In response to US pulling out of Paris Agreement, US states, cities commit to protecting the environment and their citizens

In response to US pulling out of Paris Agreement, US states, cities commit to protecting the environment and their citizens
// Electrek


Hot on the heels of Donald Trump’s decision to bow to fossil fuel industry pressure and pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement against the wishes of the American people, three US states have announced a coalition to continue implementing the goals of the Paris Agreement.

California Governor Jerry Brown, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced the creation of the group called the “United States Climate Alliance” and the three states, which together represent a quarter of US GDP and more than 20% of the nation’s population (but only about 10% of its carbon emissions), are inviting other states to join them.

Update: 68 “Climate Mayors” representing 38 million Americans have also committed to upholding the goals of the Paris Agreement. These include the non-CA/NY mayors of Boston, Houston, Chicago, Seattle, Atlanta, and many other large cities. One notable city joining the pact is Pittsburgh – in Mr. Trump’s speech, he noted that he was elected to represent “the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.” Pittsburgh, however, apparently wishes to remain in the Agreement. Also, the governors of Massachusetts, Oregon, Colorado, Hawaii, Connecticut, Minnesota, Virginia and Rhode Island have all proclaimed continued support for the Agreement.



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UK Breaks Solar Record; Generates 24 Percent of Power from Solar

UK Breaks Solar Record; Generates 24 Percent of Power from Solar
// Renewable Energy World – Renewable Energy News, Jobs, Events …

On Friday, May 26, on what was expected to be one of the hottest days of the year, solar panels in the UK generated a record amount of power, enough to meet almost 25 percent of demand. This is according to data compiled by National Grid Plc and Sheffield University.

At noon London-time, 8.75 GW of power was being generated by the solar PV, breaking a previous record of 8.49 GW, overtaking nuclear power in the country.

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UK developers edging closer to subsidy-free solar | Solar Power Portal

UK developers edging closer to subsidy-free solar

Liam Stoker

UK solar developers are edging closer to deploying utility-scale solar without the need for subsidies, a panel of asset owners has said.

Debating the future for solar in the UK at this week’s Managing European Solar Assets conference, a host of developers and asset owners concluded that subsidy-free solar at scale was between 12 and 18 months from fruition in the UK market with Lee Moscovitch, partner at Greencoat Capital, insisting developments were approaching feasibility.

Sam Reynolds, investment director and head of energy investments at Octopus, the UK’s largest owner of solar assets, went one further and revealed that he had been approached by developers pitching subsidy-free assets.

Reynolds revealed that Octopus could not “get the numbers to work”, but revealed the company is currently building unsubsidised solar in Italy and remains confident the UK is not far behind.

With component costs continuing to exhibit sharp declines, Enerparc’s Stefan Muller said that it was down to investors and EPCs to find the right financing to enable subsidy-free developments, considering it to be the largest barrier remaining.

Muller added that some of the difficulty had been down to the challenges involved with banks or other lenders to forecast or hedge against power prices.

Since the closure of the Renewables Obligation scheme there has been no route to market for utility-scale solar projects in the UK, significantly impacting upon the size of the market and potential for further development.

Subsidy-free developments have therefore been of significant interest, with murmurings within the industry linking numerous developers with subsidy-free developments, and listing specific instances under which subsidy-free solar could be feasible.

However subsidy-free solar could in itself represent a challenge for the industry and asset owners in particular, as mentioned by an earlier panel at this week’s conference.


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