NewEnergyNews: QUICK NEWS, January 12: THE REAL CLIMATE CHANGE CHALLENGE IS ETHICAL; AMAZON ORDERS MORE WIND; THE NEXT YEAR IN SOLAR

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    Tuesday, January 12, 2016

    QUICK NEWS, January 12: THE REAL CLIMATE CHANGE CHALLENGE IS ETHICAL; AMAZON ORDERS MORE WIND; THE NEXT YEAR IN SOLAR

    THE REAL CLIMATE CHANGE CHALLENGE IS ETHICAL Why climate change is an ethical problem

    Stephen Gardiner, January 9, 2016 (Washington Post)

    “Climate change presents a severe ethical challenge, forcing us to confront difficult questions as individual moral agents, and even more so as members of larger political systems. It is genuinely global and seriously intergenerational, and crosses species boundaries. It also takes place in a setting where existing institutions and theories are weak, proving little ethical guidance…A central component of this perfect moral storm is the threat of a tyranny of the contemporary, a collective action problem in which earlier generations exploit the future…The real climate challenge is ethical, and ethical considerations of justice, rights, welfare, virtue, political legitimacy, community and humanity’s relationship to nature are at the heart of the policy decisions to be made. We do not “solve” the climate problem if we inflict catastrophe on future generations, or facilitate genocide against poor nations, or rapidly accelerate the pace of mass extinction. If public policy neglects such concerns, its account of the challenge we face is impoverished, and the associated solutions quickly become grossly inadequate…” click here for more

    AMAZON BUYS MORE WIND Amazon plans wind farm in Ohio to help power data centers

    January 10, 2016 (San Francisco Chronicle)

    “Amazon plans to develop a windfarm in northwest Ohio to help power a $1 billion project to build three data centers near Columbus for its web services subsidiary…[The 48 wind turbines] will generate up to 100 megawatts of electricity…[E]conomic development officials estimated that the wind farm would cost [the e-commerce retail giant] between $175 million and $200 million. Amazon hasn't set a start date for construction, but is pushing to have the site running by May 2017…[The wind farm would power three data centers will] provide cloud storage, database and analytic services through Amazon Web Services…[This] will be Amazon Web Services' third wind farm. The company has put a high emphasis on using electricity from renewable sources for its services…The company expects to surpass a goal of using 40 percent renewable energy globally by the end of the year…” click here for more

    THE NEXT YEAR IN SOLAR 5 Solar Energy Trends for 2016 in the Residential Market

    Sarah Lozanova, January 7, 2016 (Triple Pundit)

    The solar energy accounted for 32% of total new power generation in 2014, more than coal and wind energy though still less than natural gas. In just nine years, the installed cost of solar energy has fallen by more than 73%. In 2016, Vikram Aggarwal, founder and CEO of EnergySage, the Kayak of solar, expects [1] The unprecedented boom to continue, [2] Misinformation in the solar market to continue, with solar system owners saving a lot on utility bills, but the absence of this information limiting the marketplace, [3] a dizzying array of solar options in equipment, ownership and financing while solar installers continue to push one package and not be transparent about all the options, [4] Increased availability of solar financing options, making it much easier to obtain financing with low-interest loans at as little as no money down, and [5] solar homes continuing to generate an average 85% of their total demand from solar, and the average 7.9-kilowatt system saving roughly $2,000 on electricity costs each year. click here for more

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