Bloomberg New Energy Finance: The Future of Energy APAC Summit

In November, Bloomberg New Energy Finance held its first APAC Summit on the future of energy, covering three main themes: trade, technology, and the transition to a lower-carbon energy system. It was attended by industry, finance and policy thought-leaders, with Collective Responsibility having the opportunity to participate. Here are some of the insights from the first day: China’s new normal:…

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China’s Influence on the Economics of Cleantech

While the traditional focus of discussions surrounding cleantech uptake have been largely market driven. That, for renewable energies to compete with fossil fuels, the price per KwH had to be below the going rate for fossil, regardless of what the negative economic, environmental, or political externalities were.   It was what seemed to me an unreasonable hurdle, see Should Cleantech be Socialized…

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Understanding China’s Position on Climate Change, and Repositioning Global Discussions

Regardless of whether you believe COP15 still has hope, or is a predetermined failure, the fact is that in about 3 weeks a large number of scientists, environmentalists, policy makers, and cleantech funds are going to be in Copenhagen... and the world will be watching. Even prior to the recent announcements from Singapore though, many had already begun gaming the outcomes, and hyping the need for…

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Chinese Cleantech Firms Opening Shop in US. Smart

With last week's congressional fireworks display over the fact that a Chinese firm was going to be receiving TARP money to install the largest wind farm in Texas, and be reaping the majority of the jobs in the deal, it should come as no surprise that Chinese firms are now announcing investments in the US. Chinese wind turbine firm plans U.S. plant China's A-Power Energy Generation Systems has sig…

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Tianjin Staging Up for Cleantech

Tianjin's Economic Development Zone (TEDA) has been one of the premier investment zones in China, and keeping in mind their proximity to the new Singapore invested ecocity, it should come as no surprise that this would lead to some very large cleantech projects for TEDA. Here are three that they recently reported out as part of their monthly newsletter 1) THE LARGEST INTEGRATED WIND ENERGY EQUIP…

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Will Old School Economic Policies Get be a Hurdle to Green Technologies

One of the subjects that I have grown more interested in, and worried by, is the fact that while developing sustainable economic and environmental models are in everyone's best interests there are those who wish to look at things in a different light. That, rather that developing technologies with a priority of solving environmental failures on a global level, there are those who are still focuse…

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Help Bring Solar Energy to Qinghai

A friend from the Qinghai organization Friendship Charity Association has sent me a proposal to bring solar electricty to 400 people in Qinghai. PROJECT PURPOSE/GOAL This Solar electricity generating panel project would provide a reliable source of electricity for Tsanak Tibetan villagers and solve problems as follows: Local villagers, especially the local women and girls, have to complete loa…

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Shanghai to Add 254,000 kw of Wind Power

With the World Expo less than a year away, Shanghai has now begun the process of topping off its green goals by installing 34 wind turbines 92 meters high near the Shanghai East China Sea Bridge. The first of a number of planned wind farms, the article states that a total of capactiy 293,000 kw will eventually be online, 1.5% of Shanghai supply. More interesting though is the fact that the art…

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