivering it to consumers; and one of the most efficient ways to meet that challenge is to invest in better ways to store it. Read More >>


US commercial storage market to grow 34% annually between 2014 and 2020

The US market for commercial energy storage will grow by the equivalent of 34% annually between 2014 and 2020, resulting in the deployment of over 720MW of distributed energy storage, according to a new report by GTM Research. The analysis firm claims that photovoltaics will be one of the drivers of the commercial storage market, with the next six years representing "the beginning of a long-term, viable growth opportunity for commercial energy storage". Read More >>


“Energy storage takes a hold in Italy”

Italy is starting to wake up to the potential of energy storage as a means to integrate renewable resources. The country needs energy storage: public incentives to subsidise photovoltaic systems have led to around 17.6GW of installations, which have caused challenges for the network. This has prompted the electricity transmission grid operator, Terna, to consider implementing energy storage to handle the surges and relieve network congestion. It is working on six pilot projects with a rated capacity of 6MW and 40MWh, and two of 15MW. Read More >>


“North-south divide threatens Germany’s renewable energy highway”

It was conceived as a plan to draw Germany together, a 500-mil(800km) energy highway that would link the gale-beaten windfarms of the north with the energy-hungry south. But with resistance growing in Bavaria, the project looks more likely to divide the country that unite it. Renewables produced almost 25% of Germany's energy in 2013. But production is uneven and expected to get even more so: while windfarms in the northern flatlands are forecast to eventually outstrip the area's power needs, the highly industrialised south is still heavily reliant on nuclear energy. Read More >>


12 Hybrid Solar Energy Projects Get $30 Million From ARPA-E FOCUS

US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz this week announced $30 million of support for 12 more unique, hybrid solar projects through the ARPA-E program. Actually, it's through a program within that program – the Full-Spectrum Optimized Conversion and Utilization of Sunlight (FOCUS) program, "which is aimed at developing new hybrid solar energy converters and hybrid energy storage systems that can deliver low-cost, high-efficiency solar energy on demand." Read More >>


Nationwide Wind & Solar Misinformation Scheme Making The Rounds, AWEA Responds

The American Wind Energy Association (AEWA)'s President Thomas Pyle, has his PR company lobbying against the wind and solar industry to help strengthen to fossil fuel industry. This is harmful attacks on the clean industry are delaying a healthy, economically beneficial transition to clean energy. Recently, newspapers in several states across the country have published similar opinion pieces by former lobbyist for Koch Industries Thomas Pyle, now president of the anti-wind American Energy Alliance. Read More >>


“Climate Policy does not threaten European competitiveness”

Earlier this year, Europe's climate commissioner Connie Hedegaard publicly challenged industry concerns that the bloc's ambitious climate policies would lead to "carbon leakage" as industrial firms were forced to leave the continent by high energy prices and tough environmental regulations. She argues that Europe should be less concerned over overblown fears of "carbon leakage", and instead be more concerned about "low carbon leakage", whereby innovative and fast expanding clean tech firms leave the EU for countries that welcome their invaluable contribution to a modern and sustainable economy. Last month, the chief economist of BP told Reuters that he regarded warnings that industrial firms would up sticks and leave the EU over rising energy costs as a "red herring". Read More >>


Shipowners Look to IMO for Next Steps on CO2 File

Members of the European Parliament's Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee agreed recently on a compromise position on the monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of CO2 emissions from maritime transport, which lays the foundation for a global measure to reduce CO2 emissions from international shipping. The compromise position adopted by the European Parliament essentially enlarges the scope of the initial Commission proposal for an EU law on the matter. According to the European Parliament, the MRV system should not only monitor CO2 but also Nitrogen Oxyde emissions. Moreover, the European Parliament also supports the inclusion of smaller ships in the system by lowering the threshold of 5000 GT (gross tonnage) to 400 GT. Read More >>


India maps out ‘ultra mega’ solar power project

India has moved a step closer to building the world's largest solar project, after the government signed a deal with six companies planning to develop the scheme. The 4GW project, described by the government as an "ultra mega" solar power project, is reportedly expected to cost US$4.4bn. It will be installed in two phases in Rajasthan near Jaipur, close to Sambhar Lake, and is expected to create capacity comparable to four nuclear reactors. The project is expected to be built over seven years, with the first phase delivering 1GW of capacity and the second 3GW. Read More >>


Is Natural Gas Helping or Hurting Renewables?

The Greentechmedia Energy Gang discuss if natural gas is a "bridge" to the clean energy future or is a threat stripping investment away from renewables. The discussion will include Tanuj Deora, an energy strategist with IHS to ask whether it is helpful or hurtful to renewable energy. Read More >>


Energy storage ‘is set to explode’

Energy storage is often heralded as the 'holy grail' of the energy market. It seems that a number of researchers and companies have worked hard and long enough that this holy grail is ready to see the light. According to market research firm IHS, the energy storage market is set to "explode" to an annual installation size of 6 GW in 2017 and over 40 GW by 2022 – from an initial base of only 0.34 GW installed in 2012 and 2013. Read More >>


Goldman Sachs Says Renewable Energy Sector Now ‘Incredibly Compelling’

Goldman Sachs has declared the renewable energy sector to be one of the most compelling and attractive to invest in, Renew Economy has reported. The bank is apparently putting its money where its mouth is with planned and already invested funds of $US40 billion. Goldman Sachs has already made some large investments in the sector, including a $1.5 billion investment in Danish offshore wind energy developer Dong Energy. Read More >>


Fukushima to use 100 per cent renewable energy by 2040

The Japanese province of Fukushima has pledged to switch to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2040, turning its 2011 nuclear disaster into an opportunity to tackle climate change. The mayor of the region, which has a population of about two million people, hopes that community energy schemes will wean the region off fossil fuels completely in just over 25 years' time. Read More >>


Wind Forecast Order Jeopardizes Industry, Tata Power Says

In 2012, India experienced one of the world's biggest blackouts after the grid collapsing for two straight days cutting off power to half of the country's 1.2 billion people. This was primarily due to an increase in intermittent renewable generation doubling capacity to 20 GW. Read More >>


Government Subsidy Charges Up German Solar Energy Storage Market

In May 2013, the German government established a new energy storage subsidy providing a grant of up to EUR 600 to lower the cost of installing an energy storage component in a PV system up to 30 kW in size. Read More >>

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