Gov. David Ige on Monday signed into law four energy bills, including one that strengthens Hawaii’s commitment to clean energy by directing the state’s utilities to generate 100 percent of their electricity sales from renewable energy resources by 2045.
President Obama and leaders of the world’s seven largest economies called today for eliminating the use of fossil fuels by the end of the century. Emerging from two days of meetings in the Bavarian Alps, the Group of Seven (G-7) issued a sprawling communiqué vowing action on everything from terrorism to the conflict in Ukraine. The leaders threw their weight behind a new global climate accord expected to be signed in Paris in December and called for all countries to submit plans to cut carbon after 2020.
When leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy countries pledge to “decarbonize” the global economy, they’re talking about a shift so dramatic that one analyst described it as a new Apollo mission. Like putting a man on the moon, it would require overcoming major hurdles related to technology and money and the political will — so far in short supply — to make it happen. Despite gains by renewable energy sources in recent years, the world is still hooked on fossil fuels that are powering our homes and businesses and fueling our cars, trucks, airplanes and ships.
Donald Trump has lost a fresh legal challenge over an offshore wind farm near his golf resort in Aberdeenshire. The American billionaire wanted a judicial review into his claim that Scottish ministers acted illegally by approving the 11-turbine scheme in Aberdeen Bay. A previous application by Mr Trump had been dismissed.
Norway’s $890 billion government pension fund, considered the largest sovereign wealth fund in the world, will sell off many of its investments related to coal, making it the biggest institution yet to join a growing international movement to abandon at least some fossil fuel stocks. Parliament voted Friday to order the fund to shift its holdings out of billions of dollars of stock in companies whose businesses rely at least 30 percent on coal. A committee vote last week made Friday’s decision all but a formality; it will take effect next year.
But despite the time and money ALEC is pouring into fighting the transition to renewable energy, it seems that wind and solar have some powerful supporters, as well. Big businesses, including data services and clean energy developers, have paired with environmental advocates to stymie many of ALEC’s challenges. Last year, ALEC-affiliated legislators in Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, and Ohio proposed rolling back state RPSs. New Mexico and New Hampshire saw efforts, as well. Only the efforts in Ohio were successful, while Kansas reached a different agreement this year.
Energy is one of his hardest lifts. It’s an axiom in the industry that a new product can succeed only with the vast application of time and money. Otherlab is trying to hack both. On a shoestring annual budget of $12 million, it tries to accelerate the path to a product by making fewer mistakes. Griffith does this by applying extensive scientific rigor to his ideas, and by trying to create prototypes so good that fewer iterations are needed. In attempting to disrupt energy, one of the largest and slowest-moving industries on the planet, Griffith is fiercely committed to keeping Otherlab small, by spinning out its best ideas as fast as possible.
In more and more markets, renewables are competing on the grid with conventional generation or beating it. In 26 or so markets, and it’s growing quickly, renewables are competitive on the grid with any form of conventional generation. This is a game-changing event. For us, the issue no longer can we get to 20, 30 percent renewables. The issue is, what do we do when we get there? That’s going to require much more fundamental work on the transformation of power.
Siemens, the world’s largest maker of offshore wind turbines, has won an order from British utility Scottish Power to build more than 100 of the machines for the East Anglia One project, the first order for Siemens’ new UK factory in Hull. A source close to the deal said it was worth between 750 and 850 million pounds.
Iberdrola-owned Scottish Power plans to start building the 715-megawatt wind farm off the coast of Norfolk in 2017, with the turbines set for installation by 2019, the utility said.
The College World Series will be a little greener this year. The Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority, which operates TD Ameritrade Park, says it will buy renewable energy certificates from the Omaha Public Power District to offset electricity used during the 11-day event, which begins June 13.