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CO2 level crosses milestone at Hawaii site

Washington, May 2013

The amount of climate-warming carbon dioxide in the atmosphere topped 400 parts per million at a key observing station in Hawaii for the first time since measurement began in 1958, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said on Friday. To many scientists, crossing the 400 ppm threshold, which means that there are 400 molecules of carbon dioxide for every million molecules in the air, is a bit like the Dow Jones Industrial Average rising above 15,000 points.

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EU 2020 target unlikely to be met

London, May 2013

The continued slow pace of new investments in renewable energy around the world seen in Q1 this year, masks some strong signals of support according to the quarterly report from Rabobank. In the US, the role shale gas production will play in the energy mix may dominate the agenda of the new administration, but there remains a clear commitment to renewable projects.

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Moving the UK solar market past the ‘boom and bust’ stage

London, 6 May 2013

The UK solar PV market is making headlines again as its 500 MW of installed capacity accounted for 10% of the global installations in the first quarter of 2013. As a result, the UK market passed the 2 GigaWatt mark of cumulative installed solar capacity. 2012 hasn't been a bad year either. Government statistics confirm 779 MW of installed PV capacity in 2012. According to Solarbuzz, 11.3% of the UK’s electricity last year was generated from renewable energy sources.

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Strong growth for renewables expected: Report

London, 22 April 2013

New research by analysts at Bloomberg New Energy Finance show that annual investment in new renewable power capacity is set to rise by anywhere from two and a half times to more than four and a half times between now and 2030. The likeliest scenario implies a jump of 230%, to $630bn per year by 2030, driven by further improvements in the cost-competitiveness of wind and solar technologies relative to fossil fuel alternatives, as well as an increase in the roll-out of non-intermittent clean energy sources like hydro, geothermal and biomass.

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Who's Winning the Clean Energy Race? 2012 Edition

London, April 2013

The global clean energy sector is undergoing geographic and technological shifts as new markets emerge and renewable capacity grows, according to research released by The Pew Charitable Trusts. The sector demonstrated resilience in 2012, registering a record 88 gigawatts, or GW, of additional generating capacity, even though investment levels declined 11 percent, to $269 billion, from 2011. Among the Group of 20 nations, China reclaimed the top spot from the United States, attracting $65.1 billion, a 20 percent increase over 2011 and 30 percent of the total for the G-20.

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Vestas and GE neck-and-neck for lead in wind's record year

London, 18 April 2013

General Electric of the US and Vestas of Denmark were tied for pole position in the world wind market in 2012 - a record year that saw 48.4GW of new capacity installed. Research by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, published for clients today, finds that a surge of development activity in the US, where all projects had to be grid connected prior to year-end 2012 in order to qualify for its expiring tax credit, helped boost GE’s rankings, enabling it to catch up to established market leader Vestas. More than 96% of GE’s wind turbines commissioned in 2012 were in the US market.

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Implementation of large solar projects: DESERTEC

Hamburg, 17 April 2013

After several years of development, the DESERTEC Foundation has released a set of criteria that ensure the social and environmental responsibility of large solar projects in desert regions. With this step, the foundation offers practical measures to achieve one of the cornerstones of the DESERTEC Concept: ensuring through that local people benefit from the development of concrete renewable energy projects.

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Progress towards clean energy has stalled, IEA says

New Delhi, 17 April 2013

The rapid expansion of renewable technologies is one of the few bright spots in an otherwise bleak assessment of global progress towards low-carbon energy, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in an annual report to the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) here today.

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RGGI CO2 allowance market remains competitive

New York, 16 April 2013

No evidence of anti-competitive conduct has been found in the market for Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) CO2 allowances, according to the independent market monitor’s 2012 Annual Report on the Market for RGGI CO2 Allowances, released today. The independent market monitor, Potomac Economics, continues to find no material concerns regarding the auction process, barriers to participation in the auctions, competitiveness of the auction results, or in the competitiveness of the secondary market for RGGI allowances.

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Global biofuels production to reach 62 bn gallons by 2023

Boulder, April 2013

After more than a decade of healthy growth for conventional biofuels like ethanol and biodiesel, the next wave of advanced biofuels is nearing commercialization. The pool of commercially available biomass-derived fuels is expanding to include advanced fuels derived from non-food feedstocks and drop-in synthetic substitutes for gasoline, diesel, and kerosene-based jet fuel. According to a new report from Navigant Research, worldwide biofuels production will grow from 33.6 billion gallons per year (BGY) in 2013 to 61.6 BGY in 2023.

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