Millions take to the streets for global climate strike

Millions take to the streets for global climate strike

Some of Friday’s first protests were held in Australia, where an estimated 300,000 people gathered at more than 100 rallies calling for action to guard against climate change, with further demonstrations held across parts of Asia.

Consultant sought to help launch renewable energy auctions in Kosovo*

Consultant sought to help launch renewable energy auctions in Kosovo*

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has invited expressions of interest in providing it with consultancy services in order support the Government of Kosovo* in developing and implementing a competitive scheme for the award of future support to renewable energy generators.

Energy transition – A challenge with no historical precedence (part one)

Energy transition – A challenge with no historical precedence (part one)

The energy transition involves continuous improvements in energy efficiency, the development of a quality market for energy, a continuous increase in the use of renewable energy sources, improved energy management, continuous technological progress, and continuous improvements in citizens’ and the economy’s education and awareness of examples of good practices.

Global divestment movement hits $11 trillion, pushes for more – and faster

Global divestment movement hits $11 trillion, pushes for more – and faster

The summit of divestment campaigners issued a joint statment calling on investment managers to re-deploy funds previously invested in the fossil fuel sector into emerging clean energy technologies, including renewables, as a meaningful way of accelerating global action on climate change.“This summit was a real rallying call for us to pick up the pace on investments in renewable energy.

Want to know the speed and cost of the energy transition? You can model it here

Want to know the speed and cost of the energy transition? You can model it here

For every simulated year, a capacity expansion model finds the least cost additions to generation, transmission and storage from an existing NEM configuration required to satisfy forecasted electricity demand, subject to renewable energy resource availability, and economic retirement of existing generation capacity.

Lack of renewable investment leaving Scottish rural areas ‘flagging’, Highland MSP says

Lack of renewable investment leaving Scottish rural areas ‘flagging’, Highland MSP says

Rhoda Grant, regional Labour MSP for the Highlands and Islands, was reacting to the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) rural economy report, which claimed some rural communities are “lagging behind” others as the impact of big renewable projects begins to take effect.

UK Government net zero plan ‘negligent at best, vindictive at worst’, union boss claims

UK Government net zero plan ‘negligent at best, vindictive at worst’, union boss claims

GMB general secretary Tim Roache told the Trades Union Congress (TUC) yesterday that, despite a government call for a move to a cleaner economy, many jobs had “passed the UK” by.

Spanish concentrated solar power production record high in 2019

Spanish concentrated solar power production record high in 2019

Barcelona — Spanish production from concentrated solar power plants has reached new heights this year, passing a 2015 record by 4.1% with 4.3 TWh generated in the eight months to end-August, industry group Protermosolar said Monday.

Government must not change VAT on solar panels, campaigners urge

Government must not change VAT on solar panels, campaigners urge

One of the UK’s largest renewable energy suppliers has written to the Chancellor to warn that plans to change VAT from 5% to 20% for families buying solar panels and renewable technology could harm the country’s push for a net zero carbon economy by 2050.

Solving the carbon conundrum

Solving the carbon conundrum

region’s prowess in industrial mitigation technology, eight large-scale CCS facilities are now in development.“The Teesside Collective and Caledonia Clean Energy facilities are two ambitious commercial-scale CCS projects that could potentially kickstart the deployment of carbon capture utilisation and storage in the UK.

Outlook for energy has ‘peak oil’ in the 2020s

Outlook for energy has ‘peak oil’ in the 2020s

To do this they will need carbon capture and storage (CCS) – the only currently-available technology to deeply decarbonise hydrocarbon use – to be employed at scale but, at present, this will not be achieved until the 2040s unless governments develop and enact more definitive policies on its use, according to the Energy Transition Outlook.

METKA EGN signs solar PPA to supply leading Australian retail chain

METKA EGN signs solar PPA to supply leading Australian retail chain

Greek EPC contractor METKA EGN has entered an agreement with Coles, the second-largest supermarket chain in Australia, for a 10-year electricity supply contract (PPA), with all the power to be generated from renewable sources, according to a press release from the subsidiary of Greek industrial giant Mytilineos Holdings.

Report finds consumers could save $29 billion if clean energy replaced proposed natural gas plants

Report finds consumers could save $29 billion if clean energy replaced proposed natural gas plants

These cost trends could lead to the economic retirement of plants representing over 90% of currently proposed new combined-cycle gas capacity by 2035, resulting in a significant risk of investment capital becoming stranded.

How some 2020 Democrats would actually get their climate plans through the Senate

How some 2020 Democrats would actually get their climate plans through the Senate

Democrats need at least 60 votes to overcome a filibuster in the upper chamber and pass progressive climate measures like the Green New Deal .Typically once a year, a budget reconciliation bill is passed in the Senate by a simple majority vote.

Do Australia’s coal generators need another subsidy?

Do Australia’s coal generators need another subsidy?

“Unless we get the markets right — and we continue to see the emergence of rooftop solar as well as variable renewable energy — we’ll see even earlier coal retirements than anticipated because the economics of plants won’t be viable,” Zibelman was quoted as saying.

NERC finds first remote hacker interference on US grid from cyberattack

NERC finds first remote hacker interference on US grid from cyberattack

Dive Brief: The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) on Wednesday revealed details about a March 5 cyber event that caused an undisclosed utility in the western United States to temporarily lose visibility of certain system parts.

Conference on energy transition in Albania to be held on September 12

Conference on energy transition in Albania to be held on September 12

Conference aims to promote potentials for energy transition in the context of global efforts on climate change mitigation and adaptation.The conference aims to promote potentials for energy transition in Albania in the context of global efforts on climate change mitigation and adaptation.

NAB backs Queensland battery gigafactory plans as financial advisor

NAB backs Queensland battery gigafactory plans as financial advisor

Magnis Resources, an Australian graphite producer and member of the consortium behind the Imperium3 Townsville project (iM3TSV) said on Thursday that NAB had been tapped to advise on the $2 billion battery plant.

Equinor signs key pacts for major CCS project

Equinor signs key pacts for major CCS project

Equinor, in cooperation with its partners Shell and Total, is studying the possibilities for developing a CO₂ storage on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS).Final binding commercial agreements will depend on positive investment decisions for the Northern Lights project, the Norwegian State’s full-scale carbon capture and storage project and for third-party projects.

Climate Town Hall Exposes Key Differences Among Democratic Front-Runners

Climate Town Hall Exposes Key Differences Among Democratic Front-Runners

Candidates pulled heavily from those documents Wednesday as Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren promoted the progressive policies in their Green New Deal-style plans, while front-runner and former Vice President Joe Biden offered up a moderate’s take on climate action.

Appalachian Ohio: A case study in compassionate transition from coal to solar

Appalachian Ohio: A case study in compassionate transition from coal to solar

From the health impacts on the people who worked in the mines, to the hills from which it was extracted, to the remaining under-employed workforce, there has long been a need for a sustainable economic solution in Appalachia.

How the cash flows when we electrify buses, agriculture and more

How the cash flows when we electrify buses, agriculture and more

The Brattle Group has published The Total Value Test: A Framework for Evaluating the Cost Effectiveness of Efficiency Electrification for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) with an express purpose of providing a tool – the Total Value Test (TVT) – to place an explicit economic value on shifting end user energy use from fuel burning toward electricity use.

JinkoSolar Strikes Upbeat Tone on Market Signs in China and the US

JinkoSolar Strikes Upbeat Tone on Market Signs in China and the US

In April, Jinko also announced it would also invest in a new manufacturing facility in China to help meet global demand for high-efficiency solar products.

Greenpeace rig protest highlights operators’ climate concerns

Greenpeace rig protest highlights operators’ climate concerns

Greenpeace’s recent occupation of a North Sea rig highlights some of the immediate and practical concerns firms have on climate change, according to a lawyer.Along with the long-term concerns on climate change, he discussed the practical and commercial reasons for firms to get involved in the discussion.

CNN is giving 2020 Democrats 7 hours to talk about climate change

CNN is giving 2020 Democrats 7 hours to talk about climate change

CNN will host a seven-hour marathon of interviews with 10 presidential candidates about climate change on Wednesday beginning at 5 pm Eastern as part of its climate crisis town hall.

‘Tracking Transition’ event spotlights climate change pressure on oil firms

‘Tracking Transition’ event spotlights climate change pressure on oil firms

The event discussed the “massive opportunity” for oil and gas to work together with renewables in the UK sector, and the need to give better visibility to energy transition efforts in the North Sea. Iain Gallow, senior project manager at consultancy Calash, argued this is the “new normal” and that the world should not necessarily be looking to oil companies for the way ahead.

Solar and giant “water battery” to slash university’s grid consumption by 40%

Solar and giant “water battery” to slash university’s grid consumption by 40%

Queensland’s University of the Sunshine Coast is set to slash its grid electricity consumption by 40 per cent, using a combination of 2.1MW of rooftop solar and a massive on-site “water battery.”.

Renewable natural gas: The climate change solution with limited awareness of its potential

Renewable natural gas: The climate change solution with limited awareness of its potential

And in the long-term, RNG will also contribute to energy security by providing the gas grid enhanced diversity of supply that further diminishes the need to import fuel from foreign sources while also building up the onshore RNG industry.

Department of Energy shows wind and solar power will dominate fossils

Department of Energy shows wind and solar power will dominate fossils

Research by pv magazine USA (that is six months fresher and slightly different in its reporting methodology), that will appear in depth our Special Edition Solar Power International hard copy, shows that (below image) the majority of this queue volume is schedule to come online before the end of 2023, is widely spread across the country, and has a lot of more energy storage coming.

A Deep Dive into Hydro Ottawa’s MiGen Transactive Grid Project

A Deep Dive into Hydro Ottawa’s MiGen Transactive Grid Project

But Hydro Ottawa is also integrating the data flows from these devices into the SCADA systems serving its distribution grid, with an eye on coordinating household loads, batteries and solar inverters.