NewEnergyNews: QUICK NEWS, May17, 2016: Cruel April Was The Hottest Month By Record Margin; Big Solar Throws Its Weight Around In Maine; Big Oil Ready To Move On Ocean Wind

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    Tuesday, May 17, 2016

    QUICK NEWS, May17, 2016: Cruel April Was The Hottest Month By Record Margin; Big Solar Throws Its Weight Around In Maine; Big Oil Ready To Move On Ocean Wind

    Cruel April Was The Hottest Month Ever By Record Margin April breaks global temperature record, marking seven months of new highs; Latest monthly figures add to string of recent temperature records and all but assure 2016 will be hottest year on record

    Michael Slezak, 15 May 2016 (UK Guardian)

    “…[Chaucer’s ‘cruelest month’ of April was the hottest on record globally this year] – and the seventh month in a row to have broken global temperature records…The latest figures smashed the previous record for April by the largest margin ever recorded…It makes three months in a row that the monthly record has been broken by the largest margin ever, and seven months in a row that are at least 1C above the 1951-80 mean for that month…[The string of record-smashing months has scientists talking about a climate emergency that] all but assures that 2016 will be the hottest year on record, and probably by the largest margin ever…[It] is being spurred by a massive El Niño…But it’s not the biggest El Niño on record and that spike in temperatures is occurring over a background of rapid global warming...wreaking havoc with ecosystems around the world…” click here for more

    Big Solar Throws Its Weight Around In Maine Big solar worked to kill Maine solar energy bill; Fearful that the bill would threaten their business model, national companies took steps that helped LePage and Republicans, at the expense of local solar installers and their Democratic allies.

    Tux Turkel, May 16, 2016 (Portland Press Herald)

    “The Maine lawmakers who last month defeated a landmark bill that would have expanded solar energy had unusual allies: national companies that are the country’s largest installers of rooftop solar panels…[Sunrun Inc. and SolarCity] hired lobbyists to fight the bill, donated money to political action committees that benefit the bill’s opponents and used social media to push an alternative measure that created a smokescreen for the bill’s detractors…The Maine solar bill would have replaced net metering with an innovative but untested alternative credit system that was crafted by a coalition of local solar installers, top Democrats, the state’s public advocate, utility companies and the state’s clean-energy and conservation groups…But the national solar installers, committed to the net metering system, [fought Maine’s alternative proposal because] they were afraid it would catch on in other states where net metering is also under fire…” click here for more

    Big Oil Ready To Move On Ocean Wind Oil and Gas Giants to Join Wind-Energy Battle, Says Dong CEO; Henrik Poulsen says companies such as Shell and Total are flooding the wind-energy industry with fresh competition

    Elina Williams, May 13, 2016 (Wall Street Journal)

    “The offshore wind-energy industry will soon be flooded by competition as big oil companies join utilities and small renewable players in the growing sector, said the chief executive of the world’s biggest offshore wind company, Dong Energy…Henrik Poulsen also said some new investment in offshore wind energy was coming from companies primarily associated with traditional oil and gas markets, like Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Eni SpA of Italy and Total SA France…Dong was once one of Europe’s most coal intensive utilities but the state-owned enterprise has steered its business away from coal and oil and gas extraction in the past decade toward offshore wind. The move has helped lift profits thanks to Europe’s significant wind power subsidies…[Dong] has a 26% share of the installed offshore wind-energy capacity in the world, more than twice as much as its nearest rival…” click here for more

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