Todd Renard: Clean energy is investment for future

2014-04-16T00:15:00Z Todd Renard: Clean energy is investment for futureTodd Renard Holmen La Crosse Tribune
April 16, 2014 12:15 am  • 

An annual report tracking global investment in clean energy found for a second straight year that China has overtaken the United States as the leader.

The Pew Charitable Trusts recently released “Who’s Winning the Clean Energy Race?,” which found that clean energy investment worldwide declined 11 percent in 2013, and that the United States saw a 9 percent decline in investment to keep it firmly in second place.

Japan, the United Kingdom and the rest of the European Union round out the top five.

The dip in investment is not all bad news. With the cost of renewable energy in sharp decline, countries are able to invest more efficiently in new installations.

For example, Pew’s report points out that investment in solar fell by 23 percent in 2013, to $97.6 billion, but solar generating capacity skyrocketed. Last year, 40 gigawatts of solar capacity was installed across the globe. That’s more solar capacity installed last year than in all of the years between 2001 and 2011.

Pew’s report demonstrates that if the United States wants to maintain its status as a clean energy superpower, Congress and the administration must ensure a regulatory and tax climate that is competitive in the global marketplace.

Clean energy is a booming market for investors, with leading renewable energy stocks up 54 percent over the year. But beyond that, clean energy means more jobs than fossil fuel industries, it means energy security at home, and it means we take better care of our environment for future generations.

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  1. Truthsayer
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    Truthsayer - April 18, 2014 8:24 am
    Put a a bunch of solar panels on your rooftop and you will "enjoy" well over $58 month in energy savings.....money you can spend on an education, if you desire.
  2. Truthsayer
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    Truthsayer - April 18, 2014 8:22 am
    Wind and solar are only part of the green, renewable energy portfolio.

    There is Hydrogen, algae, wave and tide turbines, geothermal, and biogas to name a few. Just look to the Germans......follow their lead.

    And now our own US Naval Laboratory has just annouced the successful conversion of SEA WATER to a combustible fuel......go GOOGLE it and relish our ingenious and creative pioneering American spirit.
  3. Truthsayer
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    Truthsayer - April 18, 2014 8:15 am
    FACT CHECK TIME: The Department of Energy Loan Guarantee Program has an approximate 97% success rate. As of late July, 2012, Solyndra, Abound Solar and the handful of other DOE-backed renewable energy companies that went bankrupt represented total investments of less than 3% of the entire DOE portfolio.
  4. Redwall
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    Redwall - April 17, 2014 8:15 pm
    "Pew’s report demonstrates that if the United States wants to maintain its status as a clean energy superpower..."

    Second place is just fine, thank you.

    "Clean energy is a booming market for investors, with leading renewable energy stocks up 54 percent over the year."

    Actually, billions have been lost on these so-called investments (remember Solyndra and the long list that followed). Most of it taxpayer money thrown at ill conceived projects by The One.
  5. deezus
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    deezus - April 17, 2014 11:01 am
    Made up scenario? How do you expect passive renewable fuel to be utilized if not with batteries to store the energy? The sun doesn't shine on all solar cells 24/7, nor does wind blow on all wind turbines 24/7. You obviously have no idea how renewable energy works. Without energy storage, there is no renewable energy.
  6. Truthsayer
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    Truthsayer - April 17, 2014 9:36 am
    It is obvious you are attempting to opine on a subject you know nothing about......your "get off my lawn" logic is a pathetic reflection on the knee-jerk opposition the uneducated have towards issues and subjects they know nothing about. Hopefully YOU are not in any position of authority or decision-making.
  7. Truthsayer
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    Truthsayer - April 17, 2014 9:33 am
    You fit the Webster's definition of the word to a "T".....
  8. Truthsayer
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    Truthsayer - April 17, 2014 9:32 am
    Sorry deezus.....you are completely wrong. No forward thinking green energy syndicate or Nation is devising toxic batteries solutions....a bizarre made up scenario. Nice try.

    Instead, look for HYDROGEN, created thru the simple process of electrolysis as one of the pillars of the future clean energy paradise. US, Canadian, German and Japanese company's are all fine tuning solar and wind powered electrolysis 'stations' that use simple 'water' from a garden hose to create clean burning hydrogen gas. It's on the way. The only pollution from H2 combustion is STEAM.

    Even more exciting is recent developments from our own Naval Research Laboratories who have devised an electro chemical method for producing 'gasoline' from Seawater.

    Then there is the massive global focus on Algae to fuel technologies, something Nixon started in the 70's.

    Negative ninnies like yourself are funny and useless....
  9. geo
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    geo - April 17, 2014 7:13 am
    Unemployment in NJ 7.1%, NY 6.8%, CT 7.0%, MA 6.5%, VT 3.7% and WI 6.1%.
  10. geo
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    geo - April 17, 2014 6:49 am
    The Solar Foundation report for 2013t says New Jersey has 6,500 solar industry jobs, Massachusetts 6,400, Vermont 1,300, Connecticut 1,100 and Wisconsin 1,800. The majority of the jobs are in installation. I admit this is thousands of jobs but I will enjoy my $58.
  11. Melowese Richardson
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    Melowese Richardson - April 16, 2014 6:05 pm
    @Truthslayer "Your an ignoramous" Priceless...... Pot meet kettle, kettle this is pot.
  12. deezus
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    deezus - April 16, 2014 5:52 pm
    Renewable energy will not leave our planet any more usable and clean than fossil fuels.

    Non-renewable carbon producing fuel will be replaced by likewise non-renewable toxic chemicals that will be consumed in batteries to maintain a renewable energy grid. Less carbon, more toxic waste to store on/in our planet at a way larger scale than nuclear waste could ever become. It's actually pretty scary if you bother thinking about it. I don't expect you to though. Most greenthusiasts only see sunshine and rainbows in their plans for our energy future.
  13. Truthsayer
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    Truthsayer - April 16, 2014 4:52 pm
    Certainly the production of solar panels involves some carbon usage, but that is offset after a few years of the panels being employed. Solar panels do not emit toxins into the air like combustion engines, our Earth's crust doesn't have to be fracked, and crushed for their extraction. Compared to fossil fuels, solar panels are exponentially cleaner.

    And....the Germans, Japanese and Scandinavians are developing "clean energy: production methods that one day they will be 100% clean. There is a large percentage of inhabitants of this planet who prefer leaving our grand-kids something usable and clean and we'll do so with or without the narrow minded zombies.
  14. deezus
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    deezus - April 16, 2014 4:35 pm
    Clean energy is a myth. Renewable energy gets really dirty when you take into account all of the resources necessary to produce the mechanisms needed to harness, store, and distribute it.
  15. lookout
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    lookout - April 16, 2014 3:29 pm
    WOW! What was that I don't know what your talking about Molon
  16. Truthsayer
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    Truthsayer - April 16, 2014 2:09 pm
    Address New Jersey then....Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut....all of those States are crushing Wisconsin in Solar energy installations and production and each are creating thousands of great paying jobs in the process. Enjoy your $58 tax bribe...
  17. Truthsayer
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    Truthsayer - April 16, 2014 2:06 pm
    Your an ignoramus.....this has nothing to do with "surrender" and everything to do with independence. You are preaching the surrender to fossil fuels.....

    Only simpleton's amd intellectual lightweights bring up Gore when talking about Solar.....tell me why the US Dept. of Defense is solarizing all of their military bases, domestic and abroad, and developing alternatives to fossil fuels? Please stay out of the discussion if you are too stooopid to carry on a real discussion.
  18. Truthsayer
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    Truthsayer - April 16, 2014 2:02 pm
    What does your question mean? NY has big incentives for Solar, so does New Jersey , Connecticut , Mass. and Vermont and they are putting up Megawatts of stable, clean energy production and shutting down nuclear and coal production.

    I know very well about the economy of the Empire State and it is much more than Wall Street.

    Please tell me why most States have Solar power incentives and Wisconsin doesn't? Is it because our bought and paid for GOP whooores have a Koch habit?
  19. Truthsayer
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    Truthsayer - April 16, 2014 1:58 pm
    I don't get your silly question because you are not asking one.

    Solar works, it creates jobs and energy independence. Period. Germany grabbed 40% of their electric production from the Sun multiple times last Summer.

    If you don't know what you are babbling about keep it zipped.
  20. Molon Labe
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    Molon Labe - April 16, 2014 12:24 pm
    Our weather is controlled by sun activity. This is all political theater trying to get you to surrender every facet of your life to authoritarian geniuses like Joe Biden and Al Gore.
  21. geo
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    geo - April 16, 2014 11:04 am
    "How can other States incentivise Solar, like New York, and still kick our behinds economically?"
    Are you completely unfamiliar with the economy of New York?
  22. Melowese Richardson
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    Melowese Richardson - April 16, 2014 10:49 am
    @truth: Remind me again about how former Governor Doyle was a leader in promoting wind and solar power.
  23. Truthsayer
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    Truthsayer - April 16, 2014 9:17 am
    We don't have coal, oil or Natural gas here in Wisconsin but we do have Sunshine and wind. The fact that our GOP led State government has failed to incentivise and simplify the creation and installation of Wind and Solar is an abhorrent crime. How can other States incentivise Solar, like New York, and still kick our behinds economically? The Blue progressive Eastern Seaboard States are all installing Solar power exponentially faster than we are and it is not because it is a losing proposition. Once installed these systems last 35-50 years, pay for themselves in 5-7 years and offer greater Energy independence for the localities and the Nation.

    New York ConEd will also add as much as another $10,500 in subsidies for Residential installations because any solar power system connected to their grid simply enlarges Con_ed's own power and ability to reach more customers.

    Yet we fall far behind with our Koch Bros Oil owned GOP State legislature and Gubernor
  24. lookout
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    lookout - April 16, 2014 8:28 am
    China just passed new laws about pollution nation wide. The environment must come first when and company wishes to build a new business and those already in business polluting the air, ground and water well be made to become environmentally friendly in the future. It's to bad it toke not being able to breath use their rivers or see 2 Ft in front of their faces to get there
  25. geo
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    geo - April 16, 2014 7:22 am
    China leads the world in investment in new coal powered plants. China produces nearly half of the world's coal. China needs electricity and it is using all feasible means to produce it.
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