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Fossil fuels offer ever poorer return on energy investment

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Fossil fuels come out on top when their energy return on energy investment (EROI) — the ratio of how much energy a source such as coal will produce compared to how much energy it takes to extract— is compared to renewables. But researchers from the University of Leeds, UK, say this is because historically EROIs have been measured at extraction. Taking into account the energy required to transform oil, coal and gas into finished fuels brings the ratios much closer and makes a strong case for rapidly stepping up investment in renewable energies, say the scientists.

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Coastal states must cooperate to support US offshore wind

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US states must do more than compete with each other for ocean energy power. They must cooperate to create a winning industry for the country, says the Leadership 100 Work Plan by the Business Network for Offshore Wind. This is because US states, which are independent in some ways from each other and from the federal government, often compete to be home to the nascent offshore wind supply chain. Cooperation between states is also key to developing the grid and transmission lines needed to support large offshore wind projects.

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Investors and pensions at risk from reduced fossil fuel shipping

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Fossil fuels make up over 40% of the annual cargo tonnage of all maritime trade. If the world changes its energy sources to reduce emissions in line with the Paris climate agreement, investors in shipping and ports will be exposed to substantial financial risks, says a study by Maritime Strategies International. If the average global temperature rise is limited to 1.5°C, the value of the world’s dry bulk ships will more than halve from $195 billion in 2018 to $90 billion by 2030 with significant implications for investment banks and major institutional investors.

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We face a fundamental change of the cost structure on the supply side and a need for a fundamental change.

Jochen Kreusel

- Market innovation manager in the power grids division at ABB Power

They [the European Commission] are looking at this stuff backwards. I still think they are convinced the short-term market model could work even though they are also starting to realise that you need something parallel, with long term price signals that give investors confidence to invest in infrastructure and allow them to see a decent market return.

Francesco Venturini

- Global head of renewables for Italian utility Enel

Despite tremendous cost decline of wind and solar technologies, electricity prices will probably remain too low to attract the level of investment needed.

Fatih Birol

- Executive director of the International Energy Agency

The greatest barrier to overcome is the integration of variable renewables into electricity systems. This will require developing power system flexibility and also a friendly deployment of variable renewables.

Fatih Birol

- Executive director of the International Energy Agency

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Fossil fuel subsidies must end for a clean energy transition to take root everywhere, insists Frank Rijsberman, head of the Global Green Growth Institute

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Fossil fuel subsidies must end for a clean energy transition to take root everywhere, insists Frank Rijsberman, head of the Global Green Growth Institute

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MethaneSAT, a subsidiary of the Environmental Defense Fund, is developing a satellite to locate and measure methane from oil and gas operations almost anywhere on Earth

Oil and gas methane emissions off track

As the International Energy Agency launches its Methane Portal, Poppy Kalesi, Director of Global Energy at the Environmental Defense Fund, calls on EU decision makers to make the most of all regulatory opportunities to force reductions in methane emissions

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Existing technological solutions can yield 10-20% in energy savings in district heating systems, cut peak loads by 20% and save up to 30% in maintenance costs

Digitalisation is revolutionising district energy

Revolution is a big word, but it is appropriate to describe what digitalisation will do for district energy in the years to come, says Anton Koller, Head of District Energy at Danfoss. It will make it more sustainable, more customer friendly and more competitive than ever — but we need to embrace and lead the change

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It is increasingly apparent that failing to support workers and communities on the losing side of the low-carbon transition will not only be unjust, it may derail the whole process. Decisions need to be made about where the money will come from to finance retraining for new jobs and provide social safety nets while the transition takes place

Underwriting a just transition

The finance sector will play a crucial role in the clean energy transition and has a strong incentive to get involved

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American Green New Deal faces gridlock

Political and physical barriers will make it difficult for US Democrats to turn proposals for a Green New Deal in to reality

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Opinion

Global investment in offshore wind could blow up a storm

Investor interest in offshore wind is picking up speed worldwide thanks to plummeting costs and technology improvements, says Miles Huq, Transactions Advisory Services Leader at EY Global Power & Utilities. He has advice to those looking to place their money in the sector, which has big potential to help countries meet energy transition goals

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