29/09/2016

Hollanti sulkee hiilivoimalat

The Dutch parliament has decided yesterday to cut by 55% the country’s CO2 emissions by 2030. This would mean that the Netherlands would have to close all its coal- fired power plants. The decision taken by the Parliament would bring the Netherlands undoubtedly in line with the Paris Climate Change pact, which has a long-term goal of cutting CO2 levels by 80-95 per cent by 2050.  [emp]

21/09/2016

Nettolaskutusta täyteen hintaan

On Thursday September 15, the Nevada Regulators made the decision to allow rooftop solar owners to receive the full retail rate for the solar power they produce, reversing a former decision to lower the net-metering rate on existing systems. 
Sähköyhtiöiden ja TEMin mielestä tällainen on meillä perustuslain vastaista.

16/09/2016

UK: Hinkley Pointin jättivoimala rakenteille - takuuhinta 0.11 EUR/kWh

Despite recent rumours that the UK government has been looking for an exit from the controversial Hinkley Point C 3,200 MW nuclear power project, the newly-created Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has now given it the green light.

After “a comprehensive review” which resulted in revisions to its initial agreement with France’s EDF, which will build the power plant, BEIS said the 18 GGBP (21 GEUR) project would proceed. Two-thirds of the project is to be funded by EDF, with China contributing 6 GGBP.

The guaranteed power price of 92.50 GBP/MWh (0.11 EUR/kWh) has not been changed, although concerns have been raised because it exceeds the market rate. A study commissioned by the Financial Times found that EDF and China General Nuclear Corporation (CGN) stand to make as much as 100 billion pounds in revenues from the project over 35 years. [pen]

Tulorajat ARA-asunnoille

Valtioneuvosto on asettanut tulorajat valtion tukemiin vuokra- ja osaomistusasuntoihin pääkaupunkiseudulla. Tulorajat koskevat uusia asukkaita ja niitä asukasvalinnan päätöksiä, jotka tehdään 1.1.2017 lukien. Lisäksi jatkossa myös asuntoa vaihdettaessa tarkistetaan, jäävätkö hakijan tulot nyt asetettujen tulorajojen alle. Asukkaan asema talon perusparannus- ja purkutilanteissa on turvattu, sillä tulot ja varallisuus tarkistetaan vain silloin, kun asunnonvaihto tapahtuu asukkaan omasta tahdosta.

Tulorajat mahdollistavat asunnonsaannin pienituloiselle työssäkäyvälle. Tuloja laskettaessa otetaan huomioon ruokakunnan koko ja siihen kuuluvien lasten määrä. Tulorajat eivät koske erityisryhmille tarkoitettuja asuntoja. Esimerkkejä tulorajoista:

1 aikuinen
2 aikuista
1aikuinen ja lapsi
2aikuista ja lapsi
2 aikuista
ja 2 lasta
2 aikuista
ja 3 lasta
3 000
5 100
3 650
5 750
6 350
6 950

11/09/2016

Berner kiistää kaiken

14.10.2015 lvm kansliapäällikkö Harri Pursiainen: "Ministerin pyynnöstä ilmoitan, että Finavia pitää ylimääräisen yhtiökokouksen marraskuun puolivälin tienoilla. Sitä ennen yhtiön ei tule edetä johdannaiskanneasiassa." Eilen min Anne BERNER jälleen kiistää kaiken. Eikä koskaan pitänyt yhtiökokoustakaan, ei edes VTVn vaatimuksesta; katso http://energiatyhmyrit.real.fi/2015/12/anne-bernerin-sekoilut-jatkuvat.html.
Nyt eduskunnan tarkastusvaliokunta Eero Heinäluoman johdolla tutkii asian perusteellisesti.

10/09/2016

Zero Energy vs Zero Emissions

On the surface, it may seem that Net Zero Energy is the most responsible approach to building construction, but we may be missing the point…
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released its findings in September 2015, “A Common Definition for Zero Energy Buildings,” which states that a Zero Energy Building is “an energy-efficient building where, on a source energy basis, the actual annual delivered energy is less than or equal to the on-site renewable exported energy.” The report has no measurement criteria for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and in the report, it states that it “… does not tell the whole story of impacts from resource consumption and emissions associated with the energy use.” There is no further mention of GHG emissions, so in a Net-Zero building, combustion heating, a source of GHG emissions, may be employed.
The real culprit, according to most scientists of which I’m aware, is the GHG emissions, and it’s the reason that the world is collectively crying for emissions reductions. Though reducing energy consumption is important, reduction of GHG emissions is the key factor. The city of Vancouver, Canada, recently announced its intent to bypass energy efficiency standards and get straight to the heart of the matter by adopting the first Zero-Emissions Building plan in North America[ren]

Tästä olen vuosia puhunut kirjoitukissani, esitelmissäni ja lausunnoissani; kuten meneillään olevassa rakennusten energiamääräysten uudistamisessa. Turhaan. Kuitenkin Englannissa määräykset perustuvat GHG-päästöihin

09/09/2016

Costa Rica: 100 % uusiutuvaa energiaa

Costa Rica ran on 100 % renewable energy for 76 straight days between June and August this year, according to a new report, demonstrating that life without fossil fuels is possible.
For the second year in a row Costa Rica (population 4.9 million) managed to generate all of its electricity needs through hydropower (~80 percent), geothermal (~13 percent), wind (~7 percent) and solar (<1 percent) for 76 straight days, bringing its 2016 total number of all-renewable days to 150.  [ren]

01/09/2016

Kruunusillat - Jälleen yksi kiskomaniahanke

Helsingin kaupunginvaltuusto hyväksyi eilen monimutkaisen siltapaketin Laajasalosta Helsingin kantakaupunkiin äänin 63-6. Sillan sanotaan maksavan 259 MEUR, ja se rakennetaan vain ratikkaliikennettä sekä pyöräilijöitä ja jalankulkijoita varten. Apulaiskaup.joht Pekka SAURIn mukaan hanke on taloudellisesti kannattamaton, mutta "kaupunkirakenne ja liikenne perustelevat rakentamisen". Aikaisemman saman johtajan Pekka Korpisen mukaan "sillat yhdistävät Laajasalon (Kruunuvuoren-rannan) psykologisesti kantakaupunkiin" (sic). Tästä löytyy Hesarin juttua hankkeesta.

Koska hanke on kannattamaton, niin kaupunkirakenne ja liikenne nimenomaan eivät perustele sen toteuttamista. Varmaa on, että hankkeen kustannukset nousevat yli puolen miljardin, ja Helsingiltä loppuvat rahat ennen sen valmistumista. Valtion rahaa tämä hanke ei tule saamaan!

30/08/2016

Etelä-Korea investoi 64 GUSD älykkäisiin moottoriteihin

South Korea announced 29.08.2016 an ambitious plan to build in the next three years a network of smart expressways, adapted to electric vehicles and self-driving cars, to limit traffic congestions and polluting emissions. The government will invest $33.1 billion and plans to raise another $31.3 billion through private sector investment to finance the plan until 2020, the South Korean transport ministry said in a statement.

The new network that will add to other measures by the South Korean government, including tax cuts, to encourage the use of electric vehicles, will come equipped with charging stations for electric vehicles at key junctions. Intelligent transportation systems, or ITS, will also be installed to ensure safety of autonomous vehicles and prevent accidents through a virtual structure of traffic monitoring. The government also plans to incorporate a smart toll system that will not require the installation of booths nor stop or slow down vehicles. The project also includes the construction of an additional 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) of expressways that will extend the country's total road network to 5,131 kilometers (3188 miles). According to plan, 96 percent of the country's 50 million inhabitants will be able to access these expressways in less than 30 minutes. The expressways will make 78.2 percent of South Korea's total area accessible, up from the present 70 percent, according to the ministry.  [enr]

26/08/2016

Chile: Aurinkosähköä 0.026 EUR/kWh

The Spanish developer Solarpack Corp. Tecnologica won contracts to sell power from a 120 MW solar plant for 29.10 USD/MWh at an energy auction this week. That’s the lowest price on record for electricity from sunshine, surpassing a deal in Dubai in May. It’s the cheapest to date for any kind of renewable energy, and was almost half the price of coal power sold in the same event.
The location for this particular power plant is also a factor, in northern Chile’s Atacama desert. It’s high in the Andes, close to the equator and is considered one of the sunniest and driest places on Earth. It’s ideal for solar energy.  [Blo]

Suomessakin pitäisi lopettaa tuulivoimatuet ja siirtyä kaikille avoimiin energiahuutokauppoihin. Ja, ettei unohdu, aurinkoenergian nettolaskutukseen.