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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Carnegie Wave Energy awarded grant for anchoring development

Wave energy developer Carnegie Wave Energy Limited has announced it will partner with the University Of Western Australia (UWA) to develop more efficient anchoring systems for wave energy converters.

UK renewable energy will continue to grow in the long term finds GlobalData

The UK government’s renewable energy cuts will have a negative impact on the sector in the short term, but decreasing costs mean it will continue to grow in the long term, says a report by GlobalData.

Monday, 27 July 2015

Another myth busted...

There are those in the UK who argue that we shouldn't really be doing much about climate change because China, supposedly one of the biggest polluters in the world, isn't doing anything either.

Except that's not quite true....

Premier Li Keqiang has just announced a plan to make China's carbon emissions peak by 2030 or earlier. China will also reduce carbon emissions in the economy by 65 percent by 2030, and there are also some major targets for renewable energy.

So China is actually making a serious attempt to drive its emissions down and move into a new clean energy era.

Source: Irish Times

Meanwhile, in the US...

Okay, so enough about the UK. To be pretty honest, since the Tory wrecking ball started swinging a couple of weeks ago, I am feeling like there's not too much left to destroy in the UK at the moment, so its fairly heartening to see Hilary Clinton spreading a positive message in the US. At least the Americans seem to be getting on with stuff, in spite of the loopy Republicans.

Part of Clinton's plan involves the installation of half a billion solar panels by 2021. That seems to me to be fairly impressive to say the least. As ThinkProgress explains, that's a 700 percent increase on current installations. Clinton also intends to fight the Republican attempt to destroy the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan and she also wants to encourage innovation with a Clean Energy Challenge for cities, states and rural communities.

“We can make a transition over time from a fossil fuel economy, predominantly, to a clean renewable energy economy, predominantly” Clinton said.

Hilary Clinton's renewable energy plans

How would she fund this?

Partly, through extending and strengthening tax breaks for renewable industries she says. However, there is a problem, a pretty big one in fact. It seems many of her backers are connected to the fossil fuel sector or indeed were at one time or another. Clinton's opponents have also pointed out her support for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline as well as for domestic gas production.

Clinton revealed her plans while on a visit to Iowa. This is a state that is actively engaged in building wind farms and also produces ethanol for green motoring. At present, 28 percent of Iowa's electricity demand is met by wind power, closely following Texas, the current front runner in wind energy. On a national level, renewable energy provides just 13 percent of American electricity. The Clean Power Plan would boost that to 25 percent by 2027. Clinton's plan would take that figure to 33 percent.

Brad Plumer, writing on the Vox website, thinks that such a plan is 'not implausible', given that US solar energy grew by 418 percent between 2010 and 2014. However, there would be numerous technical challenges relating to how the grid would cope with all the new sources of intermittent renewable power. Some of these challenges are explained in greater detail by David Roberts, but the point is that at least Clinton has a vision, which is certainly more than the Tories have got over here in the UK.

Bloomberg Politics 

Friday, 24 July 2015

In 2011, wind energy reduced the Irish wholesale market cost of electricity by around 74 million euros and in 2012, the country generated 15 percent of its electricity from wind, adding 125 MW to its existing capacity. By 2015, Ireland was able to meet one-quarter of its electricity demand from wind with one-fifth of demand being met by wind in June 2015 alone.

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