The World’s Renewable Energy Capacity Now Beats Out Coal | Co.Exist

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Renevables are already big players on energy market. When there is wind and sun, they can generate lots of energy – but not 24/7.

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  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Report: Carbon Emissions Flat in Last 3 Years
    http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/report-carbon-emissions-flat-years-43512932

    Worldwide emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide have flattened out in the past three years, a new study showed Monday, raising hopes that the world is nearing a turning point in the fight against climate change.

    However, the authors of the study cautioned it’s unclear whether the slowdown in CO2 emissions, mainly caused by declining coal use in China, is a permanent trend or a temporary blip.

    “It is far too early to proclaim we have reached a peak,” said co-author Glen Peters, a senior researcher at the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research in Oslo.

    The study, published in the journal Earth System Science Data, says global CO2 emissions from fossil fuels and industry is projected to grow by just 0.2 percent this year.

    That would mean emissions have leveled off at about 36 billion metric tons in the past three years even though the world economy has expanded, suggesting the historical bonds between economic gains and emissions growth may have been severed.

    The authors of the study attributed the slowdown mainly to a decrease in Chinese coal consumption since 2012. Coal is a major source of CO2 emissions.

    Chinese emissions were down 0.7 percent in 2015 and are projected to fall 0.5 percent in 2016

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  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    France To Shut Down All Coal-Fired Power Plants By 2023
    https://science.slashdot.org/story/16/11/17/2241245/france-to-shut-down-all-coal-fired-power-plants-by-2023?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Slashdot%2Fslashdot%2Fto+%28%28Title%29Slashdot+%28rdf%29%29

    French president Francois Hollande announced at an annual UN climate change conference on Wednesday that France will shut down all its coal-fired power plants by 2023. He also “vowed to beat by two years the UK’s commitment to stop using fossil fuels to generate power by 2025,”

    France to shut down all coal-fired power plants by 2023
    Two years before the UK has pledged to stop burning fossil fuels
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/france-close-coal-plants-shut-down-2023-global-warming-climate-change-a7422966.html

    France will shut down all its coal-fired power plants by 2023, president Francois Hollande has announced.

    Speaking at an annual UN climate change conference on Wednesday, Mr Hollande vowed to beat by two years the UK’s commitment to stop using fossil fuels to generate power by 2025.

    Mr Hollande, a keynote speaker at the event in Marrakech, Morocco, also praised his US counterpart Barack Obama for his work on climate change, and then appeared to snub president-elect Donald Trump.

    Mr Trump is reportedly seeking ways to withdraw from the Paris agreement, a global treaty to limit climate change.

    “The role played by Barack Obama was crucial in achieving the Paris agreement,”

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  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Canada Plans To Phase Out Coal-Powered Electricity By 2030
    https://hardware.slashdot.org/story/16/11/21/2345224/canada-plans-to-phase-out-coal-powered-electricity-by-2030?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Slashdot%2Fslashdot%2Fto+%28%28Title%29Slashdot+%28rdf%29%29

    Last week, French president Francois Hollande announced that France will shut down all its coal-fired power plants by 2023. This week, Canada’s environment minister, Kathleen McKenna, announced that Canada plans to phase out its use of coal-fired electricity by 2030. The Guardian reports:

    “[McKenna] said the goal is to make sure 90% of Canada’s electricity comes from sustainable sources by that time — up from 80% today.”

    Canada plans to phase out coal-powered electricity by 2030
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/21/canada-coal-electricity-phase-out-2030

    Environment minister’s goal to make 90% of Canada’s electricity come from sustainable sources starkly contrasts Trump’s pledge to revive US coal industry

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  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    China To Build a Solar Plant In Chernobyl’s Exclusion Zone
    https://hardware.slashdot.org/story/16/11/21/201259/china-to-build-a-solar-plant-in-chernobyls-exclusion-zone

    Two Chinese firms plan to build a solar power plant in the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, which has been off limits since a devastating explosion contaminated the region with deadly radiation in 1986. GCL System Integration Technology (GCL-SI), a subsidiary of the GCL Group, said it would cooperate with China National Complete Engineering Corp (CCEC) on the project in Ukraine, with construction expected to start next year.

    Chinese solar firm to build plant in Chernobyl exclusion zone
    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-solar-chernobyl-idUSKBN13G0DM

    “There will be remarkable social benefits and economic ones as we try to renovate the once damaged area with green and renewable energy,” Shu Hua, the chairman of GCL-SI, said in a press release.

    The 1-gigawatt plant was part of the group’s plan to build an international presence, he added.

    “Ukraine has passed a law allowing the site to be developed for agriculture and other things, so that means (the radiation) is under control,”

    In a bid to protect farms from urban encroachment, China has been trying to encourage the use of damaged or contaminated land for solar and wind power projects, with plants now operating in subsidence-hit regions of Shanxi, the country’s top coal province.

    China is the world’s biggest solar power generator, with 43 gigawatts of capacity by the end of last year. It is also the world’s top manufacturer, producing 72 percent of global solar power components in 2015, according to a research note by Everbright Securities last week.

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  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    6 Major Countries Have Recently Announced Plans To Phase-Out All Coal-Fired Power Plants
    https://hardware.slashdot.org/story/16/11/25/2358250/6-major-countries-have-recently-announced-plans-to-phase-out-all-coal-fired-power-plants

    At least 6 major countries, including Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and Finland, have all recently — several within the past few weeks — announced the imminent phase-out of all coal-fired power plants. Electrek reports

    6 major countries have recently announced imminent phase-out of all coal-fired power plants
    https://electrek.co/2016/11/25/6-major-countries-phase-out-coal/

    As of late, the idea of getting rid of coal in their own national electricity grid has become a popular one among several major nations across the world. At 6 least major countries, including Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and now Finland, have all recently announced the imminent phase-out of all coal-fired power plants.

    Several of the announcement have been made just in the past few weeks since the Paris Agreement became effective earlier this month.

    Earlier this week, Canada, which has already significantly reduced its use of coal to about 7% of its energy generation, announced a phase of the resource by 2030. The country’s strong hydropower should keep dominating its energy generation, but the country has also been investing in wind and solar to make up the difference.

    A week before Canada’s announcement, France announced a more aggressive timeline of 2023 for its own phase-out of coal, but it should be more easily achievable since they have already reduced the use of coal to 3% of their electricity generation – thanks to a strong local nuclear industry.

    As of last week, Germany official approved its Climate Action Plan 2050, which technically includes a phase-out of at least half the coal-fired power plants by 2030 and the rest could follow by the end of the 2050 timeframe of the action plan.

    Finland is the latest country to join the group, but it also announced a more aggressive solution of simply banning entirely the use of coal to produce energy by 2030. The country gets about 12% of its electricity from coal, which it has to import.

    Who’s going to be next? It’s unlikely to be the US, which gets about 33% of its total electricity generation from coal.

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  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    World Energy Hits a Turning Point: Solar That’s Cheaper Than Wind
    https://hardware.slashdot.org/story/16/12/16/146231/world-energy-hits-a-turning-point-solar-thats-cheaper-than-wind

    A transformation is happening in global energy markets that’s worth noting as 2016 comes to an end: Solar power, for the first time, is becoming the cheapest form of new electricity.

    World Energy Hits a Turning Point: Solar That’s Cheaper Than Wind
    Emerging markets are leapfrogging the developed world thanks to cheap panels
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-12-15/world-energy-hits-a-turning-point-solar-that-s-cheaper-than-wind

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  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    China Cancels Over 100 Coal-Fired Power Plants
    https://science.slashdot.org/story/17/01/19/0120218/china-cancels-over-100-coal-fired-power-plants

    In an effort to improve air quality, the Chinese government has canceled over 100 coal-fired power plants in 11 provinces — totaling a combined installed capacity of more than 100 gigawatts. Reuters reports:

    In latest move, China halts over 100 coal power projects
    http://in.reuters.com/article/china-coal-idINKBN1511A2

    China’s energy regulator has ordered 11 provinces to stop more than 100 coal-fired power projects, with a combined installed capacity of more than 100 gigawatts, its latest dramatic step to curb the use of fossil fuels in the world’s top energy market.

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  8. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Tesla’s New Solar Energy Station On Kauai Will Power Hawaii At Night
    https://hardware.slashdot.org/story/17/03/08/2237204/teslas-new-solar-energy-station-on-kauai-will-power-hawaii-at-night?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Slashdot%2Fslashdot%2Fto+%28%28Title%29Slashdot+%28rdf%29%29

    The Kapaia project is a combination 13MW SolarCity solar farm and 53MWh Tesla Powerpack station on the island of Kauai. In partnership with the KIUC (Kauai Island Utility Cooperative) the project will store the sun’s energy during the day and release it at night. The station (along with Kauai’s other renewable resource solutions including wind and biomass) won’t completely keep the island from using fossil fuels but it will temper the need. In addition to using Tesla’s station to battle the island’s incredibly high electric bills, it’s also part of a long-term Hawaii-state plan to be completely powered by renewable energy sources by 2045.

    Tesla’s new solar energy station will power Hawaii at night
    Energy generated during the day will power Kauai when the sun goes down.
    https://www.engadget.com/2017/03/08/teslas-new-solar-energy-station-will-power-hawaii-at-night/

    Renewable energy supplies are great because they produce power without filling the air with pollution. Yet, once the sun goes down solar panels become pretty useless. But Tesla and Hawaii have a solution that’ll use the sun’s rays both day and night using Powerpacks built at the Gigafactory.

    The Kapaia project is a combination 13MW SolarCity solar farm and 53MWh Tesla Powerpack station on the island of Kauai. In partnership with the KIUC (Kauai Island Utility Cooperative) the project will store the sun’s energy during the day and release it at night. The station (along with Kauai’s other renewable resource solutions including wind and biomass) won’t completely keep the island from using fossil fuels but it will temper the need.

    In addition to using Tesla’s station to battle the island’s incredibly high electric bills, it’s also part of a long-term Hawaii-state plan to be completely powered by renewable energy sources by 2045.

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