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    • Martyn1981
    • By Martyn1981 9th Jun 15, 7:25 AM
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    Green, ethical, energy issues in the news (last 2 weeks)
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    • 9th Jun 15, 7:25 AM
    Green, ethical, energy issues in the news (last 2 weeks) 9th Jun 15 at 7:25 AM
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    Back to Martyn1981's original post.

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    I thought it might be a good idea to have a thread for posting general news items that may be of interest.

    PV and the 'Solar in the news' thread attract a lot of interest, so here's a thread for all the other goings on.

    Mart.
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    • gefnew
    • By gefnew 6th Aug 18, 9:00 PM
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    Hi all
    here`s good one.
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-45082416
    regards
    • ASavvyBuyer
    • By ASavvyBuyer 10th Aug 18, 5:15 PM
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    Green light for £3.5 million EU-backed low carbon energy storage initiative.
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    • Martyn1981
    • By Martyn1981 13th Aug 18, 4:01 PM
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    Trump is trying hard but it looks like RE is now unstoppable in the US. To reverse the progress now would take the work of a madman hell bent on national and global destruction ........ oh damn!

    EIA Data Undermines Trump’s Love Affair With Coal & Nuclear

    Specifically, the United States’ renewable energy sources — consisting of biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, and wind — now provide more electricity than nuclear power in over half the states across the country, and more electricity than coal in a third of the states. Further, according to data compiled from the reports by Ken Bossong of the Sun Day Campaign, over the next three years of capacity additions and retirements, the US coal industry will experience a net-loss of 16 gigawatts (GW) and the nuclear industry will only see a net-increase of 0.8 GW.

    Conversely, utility-scale renewable energy capacity is expected to skyrocket by 157 GW over the same time period, led primarily by wind energy with nearly 91 gigawatts (GW) and solar with just over 52 GW.
    [Note - I changed the references from MW to GW as they were a bit 'silly'. M.]
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    • Coastalwatch
    • By Coastalwatch 13th Aug 18, 5:20 PM
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    Trump is trying hard but it looks like RE is now unstoppable in the US. To reverse the progress now would take the work of a madman hell bent on national and global destruction ........ oh damn!

    EIA Data Undermines Trump’s Love Affair With Coal & Nuclear

    Originally posted by Martyn1981
    Thanks Mart, your last sentence gave me a wry smile or two.
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    • Zarch
    • By Zarch 15th Aug 18, 12:41 PM
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    Interesting series of battery articles and videos from The Verge

    https://www.theverge.com/2018/8/14/17674744/giant-batteries-power-energy

    https://www.theverge.com/2018/8/13/17675660/lithium-ion-battery-science-future-phone
    • Martyn1981
    • By Martyn1981 16th Aug 18, 6:00 PM
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    Victory!

    Public support for shale gas is so low that it's to be removed.

    Oh wait, removed from the public opinion surveys.

    Well that seems fair.

    UK government drops fracking question from public attitude tracker


    Here's the latest survey hot off the presses:

    BEIS Public Attitudes Tracker: Wave 26

    Damn those RE results (under the summary tables link) look mighty fine. PV is still sitting in the Aretha spot.
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    • Martyn1981
    • By Martyn1981 19th Aug 18, 12:07 PM
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    Article on the large number of new interconnectors being built or planned. It also suggests that leccy imports will increase from around 6% to 20% in the future.

    Not sure if that's a net figure, since I'm sure we could build out off-shore wind to export a serious amount of leccy to the rest of Europe when needed too.

    Interesting times ahead.

    With Brexit looming, energy sector builds new links to Europe
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    • Martyn1981
    • By Martyn1981 21st Aug 18, 8:32 AM
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    From small acorns .....

    First utility-scale battery helps relieve stress on UK’s national grid

    The battery breakthrough comes just a week after Limejump revealed its VPP – which aggregates power from small-scale renewable generators into a single provider that functions as a power station – had won permission to take on its traditional rivals.

    In a press release published by Anesco today, Executive Chairman Steve Shine said: “We’re delighted that we’ve been able to achieve another first for the UK renewables industry. By entering our storage assets into the balancing mechanism, the door has been opened to additional revenue streams for investors, and further validates the opportunity that battery storage provides.

    “It’s a major step forward for the industry, with the balancing mechanism market offering frequent instances of profitable spreads for batteries to take advantage of. In addition, it removes much of the risk that suppliers face from uncertain system prices.

    “While our storage units have previously taken part in frequency response and the wholesale market, they are now able to take advantage of these additional revenue streams and pricing opportunities.
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    • hawkwinddotcom
    • By hawkwinddotcom 22nd Aug 18, 9:33 PM
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    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/aug/22/dont-phase-out-solar-panel-subsidies-sadiq-khan-urges-ministers
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    • Martyn1981
    • By Martyn1981 23rd Aug 18, 7:05 AM
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    Tidal stream testing has gone very well:

    Scotrenewables Floating Tidal Stream Turbine Posts Record-Setting Power Generation

    “The SR2000 has completed the job of demonstrating that we have a breakthrough technology and we will now be shifting all our focus and resources towards building on that success with a product which we are confident can enable a new industry created around a predictable renewable energy source,” Scott added.

    And the UK pensions firms may not yet be fully prepared for AGW costs/impacts:

    Leading UK Pension Funds At Risk Of Climate Change

    “The climate change risks of tomorrow should be considered by pension funds today,” Creagh continued. “A young person auto-enrolled on a pension today may be 45 years away from retirement. Over that timescale these climate change risks will inevitably grow. We are examining whether pension funds are starting to take these risks into account in their financial decision making.”
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    • Martyn1981
    • By Martyn1981 23rd Aug 18, 8:13 AM
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    Only a week(ish) to go.

    Europe to ban halogen lightbulbs

    After nearly 60 years of brightening our homes and streets, halogen lightbulbs will finally be banned across Europe on 1 September.

    The lights will dim gradually for halogen. Remaining stocks may still be sold, and capsules, linear and low voltage incandescents used in oven lights will be exempted. But a continent-wide switchover to light-emitting diodes (LEDs) is underway that will slash emissions and energy bills, according to industry, campaigners and experts.
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    • Coastalwatch
    • By Coastalwatch 23rd Aug 18, 11:48 PM
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    Read this artical with interest from the 2017 Wind Technologies Market Report from the US part of which suggests that the cheapest onshore wind turbine generation has dropped to an amazing, to me at least, of 2¢/kWh!

    Makes it difficult to understand why some people should be so opposed to onshore wind generation!



    https://www.energy.gov/eere/wind/downloads/2017-wind-technologies-market-report
    After topping out at 7¢/kWh in 2009, the average levelized long-term price from wind power sales agreements has dropped to around 2¢/kWh—though this nationwide average is dominated by projects that hail from the lowest-priced region, in the central United States.
    Wind sector employment reached a new high of 105,500 full-time workers.
    With federal tax incentives still available, various forecasts for the domestic market show expected wind power capacity additions of 8,000 to 11,000 MW/year from 2018 to 2020, with market contraction anticipated beginning in 2021 as those tax incentives are phased out.
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    • Martyn1981
    • By Martyn1981 25th Aug 18, 8:12 AM
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    Nice article on nice reports suggesting RE is the route to a 100% low carbon future.

    Research Shows That A Low-Carbon Future Will Be A Renewable Future

    Some extracts:

    There are multiple academic approaches to the inevitable transformation to a 100% renewable future. They overlap and provide strong support for thesis that electrical generation, and by extension all primary energy needs, will be met by a combination of renewables. The four this article will cover briefly are the work of Dr. Jacobson of Stanford, the IPCC perspective, Dr. Mark Diesendorf’s work from Australia, and finally a gloss on the current state of large-scale grid integration and transmission.
    I’ve written extensively on both nuclear and CCS. My perspective is that nuclear is unnecessary to the energy mix by 2050, that Jacobson’s exclusion of it was reasonable as the intent was to show a completely renewable future as an aspirational target, that nuclear is much more expensive than renewables, and that there will still be some nuclear around by 2050, but just less of it. My perspective on CCS is that it has proven itself to be an uneconomic fig leaf incapable of doing more than drawing down the tiniest fraction of the CO2 created by fossil fuels and that any CCS in existence by 2050 will be a rounding error.
    I noticed one very important point about the tempest in a teapot. All the serious critics agreed that 80% was achievable with renewables. The disagreement was mostly about the cost of the last 20%, with Jacobson and team asserting viability and their critics insisting that other technologies would be required and that it would be more expensive. My perspective is that when people are arguing about the last mile near the beginning of the journey, the last mile will be a lot easier than anyone thinks.
    For context, the UK government is currently planning on a rollout of nuclear equal to about 40% of demand, though recent guidance has suggested they stop at HPC + 1 other (so equal to about 13%) and have another think about the costs.
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    • Martyn1981
    • By Martyn1981 26th Aug 18, 5:08 PM
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    Not green, certainly not ethical
    This article helps to explain the vast difference between what we are told we think about renewables (loads of negative press and concern over 'our feelings' from the government), and what we actually think about renewables as shown in 26 public attitude surveys (massive support and little opposition).

    Connecting The Dots: A Firsthand Account Of How The UKIP Surge Drove The Tories To Sabotage The Renewables Industry
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    • Martyn1981
    • By Martyn1981 29th Aug 18, 7:11 AM
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    This may be more important than it appears.

    South Africa is one of only a few countries that was still pushing forward with plans to install a significant amount of new nuclear.

    The UK is now in a smaller, and ever shrinking club of countries still holding on to the nuclear dream.

    There is a perfectly reasonable counter argument that SA has significant (vast) PV potential at almost insanely low prices now, but it's important to note that UK wind (on and off-shore) are already far cheaper than new nuclear that won't arrive for 10(ish) years.

    South Africa Drops Nuclear in Favour of Renewables
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    • Martyn1981
    • By Martyn1981 30th Aug 18, 7:06 AM
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    California to go 100% RE by 2045 ...... and California is big, one of the largest economies in the world.

    California Moves One Step Closer To Being 100% Renewable Powered By 2045

    The California State Assembly passed a potentially historic piece of legislation on Tuesday that, if it makes it through the final legislative hurdles, will see California commit to being powered entirely by renewable energy by 2045.

    Senate Bill 100 (SB-100) was introduced by outgoing State Senator Kevin de Le!n — who is challenging Dianne Feinstein for her US Senate seat — and was passed by the Californian Senate earlier this year by a margin of 25 to 13. SB-100 calls for a renewable energy target of 60% by 2030, with an interim target of 50% by the end of 2026 and a final 100% target by 2045.
    “California just became the largest economy in the world to commit to a 100% clean energy grid,” said Paul Cort, an Earthjustice attorney who leads the California Right to Zero campaign. “While Trump is taking the nation backwards by deregulating and subsidizing the coal, oil, and natural gas industries in D.C., California is rolling up its sleeves to build bold climate protections. Already home to 500,000 clean energy jobs and the largest manufacturing powerhouse in the United States, California is proving that it can be done.”
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    • Coastalwatch
    • By Coastalwatch 30th Aug 18, 5:54 PM
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    California to go 100% RE by 2045 ...... and California is big, one of the largest economies in the world.

    California Moves One Step Closer To Being 100% Renewable Powered By 2045
    Originally posted by Martyn1981

    Thanks Mart, that's lifted my spirits no end.
    We just need some enterprising "council" to step up to the plate over here. Any thoughts as to whether there might be any suitable candidates?

    On the other hand, perhaps a suitable proposition could be put forward to Dragons Den. If nothing else the publicity alone may help raise it's profile.
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    • Martyn1981
    • By Martyn1981 31st Aug 18, 7:33 AM
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    Thanks Mart, that's lifted my spirits no end.
    We just need some enterprising "council" to step up to the plate over here. Any thoughts as to whether there might be any suitable candidates?

    On the other hand, perhaps a suitable proposition could be put forward to Dragons Den. If nothing else the publicity alone may help raise it's profile.
    Originally posted by Coastalwatch
    Been pondering the same. Perhaps it might take a region like Scotland as they have excellent RE figures, but a lot of that is based on net figures as they export loads of wind energy to England.

    You will see a lot of negative comments about cities, states or even companies sourcing RE leccy - the negative being that they just buy up the RE that already exists.

    I've always assumed that that argument is total BS since any increase in demand for RE will result in an increase in supply of RE simply through supply and demand economics.

    Another, perhaps simpler solution is businesses going green. I don't really care if this is a true green agenda or just green washing, since the result is the same and will drive the economics (as above). As storage develops, this will hopefully make going green for big businesses easier as they can often make money by simply avoiding peak prices by having some on-site storage, so the ability to 'stock up' on RE when it's cheap (high production and/or low demand) will further green goals.

    Facebook Commits To 100% Renewable Energy & 75% GHG Emissions Reduction By 2020
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    • Coastalwatch
    • By Coastalwatch 31st Aug 18, 1:34 PM
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    Another, perhaps simpler solution is businesses going green. I don't really care if this is a true green agenda or just green washing, since the result is the same and will drive the economics (as above). As storage develops, this will hopefully make going green for big businesses easier as they can often make money by simply avoiding peak prices by having some on-site storage, so the ability to 'stock up' on RE when it's cheap (high production and/or low demand) will further green goals.

    Facebook Commits To 100% Renewable Energy & 75% GHG Emissions Reduction By 2020
    Originally posted by Martyn1981
    Afraid I'm no fan of Facebook(mainly due to a certain percentage of those who use it for their own negative reasons) but they do have a huge following and a great step in the right direction on their part. Thanks for posting that.

    Something else I spotted in that issue was a headlined topic Tesla “Big Battery” Responds To “Power System Emergency” In Australia.

    South Australia was largely unaffected, thanks to the Hornsdale Power Reserve, known affectionately in SA as the “Tesla Big Battery.” It kicked in immediately to add 84 MW of power to the state’s electrical grid and stabilize the frequency of the local grid, which was disturbed when the link to neighboring Victoria was disrupted.
    The success of the “Big Battery” was a silent rebuke to new Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, a Donald Trump wannabe who channeled US senator James Inhofe when he brought a lump of coal onto the floor of parliament earlier this year to demonstrate his love of coal.
    Sadly, I hadn't previously realised the impact of the recent change of Premiership down under upon the renewable scene which, until now, had been playing such a large and positive role in it. Unfortunately the FF lobby, a powerful force indeed, looks like its going to fight it tooth and nail rather than embracing it by gradually transferring their investments in that direction.

    An interesting read all the same showing what a positive impact renewables are having there. inspite of the current prejudice against it by those who've just seized political control.
    https://cleantechnica.com/2018/08/29/tesla-big-battery-responds-to-power-system-emergency-in-australia/
    Last edited by Coastalwatch; 31-08-2018 at 1:41 PM. Reason: Last sentence added.
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    • Martyn1981
    • By Martyn1981 2nd Sep 18, 8:27 AM
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    Amazon are to go big with a huge PV and battery system.

    Amazon Adding 4 MW Solar System & 28 Tesla Powerpacks To UK Fulfillment Center

    3 MW of power were going to be added to the company’s existing facilities in Rugeley and Daventry as well as its newest location at Doncaster. Now comes word that Amazon’s fulfillment center in Tilbury will add 4.074 MW of rooftop PV to the small solar system already there. The new installation will be composed of 15,000 solar panels (270 watt each) manufactured by Jinko Solar. But unlike the new systems at Rugeley, Daventry, and Doncaster, the installation at Tilbury will include a 3.77 MW Tesla battery made up of 28 Tesla Powerpack storage units. The system is being planned and installed by Push Energy.
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