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New pipeline policy could solve Keystone XL problems

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Which are the most dangerous pipelines?

It’s an easy answer. Old pipelines.

Oil companies don’t advertise the first 15 years as the safest pipeline years.

All bets are off after 30 years. And almost every pipeline spill in North America shows a pipeline well past 30 years of age.

“One of the biggest problems contributing to leaks and ruptures is pretty simple: pipelines are getting older. More than half of the nation’s pipelines are at least 50 years old.” — How Safe are America’s 2.5 Million Miles of Pipelines? — published by propbulica.org

The average age of North America’s petroleum pipelines is getting older all the time (as there are few new pipelines are being built) so the existing pipeline network continues to age.

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India National Solar Mission

India | India To Expand National Solar Mission

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The Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi is planning to enhance the country’s ambitious National Solar Mission.

Currently, the ambitious mission entails installation of 20,000 MW of grid-connected and 2,000 MW of distributed solar power capacity by 2022.

The Modi government hopes to bring electrical power to 400 million citizens, who’ve never had electrical service in their regions.

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Water used by power plants

The Solar power / Water Nexus

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As water becomes scarce in some regions of the world, renewable energy steps in to dramatically lower water usage.

Water consumption differences between the different types of power plants vary widely.

So widely in fact, that water consumption is now becoming a major factor in what kind of power plant planners choose.

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Global Wind Power Capacity to Double by 2020

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Despite an overall slump in installations in 2013, the global cumulative wind power capacity will more than double from 319.6 Gigawatts (GW) at the end of 2013 to 678.5 GW by 2020, says research and consulting firm GlobalData.

The company’s latest report* states that China, the largest single wind power market, responsible for 45% of total global annual capacity additions in 2013, is expected to have a cumulative wind capacity of 239.7 GW by 2020. China overtook the US as the leading market for installations in 2010, when it added a massive 18.9 GW of wind capacity.

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Are Perovskites the Future of Solar PV?

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A new material has entered the emerging low-cost photovoltaics arena and is threatening to blow much of the existing competition away.

Power conversion efficiencies (how efficiently incident sunlight is converted to electrical power) in perovskite-based solar cells have increased from a starting point of 3.8% in 2009 to a staggering 19.3% by May 2014.

This breakthrough is a useful spark for the emerging PV field, and the excitement is widespread that the editors of the journal Science selected perovskite-based solar cells as runner-up for Breakthrough of the Year 2013, and the journal Nature highlighted these materials in their summary of what’s in store for science in 2014.

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US Electricity Sector Gets Downgrade From Barclays

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Barclays recently downgraded the U.S. electricity sector. That’s right, the whole sector.

It’s now listed as “underweight,” meaning that if you were to hold a full portfolio of bonds within the U.S. economy, you might want to be a bit light on U.S. electric utilities, as they might not keep up with the broader economic growth trends.

Why? One answer is the disruptive threat of solar-plus-battery systems.

Originally published on Rocky Mountain Institute. By James Mandel

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IRENA renewable energy

Doubling Renewable Energy will Save Money & Avoid Climate Catastrophe, says IRENA

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A 36% renewable energy in the global energy mix is possible, affordable and helps mitigate climate change

The world faces an important energy choice, according to a new report launched by the International Renewable Energy Agency in New York today. “REmap 2030” says that scaling-up renewable energy to 36% of the world’s total final energy consumption by 2030 is possible, affordable and will keep the world on a trajectory consistent with a CO2 level of 450 ppm, the widely accepted threshold to limit global temperature increase to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by 2100.

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ACORE The Outlook for Renewable Energy in America: 2014 (cover)

ACORE’s Outlook for Renewable Energy in America: 2014

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The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) today announced the release of The Outlook for Renewable Energy in America: 2014, jointly authored by U.S. renewable energy trade associations from the power, thermal, and fuel sectors.

The Outlook assesses the renewable energy marketplace and forecasts the future of each renewable energy technology sector, from the perspectives of each of the associations, and provides a list of policy recommendations by the respective associations that would encourage continued industry growth.

The full (and fascinating) report is available for download in PDF format within the article.

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