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Navigating the American Carbon World (with the UN)

There is much activity in the UN climate arena at the moment, as they push for yet another “Global Agreement on Climate Change”

At the moment, UNFCC executive secretary, Christina Figueres is boasting that they have an agreement to come to an agreement by 2015. Whilst it is to be hoped that this agreement to agree goes the way of previous ones, it highlights that they haven’t gone away and are determined to keep pressing on, no matter that the AGW paradigm is collapsing.

She gave a speech this week in San Francisco, entitled Navigating the American Carbon World
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Robert Bradley Jr.: Windpower Layoffs Making PTC Extension Increasingly Moot

“The spate of layoffs that wind industry advocates have warned about has accelerated in recent weeks, with workers losing their jobs in key wind states such as Iowa and Colorado in a trend expected to continue at least into next year.” – Nick Juliano, “Wind Layoffs Mostly Hitting Constituents of PTC Supporters,” Greenwire, August 29, 2012. Continue reading

North Holland Bans Wind Turbines

The province of North Holland has decided to stop building new wind turbines. There will be a total ban on new wind turbines by the end of the year, according to deputy Mr Bond. He says that large wind turbines do not fit into the province’s landscape. The decision is a setback for about twenty planned wind projects in North Holland which will not be approved. Full story (in Dutch)

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China Solar Firms Brace for EU Dumping Probe

Chinese solar companies expect the European Commission to announce within days a formal investigation into their alleged dumping of solar panels in Europe, which could result in heavy tariffs being imposed on them next year. Continue reading

James Delingpole: David Cameron, renewable energy and the death of British property rights.

As David Cameron may have learned when he read PPE at Oxford, property rights are a cornerstone of our liberty, our security, our civilisation. Wiser political thinkers than Dave have long understood this. Continue reading

Inquirer Editorial: Wind industry’s survival could depend on tax credit

In the Philadelphia region, the rebirth of the defunct U.S. Steel site in Bucks County makes the best case for winning the high-stakes gamble being played out in Congress over extending vital, government incentives for developing wind-energy systems. Continue reading

Green Protectionism: EU And China On Verge Of Solar Energy Price War?

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for a frank assessment of a solar panel trade dispute with China. The EU is mulling an anti-dumping inquiry into China after the US took similar action in one of the world’s fastest-developing markets. Continue reading

UN Panel Blows Cold Air On EU Renewables Policy

A United Nations body has found that the European Union has failed in its commitments towards transparency and public participation in renewable energy policies – a move which has been hailed as a victory by wind farm opposition groups. Continue reading

Miranda Devine: Surprise surprise: wind farms do nothing for the environment (except cause noise pollution)

two-year analysis of Victoria’s wind-farm developments by mechanical engineer Hamish Cumming shows that “despite receiving hundreds of millions of dollars from green energy schemes driven by the renewable energy target, Victoria’s wind-farm developments have saved virtually zero carbon dioxide emissions in the state”. Continue reading

Dark clouds gather over China’s once-booming solar industry

China’s push into solar energy was supposed to be a proud example of how the country was advancing into hi-tech manufacturing. But now the whole sector is on the brink of bankruptcy. Continue reading

Industry groups sell profit-making, not planet-saving, at GOP convention

The American Petroleum Institute is inescapable here, its name attached to briefings and concerts while its campaign logo adorns free sunglasses and sunscreen. But clean energy is not invisible to Republicans during their quadrennial celebration. Continue reading

Wind power study says opponents’ claims are unfounded

At least so say those with a vested interest in wind power. In the to-and-fro over wind there are advocacies on both sides with a dog in the fight. The actual experience with wind however has not been a happy one with find failing when needed. This is not really a surprise since we experience extremes of hot and cold weather partly because of the absence of wind and we need more power during such events. Continue reading

Power Failures: Germany Rethinks Path to Green Future

Germany’s energy revolution is the government’s only major project — but the problems keep piling up. The pace of grid expansion is sluggish, and electricity costs for consumers are rising. The environment minister wants to fundamentally alter the way green energy is subsidized, but will it mean putting the brakes on the entire project? Continue reading

Shifting to Renewables in Japan – An Uphill Task

Renewable energy is emerging as the “clinch deal” in Japan`s painful power crisis that pits the government and business against public demand for zero nuclear power. But experts say the going is easier said than done. Continue reading

Become A Renewable Energy Magnate, With The Cash In Your Wallet

Bullish on renewable energy but short the few million to invest in a new solar power plant? Perhaps you have $8. Continue reading

Aus: Fear wind energy might be losing its puff

WINDFARMS have vowed to fight a rearguard action against changes to the renewable energy target as a potential plummet in the carbon price to $12 a tonne in 2015 raises new fears that the renewable projects would be uneconomic. Continue reading

Germany Hits Brakes on Race to Renewable Energy Future

The share of renewable energies in Germany’s power mix has shot up so high that the electricity grid and the subsidy framework has been unable to keep up. Now, the government wants to slow down the process. German commentators say that the current chaos endangers the entire project. Continue reading

German minister mulls slower green revolution

Germany may have to slow down its planned transformation to green energy, Environment Minister Peter Altmaier said on Tuesday in an effort to assuage worries that consumers will bear the brunt of the immense costs of the switch from nuclear. Continue reading

Germany’s new “renewable” energy policy

Wind and solar power + soaring electricity prices = outsourced jobs + more coal burning
Meanwhile, eco activists demand “sustainable lifestyles” – for other people Continue reading

Tom Tanton: “Not Cheap, Not ‘Green’” at the California Energy Commission

“In my period at Cato (1990–present), “Renewable Energy: Not Cheap, Not ‘Green’,” is probably our most important Policy Analysis in the energy/environment area. Bradley’s thorough review and analysis (60 pages, 325 footnotes) was a real pushback against the viability of ‘green’ energy in theory and practice.” – Jerry Taylor, Senior Fellow and Director, Natural Resource Studies, Cato Institute. Continue reading