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Outlook for Renewable Energy in America

Washington D.C., 31 March 2014

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.

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IPCC Fifth Assessment Report on Climate Change

London, 31 March 2014

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released the second installment of its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), on impacts and vulnerabilities.

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Global Ethanol production to rise ot over 90bn litres

Toronto, 27 March 2014

Today the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA), in cooperation with F.O. Licht, released its Global Annual Ethanol Production Forecast showing continued growth in the sector. The GRFA forecasts global fuel ethanol production to surpass 90 billion litres in 2014, peaking at 90.38 billion litres this year.

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Energy independence eclipses debate on 2030 targets in Europe

London, March 2014

The European Union sought to review its energy dependence on Russia following developments in Crimea, the UK Chancellor George Osborne froze the carbon price support rate at GBP 18 per tonne, and, earlier this week, a record USD 870m was mobilised from a dozen investors for the 300MW Lake Turkana wind plant in Kenya.

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UK emitters to pay much more for carbon ...

London, 24 March 2014

Chancellor George Osborne said in his 2014 Budget last week that the UK’s carbon price support rate would be capped at GBP 18 per tonne until 31 March 2019. The carbon price support is the amount levied on top of the EU emissions price – in other words, the premium that UK industrial companies and utilities pay for carbon above the price paid by their European neighbours.

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Rules pon Efficiency, Emissions to squeeze California Gas Demand

New York, March 2014

California may cut its transport fuel consumption by more than a billion gallons per year by 2020 as a result of policy initiatives and local support for electric and high-efficiency vehicles, according to research from Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

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Auction cuts breathe new life into EU ETS

London, 3 March 2014

The European Union’s Emissions Trading System has been widely criticised for failing to provide sufficient incentive to stop the region’s generators burning coal rather than gas or other cleaner fuels. However, from next Wednesday, the EU ETS is set to change radically, according to research company Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

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China's solar market outstrips expectations

Beijing, 23 January 2014

China’s solar developers installed a record 12GW of photovoltaic projects in 2013, and a booming market at the very end of the year may even have pushed installations up to 14GW.   No country has ever added more than 8GW of solar power in a single year prior to 2013, and China’s record outstripped even the most optimistic forecasts of 12 months ago.

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EU aims for 40% carbon reduction target

Oslo, 23 January 2014

The European Commission has presented a package of proposals designed to set the long-term framework for the EU’s climate and energy policy and boost carbon prices. The package includes a proposal for binding targets of a 40% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and a share of at least 27% of renewables in energy consumption by 2030. In addition, the Commission has put forward a legal proposal for a new market stability reserve to deal with the huge oversupply of allowances in the EU carbon market and ensure more stable carbon prices in the future.

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Carbon Markets value to rise again in 2014

London, 8 January 2014

The value of the global carbon market will reach EUR 46bn in 2014, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance forecasts. This will be up 15% from last year but leave it well below the historical high of EUR 98bn in 2011.

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