Top 4 stories
1) Asia: Clean energy outcompeting fossil fuels around the world, as China envisions cross-continental cooperation
The world is adding more renewable energy capacity than coal, gas and oil combined, according to new Bloomberg stats.
The shift happened in 2013 when 143GW of renewables was installed vs 141GW of fossil fuels, and that trend will accelerate in the years to come.
Meanwhile, India PM Modi has said his country, notorious for its pollution problems, will play a leading role in tackling climate change, but downplayed the need for emissions cuts, reports the Washington Post.
Though he pointed towards India’s increasing solar energy uptake, he suggested lifestyle changes including yoga (?) could make a difference.
China, which has a similar smog to India but is trying hard to change that fact, has urged for closer clean energy ties to the US (amongst other things), reports the Chinese press.
And there is pressure mounting on large Chinese companies to join a global initiative designed to help businesses adopt green energy, reports Business Green.
2) US: Despite shale fall, road to net exports inevitable
According to a new report from the Environment Information Agency, covered by the Wall Street Journal, the United States looks set to become a net exporter of energy as early as 2020.
The US oil’s output will peak that year at more than 10 million barrels a day, despite the oil-price driven decline of shale happening sooner than was expected.
Bloomberg reports that this month will mark the sector’s first monthly fall since 2013, when the US began weighing output.
Meanwhile, looking at another (more troubled) fossil fuel, Bloomberg has designed a cool interactive map that visualises coal plant retirements in the wake of Obama’s new emissions regulations.
3) UK: Bills, bills, bills
Analysts have told the Guardian that thousands of Britons will see their energy bills rise by an average of £90 at the end of the month, as their expiring tariff is rolled-over to a more expensive one.
If this bill increase served to combat climate change, however, around half of them would be alright with it. According to a survey from EY, covered by Business Green, half of Britons could stomach higher bills for a greener energy grid.
And remember that Gatwick oil find? Now the Telegraph says that it’s ‘wildly optimistic’.
Energydesk last week profiled the company behind the claims, the chairman of which is famous for his bluster.
4) Europe: Has the EU shale panel been taken over by shale sector?
Arthur Neslen from the Guardian has written two very interesting European-based stories.
First, environmental groups have walked out of an influential EU shale gas group, which they claim has been compromised by the fracking lobby.
Second, there’s backlash over Germany’s coal crackdown, which the industry claims will scupper the construction of more than half of country’s planned power plants.
And over on Reuters, Poland’s nuclear project has been pushed back two years.
In other news
Australia: Major energy companies see emissions rise 500% in last year, reports the Guardian.
Japan: A court has blocked the restart of two nuclear reactors, reports the New York Times.
Climate change: The Daily Mail asks if a new gas source will speed up global warming, whilst the Washington Post says the Pacific Ocean has been slowing down climate change – but may not able to any longer.