[GWSG] C bubble; 5% cut; system threats; sensitivity; <$.05/watt; smart rooftop solar; smart German utilities

Tilley, Al atilley at unf.edu
Wed Mar 12 09:15:20 EDT 2014

1.  A report from the British Parliament urges the government to take the carbon bubble into account in estimations of financial stability and in the reports required of companies.  http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/mar/06/carbon-bubble-threat-uk-economy-fossil-fuels-mps   More discussion of the carbon bubble from the Guardian: “Will fossil fuels melt the global economy?”  http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/mar/06/could-fossil-fuels-melt-the-global-economy-carbon-bubble

2.  Implementation of the Montreal Protocol for synthetic greenhouse gasses could cut their warming effect 26% by 2050.  That’s about 5% of total warming.  http://www.sciencemag.org/content/343/6175/1059.2.short

3.  A pair of US government reports warn of “cascading system failures” in energy supply and infrastructure from climate change in the next few decades.  The general Climate Assessment is due out next month.  http://grist.org/climate-energy/new-report-warns-of-cascading-system-failure-caused-by-climate-change/?utm_source=syndication&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=feed

4.  Historical indications are that the earth’s sensitivity to carbon heating is at the high end of earlier estimates.  NewScientist supplies a patient (and general) explanation.  http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn25187-how-much-hotter-is-the-planet-going-to-get.html?cmpid=RSS%7CNSNS%7C2012-GLOBAL%7Cclimate-change#.Ux3NjE2Ya70
A study in Nature finds that aerosol forcing slightly offsets carbon warming, but the effect disappears by midcentury.  http://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2014/mar/11/climate-change-sensitivity-shindell

5.  Austin, TX, is in the process of signing a power purchase agreement with SunEdison for 150 mw of solar supply for under $.05 a kilowatt-hour.  http://www.mystatesman.com/news/news/austin-energy-close-to-signing-cheapest-solar-powe/nd8BF/   The article naively assumes that industrial batteries to bridge supply and usage fluctuations are not yet invented.  AES claims to be underselling natural gas as a bridge.  http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2014/03/11/aes-sells-batteries-replace-peak-power-plants?mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRolsqTLZKXonjHpfsX56%2BskXK%2B1lMI%2F0ER3fOvrPUfGjI4CS8JgI%2BSLDwEYGJlv6SgFSLHEMa5qw7gMXRQ%3D

6.  Tesla and SolarCity are combining to offer rooftop solar which is equipped to integrate into a smart grid.  http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/SolarCitys-Networked-Grid-Ready-Energy-Storage-Fleet?utm_source=Solar&utm_medium=Picture&utm_campaign=GTMDaily

7.  Four major German utilities are ceasing to resist decentralized, integrated solar power and are committing to the new shape of the energy market.  http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/SolarCitys-Networked-Grid-Ready-Energy-Storage-Fleet?utm_source=Solar&utm_medium=Picture&utm_campaign=GTMDaily
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