Five Stories: W.A. Minister of Energy Proposes a Coal-Free Future

Here are five stories recommended for today (9/2/2015)

  1. Renew Economy reveals a change in attitude for Energy Minister of Western Australia, Mike Nahan: “In a landmark speech this week, Energy Minister and state treasurer Mike Nahan said solar PV would meet the daytime electricity needs of WA within the next decade.”
  2. Greentech Media reports on India’s growing solar industry: “With the significant expected demand, a domestic content requirement of at least 5 gigawatts under the National Solar Mission, and the Indian market’s reliance predominantly on cell and module imports from China, the case for sizable Indian solar manufacturing is very strong.  JA Solar’s move toward construction shows an increasing willingness on the part of leading international suppliers to act upon this opportunity.”
  3. DeSmogBlog reveals the financial divergence between converting to clean energy and continuing with increasingly expensive “business as usual” attitudes: “Citibank has released a new report showing that taking action now against the growing threat of climate change would save an astonishing $1.8 trillion by the year 2040. Conversely, the report says that if no action is taken, the economy will lose as much as $44 trillion during that same time period.”
  4. The Washington Post depicts the future of Alaska, where the land and ice recede: “‘One new study estimates that Alaska’s glaciers alone lose about 75 gigatons — that’s 75 billion tons — of ice each year,’ Obama said.  ‘To put that in perspective, one scientist described a gigaton of ice as a block the size of the National Mall in Washington — from Congress all the way to the Lincoln Memorial, four times as tall as the Washington Monument,” Obama said.’”
  5. CleanTechnica reveals the truth about the impact of solar customers and net metering: “In addition to the more obvious solar benefits, such as avoided energy costs and reduced capital investment costs, the review also pointed to distributed solar as being important in grid resiliency and in helping to stabilize electricity prices by mitigating some of the fluctuation in fossil fuel prices, thereby reducing financial risks and saving money for all grid users.”