Guardian: Renewable Energy Made Up Half of World's New Power Plants in 2014
Renewable energy accounted for almost half of all new power plants in 2014, representing a “clear sign that an energy transition is underway,” according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).
Green energy is now the second-largest generator of electricity in the world, after coal, and is set to overtake the dirtiest fossil fuel in the early 2030s, according to the IEA’s World Energy Outlook 2015 report, published on Tuesday.
Financial Post: America Has Built the Equivalent of 10 Keystone Pipelines Since 2010
Between 2009 and 2013, more than 8,000 miles of oil transmission pipelines have been built in the U.S., Association of Oil Pipelines spokesperson John Stoody said, compared to the 875 miles TransCanada wants to lay in the states of Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska for its 830,000-bpd project. By last year, the U.S. had built 12,000 miles of pipe since 2010.
“That’s the point we make,” Stoody said. “While people have been debating Keystone in the U.S., we have actually built the equivalent of 10 Keystones. And no one’s complained or said anything.”
Reason: Will Climate Change Ruin Your Sex Life?
"Not tonight, dear. It's too damned hot." That's a phrase lovers are likely to hear more frequently as the climate warms, according to a new National Bureau of Economic Research study.
The paper's authors -- economists Alan Barreca of Tulane, Melanie Guldi of the University of Central Florida, and Olivier Deschenes of the University of California, Santa Barbara -- looked for a causal link between heat and coital frequency using U.S. seasonal and regional temperature and birth data. Their conclusion: If people are already hot and sweaty, they're less likely to want to get hot and sweaty.
Climate Progress: Investigation Finds World’s Largest Coal Company Misled Public On Climate Change
The world’s largest private coal company misled its investors and the public about the financial risks of climate change, New York state’s attorney general announced on Monday.
In a press release, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Peabody Energy violated New York laws prohibiting “false and misleading conduct” in public statements about its business. Specifically, Schneiderman found that Peabody failed to tell its investors about how regulations to fight climate change could hurt the coal industry. Instead, Peabody insisted it had no idea how climate regulations would affect its business, and provided its investors with “incomplete and one-sided discussions” of the future of coal in a climate-concerned world, Schneiderman said.
PV Tech: Canadian Solar Making Substantial Manufacturing Capacity Expansion in 2016
'Silicon Module Super League' member Canadian Solar is to allocate around US$401 million in capital expenditures through the end of 2016 to significantly increase in-house wafer, cell and module production capacity and locate new plants in multiple countries.
Canadian Solar said in an earnings call today that to meet "expected strong growth in global demand for solar modules in the quarters ahead," it would increase in-house wafer production from 400 MW to 1 GW by mid-2016, while solar cell capacity would be expanded from 2.5 GW currently to 3.4 GW by the end of 2016, a 900 MW increase.