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Renewable Energy

Postby BKKBILL » Fri Oct 17, 2014 4:52 pm

It’s not solar but renewable energy.

(Reuters) - Wind power is blowing gas and coal-fired turbines out of business in the Nordic countries, and the effects will be felt across the Baltic region as the renewable glut erodes utility margins for thermal power stations.
Fossil power plants in Finland and Denmark act as swing-producers, helping to meet demand when hydropower production in Norway and Sweden falls due to dry weather.
The arrival of wind power on a large scale has made this role less relevant and has pushed electricity prices down, eroding profitability of fossil power stations.


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Re: Renewable Energy

Postby BKKBILL » Sun Oct 19, 2014 12:40 pm

Japan eyes wind power to generate electricity

A HUGE amount of electricity supply was lost in Japan when the nuclear power plant at Fukushima was disabled by the devastating earthquake and tsunami in 2011, and compensating for such a loss has required original thinking.

An ingenious solution that is being pursued is to build a network of power-generating systems relying on a freely available source - wind power - in an operational area well within the vicinity, and using floating platforms, right off the coast.

This solution, which is being carried out in what is the world's first experimental project of its sort, requires not only a tremendous amount of effort, but is also a major technological challenge and involves a colossal amount of funding.

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http://www.nationmultimedia.com/technol ... 45372.html
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Re: Renewable Energy

Postby BKKBILL » Wed Apr 01, 2015 11:37 am

Canadian Renewable Energy Investment Up 8 Per Cent; 6th Highest In World

OTTAWA -- A United Nations-sponsored report says Canada remained among the top 10 countries in the world for investment in renewable energy last year.

The annual report released this morning found global investment in renewable energies, not including hydro-electric power, climbed 17 per cent in 2014 to around $270 billion.

The increase marked a global rebound after two years in which renewable energy investment shrank from its all-time high in 2011.

China was the clear colossus at the top of the renewable energy investment heap, with spending increasing 39 per cent over 2013 to a total of more than $83 billion.

The United States and Japan rounded out the top three -- each investing more than $35 billion -- while Canada placed sixth overall for the second year in a row, with investments of about $8 billion, up eight per cent over 2013.

The report found that, globally, solar and wind energy projects accounted for 92 per cent of all investment in renewables in 2014.
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Re: Renewable Energy

Postby MGV12 » Wed Apr 01, 2015 1:41 pm

BKKBILL wrote:Canadian Renewable Energy Investment Up 8 Per Cent; 6th Highest In World

OTTAWA -- A United Nations-sponsored report says Canada remained among the top 10 countries in the world for investment in renewable energy last year.

The annual report released this morning found global investment in renewable energies, not including hydro-electric power, climbed 17 per cent in 2014 to around $270 billion.

The increase marked a global rebound after two years in which renewable energy investment shrank from its all-time high in 2011.

China was the clear colossus at the top of the renewable energy investment heap, with spending increasing 39 per cent over 2013 to a total of more than $83 billion.

The United States and Japan rounded out the top three -- each investing more than $35 billion -- while Canada placed sixth overall for the second year in a row, with investments of about $8 billion, up eight per cent over 2013.

The report found that, globally, solar and wind energy projects accounted for 92 per cent of all investment in renewables in 2014.


Wot ... no link to the source?

Usual story that hoards of 'journalists' cut & paste to fill 'column inches' but none bother to look up from whence the info they post/print came :roll:

Not exactly hard to find http://fs-unep-centre.org/

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Re: Renewable Energy

Postby Roger Ramjet » Wed Apr 01, 2015 3:52 pm

I think this is a better link that gives actual data according to date: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_co ... le_sources
I see many countries have only given data till the year 2011.
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Re: Renewable Energy

Postby MGV12 » Wed Apr 01, 2015 3:55 pm

Roger Ramjet wrote:I think this is a better link that gives actual data according to date: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_co ... le_sources
I see many countries have only given data till the year 2011.


A comprehensive list but doesn't cover the year in Bill's post ... 2014.

The link I posted was for the organisation that actually carried out the study.

Europe is picking up: http://www.carbonbrief.org/blog/2015/03 ... le-energy/

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Re: Renewable Energy

Postby Roger Ramjet » Wed Apr 01, 2015 4:25 pm

MGV12 wrote:A comprehensive list but doesn't cover the year in Bill's post ... 2014.

The link I posted was for the organisation that actually carried out the study.

What I noticed was the omission of capital outlay loss, alongside countries that have privatised all or most of their energy resources. It's a fine balancing act when governments sign agreements to privatise what should remain government capital outlay from taxpayers. Power lines, power grids, power pylons that have originally cost millions of tax payers funds are being "gifted" to private companies with certain monetary back gaurantees promised over a large number of years.
If governments were serious they would accept the loss on the fact they would gain in the end by clean air......but politicians being politicians and always talking about budgets and saving tax payers money cannot face the thought they made a bad decision in the first place, followed by another bad decision.
I pity all the countries that have privatised their infrastructure industries and are tied to those companies for years and years.
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Re: Renewable Energy

Postby BKKBILL » Wed Apr 01, 2015 8:50 pm

So sorry for the omission. I'm blaming it on gremlins. :mrgreen:

Now this is renewable energy so says the heading not including hydro-electric power something Canada has in abundance.

As RR commented selling infrastructure to cover unjustified spending is a no-win exercise that will soon be repeating itself with nothing else left to sell. Of course it's not about smarts it's about getting re-elected. The trough was tough enough to moziy up to the first time.

http://business.financialpost.com/news/ ... =abd4-0107
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Re: Renewable Energy

Postby Roger Ramjet » Wed Apr 01, 2015 9:18 pm

BKKBILL wrote:So sorry for the omission. I'm blaming it on gremlins.

As RR commented selling infrastructure to cover unjustified spending is a no-win exercise that will soon be repeating itself with nothing else left to sell. Of course it's not about smarts it's about getting re-elected. The trough was tough enough to moziy up to the first time.

http://business.financialpost.com/news/ ... =abd4-0107

Canada is going fine Bill considering its climate. I can never understand why governments outlay billions of dollars in infrastructure (all budgeted for from the tax payer), just to sell it for a loss to private industry. I think it's time they went back to school and learnt just what Macro and Micro Economics means. The tax payer doesn't mind shelving out his/her hard earned cash for a worthwhile project, but to sell it just when its started to pay back the huge outlay is ludicrous, and to write guarantees on income to private enterprise is nothing short of acting like the US Federal Reserve printing its own money so they can get more interest off it.
If governments can't come up with ways to finance large infrastructure projects other than to raise taxes, or introduce new ones each time then the planet is doomed.
Can you imagine the Australian Government selling off the Sydney Harbour Bridge, they would have public hangings in the street. It's also a little like selling the Sydney Opera House to private enterprise.....yet the government never put in one penny, the whole thing was financed by the Sydney Opera House Lottery.
It's a bit like cancelling the Canadian Railways because they cost a lot to maintain and only service a few people. Perhaps one day we will learn all about those "special" taxes and just where they went, if not to the right people.
Now a solar train, that would be interesting, especially with all that daylight.
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Re: Renewable Energy

Postby BKKBILL » Wed Apr 01, 2015 10:14 pm

Too late for CN (Canadian National RR) they sold that one in 1995, in 2011 Bill Gates became the largest single shareholder.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_National_Railway

Now CP (Canadian Pacific Railway) became public in 2001.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_Pacific_Railway

Air Canada the worlds ninth-largest passenger airline by fleet size well that was privatized in 1988.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_Canada

Now about that bridge………

Wot ... no link to the source?

MGV12 please note sources intact. :mrgreen:
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Re: Renewable Energy

Postby BKKBILL » Wed Apr 01, 2015 10:44 pm

Speaking of bridges…..

Don't we own the Bridge yet?

IT remains one of the biggest mysteries for taxpayers across NSW; why are we still paying tolls on the Sydney Harbour Bridge?

Isn't it paid off? And the simple answer is, yes - of course it's paid off.

The original £9.6 million cost of the magnificent harbour crossing was in fact paid off 7399 days ago by the government of then NSW Premier Nick Greiner.

It's no wonder, then, that the defiant shift this week by Sydney motorists during peak hour to Victoria Rd suggests there's a growing belief among taxpayers that they are being robbed - and that people are sick of it.

Motorists are voting with their pedals, so to speak, and a quick glance through the history books proves their attitude is perfectly reasonable. The cash-strapped State Government's move to shift the Harbour Bridge to cashless tolling, which took effect from last Sunday, comes just weeks before the peak-period tolls are increased to $4 a trip.

For the rest of this cash cow…..

https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j ... 3INdY63pYA
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Re: Renewable Energy

Postby Roger Ramjet » Thu Apr 02, 2015 7:57 am

BKKBILL wrote:Don't we own the Bridge yet?

Totally correct Bill, however Jack Lang did not open the bridge:
There were few complaints from motorists when "our" Harbour Bridge was opened by Labor Premier Jack Lang on March 19, 1932. The tolls would generate a significant bucket of revenue in order to pay back the risky chunk of cash that had been spent on getting the momentous job done.
From Wiki However, just as Lang was about to cut the ribbon, a man in military uniform rode up on a horse, slashing the ribbon with his sword and opening the Sydney Harbour Bridge in the name of the people of New South Wales before the official ceremony began. He was promptly arrested.
I can never understand why Australians put up with the crap they do from politicians. The ABC (Australian Broadcasting Commission) started a campaign called "Fact Check" a couple of years ago just to keep the current and incumbent politicians honest. They were immediately threatened with a huge budget cut, but still kept up the good work. The problem is Australians are either for or against, with no middle ground.
Actually the Sydney Harbour Bridge is nearly self sufficient. When it became a tourist attraction the revenue alone paid for maintenance and employees salaries, but heaven help the politician who reveals that, or the fact that cruise ship docking fees (next to the bridge) more than cover the maintenance.
So just where does all that unaccounted for money go? It certainly doesn't go to people who have lost everything in bush fires, cyclones, droughts etc etc. The problem is the public service have become fiefdoms and forgotten about their civic duty as public servants..... but there are still the whistle blowers who reveal all the rorts, deals and bad practices through becoming "deep throats" and the press have the courage to print most of it. But mostly it boils down to bad management, old boy networks, committees and the usual 101 ways Australians think of screwing themselves into paying more taxes. :lol:
I had two amusing times on the "Coathanger" the first with a Leopard Tank under escort when the toll booth collector demanded "someone" pay the toll or he would call the police. The second time when a toll booth collector demanded/wanted to let all the prisoners out of an armoured Prison van, so he could count them and decide on the appropriate charge. Both were stupid really as they had a special lane for official government vehicles that took a photo of the licence plate and automatically sent the bill to the appropriate department. And they wondered why they copped so much abuse. :D
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Re: Renewable Energy

Postby BKKBILL » Sat Apr 18, 2015 2:12 pm

How about 1.3 million solar panels and 102 megawatts of power

Australia's biggest solar farm opens at Nyngan, western NSW

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-18/n ... ia/6402112
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