Existing Chinese coal plants running at 50% capacity and China aims to close 1000 coal plants this year, but some provinces are still building despite orders to stop

There have been mixed messages coming from China lately. The country’s carbon emissions may be declining more than a decade earlier than anticipated, thanks in part to reductions in coal power. And yet, China is planning 210 new coal-fired power plants despite existing overcapacity.  China’s National Energy Administration has ordered 13 provincial governments to stop approving new coal-fired power plants and ordered 15 provinces to halt …

20 MW PV plant connected to Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) took only 6-8 months to complete and all $30 million of project costs were provided by Chinese firm

Also, the country’s first commercial solar PV module manufacturing facility just opened up in the city of Kpone as well. The 30 MW facility will be supplying PV modules directly to the country’s internal marketplace. A 20 megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (PV) project developed by the Chinese firm Beijing Xiaocheng Company (a subsidiary of Beijing Fuxing Xiao-Cheng Electronic) was recently …

Super-charging real-time status and availability updates desirable to EV users on long trips

Supercharging status being added to the in-car display will alleviate some of these communication issue and provide a much-needed channel for real-time status and availability updates directly to customers. Kyle Field shares his story about Living Through A Tesla Supercharger System Failure, on Clean Technica: One of the strengths of Tesla that we share over and over again is the Supercharging …

Fossil fuels could be phased out worldwide in a decade, says new study

The worldwide reliance on burning fossil fuels to create energy could be phased out in a decade, according to an article published by a major energy think tank in the UK. Professor Benjamin Sovacool, Director of the Sussex Energy Group at the University of Sussex, believes that the next great energy revolution could take place in a fraction of the …

Wildfires starting earlier, burning longer, with climate change

A wildfire burned in an area northeast of Phoenix in March. Officials across the country say they are preparing for a difficult fire season this year. CreditHeber-Overgaard Fire District The first Alaska wildfire of 2016 broke out in late February, followed by a second there just eight days later. New Mexico has had 140 fires this year, double the number …

Largest US companies dodge taxes, increase inequality, according to report

With “a range of tricks, tools, and loopholes,” for tax avoidance, the 50 largest U.S. companies, including well-known names like Goldman Sachs, Verizon Communications, Apple, Coca-Cola, IBM, and Chevron, raked in $4 trillion in profits globally between 2008 and 2014, are contributing to inequality, the anti-poverty group said. The report, Broken at the Top (pdf), states that such tax dodging …

Climate change could aggravate water shortages in three-quarters of world’s small islands by 2050, researchers warn

Climbing sea levels bedevil low-lying islands. But a hotter planet brings a less obvious menace: drought. Three-quarters of the world’s small islands, home to 16 million people, are set to get more arid by mid-century, according to a study published in journal Nature Climate Change on Monday. Warmer temperatures will evaporate more water than they replenish in rainfall, the survey …

Rooftop panels could provide almost half US power, parking lots too

Rooftop panels could supply 40% of country’s power with open spaces such as parking lots offering further potential, study shows. Conservation magazinereports To take advantage of the sun’s energy to satisfy our ever-increasing need for electricity, Americans will have to take a fresh look at their roofs. A report by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) shows that if all …