Now renewables are the cheapest source of energy, it’s time to rethink UK policy

The results of the yesterday’s government auction for renewables procurement has taken the entire energy sector by surprise. Clearing 860 MW at £75/MWh in 2021 and 2.3 GW at £57/MWh in 2022, it revealed that the cost of offshore wind has dropped by 65 per cent in under five years. This result comes close on the heels of a report

Barack Obama, Climate-Optimist-in-Chief

(Credit: Daniel Borman via Flickr) The most exhilarating aspect of Barack Obama’s recent article in the prestigious journal Science, “The irreversible momentum of clean energy”, is the deep optimism it embodies. Published on January 9 — just a week-and-a-half before the end of his presidency — it provides consoling words to a world greatly in need of consolation. The piece has two audiences: Donald Trump and members of the public who worry climate action will come to a halt. It warns the former that if he tears up the Paris Agreement and ramps up coal, he’ll harm domestic business and employment and threaten treasury income. Obama writes, “evidence is mounting that any economic strategy that ignores

Ontario’s first community wind farm powers almost 7,000 homes

Credit: Miranda Fuller Miranda Fuller looks over the 10 turbines on Gunn’s Hill Wind Farm in southern Ontario’s Oxford County, a lush region of farmland and small cities between London and Kitchener. “They’re magical!” she says. The project, which started running late last year and now produces enough electricity to power some 6,700 local homes, is Ontario’s first community-sponsored wind farm. If the word “magical” is not wholly accurate — the turbines are no illusion, after all — it does capture some of Gunn’s Hill’s uniqueness. From many points of view, it’s an extraordinary undertaking. Fuller, 24, grew up in Oxford and, after studying environmental ethics at nearby Wilfrid Laurier University, became communications director at the Oxford Community

Air Transport Business On Route to Using More Sustainable Fuels

The air transportation business is on route to using more sustainable fuels, although there has been a delay because of low oil prices. While that delays the urgency to invest in alternative sources of energy, some reason that the sheer number of flights over a decades of flying will justify the cost. “It’s very urgent to develop these alternative fuels,” said Michel Wachenheim of the International Coordinating Council of Aerospace

BioEnergy Hawaii to Build Waste-to-Energy Plant

The Hawaii County Planning Department has approved a waste-to-energy plant that aims to reduce the amount of waste headed to landfills and instead to divert it to create energy. The Hawaii Tribune-Herald is reporting that BioEnergy Hawaii will lease about 15 acres to build a modern facility. “The County of Hawaii Planning Department has reviewed the comments received during the 30-day comment period on the draft environmental assessment,� said Planning Director Michael Yee in a letter to the state, as reported by the paper. “We have determined that the project will not have significant environmental effects.� BioEnergy Hawaii to build a waste separation

Oregon’s Transport Sector Delivers Bad News About Greenhouse Gases

Oregon says that greenhouse gas emissions from its transportation sector are responsible for greater greenhouse gas emissions. That’s according to the Oregon Global Warming Commission, which said that the state is not on track to meet its 2020 goals. The newly compiled data, looking at the years between 2014 and 2015, may put greater pressures on

Holding Supply Chains Accountable for Carbon Emissions Saves Money, CDP Reports

A sustainable supply chain will result in a lot fewer carbon emissions, reports CDP, which looked at 89 supply chain members that cut those heat-trapping emissions by 434 million tons in 2016. A story in Triple Pundit says that this then got the attention of financial executives by creating a savings of $12.4 billion last year. Among the businesses that were part of the survey: Unilever, Microsoft, Ford, Intel and WalMart, all of which have gone public as to their sustainability efforts.  The story

Market Advances Make Paris Pullback a Tough Job for Trump, says EDF

Hundreds of businesses have called upon President Trump to not abandon the country’s promises to a global climate change accord and to continue to support the new energy economy. Both large and small businesses in a range of industries are making the demand. DuPont and Monsanto are among the names getting

Obama Bans Offshore Drilling in Parts of Atlantic, Arctic

President Obama yesterday indefinitely blocked offshore drilling in parts of the Atlantic and Arctic in a move that opponents say could increase energy costs for businesses. In another effort to cement his environmental legacy before President-elect Donald Trump takes office next month, Obama invoked an obscure provision of a 1953 law, the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, to block future drilling from Virginia to Maine on the Atlantic and along much of Alaska’s coast. The move will most likely be challenged in court. In a joint statement with Canada, the White House said the US “is designating the vast majority of US waters in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas as indefinitely off limits to offshore oil and gas

Despite the Uncertainty, EPA Is Providing Information on How to Comply with Carbon Regulations

With the Obama administration leaving office and the Trump administration about to enter the White House, what happens to the Clean Power Plan that aims to cut carbon dioxide emissions? With that, the current Environmental Protection Agency is issuing a paper and saying that carbon releases are a quarter less now than they were in 2005. In a blog post, EPA’s top air regulator Janet McCabe says that businesses across the country are interested in keeping the rule and in staying in compliance. While the Clean Power Plan is now being challenged, one of the

What Renewable Energy Has A Lot of Potential? Hydropower

What’s the renewable energy with the most potential? It’s probably wind or solar, whose technologies are falling precipitously and making those investments economical. However, don’t discount hydropower, which now accounts for about 10% of the electricity and which could also grow in the coming decades. “Hydropower provides many benefits in the fight to address climate change and for cleaner air,” says the National Hydropower Association. “Let’s not lose sight of what we know for certain about hydropower — it has greatly contributed to a healthier environment and economic prosperity and can sustainability grow to do more.”  The advocacy group points to a US Department of Energy report that says the energy

ASTM Environmental Risk Standard Helps with Liability Disclosures

ASTM International has revised its guide for disclosure of environmental liabilities, called E2173. Originally approved in 2001, the guide aims to help companies and public agencies understand their environmental liabilities, improve the effectiveness of their efforts to reduce these liabilities, and prepare their environmental liability disclosures that accompany financial statements. ASTM member John Rosengard, president of Environmental Risk Communications, said the revised standard provides a clearer and more quantitative evaluation of environmental liabilities in place of more generic narratives in financial reports. “Owners and creditors will be able to understand if liabilities are material and accumulating at an unsustainable rate,� Rosengard said in a statement. The

Can Nuclear Fusion Get A Gust Of Wind With Trump’s Supposed Support?

If there is an ideal energy form, it is nuclear fusion. But the technology is one of those that is always within reach but still so far away. With that, though, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology says that it is advancing the ball, as is a group of nations hard at work trying to build the first fusion reactor before 2035. ITER, or the International Nuclear Fusion Project, is a partnership among the Europe Union’s member states, the United States, Russia, China, India and South Korea to get a fusion demonstration project up -and-running. At least $20 billion has gone into that research and development – and far more will be required. “Despite fusion’s tantalizing benefits, it has been largely

EPA Raises Renewable Fuel Requirements, But Can It Survive Trump?

The EPA has raised the amount of renewable fuel that must be blended into the nation’s gasoline supply, drawing an immediate attack from the oil industry. The final Renewable Fuel Standards, announced last week, raise the levels from 18.11 billion gallons this year to 19.28 billion gallons in 2017. This is a 5 percent increase from the proposed 2017 levels — 18.8 billion gallons of renewable fuel — that the EPA announced in May. About 15 billion gallons of this will come from conventional corn-based ethanol. “Renewable fuel volumes continue to increase across the board compared to 2016 levels,� said Janet McCabe, the agency’s acting assistant administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation. “These final standards will boost production, providing for ambitious yet achievable growth

Renewable Microgrids and Remote Communities across the Globe

Renewable energy microgrids can change the way that people on isolated islands and in remote communities live Renewable Microgrids and Remote Communities across the Globe was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our

Clean Decentralized Energy For The World’s Poor — Power for All!

1.2 billion people in the world are currently without access to clean, decentralized energy for electricity. Power for All is trying to change that Clean Decentralized Energy For The World’s Poor — Power for All! was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free),

Kirigami Inspires New Solar Cell Technology

Researchers at the University of Michigan have created a lattice-like solar cell that can stretch like an accordion, allowing it to tilt along the sun’s trajectory and capture more energy.  The details of the oddly shaped solar film, inspired by the Japanese art of paper cutting called kirigami, are in a paper recently published in Kirigami Inspires New Solar Cell Technology was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read

14 US Mayors Sign Proclamation to Reduce Climate Risks

14 US mayors made a historic commitment last week to take action to reduce climate risks and protect the future of their communities. The Midwestern mayors, from St. Louis to St. Paul, Dubuque, and others, signed the The Path to Positive Proclamation to pledge their leadership, prepare for climate change, and promote solutions that advance 14 US Mayors Sign Proclamation

Solar Lamp Design Winner Will Be Distributed Throughout Africa To Dispel Darkness

The winning design for a solar lamp, shown above, will be distributed to off-grid communities in Africa to help people living there dispel the darkness without the use of carbon-emitting kerosene lanterns.  About 14,500 lamps, powered by the sun, will be distributed throughout Zimbabwe, Senegal, and Zambia. The Natural Light contest, sponsored by skylight manufacturer VELUX Solar Lamp Design Winner Will Be Distributed Throughout Africa To Dispel Darkness was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free), follow us on Twitter, or

Most climate action has little to do with the UN process

This post is by Ben Caldecott, Green Alliance trustee, associate fellow of Bright Blue and author of Green and responsible conservatism: embedding sustainability and long-termism within the UK economy. The build up to the UN climate change conference in Paris … Continue reading →

5 Ways to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

Whether you or someone in your family suffers from asthma or allergies or you simply want to stay healthier and happier, it is important to improve the overall air quality in your home. Here are five tips and tricks you can use to help you breathe easier.#1 – Buy a Better Filter for Your Air Conditioner or Furnace One of the simplest things

Home Energy: How to Make Your House More Effiecient and Sustainable

Protect the Environment with Sustainable Behaviors(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Everyone wants to save money on their monthly utility bills, but reducing energy consumption also helps to protect the earth’s environment from the pollution created by fossil fuels. Finding ways to be more sustainable in a home means that future generations will have the energy sourcesneeded to cool and heat their homes. One: Install Low Flow Plumbing FixturesPlumbing fixture manufacturers are making a variety of low flow devices designed for bathrooms or kitchens. In the past, low flow