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  • Wednesday, April 16, 2014

    THE RACE AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE

    IPCC: Mitigating Climate Change More Challenging Than Ever

    Eli Kintisch, 13 April 2014 (Science)

    "Global greenhouse emissions are skyrocketing. Emissions cuts required to avoid dangerous impacts of climate change are steep. And despite decades of talk, world governments have made paltry efforts to address the problem...That’s the grim picture painted by…[the latest climate change report from] the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)…The report also describes the daunting work required to sidestep climate dangers…Economists have compared the task of lowering the world economy’s carbon footprint—now the equivalent of about 50 billion tons of carbon dioxide per year—to turning a cruise ship. But the report says the ship is firing full steam ahead…[and tackling global emissions on such a massive scale will be pricey, the report finds…” click here for more

    THE FAST RISING POTENTIAL OF U.S. NEW ENERGY

    Report Challenges EIA's Renewable Energy Projections; Says Renewables Could Hit 16% of U.S. Electrical Generation in Five Years, Not 27 Years as EIA Forecasts

    Ken Bossong, April 16, 2014 (SUN DAY Campaign)

    “…[T]he SUN DAY Campaign challenges assertions by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) that renewable energy sources will provide only 16% of the nation's net electrical generation by the year 2040. Using EIA's own previously published data, the analysis shows that it's more likely the 16% level could be reached within five years…EIA's own published data…that the percentage of the nation's net electrical generation represented by renewable energy has expanded from less than 9% in 2004 to nearly 13% in 2013…Given the relatively consistent growth trends of the past decade or longer for most renewable energy sources and their rapidly declining costs, it seems improbable that it will require another 27 years to grow from 13% to 16%...[EIA's forecast] is simply wrong…[I]f the trends reflected in EIA data from the past decade continue, renewable energy sources could increase to as much as 13.5% of net U.S. electrical generation in 2014, to 14.4% in 2015, to 15.3% in 2016, and reach or exceed 16.0% no later than 2018…[or, at worst,] by 2020…” click here for more

    BIG TEXAS WIND SHRINKS ELECTRICITY MRKT PRICE

    Power Prices in Texas Fall as Wind Generation Above Forecast

    Harry R. Weber, April 14, 2014 (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)

    “Spot wholesale electricity in Texas slid as generation from wind was above expectations…Wind power on the Electric Reliability Council of Texas Inc. network averaged 8,778 megawatts for the hour ended at 10 a.m. local time, above the day-ahead forecast of 8,425 megawatts…Spot power at the Texas North hub, which includes Dallas, fell $6.52, or 18 percent, to average $30.59 a megawatt-hour for the hour ended at 10 a.m. versus the same time April 11…Houston hub prices declined $6.29, or 17 percent, to $30.64…New York City power rose $2.43, or 6.2 percent, to average $41.71…while Boston power gained $2.03, or 5.4 percent, to $40.12…” click here for more

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

    WORLD WIND TO BOOM THROUGH 2014

    Wind Power Projects to Rise to Record in 2014, Lobby Says

    Alex Morales, April 9, 2014 (Bloomberg News)

    “Wind-power installations will climb to a record this year, driven by resurgent U.S. demand and growth in developing nations from Brazil to China, the Global Wind Energy Council predicted…Worldwide installations will probably surge 34 percent to 47.3 gigawatts in 2014…That follows a drop by more than a fifth to 35.3 gigawatts last year that was fueled by crashing U.S. demand after a tax credit to the industry expired…[Developing countries in Asia, Latin America and Africa] will spur new wind power demand for the next five years…The U.S. will also see a rebound, because of the structuring of the industry’s [production tax credit (PTC)]…” click here for more

    NAT GAS AND SOLAR WERE 75% OF U.S. 2013 NEW POWER

    Solar And Gas Provided Nearly 75% Of All New U.S Capacity In 2013

    8 April 2014 (Solar Industry)

    “Capacity figures compiled by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) show that natural gas and solar are providing the vast majority of the nation's new electricity generating resources. Natural gas-fired power plants accounted for just over 50% of new utility-scale generating capacity added in 2013. Solar provided nearly 22%, a jump up from less than 6% in 2012. Coal provided 11% and wind nearly 8%...In total, a little over 13.5 GW of new capacity was added in 2013, less than half the capacity added in 2012…Solar photovoltaic added 2,193 MW of capacity in 2013…Distributed solar PV capacity additions also grew in 2013, with estimated non-utility additions of 1,900 MW…” click here for more

    MAINE OFFICIALLY AFFIRMS SMART METERS’ SAFETY

    Maine Public Utilities Commission: Smart Meters Are Safe

    March 31, 2014 (Renew Grid)

    “Smart meters are not a health risk, finds a report by the Maine Public Utilities Commission (MPUC)…[in answer to a 2012] court-ordered review…After the commission approved Central Maine Power Co.'s plan to install smart meters for the utility's 620,000 customers in 2009, objections began to mount. Soon thereafter, activists…[argued] the commission failed in its legal obligation to ensure the safety of utility customers…[and contended] the radio frequency emissions and wireless networks related to smart meters endanger human health. The MPUC's report refutes such assertions and will serve as a guideline for the commission as it decides how to handle the alleged health issues, a determination that is expected to come later this year…[T]he MPUC] accepted thousands of pages of expert testimony for its report…[and] concluded that there is no credible, peer-reviewed research to support a direct link between smart meters and health problems…The MPUC also found that the radio frequencies emitted by smart meters meet federal safety standards…[N]o regulatory entity or health agency in the U.S. or Canada has ruled smart meters to be unsafe…” click here for more

    Monday, April 14, 2014

    DE-RISKED RENEWABLES HAVE MORE INVESTORS THAN DEALS

    Solar, Wind Reaping Cheaper Capital, SunEdison Founder Says

    Ehren Goosens, April 8, 2014 (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)

    “Developers of solar and wind power projects can now access capital at a lower cost, paving the way for continued growth, Jigar Shah, founder and former chief executive officer of SunEdison said…Capital costs are now often less than 6 percent to 7 percent thanks to financing sources and greater investor comfort with financing renewable energy projects, Shah said…New financing methods such as yield companies -- separate businesses that own power plants being pursued by Abengoa SA (ABG) and NRG Energy Inc. (NRG:US) -- and increased participation in the industry by pension funds make sense because the cost of making those projects is fixed…‘The question is: can developers develop enough projects to satiate the money?... Can this industry really deliver the deals now that the money isn’t an issue? Can you feed the beast? We are long money and short deals.’” click here for more

    THE MYTH OF CONSOLIDATION IN SOLAR

    Solar PV Consolidation: Fact or Fiction?

    Finlay Colville, March 21, 2014 (SolarBuzz)

    “…Looking at cell production only (including c-Si cell and thin-film) - and specifically in-house cell production – a fairly good picture can be obtained about whether or not there is consolidation…The analysis uses annual in-house cell production for 2010 to 2013 (actual) and then adds NPD Solarbuzz forecasts (done bottom-up by each producer) for 2014…If there was consolidation going on, then the percentage of the market each year supplied by the top-10 and top-20 would show a strong uptick. This would then be carried forward across the other ranges, out to the top-100…[T]his is clearly not happening. In fact, the share from the top-10 is actually going down, not up, from 43% in 2010 to 38% in 2014…” click here for more

    TEXAS BREAKS MORE WIND RECORDS

    Market Snapshot: Already leading US in wind power, ERCOT breaks more records in 2014

    Emily Reynolds, April 7, 2014 (SNL)

    “Wind power remains one of the fastest growing sources of new electric generation in the country, breaking records all across the U.S. over the past couple of years thanks to transmission upgrades and new wind development..[W] ind energy capacity in the U.S. grew more than 140% over the past five years…[E]lectricity generated from wind turbines climbed about 200%...[W]ind power has more than tripled since 2008 and is now the fifth largest [U.S.] electricity source…In 2013, Texas became the leader in the wind industry…[W]ind generation in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas Inc., or ERCOT, grew more than 140% since early 2009, closely following the rapid growth in all of the U.S…Upgrades to transmission lines in Texas in early 2014 have allowed several records to be set for wind generation…with the latest record of 10,296 MW set March 26…” click here for more

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

    A CLOSER LOOK AT SOLAR JOB NUMBERS

    Deeper Data Dives Yield More Certainty On Solar Jobs

    Mark Del Franco, April 3, 2014 (Solar Industry)

    “…[Through its 2013 National Solar Jobs Census, The Solar Foundation (TSF)] is providing legislators and policymakers with access to richer, more detailed data than…[government data that] lacks the depth needed to make informed decisions…By themselves, the raw numbers do not divulge anything else about the worker, and as such, are unlikely to provide little basis to make a decision…For gathering information about solar jobs, the organization asks human resource professionals the percentage of time a worker spends performing a solar-related task…[Such methodology] recently yielded this significant statistic: Nearly 90% of all solar workers spend 100% of their time on solar-related activities…” click here for more

    HOW MUCH WIND HAS CUT U.S. EMISSIONS

    Wind energy secures significant CO2 emission reductions for the U.S.

    April 4, 2014 (American Wind Energy Association)

    “Rapid development of the U.S. wind energy industry has led to significant reductions in power sector carbon emissions. In 2013, the U.S. wind fleet reduced power sector emissions by 96 million metric tons, or 4.4 percent, the equivalent of taking 16.9 million cars off the road…Electricity produced by a wind project results in an equivalent decrease in electricity production at the most expensive currently operating power plant, which is almost always the least efficient fossil-fired power plant…[W]ind energy also greatly reduces a variety of health-harming air pollutants, including smog-forming sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides, dangerous particulate matter, mercury, and other toxins…” click here for more

    WHERE OPPORTUNITY WILL GROW IN THE CAR BIZ

    Alternative Revenue Streams for Automakers; Plug-In Electric Vehicle Adoption and Sustainable Transportation: Vehicle-to-Grid, Vehicle-to-Building, Home Energy Management, Solar Energy, EV Charging, Carsharing, and Smart Parking Services

    1Q 2014 (Navigant Research)

    “Automotive manufacturers are making the first inroads into new markets not directly related to vehicle sales. They are selling home energy management (HEM) systems and residential PV units; offering carsharing services and smart parking applications; and developing the tools that will allow plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) drivers to participate in grid services programs…While Navigant Research believes that automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) will participate in these markets to a growing degree, it is not as likely that they will be significant revenue generating opportunities in the near term. Navigant Research forecasts that global OEM revenue from new services related to PEVs and sustainable transportation will grow from $426.6 million in 2014 to $5.3 billion in 2023…” click here for more

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

    NEW ENERGY SPENDING DECLINED IN 2013

    Report: Clean energy investments drop globally

    Ryan Honeywell, April 3, 2014 (FuelFix)

    “Global investment in clean energy technology fell 11 percent to $254 billion last year, according to [ 2013 Who’s Winning the Clean Energy Race? from the Pew Charitable Trusts…which focused on the world’s top industrialized countries, known as the G-20…China continues to remain the most attractive destination for spending on clean energy, which includes renewables as well as smart meters and carbon capture. The Asian nation led the world with $54.2 billion in spending in 2013...The U.S. was second on the list, with $36.7 billion in clean energy investments last year — a 9 percent decline…Just three G-20 nations — Japan, Canada and United Kingdom — increased clean energy investments last year. Authors attributed that, in part, to a decline in financial incentives for clean energy technologies…The report also found that globally, solar power is quickly gaining ground on wind as the world’s leading source of clean energy. Last year marked the first time that more solar energy technology was installed across the globe than wind technology…” click here for more

    GE LAUNCHES TURBINE DESIGNED FOR INDIA’S WIND

    GE Strengthens India’s Localization Efforts in Wind Energy… GE’s First ‘for India’ Wind Turbine to Help Meet India’s Unmet Energy Needs

    April 4, 2014 (GE Power and Water)

    “…[GE’s new 1.7-103 wind turbine is] its first wind turbine developed and engineered specifically for India’s low-wind speed conditions…[T]he turbine’s large 103-meter rotor will help deliver high-efficiency output…attractive project economics…[and] a 30 percent increase in annual energy production compared to its predecessor, the 1.6-82.5 wind turbine…[This launch in strengthening GE’s] commitment to India…Renewables now constitute more than 5 percent of India’s energy mix by production and 12 percent by installed capacity…[The cost of wind power] is now close to grid parity, and advancement in technology is making its generation more predictable…” click here for more