“SAUDI ARABIA KINGDOM BUILT ON OIL FORESEES FOSSIL FUEL PHASE-OUT THIS CENTURY”
Miguel Arias Cañete @MAC_europa
Last week @MAC_europa went to #Algeria#Morocco to talk #climate#energy co-op. All you need to know in one #Storifystorify.com/Energy4Europe/…
Title: Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete visits #Algeria & #Morocco on #climate & #energy cooperation (5-7 May 2015)
Here are three of the four first links from the section “Energy web site” at the bottom of the page.
Commission signs finance agreement for solar project in Morocco
The European Commission has signed a €43 million financing agreement for one of the world's largest solar energy projects in Morocco.
EU and South and East Mediterranean partners step-up energy relations
European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete, and the Moroccan Minister for Energy, Abdelkader Amara, have today unveiled three new Euro-Mediterranean platforms on gas, the regional electricity market, and renewables and energy efficiency.
The EU and Algeria have launched a political dialogue on energy matters.
The cooperation follows the establishment of a strategic energy partnershipin 2013.
Two ‘groups of experts’ – one on natural gas and the other on electricity, renewables and energy efficiency - will be created. In addition, a business forum will be set-up with the first meeting scheduled for 2016 in Algiers.
Algeria is third biggest supplier of gas to the EU, and the EU is the biggest importer of Algerian gas.
Meanwhile, the EU has agreed to share its renewable energy and energy efficiency expertise in support of Algeria’s goal to reach 22 Gigawatts of renewable power by 2030 and a 9% reduction in energy consumption.
“The MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) released results of the study in a 356-page report, The Future of Solar Energy, on Monday. The study found that even with today's crystalline silicon photovoltaic (PV) technologies, the industry could achieve terawatt-scale deployment of solar power by 2050 without major technological advances.”
Reading Note: Alternative materials are better absorbers; less material is required and flexibility is increased
Today a group from Toyota visited NREL to learn about our sustainable transportation and hydrogen fuel cell research. pic.twitter.com/LCqCN2hVdQ
"UK Energy Secretary Amber Rudd to “unleash solar revolution” "
Energy secretary Amber Rudd plans to 'unleash solar revolution'
By Emily Gosden @emilygosden
Amber Rudd, the new energy secretary, says more households should have solar panels on their roofs
The Telegraph @Telegraph
“I want to unleash a new solar revolution - we have a million people living under roofs with solar panels and that number needs to increase,”
"The Coalition government introduced a generous subsidy scheme to encourage households to install solar panels, triggering a boom that far exceeded ministers’ expectations (...)“
"A typical solar panel installation of 16 panels on a large family home could cost in the region of £6,000 but an owner could expect to recoup that cash within 7 to 8 years and thereafter make profit, according to the Solar Trade Association."
"If the panels produce more power than the home needs, the owner can get paid for selling it on to the National Grid."
"Aside from solar, Ms Rudd told the newspaper that she wanted to “shout loud about the benefits of switching energy tariffs” and to improve home insulation."
Excerpt from link:
"On 17-19 May 2015, about 35 Ministers and their representatives, the Co-chairs of the ADP, as well as the Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, and high-level representatives of the UN Secretary General met in Berlin at the invitation of the governments of France and Germany. In an informal setting Ministers discussed how to accelerate progress towards an ambitious agreement at COP21 in Paris and how to enhance climate action in their respective countries."
Joint statement | France, incoming Presidency of COP21, and Germany, Presidency of the G7
Excerpts from first link:
ON THE “ENERGETIC TRANSITION”
“We are committed, through the “Energiewende” in Germany and the “transition énergétique” in France, to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 80 to 95 % in 2050 compared to 1990.”
"We need a fundamental shift of investments into low-carbon infrastructure, technologies and climate friendly land use."
A few of the points from the statement:
"Solar panel makers globally are preparing for their best year since 2011"
"Panel production is forecast to grow by almost a third this year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg."
"China, in a pact with U.S. President Barack Obama, agreed in November to get 20 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2030, with its total carbon emissions peaking the same year. To reach that goal, the Chinese government earlier this year boosted its target for 2015 solar installations to17.8 gigawatts from about 12 gigawatts."
"Japan may install as much as 12.7 gigawatts of solar power this year, the most after China."
"Cheaper solar has also made the technology more economically viable for emerging economies such as India and South Africa. In India, for instance, developers are installing panels to replace diesel generators that cost more to fuel."
"Shares have responded, with the NYSE Bloomberg Global Solar Energy Index of 132 companies gaining 65 percent this year, outpacing the 3.4 percent gain for the S&P 500."
“We see a boom this year and next,” said Ash Sharma, a senior research director at IHS.
The Press Release in pdf is available here: http://investorsonclimatechange.org/global-investors-launch-platform-for-climate-actions-and-commitments/
"The Investor Platform for Climate Actions is a joint project of IIGCC in Europe, Ceres’ Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR) in North America, IGCC in Australia/New Zealand, ASrIA’s Asia Investor Group on Climate Change (AIGCC), PRI, CDP and UNEP FI."
"The Investor Platform for Climate Actions covers three primary action areas: - Measurement (e.g. carbon footprinting of portfolios) - Engagement (e.g. with fossil fuel and energy intensive companies) - Reallocation (including investment in low carbon assets and shifting capital from emissions intensive activities)."
"The platform also enables the identification and recording of actions not falling within the three primary action areas, such as policy advocacy."
' Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, said:
“It is very encouraging to see key investor groups coordinate efforts and establish a joint platform for investor action. Ahead of the UN climate change conference in Paris, cities, regions, companies and investors must continue to increase their active participation in the global efforts toward a low emission, highly resilient world. Over the next 15 years some $90 trillion are likely to be invested in infrastructure world-wide. Investments that are de-risked and green will be crucial for ensuring we do not lock in a high emission future but instead unlock a healthy and prosperous one that delivers the twin aims of climate stability and reliable development for the poor and the needy”. '
ClimateGroupWeek Tweeter Q&A session on 2015-05-18
"Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System: Policy Innovations for a Green Economy"
"Catalyzing Policy Options to align the Financial Systems with the Long-Term Health of the Real Economy"
Christiana Figueres @CFigueres
Delighted that @FT announcing #climatefinanceday. Shifting trillions only way to transform w/ safety & growth for all pic.twitter.com/Fbfm9vCrRC
Article link tweeted by UNFCCC@UNFCCC on 21 Apr 2015
China Adds Solar Power the Size of France in First Quarter
Image tweeted by Climate Reality @ClimateReality on 4 Apr 2015
(France says "Au revoir" to air pollution)
'The world is finally producing renewable energy at an industrial scale'
Renewables are finally becoming a globally significant source of power, according to a United Nations Environment Programme report released in Marchby Frankfurt School UNEP Centre and Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
For example, a large-scale solar plant in Dubai has recently bid to provide electricity at less than $0.06 per kilowatt-hour. To put this in context, this is less than what the vast majority of consumers around the world pay to keep the lights on. It’s a third of the cost of electricity in Africa.
When it came to investment, China led with $83bn in clean energy funding, but many other countries followed closely behind. Some of the most promising states – like Brazil, India and South Africa – are expected to lead the way. Others, like Kenya, which boasts one of the largest solar rooftop system on the continent and shortly the largest wind farm, are more of a surprise.
Meanwhile, America’s big banks are bundling thousands of rooftop solar systems into Wall Street-friendly investment opportunities. On the other end of the economic spectrum, crowdsourcing and community financing is also taking hold and driving growth at the grassroots level.
The shift occurred in 2013
(...) by 2030 more than four times as much renewable capacity will be added.
Solar (…) could be the world’s biggest single source by 2050, according to the International Energy Agency.
GLOBAL investment in renewable energy, chiefly wind and solar power, rose by a sixth in 2014, to $270 billion. This was partly because of subsidies in the rich world, such as America’s 30% federal tax credit for solar projects.
But even if the tax credit is cut, as expected, solar electricity could displace 9.7% of American retail electricity sales by 2019,
Renewables, excluding large hydropower schemes, now account for nearly a tenth of global power generation. On current trends they will make up a fifth by 2030.
Oil is for cars; renewables are for electricity. The two don’t really compete. Oil is just too expensive to power the grid, even with prices well below $50 a barrel.
Demand is so strong that the biggest limit to installations this year may be the availability of panels. (ref Aug 2014)
It’s the most important chart. It shows the reason solar will soon dominate: It’s a technology, not a fuel.
Dubai’s government-owned utility this week awarded a $330 million contract for a solar plant that will sell some of the cheapest electricity in the world.
Electric cars are still in the early-adopter phase, and someone paying $100,000 for a Tesla doesn’t care that gasoline costs a buck less per gallon.
Let’s bookmark this conversation for two years from now, when Chevy and Tesla plan to release the first affordable mass-market plug-ins* with a range of 200+ miles per charge.
*Plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plug-in_electric_vehicle
The Climate Reality Project – founded by former Vice President of the US and Nobel Laureate, Al Gore: http://climaterealityproject.org/whoweare
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THE WORLD WIDE ENERGY WEB: A GLOBAL SMART POWER GRID
POLITICAL APPROACHES FROM THE WORLD: THE EUMENA region (Europe, Middle East, North Africa) DESERTEC PROJECT
"Within 6 hours deserts receive more energy from the sun than humankind consumes within a year."
"In order to meet today‘s global power demand, it would suffice to equip about three thousandths of the world‘s deserts with solar collectors of solar thermal power plants. About 20 m2 of desert would be enough to meet the individual power demand of one human being day and night (see below) - all this absolutely CO2 free."
POLITICAL APPROACHES FROM THE WORLD: THE EUROPE POLITICAL APPROACH
By John Blau (March 2010)
Cars could be the solution to the intermittent nature of wind power if a multimillion European project beginning on a Danish island proves successful.
Buckminster Fuller's Global Electrical grid
DESIGNING THE INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THE THIRD INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION:The Four Pillars of the Third Industrial Revolution
by Jeremy Rifkin
The First Pillar: Renewable Energy
The Second Pillar: Buildings as Positive Power Plants
While renewable energy is found everywhere and new technologies are allowing us to harness it more cheaply and efficiently, we need infrastructure to load it. This is where the building industry steps to the fore, to lay down the second pillar of the Third Industrial Revolution.
The Third Pillar: Hydrogen Storage
The Fourth Pillar: Smartgrids and Plug-in Vehicles
"If just 25 percent of drivers used their vehicles as power plants to sell energy back to the intergrid, all of the power plants in the US and the EU could be eliminated."
NVESTIR A LA TRANSITION VERTE: VÉHICULE DE DÉVELOPPEMENT ÉCONOMIQUE MONDIAL
Inde: Future géant de l’énergie solaire
Article de Julien Bouissou – Le Monde Bilan de la Planète 2009
Le pays devrait assurer 8,3% de sa consommation électrique grâce au photovoltaïque en 2020.