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Revamping the electric grid could yield huge cost savings, SolarCity report says 4.2.2016 LA Times: Business

A modern electric grid that incorporates solar, battery storage, energy efficiency and smart technology could save Californians $1.4 billion a year, according to a report released Thursday by rooftop solar giant SolarCity.

In its 28-page report, SolarCity argues that the current utility model works...

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How do you keep up with the Joneses? | Sarah Marsh 4.2.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page

Proving your social prowess these days is not about ostentatious displays of wealth but green credentials, a report suggests. Tell us how you make friends and influence people

How do you keep up with the Joneses in the modern age – buy a flashy car? Show off your tan (from an exotic holiday, of course)?

If your answer is any of the above then you are probably a bit out of touch. That is, according to Ryan Murphy, author of a paper from the Adam Smith Institute titled The New Aristocrats. He claims that attempting to impress your neighbours with ostentatious displays of wealth is now out of fashion.

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Closing This Nuclear Plant Could Cause an Environmental Disaster 3.2.2016 Mother Jones
The Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant sits by the scenic hills overlooking the California coast, a few hours' drive north of Los Angeles. It's the state's only remaining nuclear plant (after the San Onofre plant was closed in 2013), and it's responsible for about one-tenth of the state's electricity, serving more than 3 million homes and businesses. Since construction on the plant began in the late 1960s, Diablo Canyon has been a focal point of the nationwide controversy over nuclear power. In 1981, roughly 2,000 protesters (including the singer-songwriter Jackson Browne) were arrested at the construction site. Ever since, the plant has faced opposition from environmental groups like the Sierra Club and Friends of the Earth . But now, the plant is attracting an unlikely wave of support from some of the country's most prominent environmentalists and climate change scientists. Last week, in an effort to ensure that Diablo Canyon isn't shut down in the near future, this new coalition sent a letter to Gov. ...
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What is holding back the growth of solar power? 31.1.2016 Guardian: Environment

Solar sector needs better power storage, grid infrastructure and government support to meet bullish growth predictions

Sixty years ago, the price of solar panels was astronomical. At a cost of $1,910 (£1,350) per watt in today’s money, the only practical use for them was in space on the US Vanguard 1 satellite, which launched in 1958.

But slowly and then precipitously the price of building a solar cell came down. Today it is less than $0.80 (£0.55) per watt. The subsequent proliferation of panels (especially in Europe, China, US and India) has tracked along the dizzying curve that eventually lead to the market domination of the car, the mobile phone and electricity itself.

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California regulators: Rooftop solar customers keep credit 29.1.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California homeowners and businesses installing rooftop solar panels can keep offsetting their energy bills by sending surplus power back to the grid, regulators said Thursday in a decision celebrated by the solar industry. New guidelines narrowly approved by the California Public Utilities Commission add fees to future solar users, but they […]
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Live Q&A: So now we've agreed to stop climate change, how will we pay for it? 28.1.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page
In Paris last year 195 countries committed cutting emissions and reducing global warming. Join a panel on Thursday 4 February to discuss making these a reality On Wednesday the United Nations urged global business leaders to double investment in wind and solar energy to $600bn (£400bn) a year by 2020. The announcement comes one month after the Paris climate agreement , where nearly 200 countries agreed to dramatically cut emissions. This week UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon urged business leaders to act decisively to hasten the transition away from the fossil fuel economy – or they would put the historic accord in jeopardy. But even if business leaders do reach this ambitious target, it only marks the start of the investment needed to meet the agreed 1.5 degree target. The International Energy Agency has estimated that to hit this taget the world will need to spend more than $16trn (£10.55trn) over the next 15 years, to cover the costs of replacing coal and gas-fired power stations with emissions-free ...
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No need to tighten UK carbon budget in light of Paris deal, say climate advisers 28.1.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page

Green campaigners disappointed by advice from the Climate Change Committee not to revise budget that is currently based on keeping global warming to 2C rather than the new target of 1.5C

The UK’s carbon budget for the early 2030s does not need to be tightened despite a tougher global warming target agreed in Paris last month, the government’s climate advisers have told ministers.

Campaigners said a letter published on Thursday from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) to energy and climate secretary, Amber Rudd, was “desperately disappointing” for failing to increase the ambition of the so-called fifth carbon budget in light of the Paris climate deal.

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Flint water crisis a focus as Senate takes up energy bill 28.1.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation to address the water crisis in Flint, Michigan is likely as the Senate takes up a bipartisan bill on energy policy. Preliminary votes on the overall energy bill are expected as soon as Thursday as the Senate debates the first comprehensive energy legislation in nine years. The wide-ranging bill, co-sponsored by […]
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Flint water crisis a focus as Senate takes up energy bill 28.1.2016 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Legislation to address the water crisis in Flint, Michigan is likely as the Senate takes up a bipartisan bill on energy policy....
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'Natural' gas not as good as solar – despite the gas industry's best efforts 27.1.2016 Guardian: Environment
The gas industry is trying to join the solar revolution but solar and wind energy is cheaper, more efficient and the only real source of energy security Now that the Paris climate agreement has made it clear that the world must take serious action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the fossil fuel industry is starting to get worried. Coal consumption is declining , and the gas sector is flat. And just as the coal industry is claiming coal is good for humanity , the gas industry is claiming that combining gas appliances with solar PV is the most practical and cost-effective way to achieve the lowest carbon emissions ...
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Is going off the grid selfish? For many, it's the only option that makes sense | Giles Parkinson 22.1.2016 Guardian: Environment

In an ideal world everyone would be on the power network, but Australians have been saddled with what is undoubtedly the most expensive grid in the world

Last year, some friends moved into the new three-bedroom home they had built on semi-rural block of land in northern NSW. Despite being within three kilometres of a large town, and with the power network running along the local road, they chose not to connect to the grid.

The local government-owned network operator wanted $30,000 to run a wire about 50m to the house. My friends decided they were better off spending that money on solar panels and a battery array.

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The Solar Loophole Utilities Can Use to Game Energy Credits 21.1.2016 Wired Top Stories
Where does the green energy from your panels really ...
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Slump in oil prices drives green energy takeup in top exporting nations 20.1.2016 Guardian: Environment

With oil at below $30 a barrel, countries such as Saudi Arabia, Russia, Iran and Kuwait are looking to curb fossil fuel use at home to maximise export profits

The oil price slump below $30 barrel is spurring some of the world’s biggest oil exporters to curb domestic consumption of fossil fuels and invest in wind and solar power, according to government officials meeting in Abu Dhabi.

A month after the historic climate agreement in Paris, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Iran, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and other oil exporters are in the midst of overhauling domestic energy policies and seeking alternatives to oil and gas for electricity.

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Business Briefs 20.1.2016 Durango Herald
Keller Williams welcomes HolcombKeller Williams Realty Southwest Associates welcomes Tom Holcomb, broker associate, to the company.Holcomb has more than 25 years of experience in marketing, management and professional services from a broad range of industries. Active in the local community, Holcomb serves on the...
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Britain’s first garden town: housing crisis solution or 'dog's breakfast'? 19.1.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page
How the development of old market town Bicester turned ugly Fluorescent-jacketed workers, tower cranes, uprooted trees, steel skeletons of new warehouses and half-completed cul-de-sacs: the view from Bicester’s ring road is of green fields being rapidly colonised by grey buildings. Just as new constructions rise every day, so some residents are roused into action almost daily to question the transformation of their market town in Oxfordshire. A week before we meet, Pam Roberts won a small victory when a proposal was defeated for a pizza takeaway opposite her home. The week we meet, a developer has launched a legal challenge to the district council’s decision not to allow building on a “conservation target area” – and the fate of beautiful, flower-rich Gavray Meadows on the southern edge of Bicester now hangs in the balance. The developments around Bicester may look like every other – boxy detached homes on small plots, out-of-town supermarkets – but Bicester claims unique status. The government has made ...
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The Problem With Rooftop Solar That Nobody Is Talking About 18.1.2016 Mother Jones
A couple of years ago, Steven Weissman, an energy lawyer at the University of California-­Berkeley, started to shop around for solar panels for his house. It seemed like an environmental no-brainer. For zero down, leading residential provider SolarCity would install panels on his roof. The company would own the equipment, and he'd buy the power it produces for less than he had been paying his electric utility. Save money, fight climate change. Sounds like a deal. But while reading the contract , Weissman discovered the fine print that helps make that deal possible: SolarCity would also retain ownership of his system's renewable energy credits. It's the kind of detail your average solar customer wouldn't notice or maybe care about. But to Weissman, it was an unexpected ...
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Corporate leaders still in denial on climate change 15.1.2016 Guardian: Environment

Business can reinvent itself to address global warming but some CEOs refuse to wake up, says Katherine Garrett-Cox

Too many people in the corporate sector are still in denial about climate change, according to Katherine Garrett-Cox, the CEO of investment firm Alliance Trust.

Related: Is business action on climate change believable? - Guardian Live event

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Full text of Gov. John Hickenlooper's State of the State speech 15.1.2016 Denver Post: Local
Full text of Gov. John Hickenlooper's State of the State speech
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Vattenfall starts work on UK hybrid wind and solar farm 12.1.2016 Guardian: Environment

Construction will begin on the energy giant’s first UK solar project by the end of this month in boost to clean energy generation at existing wind sites

Vattenfall is to start construction on its first solar project in the UK this month, as part of a pilot project to help the Swedish energy giant maximise the generation potential of its existing UK sites.

The 4.99MW Parc Cynog Solar Farm in Wales is located on the site of an 11-turbine Vattenfall windfarm, which has been in operation for 14 years. Vattenfall said today it expects the new solar array to start generating power in March.

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The eco guide to booking a holiday | Lucy Siegle 10.1.2016 Guardian: Environment
Improvements in the travel industry are helping us all to be greener globetrotters Camping aside, vacationing used to be viewed as eco hooliganism by the green movement. But as the standards of eco tourism grow and our own sustainable infrastructure stagnates, it will soon be easier to be green abroad than at home. A holiday could be a chance to claw back credit from Mother Earth. To paraphrase the International Union for Conservation of Nature , eco tourism promotes conservation, has a low visitor impact and benefits people in the host country. Parts of the travel industry are improving. If the eco-friendly extent of a resort is just a “save water by not washing your towel” notice, you can do better. Bookdifferent.com gives you the carbon footprint for a night’s stay. Also look out for an EarthCheck rating (formerly known as the Green Globe ) which measures a hotel’s greenhouse gas emissions, energy efficiency and eco-system ...
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