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Jul 19, 16

Renewable sources are producing temporary power gluts from Australia to California, driving out other energy sources that are still necessary to maintain a stable supply of power.

In Southern Australia, where wind supplies more than a quarter of the region’s power, the spiking prices of electricity when the wind wasn’t blowing full-bore pushed the state government to ask the power company Engie to switch back on a gas-fired plant that had been shut down.

>But in what may be the most worrisome development in the combat against climate change, renewables are helping to push nuclear power, the main source of zero-carbon electricity in the United States, into bankruptcy.

Jul 19, 16

BNEF Chairman of the Advisory Board, Michael Liebreich gives his ‘state of the clean energy industry’ keynote at BNEF’s Future of Energy Global Summit in New York, April 2016.

(downloaded slides) NEED AN ENERGY MIRACLE - but a LOT is happening - and the market for photocells and HVDC will be LARGE

Jul 19, 16

Solar energy has grown 100-fold in this country in the past decade. Globally, solar has doubled seven times since 2000, and Dubai received a bid recently for 800 megawatts of solar at a stunning “US 2.99 cents per kilowatt hour” — unsubsidized! For context, the average residential price for electricity in the United States is 12 cents per kilowatt-hour.

Jul 18, 16

Yet again, China is floating around the idea of building floating nuclear plants, but this time they are planning on an entire flotilla -- in the South China Sea.

To provide power to the cozy artificial islands it has built up from reefs just sticking over the surf, China announced on Friday that it will construct a fleet of 20 power plants floating over the hotly disputed waters, People's Daily reports.

These power plants could provide electricity to offshore drilling rigs, as well as to the man-made tourist paradises of the South China Sea -- already filled with airstrips, vegetable gardens and lovely ladies with clarinets.

As part of China's Five Year Plan, it was announced in January that the country's first floating power plant would be ready to go by 2020.

Jul 18, 16

China hopes to build a $50 trillion global wind and solar power grid by 2050

Liu argues that the GEI is the best option if renewable sources of energy, like solar and wind, are ever going to become a practical alternative to burning dirty fossil fuels. According to the SGCC, if renewable energy generation is increased at an annual rate of 12.4% worldwide each year, then by 2050 renewable energy could account for 80% of the world's total energy consumption.

Jul 18, 16

Switzerland, July 4-5 -- Mr. Liu Zhenya, Chairman of the Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO) and the China Electricity Council (CEC), met with ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer and WBCSD President Peter Bakker to discuss major issues concerning Global Energy Interconnection (GEI) and the sustainable development of world energy during his visit to Switzerland. Important consensus has been reached.

. . . . . Mr. Liu Zhenya introduced the concept of GEI. He said that it was inevitable to construct GEI and form a new clean energy-dominant and electricity-centric pattern for energy development with global allocation to realize energy reform and sustainable development and it bore a great significance to solve environmental pollution, cope with climate change, realize sustained and safe energy supply and alter the life and production style for the mankind. Liu leveraged the examples of northeast Asia power interconnection, south Asia power interconnection and power transmission from Africa to Europe to illustrate GEI's huge potential. Regarding topics and issues of technology, economy and politics, opinions were exchanged for further in-depth cooperation.

Jul 12, 16

John Schwartz

Long article - very rough general agreement that climate matters - but little else.

Jul 07, 16

in rereading Mr. Toffler’s book, as I did last week, it seems clear that his diagnosis has largely panned out, with local and global crises arising daily from our collective inability to deal with ever-faster change.In many large ways, it’s almost as if we have collectively stopped planning for the future. Instead, we all just sort of bounce along in the present, caught in the headlights of a tomorrow pushed by a few large corporations and shaped by the inescapable logic of hyper-efficiency — a future heading straight for us. It’s not just future shock; we now have future blindness.

In the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, as the American government began to spend huge sums in the Cold War, futurists became the high priests of the coming age. Forecasting became institutionalized; research institutes like RAND, SRI and MITRE worked on long-range projections about technology, global politics and weaponry, and world leaders and businesses took their forecasts as seriously as news of the present day.

In 1972, the federal government even blessed the emerging field of futurism with a new research agency, the congressional Office of Technology Assessment, which reviewed proposed legislation for its long-term effects. Futurists were optimistic about lawmakers’ new interest in the long term.

>“Congressmen and their staffs are searching for ways to make government more anticipatory,” Edward Cornish, president of the World Future Society, said in 1978. “They’re beginning to realize that legislation will remain on the books for 25 or 50 years before it’s reviewed, and they want to be sure that what they do now won’t have an adverse impact years from today.”

>But since the 1980s, futurism has fallen from grace.

Jul 04, 16

Bjorn Lomberg on "Gates Notes"

Many developing countries are turning to coal and other low-cost fossil fuels to generate the electricity they need for powering homes, industry, and agriculture. Some people in rich countries are telling them to cut back on fossil fuels. I understand the concern: After all, human beings are causing our climate to change, and our use of fossil fuels is a huge reason.

But even as we push to get serious about confronting climate change, we should not try to solve the problem on the backs of the poor.

Jul 04, 16

"Factors limiting further penetration of renewables include scaleability, geographic dispersion, intermittancy (in the case of solar and wind) and cost relative to other sources."

Exxon - Managing the Risks page 6

Graph on page 6 - growth of renewables must increase radically

page 10 "renewable sources, such as solar and wind, despite very rapid growth rates, cannot scale up quickly enough to meet global demand while at the same time displacing more traditional sources of energy."

page 17-18 proxy cost ~ $80/ton

page 22 Our Outlook for Energy does not envision the "low carbon scenario" advocated by some because the costs and the damaging impact to accessible, reliable, affordable energy resulting from the policy changes such a scenario would produce are beyond those that societies, especially the world's poorest and most vulnerable, would be willing to bear, in our estimation."

Jul 04, 16

Exxon Mobil is lobbying the rest of the American industry, as well as Capitol Hill, for a revenue-neutral carbon tax, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. Exxon has welcomed a tax on carbon emissions since 2009. But December's Paris Agreement, aimed specifically at keeping most fossil fuel reserves in the ground, has prompted the company to increase its efforts over the past six months to convince the rest of the industry to get on board.

Jul 04, 16

They helped waste what may turn out to be the most critical quarter century in human history," McKibben says of Exxon's alleged climate lies

Jul 04, 16

Oil giant knew dangers of climate change and did everything in its power to deny threat of a warming planet

By McKenzie Funk June 30, 2016

Jul 04, 16

Yale report - people care about global warming - few doubt it is happening - but it is not a high priority. Excellent, extensive report.

Jun 30, 16

Simon Ramo, an engineer and entrepreneur who helped develop the rocket technology that changed the nature of the Cold War’s nuclear face-off and powered the first Americans into space, died on Monday in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 103.

. . . . he was still working out of a former barbershop when President Dwight D. Eisenhower called to ask if he could build an intercontinental ballistic missile, capable of striking the Soviet Union in less than an hour, and if he could do it before the Russians built the same. “This is now our No. 1 project,” he recalled Mr. Eisenhower saying. “Let’s get it done.”

. . . . “Ramo was really the intellectual impetus behind the rocket programs,” said Gary Schmitt, a national security analyst at the American Enterprise Institute. He noted, though, that such a cozy relationship, without any oversight, between defense officials and military contractors could never exist today.

In an oral history, Dr. Ramo later listed other reasons such a project could not be repeated. “Keep it a secret,” he remembered Eisenhower saying. “Let’s not tell Congress about it.”

The successful Atlas rocket that the effort produced eventually served as the launch vehicle for the Project Mercury program,

Jun 28, 16

It once looked as though the financial crisis of 2008 might even bring about the end of laissez-faire economics. “The idea of an all-powerful market which is always right is finished,” declared Nicolas Sarkozy, then the president of France. And Peer Steinbrück, Germany’s finance minister at the time, predicted that “the U.S. will lose its status as the superpower of the world financial system.”But I suspect few would have guessed that the economic order built upon Mr. Reagan’s and Mrs. Thatcher’s common faith in unfettered global markets (and largely accepted by their more liberal successors Bill Clinton and Tony Blair) would be brought down by right-wing populists riding the anger of a working class that has been cast aside in the globalized economy that the two leaders trumpeted 40 years ago.So where does capitalism go now? What can replace a consensus built by a charismatic American president and a bull-in-a-china-shop British prime minister in favor of small governments and unrestrained markets around the world?

Jun 27, 16

SunPower once again holds the record for the world's most efficient rooftop solar module, achieving an NREL-validated 24.1 percent.
the SunPower module was made "using laboratory solar cells of 25 percent mean efficiency" and is based on its commercially available module architecture.

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