Fergus Ewing, Scottish Energy Minister, has called on the Tory UK government to ‘change course’ over its renewable policies have result in the UK crashing out of the World Top 10 list of most investor-attractive nations for investment in renewables. The EY Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index showed that the UK has slumped four places in the rankings – from 8th in June 2015 index to 13th in the latest report. In contrast, the Scottish Government is showing global leadership on the issue – with the confirmation in March that we have powered through our target of generating half of Scottish electricity consumption from renewables. “But if we are to meet our ambitious renewables and climate change targets we must go further – that’s why we will bring forward a new long term Scottish energy strategy to make electricity cleaner, affordable and more secure for consumers.
Scottish Energy News 11th May 2016 read more »
Almost everything you know about climate change solutions is outdated, for several reasons. First, climate science and climate politics have been moving unexpectedly quickly toward a broad consensus that we need to keep total human-caused global warming as far as possible below 2°C (3.6°F) — and ideally to no more than 1.5°C. This has truly revolutionary implications for climate solutions policy. Second, key climate solutions — renewables, efficiency, electric cars, and storage — have been advancing considerably faster than anyone expected, much faster than the academic literature anticipated. The synergistic effect of all these light-speed changes is only now beginning to become clear (see, for instance, my recent post, “Why the Renewables Revolution Is Now Unstoppable”. Third, the media and commentariat have simply not kept up with all these changes and their utterly game-changing implications. As a result we end up with recent articles in such prestige publications as Foreign Affairs and the New York Times that are literally out-of-date the instant they are published, as I’ll discuss below.
Climate Progress 10th May 2016 read more »