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Trump’s EPA Proposes Rollback Of 2015 Carbon Standards On Coal

December 7th, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill

The Acting Environment Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced on Thursday a proposal to roll back Obama-era regulations on emissions from new coal plants which required the use of carbon capture and storage technologies, describing them as "excessive burdens on America's energy providers." 


US Senate Confirms Fossil Fuel Hawk To FERC

December 7th, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill

The United States Senate on Thursday confirmed fossil fuel hawk Bernard McNamee to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which regulates interstate electricity and natural gas transmission and sales, a move which has immediately angered environment and clean energy campaigners. 


Trump’s Coal Sideshow Set To Proceed At COP24

December 7th, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill

The Trump Administration is expected to follow through with a rumored fossil fuel side-event at the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, better known as COP24, being held in Katowice, Poland, in an effort to reportedly tout the benefits of coal, natural gas, and nuclear power. 


US Energy Storage Project Pipeline Doubles To Nearly 33 Gigawatts In 2018

December 7th, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill

The US energy storage project pipeline has doubled in 2018, reaching an impressive 32.9 gigawatts (GW) according to the latest US Energy Storage Monitor published this week, providing what the authors describe as a "clear signpost" that energy storage in the United States is the bullish new technology for developers. 


Carbon Emissions Set To Hit All-Time High In 2018

December 6th, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill

In the space of two days, the International Energy Agency and the Global Carbon Project announced that not only will carbon emissions from advanced economies increase this year for the first time in five years, but that global carbon emissions are set to hit an all-time high, growing by more than 2%


Global Climate Financing As High As $530 Billion In 2017, But Is It Enough?

December 6th, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill

Global climate financing has steadily increased over recent years, according to new research from the Climate Policy Initiative, and might have reached as much as $510 billion to $530 billion in 2017, but while this is, on its own, relatively good news, investment in climate action is falling short in several key areas. 


OECD, UNEP, & World Bank Call For “Radical Shift” In Climate Financing

December 5th, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill

Last week, the OECD, the UN Environmental Programme, and the World Bank Group, in advance of both the G20 leaders meeting and the COP24 UN Climate Change Conference, called for a radical shift of investment into low-carbon, climate-resilient infrastructure as a means towards limiting the impact of climate change


Hanwha Q CELLS Posts Disappointing Third Quarter, Lowers Guidance

December 5th, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill

South Korean solar PV manufacturer Hanwha Q CELLS announced last week its third-quarter financial results for 2018, and it was almost universally bad news with net revenue growth slowing as the company posted operating and net losses and lowered full-year shipping guidance. 


Siemens Gamesa Secures 750 Megawatts Of Orders Across Europe

December 5th, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill

Offshore wind energy giant Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy published two announcements in the past week revealing that it has been contracted to supply a total of 750 megawatts (MW) worth of wind turbines to a total of six wind farms across Northern Europe and Turkey and an offshore wind project in Belgium. 


British Wind Power Sets New Generation Record

December 4th, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill

The British wind energy industry is celebrating another milestone this week after the country's grid operator revealed that wind generation hit new highs during the previous week, producing a new high of 14.9 gigawatts (GW), or around 33% of Britain's electricity needs at a time of high demand. 


G20 Communique Shows Trump’s Outsized Influence

December 3rd, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill

World leaders from the G20 met last week amidst tumultuous global tensions between China and the United States, publishing a joint communique at the end of proceedings which highlighted Donald Trump's outsized influence on issues of global importance. 


COP24 Off To A Rocky Start As Previous Leaders Call For “Unequivocal Message”

December 3rd, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill

The 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, better known as COP24, got underway on Sunday in Katowice, Poland, to something of a rocky start, despite a call from previous COP Presidents to "send an unequivocal message ... for enhanced ambition by 2020 that puts the world on a trajectory compatible with the objectives of the Paris Agreement."


Australian Renewables On Track For 78% By 2030 On Current Trends

December 3rd, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill

If Australia maintains its current rate of solar and wind installations through the next decade, the industry could feasibly account for 78% of the country's electricity supply along its west and east coast main grids, a substantial increase from its current contribution of 22.5%. 


Vestas Secures 220 Megawatt US Order To Surpass 10 Gigawatts In 2018

December 3rd, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill

Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems A/S announced this week that it had received an order to supply 220 megawatts (MW) worth of wind turbines to a wind project in the United States, which in and of itself is not the biggest news, but the order subsequently took the company passed the 10 gigawatt (GW) mark for 2018. 


Jinko Solar Gains On Back Of New PV Shipment Record

December 3rd, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill

Chinese solar PV manufacturer Jinko Solar announced its third-quarter earnings earlier this week revealing better than expected earnings and revenues thanks in part to a new company and industry solar module shipment record of 2.95 gigawatts (GW). 



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