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House of Lords blocks UK Government attempt to scrap Zero Carbon Homes

The Conservative UK Government attempt to scrap the Zero Carbon Homes standard has been defeated by a House of Lords Amendment

An Exemplary Renewable Energy Mark for Scotland

In March this year, Scotland was congratulated by the UN Climate Change Secretary for the country’s exemplary stance on tackling climate change. What are the Scots doing right?

Scurrilous Propaganda

The American Right is one of the nastiest, and arguably stupidest, communities in the political world. Here is one example.

On 26th April, the Facebook Page 'Conservative Country' tried to smear the electric vehicle (EV) industry by examining how the sector obtains its supplies of lithium for lithium ion batteries.

I guess they figured noone would bother to check the image for accuracy. But I did.

The image you can see in the lower half of the picture is actually not a lithium mine at all. It is in fact the open cast mine at Escondida in Chile, which mines copper, not lithium. You can see the picture of this mine at the 911 Metalurgist site here where it is featured as mine No 14 on the sites list.

That said, lithium-ion batteries do use small amounts of copper and other metals in addition to lithium, but lithium itself is MOSTLY (there is a reason for the caps here), found beneath briny salt ponds such as this:

Once the water is removed, the lithium may be extracted like so

Climeon wins heat power order for Fincantieri cruise ships

Swedish technology company Climeon has won an order from shipbuilding group Fincantieri to supply its cruise ships with heat power solution Climeon Ocean

Siemens wins order for offshore wind farm in the German Baltic Sea

Siemens has won an order for the supply, installation and commissioning of 60 6 MW direct-drive offshore wind turbines at the Arkona wind farm site in the German Baltic Sea

New study shows solar farms boost biodiversity

New research published by the Clarkson &Woods consultants has found that solar farms have a positive impact on biodiversity when combined with an appropriate land management plan

Siemens wins major order for East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm

Global infrastructure company Siemens has won a major contract to supply, install and commission 102 wind turbines at the East Anglia ONE offshore wind project for ScottishPower Renewables

Understanding Energy Customer Engagement: An interview with Hunter Albright of Tendril

Tendril is an energy services management solutions provider that applies behavioural energy efficiency programs, utility customer engagement initiatives and customer acquisition for things like community solar. The company is now using that model to create a library of energy-related content for markets where data access is limited or previously was not being harnessed to improve customer experience.

Taking the lead on renewables: An interview with Councillor Arron Wood from Australia’s Melbourne Renewable Energy Project

Melbourne Renewable Energy Project is a pioneering Australian project which is gathering momentum with a new tender for renewable energy advertised recently across the country. It has successfully united a group of large-scale energy consumers, inspiring them to invest in a long-term electricity contract spanning at least 10 years and which is about creating the jobs of the future, supporting innovation while diversifying Melbourne’s energy supply

Ecotricity acquires SunEdison’s UK assets

Renewable energy company Ecotricity has announced it has acquired the home rooftop solar business of failed US company SunEdison

Ecotricity and Greenpeace on verge of legal challenge against UK nuclear fiasco

Green energy company Ecotricity and environmental group Greenpeace could be readying themselves for a legal challenge against the stricken Hinkley C nuclear power station project

Green motoring leaps ahead in Norway

Vattenfall to sell German coal interests in order to focus on clean energy

Vattenfall has signed an agreement to sell its German lignite operations to a Czech energy company in order to help shift its operations towards more sustainable production

How safe are electric vehicles?

Australia could go 100 percent renewable finds new report A new report published by the Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF) at the University of Technology in Sydney has found that Australia could provide all electricity, heating and fuel needs with renewable energy

US DOE SunShot Initiative launches ‘Orange Button’ scheme to slash solar costs

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has launched a new ‘Orange Button’ scheme which will create unified data standards in order to help the solar industry reduce market inefficiencies and lower costs for consumers

National Audit Office confirms failure of Green Deal energy efficiency scheme

The UK National Audit Office (NAO) has concluded that the Green Deal energy efficiency scheme introduced by the Coalition Government did not achieve value for money

ConEdison joins CPS to dedicate Alamo 5 solar farm in Texas One of America’s largest owners and operators of renewable energy projects, ConEdison Development (CED), has jointed CPS Energy in dedicating the Alamo 5 dual-axis solar installation in Texas

US wind power jobs up by 20 percent in 2016

American wind power supported a record 88,000 jobs at the beginning of 2016 representing a 20 percent increase over the past year

Minesto orders turbine prototype from Schottel Hydro

Marine energy technology company Minesto, together with German tidal turbine manufacturer Schottel Hydro, has completed the turbine design of Minesto’s Deep Green tidal power plant

Midsummer receives funding from Mistra for lightweight solar on vehicles

Swedish solar energy experts Midsummer have received funding from Mistra for the development of lightweight solar modules on vehicles

Cycling has become far too macho for my liking

Asolutely agree with this article in The Guardian. Road cycling (i.e. racing) is the new cycling orthodoxy. From a journalist's point of view, pick up cycling magazine and its mostly racing, racing, racing. The cyclist who just wants to potter along gently through the countryside as a sightseeing adventure, stopping to take the odd picture of some interesting building or whatever, is barely represented in the cycling media. Instead we constantly get a long train of lycra-crad racers, macho discussions about gear and training and whatnot. Stuff that crap. That to me is not cycling, not proper cycling anyway....

Masdar hits halfway milestone in Morocco electrification project

Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company Masdar has installed 50 percent of the solar homes systems in its innovative project to electrify rural Morocco

Majority of residents believe London should be a leading solar city

A vast majority of residents believe London should become a leading solar according to the results of new research conducted by Greenpeace UK

North Sea Oil's time is over - let the lame duck die!

North Sea Oil is a dying duck - and TNW won't change that. Let the damn thing die.

In September last year, oil industry trade association Oil & Gas UK warned that production in the North Sea has been in a state of long-term decline and that low oil prices may very well push investment off a cliff. Its report projected a fall in capital investment of £2 to £4 billion in each of the next three years, down from £14.8 billion invested in North Sea oil in 2014.

One of the reasons for this is that operating costs have increased by 12 percent on a CAGR between 2004 and 2013 while supply chain costs have also climbed. Furthermore, the North Sea has only achieved an average production of 55 million barrels of oil equivalent from newly discovered recoverable reserves over the past three years, the lowest level since the UK first opened its continental shelf decades ago.

Interest in the North Sea is disappearing, as indicated by the lack of success experienced by Russian billionnaire Mi…

CRS and Google partner to advance Asian markets

The non-profit Centre for Resource Solutions (CRS) has announced that Google is to provide foundational support for expansion of renewable energy in Asia

Gamesa to install 82 MW of wind power in China

Wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa has received two new orders in China for the supply of 82 MW of wind power including one project at an altitude of 3,200 metres

EC action plan bodes well for solar VAT reduction

The European Commission has published an Action Plan on value added tax (VAT) which the solar industry hopes will support Ministers intentions to reduce VAT on solar panels

Big brands signed for more than half of new wind contracts in 2015

Major brands and other emerging non-utility customers signed 52 percent of the wind power capacity contracted through power purchase agreements (PPA) in 2015

Ingeteam installs a mobile energy storage lab for the European Commission

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Ingeteam has established an energy storage system including a mobile renewable energy storage laboratory at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) at Petten in The Netherlands

White Rock wind farm construction encourages optimism in Australian wind sector says CEC

An announcement by Goldwind and CECEP Wind Power Corporation that White Rock Wind Farm in New South Wales is proceeding to construction is a cause for optimism in the sector says the Clean Energy Council (CEC)

NIB funds six hydropower plants in Norway

The Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) has signed a 15-year loan agreement with Norwegian power company Helgeland Kraft AS to finance six hydropower plants in Nordland County

ABB wins contract to connect Belgian offshore wind farm to the grid

Global technology company ABB has won an $80 million contract from Rentel NV to deliver an advanced cable system connecting a Belgian offshore wind farm to the grid

New technology harvests energy for devices from radio waves

Freevolt is a ground-breaking technology developed by Drayson Technologies that harvests electricity from RF signals, literally sourcing energy from the air

Flexenclosure wins IHS order for 1,000 green hybrid power systems in Nigeria

Flexenclosure has received an order to supply 1,000 eSite power systems for IHS Towers sites in the Abuja region of central Nigeria

First Solar enter a framework agreement for 231.6 MW of solar

First Solar has entered into a framework agreement with a subsidiary of Silicon Ranch Corporation for 231.6 MW of advanced technology thin film modules to be constructed in 2017 and early 2018

BOEM approves Virginia’s offshore wind research plan

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has announced its approval of the first wind energy Research Activities Plan (RAP) for a facility to be located in US federal waters off the coast of Virginia

GE brings revolutionary wind energy technology to India

GE has announced the launch of its Digital Wind Farm solution in India – a dynamic connected and adaptable wind energy system that matches data, analytics and turbines with a digital infrastructure

Energy costs and the steel crisis.

Typical of The Spectator, use the steel crisis to attack green taxation. Well it is a conservative rag after all so I guess it's hardly surprising. What am I talking about? This.

Unfortunately The Spectator is subscription only, which means I can only read a sample of the article (why on earth would I pay to read constant rubbish from Tory supporters attacking climate action and clean energy?), but here's an excerpt from the bit that's visible:

"Crusaders like Ms Leadsom have, over the years, made sure that our manufacturers feel the force of green levies, unlike Germany, which exempts its own industry. The idea is that by making energy more expensive, people are encouraged to use less of it." 

There are several phases that come to mind to describe this rubbish - hogwash, utter tripe, balloney, etc etc. So let's get the matter straight, seeing as The Spectator is pushing anti-green propaganda on this issue.

The manufacturers organisation EEF, according to …

An Indian Office for OST: An interview with Bihag Mehta of OST Energy

Technical advisor for wind, solar and storage initiatives, OST Energy, recently announced it had opened an office in New Delhi, India, to support its work in the Indian renewable development market. Solar energy in particular has been identified as a leading technology in the ongoing programme of bringing power to 300 million people across India who do not currently have access to electricity. This will also enable the country to meet a number of its ambitious clean energy targets. Consequently, OST has hired a new country manager, Bihag Mehta, to lead its operations in India, supporting the country’s attempts to increase its solar deployment and bolstering technical advisory and due diligence services to cater for demand in the region.

REM talked to Bihag Mehta to find out more.

Enel Green Power inaugurates triple renewable hybrid plant in the US

The global energy generation company Enel Green Power (EGP) has officially opened its new geothermal, solar PV and solar thermal plant at Fallon, Nevada

Daily Mail hypocrisy

Is this hypocrisy or what? The Daily Mail often moans about renewable energy, but then it publishes articles about the fall in greenhouse gas emissions. So where actually do you stand DM? Oh and another fact worth mentioning, even with the fall in emissions, we still have a major problem with atmospheric greenhouse gases, the stuff that's already up in the air. In order to clear the sinks that clear all that carbon, we need to ensure zero GHG emissions by 2100. That means changes in how all of us travel (shifting to EVs or public transport or bikes for example, or less flying), eat, work, heat and power our homes, shop, dispose of waste etc etc

Import tariffs on Chinese steel - the time is now

It's easy to blame high energy costs for the British steel crisis, but the fact is that we need to drive greenhouse gas emissions down to zero by 2100. That means taxes on high energy use must stay. However, there is another option, and that is to impose import tariffs on Chinese steel in order to protect our own industry. The Chinese are trying to dominate the market in a range of things, they tried to do it with solar panels, so the US and EU slapped import tariffs on them to punish them. That is exactly what we must do with regard to steel. Yes, it might spark off a trade war, but the Chinese, while its important to work with them, also have to be given a sharp rap on the knuckles now and then. It's time to put an end to Tory psycophants bowing down to China, now is the time to get tough with them.