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PwC UK Surveys CEOs on Climate Crisis, Business Threats (Int'l.)
PwC
Date: 2020-01-22
A recent PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) pole of more than 1,500 worldwide major corporate leaders has found that climate change concerns have "soared up the CEO agenda".

The survey found that 64 pct of CEOs in the UK believe climate change is a threat to their organization, with a quarter stating that they were "extremely concerned" about the issue -- tripling 2016 levels when just 7 pct of UK CEOs said they were extremely concerned.

On the up side, more than half of respondents agreed that climate change initiatives will lead to significant new product and service opportunities, while almost three-quarters of UK CEOs -- and a similar proportion of global CEOs -- believe their response to climate change initiatives will provide a public opinion advantage among key stakeholders. Even so, 54 pct of UK CEOs said they do not believe they are seeing changes in international policies that will mitigate climate change risks while 21 pct of UK CEOs believe they are seeing effective change in this area on the domestic front -- well below the global average of 36 pct. (Source: PwC, Various Media, BusinessGreen, 20 Jan., 2020) Contact: PwC, Emma Cox, UK Leader for Climate Change and Sustainability, +44 (0)20 7583 5000, +44 (0)20 7212 4652 - fax., www.pwc.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News limate Change,  PwC,  


Ca. Clean Power Alliance Eyes Solar-Energy Storage Site (Ind Report)
Clean Power Alliance
Date: 2019-10-04
In the Golden State, the Clean Power Alliance, the California government-run agency now responsible for supplying electricity to over 1 million homes and businesses in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, reports it is looking to Moorpark as the site of its first stand-alone battery solar energy storage facility. The exact location and developer of the facility have not been revealed.

If constructed, the energy storage facility would enable the Alliance comprising 29 cities and two counties, to distribute electricity during peak-demand times and reduce the need for natural gas at night or on cloudy days, according to CPA.

Required by state law to get 55 pct of their energy from renewable sources by 2025, all power companies in California are investing in solar storage. To date, CPA has executed three agreements, two for solar and one for hydroelectric. The projects, still under construction, are expected to go online between December 2020 and December 2022, according to CPA. (Source: Clean Power Alliance, Thousand Oaks Acorn, Oct., 2019) Contact: Clean Power Alliance, Ted Bardacke, Exec. Dir., www.cleanpoweralliance.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Power Alliance ,  Soar,  Energy Storage,  


Alaska's Temperature Soaring, Sea Ice Disappearing (Ind. Report)
Climate Change,NOAA
Date: 2019-08-19
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is reporting July, 2019 was Alaska's warmest month on record as well as the hottest month measured on Earth since records began in 1880.

The state's average temperature in July was 14.5 degrees -- 3 degrees above average and 0.4 higher than the previous warmest month of July 2004. Anchorage, the state's largest city, soared to 32.22 degrees for the first on the 4th of July, 2019.

As a sign of things to come, sea ice off Alaska's north and northwest shore and other Arctic regions retreated to the lowest level -- 7.6 million square kilometres -- ever recorded for July, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Centre at the University of Colorado. By way of comparison, the previous high sea ice loss was the size of South Carolina in July in 2012. (Source: NOAA, New Daily, AAP, 18 Aug., 2019) Contact: Alaska Division of Forestry, (907) 269-8463, Tim Mowry, forestry.alaska.gov; University of Alaska Fairbanks International Arctic Research Centre, Brian Brettschneider, Climate Researcher, (907) 474-2484, www.uaf-iarc.org; NOAA, Benjamin Friedman, (301) 713-1208, www.noaa.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  NOAA,  


China's Guizhou Province Claims Major Solar Installations (Int'l.)
Guizhou province
Date: 2019-08-05
The Chinese news agency Xinhua is reporting Southwest China's Guizhou Province (pop. 34.75 million) will complete and commission 63 photovoltaic (PV) projects totaling 3.6 million kilowatts of installed capacity this year -- 16 pct of the country's total solar capacity. The projects will be subsidized by the country, with a total subsidy of 450 million yuan ($64.85 million) U.S. dollars), which occupies about 26.5 percent of the country's total subsidies for such projects, according to the provincial energy bureau.

By the end of this June, Guizhou province had installed 28.25 million kilowatts of new and renewable energy, accounting for 45.6 percent of the province's installed capacity of electricity. (Source: Xinhua, Aug., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  China Soar,  


UK Waste Wood Biomass Demand Soars (Int'l. Report)
Wood Recyclers Association
Date: 2019-06-03
In the UK, the Wood Recyclers Association (WRA) is reporting the amount of processed waste wood in the UK being used in the biomass energy sector jumped by 24 pct to 2.1 million tonnes in 2018. But, less waste wood is arising overall with total volumes falling by 500,000 tonnes last year to 4.5 million tonnes.

The WRA data is seen as giving the clearest indication of the waste wood market as there is no government data and members of the Association represent more than 90% of the market. Total waste wood on the market fell by 500,000 tonnes in 2018, the WRA statistics show

The data shows that biomass for energy now accounts for more than 56 pct of the processed waste wood market usage, up from 46 pct in 2017. With the export market taking 8 pct of production primarily for biomass, the overall amount of waste wood going for burning in biomass plants now represents nearly two thirds of all waste wood processed in the UK. (Source: Wood Recyclers Association, Lets Recycle, June, 2019) Contact: Wood Recyclers Association, Jill Turner, +44 0 330 325 0490, director@woodrecyclers.org, www.woodrecyclers.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wood Recyclers Association,  Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  


Aussie PM Ditching Climate Change Target Legislation (Int'l)
Australia Climate Change
Date: 2018-09-10
In the Land Down Under, newly elected Liberal Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced the new government will not revive plans to embed carbon emissions targets in law, as promised by his Liberal predecessor Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Turnbull was ousted in a palace coup by his more conservative colleagues over support for the National Energy Guarantee (NEG).

Morrison noted the NEG's proposal to help the government meet its Paris Agreement pledge was "dead" and his government would focus instead on lowering soaring electricity prices.

Australia is considered one of the world's worst per capita greenhouse gas polluters, and is a heavy user of coal-fired power. Even so, Canberra indicated it would still work to reduce Australia's emissions despite a lack of legislation to enforce the Paris target.

The ruling Liberal-National coalition as well as previous Labor governments have struggled to introduce climate policies over the past decade amid political infighting and turbulence, especially during the term of Tony Abbott who is perhaps best remembered for his colourful declaration -- "Climate change is a load of CRAP." (Source: AFP, Australian, Economic Times, 9 Sept., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Australaia,  Climate Change,  


UK Climate Change Concerns, Temperatures Hit Record Levels (Int'l)
Climate Change
Date: 2018-09-07
In the UK, a recent poll by London-based Opinium Research has found 60 pct of British adults think recent heat waves have been made stronger and more prolonged by climate change while 30 pct claim they are "very concerned" about climate change and 42 pct said they are "fairly" concerned.

The soaring summer heat surpassed the record set in 1976 in England and daytime temperatures regularly rose above 30 degrees C across the country in June and July. Sweden recorded its hottest July in over 260 years.

The heatwave which enveloped northern Europe was made twice as likely due to the effects of climate change, according to an international team of scientists from the World Weather Attribution network. (Source: Opinium Research, The Independent, 3 Sept., 2018) Contact: Opinium Research, +44 (0) 20 7566 3190, www.opinium.co.uk; World Weather Attribution network, www.worldweatherattribution.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Climate Change,  


Environmentalists Seek Irish Peat-Fired Power Plant Closures (Int'l)
Bord na Mona
Date: 2018-08-15
Green News Ireland is reporting the National Resources Defence Council, the Southern Environmental Law Centre, and other US conservation and environmental groups have in an open letter to the Irish government, ESB and Dublin-based Bord na Mona voiced their concerns that plans for large-scale biomass burning at Ireland's peat-fired power stations are a serious threat to southern US forests.

Accordingly, the 30-some groups are calling on the Irish government to close its three peat-powered stations by 2020, to stop subsidizing co-firing with biomass and to refuse approval for ESB's forthcoming planning application to convert its two Midlands stations to co-firing with peat.

Both the ESB and state-owned Bord na Mona plan to co-fire with increasing amounts of woody biomass and to convert them to burn 100 pct biomass by 2030. The company, which currently imports woodchip from Africa, says it aims to phase out imported biomass over time in favor of indigenous sources.

The US groups claim there is "no realistic prospect" of Ireland producing enough biomass from domestic energy crops such as willow for industrial-scale burning at peat stations and that plantations in the US will be the "most likely biomass source" for co-firing and future full biomass conversions in Ireland.

Wood pellet exports to Europe soared from 530,000 tonnes in 2009 to 3.89 million tonnes in 2014, making the US the world's leading exporter. (Source: Green News Ireland, 14 Aug., 2018)Contact: Bord na Mona Plc, Mike Quinn, CEO, Patrick Madigan, Bioenergy Division, +353 45 439000, www.bordnamona.ie

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  Peat,  Bord na Mona ,  


"I did you a good favor for the farmers yesterday, right? We love the farmers. Right? (Notable Quote)
Trump,Ethanol
Date: 2018-06-08
On Wednesday in Washington, under pressure from US corn interests and farming state legislators, President Donald Trump abandoned an overhaul of biofuels policy aimed at reducing costs for the oil industry, sending US renewable fuel credit prices soaring more than 40 pct on Wednesday.

The White House had been poised to announce proposed changes to the US Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) this week after hosting months of difficult negotiations between representatives of Big Oil and Big Corn but delayed the announcement indefinitely. Even so, Trump brashly tried to sugar-coat defeat by exclaiming to his "base" -- "I did you a good favor for the farmers yesterday, right? We love the farmers. Right? (Source: devdiscourse, Various Media Sources, 6 June, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Ethanol,  Trump,  Biofuel,  


India's Solar Electric Power Generation Soars (Int'l. Report)
India, Solar
Date: 2017-05-31
In Mumbai, India's Central Electricity Authority (CEA) reports that electricity from solar jumped 81 pct year-over-year in fiscal year 2016-17. According to the CEA data, in FY 2016-17 solar contributed ~13.5 billion units of electricity -- an 81 pct rise from the ~7.4 billion units generated in FY 2015-16. Although Solar still accounts for slightly more than 1 pct of the country's total power generation it is still India's fastest-growing new power generation source.

Thermal is India's dominant source of power at 80.05 pct, followed by hydro at 9.85 pct, wind power generates 3.7 pct followed by nuclear nuclear at just over 3 pct. (Source: India Central Electricity Authority, May 29, 2017) Contact: India Central Electricity Authority, www.cea.nic.in

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  India Solar,  


Trump Tower High on Energy Inefficiency (Ind. Report)
Trump.Energy Efficiency
Date: 2017-04-12
According to a new report by ALIGN, NY, a not-for-profit coalition of labor and community organizations with an environmental bent, many buildings owned by Pres. Donald Trump and his "advisor at large" son-in-law Jared Kusher are among the least energy efficient buildings in the Big Apple.

The ALIGN report found that Trump International Hotel on Columbus Circle and Trump SoHo use more energy than 70 to 79 pct of large hotels in the city, while Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue uses more energy than 93 pct of the city's largest residential complexes. The Mayfair, a Trump hotel-to-condo conversion, consumes more energy than 98 pct of comparable multifamily buildings. The Kushner family–owned 666 Fifth Avenue uses more energy than 85 pct of large office buildings, the study noted.

The bulk of the city's carbon footprint stems from heating, cooling, and powering its soaring skyscrapers. While New York City has voluntary programs designed to reduce its emissions. According to ALIGN it's time to administer mandatory rules. (Source: ALIGN, Habitat, Daily News, 4 April, 2017) Contact: ALIGN NY, (212) 631-0886, contact@alignny.org, http://alignny.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Trump,  


SolAero Provides Solar Power for Solar-Soaring Project (Ind. Report)
SolAero Technologies
Date: 2017-03-22
Albuquerque-based SolAero Technologies Corp., a provider of solar cells, panels, and composite structural products for satellite and aerospace applications, is reporting delivery of its high performance, lightweight solar cell technology to the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) to power its Solar-Soaring UAV demo project.

SolAero's UAV-TJ high efficiency solar cells will convert solar radiation directly into electricity to provide power for extended duration flights, to charge the vehicles' batteries for overnight flight and to enable payloads that consume too much power for batteries alone.

SolAero's solar cells were integrated into flexible sheets and ultimately onto the vehicle carbon-fiber wing tips, which will generate approximately 40W of power. (Source: SolAero Technologies, PR, 21 Mar., 2017) Contact: SolAero Technologies, Brad Clevenger, CEO, (505) 559-2685, www.solaerotech.com; Naval Research Laboratory: www.nrl.navy.mil

More Low-Carbon Energy News SolAero Technologies ,  Solar,  


Aussie Power Prices Doubled with Axing of Carbon Tax (Int'l)
Australia Carbon Tax
Date: 2017-03-10
In the Land Down Under, an analysis by the University of Melbourne's Climate and Energy College reports that the average wholesale electricity price soared to $134 a megawatt hour in the summer just finished, compared with $65-$67 in the two summers the carbon price was in place. It nearly tripled in 12 months in Queensland and NSW, and doubled in South Australia. Only Victoria among eastern mainland states escaped.

The dramatic increase, which has been blamed on everything from soaring fuels prices to uncertainty over the fate of aging coal-fired power plants, fuelling mounting calls for a bipartisan energy plan and a return to some form of carbon trading -- carbon tax to limit future price rises, ct emissions and help Australia meet its international climate targets. (Source: University of Melbourne Climate and Energy College, The Australian, 9 Mar., 2017) Contact: University of Melbourne Climate and Energy College, +61 3 8344 4124, www.climate-energy-college.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News Australia Carbon Tax,  Carbon Tax,  

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