1) Renewables cost decline indicated by CfD auction results
This morning the CfD auction announcement has been made. Here’s our story on Energydesk showing how the strike prices awarded to renewables firms are lower than expected in comparison to the draft strike prices set a few years ago – marking the first significant fall in UK large-scale commercial offshore wind costs.
Significantly, lower prices mean that two, not one, offshore wind projects can be funded totalling 1162MW.
2) Energy Union is go
We also have an analysis from Jonathan Gaventa of E3G explaining 10 things we’ve learnt from the documents on Europe’s Energy Union, released yesterday (We carried a story on the leaked documents the day before).
3) India air pollution worse than in China – and coal mining rights in the Mahan forest rescinded
Vox report on a study revealing that India’s air pollution – partly caused by burning coal – is so bad it’s reducing life expectancy by 3.2 years.
We recently reported on the fact Delhi’s school kids are breathing in dangerously polluted air in comparison to Beijing’s children.
Meanwhile, India’s Ministry of Environment has sought to remove two coal blocks in the forests near Mahan village from the coal block auction, and a third also in dense forests, according to the Economic Times. Apparently the government noted these forests should be “inviolate” in a document obtained by information request.
4) Keystone XL veto backlash
US president Obama did it. He vetoed the keystone XL pipeline. Now comes the pushback. The Economist describes Obama’s decision as “fuelling anger”, Forbes writes it’s an “economic and environmental no-brainer despite the veto”, and NPR reports on how GOP will try to override the veto.