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Low prices raise concerns for China carbon market

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 09:39
Source: Climate Home - Seven pilot schemes are swamped with pollution permits, analysts say, boding ill for national roll-out of mammoth climate policy
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NATO: Green energy saves soldiers’ lives

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 09:39
Source: Climate Home - Smart grids, roll-up solar panels and wind offer safer forms of energy for troops in hostile environments, says world’s largest military alliance in annual report
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Fossil fuel campaign puts new target on Australia's insurers

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 09:39
Source: Sydney Morning Herald - Insurance companies are shaping as the next battlefront in the local fossil fuels divestment fight.
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Europe's recent summers were the 'warmest in 2,000 years'

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 09:39
Source: BBC - The past 30 years in Europe have likely been the warmest in more than two millennia, according to new research.
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Haunting Photos Show Effects Of Climate Change In Bangladesh

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 09:39
Source: Huffington Post - The number of climate change refugees in Bangladesh is expected to increase dramatically in the coming decades.
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Paris Agreement 'decisive turning point' on climate change, says new UN senior adviser

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 09:39
Source: UN News Centre - Less than two months after 196 parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) adopted the Paris Agreement, the global community is already seeing signs of it being a decisive turning point, according to a senior UN official dealing with climate issues.
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La France à l'aube de sa transition énergétique

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 09:39
Source: La Tribune - En France, la COP s'est déroulée quelques mois après la promulgation de la loi Royal pour la transition énergétique et la croissance verte, et en pleine élaboration de sa nouvelle programmation pluriannuelle de l'énergie (PPE).
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Iranian energy investment could take a while, IFC says

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 09:39
Source: The National - The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has started discussions with companies interested in investing in Iran, but it could take between six and nine months to materialise.
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Carbon tax proposed by environment panel to achieve Japan’s lofty emissions cut goal

UNFCCC headlines - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 09:39
Source: Japan Times - An Environment Ministry panel has reported in a recommendation that a carbon tax will be helpful in achieving the government’s 80 percent target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by 2050.
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The Private Finance Gap: Challenges and Opportunities

REEEP - Mon, 01/18/2016 - 08:50

At the Paris COP21, an expert panel including REEEP's Martin Hiller and Peter Storey of CTI-PFAN looked at the challemges and opportunities to scaling-up private financing for adaptation projects in the developing world. 

 

 

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DOE Announces New Projects to Modernize America’s Electric Grid

NREL - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 08:00
Today, U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced up to $220 million in new funding for a consortium of DOE national laboratories and partners to support critical research and development over the next three years to help modernize our nation’s electrical power grid. The secretary also announced the release of DOE’s comprehensive new Grid Modernization Multi-Year Program Plan (MYPP), a blueprint for the Department’s research, development, and demonstration agenda to enable a modernized grid. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will be strongly supporting this effort, bringing its unique array of experts and resources together to participate in 48 of the 88 awarded projects announced today.
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NREL Theorizes Defects Could Improve Solar Cells

NREL - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 08:00
Scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are studying what may seem paradoxical - certain defects in silicon solar cells may actually improve their performance.
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Renewable Energy used in State Renewable Portfolio Standards Yielded Sizable Benefits and Other Impacts in 2013

NREL - Wed, 01/06/2016 - 08:00
A new study by researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) estimates that $2.2 billion in benefits came from reduced greenhouse gas emissions and $5.2 billion from reductions in other air pollution, in mid-range estimates, for state renewable portfolio standard (RPS) policies operating in 2013. RPS policies require utilities or other electricity providers to meet a minimum portion of their load with eligible forms of renewable electricity.
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NREL and CSEM Jointly Set New Efficiency Record with Dual-Junction Solar Cell

NREL - Tue, 01/05/2016 - 08:00
Scientists at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and at the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM) have jointly set a new world record for converting non-concentrated (1-sun) sunlight into electricity using a dual-junction III-V/Si solar cell.
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NREL Research Advances Hydrogen Production Efforts

NREL - Mon, 12/21/2015 - 08:00
Researchers at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have made advances toward affordable photoelectrochemical (PEC) production of hydrogen.
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Rockefeller Foundation and REEEP to investigate lessons of mini-grid market development in India

REEEP - Mon, 12/14/2015 - 11:58

Since 2010, The Rockefeller Foundation has been working to expand access to electricity in India through a model utilising mini-grids for lighting and productive use. In 2014, The Rockefeller Foundation significantly intensified this work with a USD 75 million commitment as part of a new Smart Power for Rural Development Initiative (SPRD), which seeks to electrify 1,000 villages in India over the next several years. 

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A Metabolic Pathway in Cyanobacteria Could Yield Better Biofuels and Bioproducts from Photosynthesis

NREL - Fri, 12/11/2015 - 08:00
Scientists from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have discovered that a metabolic pathway previously only suggested to be functional in photosynthetic organisms is actually a major pathway and can enable efficient conversion of carbon dioxide to organic compounds.
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2014 Data Book Shows Increased Use of Renewable Electricity

NREL - Wed, 12/09/2015 - 08:00
The 2014 Renewable Energy Data Book shows that U.S. renewable electricity grew to 15.5 percent of total installed capacity and 13.5 percent of total electricity generation. Published annually by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on behalf of the Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the Data Book illustrates United States and global energy statistics, including renewable electricity generation, renewable energy development, clean energy investments, and technology-specific data and trends.
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NREL Research Advances Understanding of Photoelectrodes

NREL - Thu, 12/03/2015 - 08:00
Scientists at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed a new probe that could lead to a better photoelectrochemical cell.
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