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The Future of Japan’s Solar Industry Is Uncertain

The ECOreport Publishes Part Four of The Five Most Attractive Nations For Renewable Investments, The Future of Japan’s Solar Industry Is Uncertain

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1According to Amory Lovins, “Japan has twice the per-hectare high-quality renewable potential of North America, three times that of Europe, and nine times that of Germany.” Japan is currently #4 in the Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index (RECAI). There is a large untapped geothermal potential. By the end  of 2013 wind energy was feeding 2.6 GW to the grid, but the real leader of the renewable sector was solar. There was 13.5 GW of solar capacity. Now the future of Japan’s solar industry is uncertain.

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Energiewende Will Succeed

The ECOreport Part Three of the Five Most Attractive Nations for Renewable Investments, Energiewende Will Succeed

Bye Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1American critics of Energiewende regularly announce its approaching  demise.  A hypocritical article in the Wallstreet Journal announced that Germany will spend €1 trillion on its’ renewable energy experiment by 2040, without mentioning that a large portion of that money was for electric grid upgrades that would be needed anyway. Nor did the author disclose the fact an even larger sum (€90 billion a year) would have gone to fossil fuels. Similarly, Forbes mocked Germany’s slight rise in CO2 levels, without mentioning they are already 23% lower than the 1990 benchmark set by the Kyoto Accord. (The author’s country, the US, is still 5% above that target.) Their carping does not explain how Germany became Europe’s powerhouse and the fourth largest economy in the World. Nor does it do justice to the nation the  Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index (RECAI) ranks #3 for renewable investments. Energiewende will succeed because it is embraced by the German people.

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The Other Face of Chinese Development

The ECOreport publishes Part 2 of The 5 Most Attractive Nations for Renewable Investments: The Other Face of Chinese Development

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1There is no modern parallel for the pace of Chinese development. Economically speaking, China was a third world nation only decades ago. Now it has surpassed the US and enters 2015 as the World’s leading economy and biggest polluter. The other face of Chinese development is that it also leads the World in the development of renewable energy.

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The EV Tipping Point Will Arrive Quickly

An Interview With Fastned CEO Michiel Langezaal; Why The Mass Adoption Of EVs Is Inevitable 

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Though the Netherland’s EV sales are picking up, Fastned’s co- founder & CEO Michiel Langezaal does think they will reach  the national goal of 200,000 electric cars on the road by 2020. According to Michiel this number includes not only fully electric cars, but also the Hybrids.There are still parts of the country that are beyond the reach of EVs with a 100 kilometers per charge range. Around 85% of the population do not have their own parking spaces.  Yet Fastned’s co- founder & CEO Michiel Langezaal says the EV tipping point will arrive quickly.
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Free Markets Have To Be Achieved In A Fair Way

REC Group’s Arndt Lutz talks about US Tariffs

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Reactions to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s decision are mixed. Specific amounts vary, but many Chinese solar companies will be paying a 42.33% tariff on their exports to the US. The amounts for Taiwanese manufacturers are also hefty. SolarWorld and its allies applaud these measures as a means to reignite American manufacturing. The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) described this as “ill-advised and unprecedented” and believes it “will harm many and benefit few.” Arndt Lutz, Senior VP of REC Group and head of the company’s North American business, said that as a European company, REC believes in free trade , but free markets must be achieved in a fair way.

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Europe’s largest energy storage facility Is Now Online

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Europe’s largest energy storage facility is now online. Energy & Climate Change Minister Amber Rudd switched on the new UKPN SNS Facility in Leighton Buzzard yesterday. The fully automated 6MW/10MWh energy storage unit has commenced its trial run. As the existing infrastructure dates back to the 1970s, this facility represents an immediate +£6m savings over traditional network reinforcement methods such as transformers, cable and overhead lines. More important, this could be the beginning of a technology transition that research from Imperial College could save the UK £3bn a year by in the 2020s, based on the deployment of 2GW of energy storage.
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What Does The Solar Industry Think?

The US Department of Commerce’s Anti-Dumping Hearing

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The testimonies coming out of the anti-dumping hearings are horrendous, but what does the solar Industry think? Peter Varadi, who founded the first solar company back in 1974, questions why the US would provoke a trade war with China on the basis of a petition from maybe a half dozen companies. The Solar Energy Industries Association agrees.

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While Germany Explores Energy Storage Technologies at Breakneck Speeds, The US Isn’t Far Behind

Published on Renewable Energy World

Philip Hiersemenzel, spokesman for Younicos, stated that Germany could be using 60 percent renewables if the right storage tech were in place. Startling as this announcement seems, the US is not as far behind as people think.

By Roy Hales, Contributor

The U.S. is surging ahead in terms of adopting battery storage. In 2013-2014, U.S. companies installed, or were in the process of installing more than 300 MW of energy storage capacity. The largest is Southern California Edison’s Tehachapi Energy Storage Project. It is a 8-MW system capable of supplying 32 megawatt-hours of electricity to the grid.

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A longer version of this story was in the November/December 204 Renewable Energy World Magazine

E.ON will Focus on the New Energy World

Originally Published by Clean Technica

By Roy L Hales

If the stock market’s response is any indication, E.ON has the right idea. Shares are selling at a two year high. A little over two weeks ago the price was €12.948; yesterday’s closing sale was €15.055. On November 30, Germany’s largest utility announced that it will split into two parts. A new company will be formed to take over  conventional energy sources, allowing E.ON to focus on the new energy world.

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Time to get the Record about Germany’s Emissions Straight

World GHG Emissions are 61% over 1990 levels; Germany’s are 23% below

Originally Published on Clean Technica

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Maybe you remember the headlines about 2013. Merkel’s Green shift backfires as German pollution jumps“; “Germany now EU’s worst polluter as CO2 emissions rise.” It was the third year in a row CO2 levels rose. The critics howled that Energiewende was failing, but is that true? It’s time to get the record about Germany’s emissions straight

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