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Jul 25, 2012

China drives 24% rise in new clean tech investment (Reuters)

July 11, 2012 * Global clean energy investment up 24 pct at $59.6 bln in Q2 * China investment surges 92 pct to $18.3 bln in Q2 LONDON, July 11 (Reuters) - China was the main contributor to a 24 percent rise in new global investment in clean energy in the second quarter as large Chinese solar and wind projects raised millions of dollars of finance, said research firm Bloomberg New Energy Finance. New global clean energy investment totalled $59.6 billion in the second quarter of this year, up 24 percent from the previous quarter but still 18 percent below the near-record high of $72.5 billion in the second quarter of 2011, the company said in a report on Wednesday.
Jul 25, 2012

New Report: Building Energy Efficiency Policies in China (GBPN)

July 3, 2012 The Global Building Performance Network (GBPN), in partnership with the China Sustainable Energy Program (CSEP) and the American Council for an Energy-Efficiency Economy (ACEEE) has issued the first global report providing a comprehensive English summary of Chinese studies on building energy policies in China. The report contains key data and insight for an international audience as it fills an important knowledge gap on Chinese building energy performance and the effectiveness of building energy policies. This will allow to determine the GHG abatement potential of the building sector taking into account Chinese expertise and to share international best practices.
Jun 26, 2012

Sustainability at Scale: Meeting China's Urban Design Challenge

Over the next 20 years, 300 million people will move from China's countryside into urban areas. Our 2011 annual report explores the race to reinvent cities as places that are world-class, livable, and healthy.
Jun 14, 2012

Energy Foundation Announces New Board Member

Kris Mayes, an Arizona law professor and Republican clean-energy leader, has joined the Energy Foundation Board of Directors. Mayes co-authored Arizona's Renewable Energy Standard and helped establish one of the most ambitious energy efficiency standards in the nation.
Jun 14, 2012

U.S. Clean Energy Policies Risk Losing Lead Over China (Bloomberg)

April 12, 2012 The U.S. government is creating a “boom and bust” in renewable energy investment that threatens to undermine its lead over China, the Pew Charitable Trusts said in a report. U.S. investment reached $48.1 billion in 2011, largely in wind and solar power, the Washington-based research group said last night in a report based on Bloomberg New Energy Finance data. Those funds trumped the $45.5 billion China allocated to renewables, for lead for the U.S. since 2008. The jump to the top of the G-20 ranking followed developers’ efforts to finish projects before incentives expire. With China taking on long-term renewable energy targets and an American tax-break for wind lapsing in 2012, the U.S. again risks losing its edge, said Phyllis Cuttino, Pew’s clean energy director.
Jun 14, 2012

Report: US Re-takes Lead In Clean Energy Race from China, But Not For Long (Forbes)

April 11, 2012 According to the just-released report “Who’s Winning the Clean Energy Race?” from the Pew Charitable Trusts, the United States invested the most in Clean Energy of any country in 2011, retaking the lead from China, which had held the top sport for the last two years. But the US’s resurgence is more likely to be a blip than a trend.
Jun 14, 2012

China's energy investment push only for the brave (Reuters)

May 27, 2012 Private investors with the money and technology to unlock China's vast pools of shale and coal seam gas will need strong stomachs to brave the unpredictable, unsupported and unregulated sector. China, the world's largest energy user, signaled last week it wanted to draw more private investment into its energy sector as part of a plan to fast-track infrastructure investment to shore up economic growth.
Jun 14, 2012

China rules US clean energy support improper (Businessweek)

May 24, 2012 China's Commerce Ministry issued a ruling Thursday that U.S. government support for six renewable energy projects violated free-trade rules, the latest volley in a widening conflict over clean power. The United States and China, the world's two biggest energy users, have pledged to work together to develop renewable sources. But they accuse each other of improperly subsidizing or protecting their manufacturers.
Jun 14, 2012

China topped USA in renewable energy investment in 2011 (USA Today)

June 11, 2012 GENEVA – Global investment in renewable energy reached a record $257 billion last year, with solar attracting more than half the total, according to a U.N. report released Monday.
Jun 14, 2012

Obama's Tariffs on China's Solar Products WIll Cost US (Bloomberg)

May 15, 2012 Simple economics holds that if you want to promote mass adoption of something, you have to make it affordable and available. This week, the Obama administration is poised to slap potentially hefty tariffs on imports of Chinese solar products, a move that will satisfy a protectionist urge but undercut the U.S. energy agenda. It’s no secret China is aggressively subsidizing its solar manufacturers, driving down prices for solar panels and components. Here’s the question: Is that a bad thing? One of the administration’s overarching goals -- and one we heartily endorse -- is fostering the adoption of clean, non- carbon-based energy, including solar. In a perfect world it should matter less where the technology comes from than whether affordable solar is enabling office buildings, universities and households to install the technology and cut down on fossil-fuel use. Slapping tariffs on the Chinese may make for good politics, but it will slow solar adoption and almost undoubtedly provoke retaliatory trade actions by a country with which the U.S., like it or not, is inextricably linked. It’s not lost on the Chinese that the U.S. has its own share of clean-energy subsidies. A better approach would be to try to negotiate a clean-energy trade agreement with China and other countries trying to promote renewables. Such an agreement would have to spell out the types and levels of allowable government assistance; restrict protectionist measures, such as requiring locally produced components and services; and be subject to dispute resolution by the World Trade Organization.
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