November 4 News: China To Phase Out Energy-Sucking Incandescent Lightbulbs

Other stories below: Morocco to Host Massive Solar Farm; Plummeting Clean Energy Shares Exaggerate Risk

China will phase out energy-draining light bulbs

China will phase out power-draining light bulbs within five years in a move to make the world’s biggest polluting nation more efficient but also certain to impact the global market.

China will ban imports and sales of 100-watt-and-higher incandescent bulbs from Oct. 1, 2012, in an attempt to save energy and curb climate change, China’s main planning agency said Friday.

Bans will also be imposed on 60-watt-and-higher bulbs from Oct. 1, 2014 and 15-watt-and-higher old-style bulbs from Oct. 1, 2016. The time frame of the last step may be adjusted according to an evaluation in September 2016, the National Development and Reform Commission statement said.

State-run Xinhua News Agency quoted Xie Ji, deputy director of the NDRC’s environmental protection department, as saying China is the world’s largest producer of both energy-saving and incandescent bulbs and so the plan will also “have a significant impact” in reducing the use of incandescents worldwide.

Last year, 3.85 billion incandescent light bulbs were produced in China and 1.07 billion of them were sold domestically, the agency said. Power consumption for lighting is estimated to be about 12 percent of China’s total electricity use, it said.


Morocco to Host First Solar Farm in €400 Renewables Network

Morocco has been chosen as the first location for a German-led, €400bn project to build a vast network of solar and windfarms across North Africa and the Middle East to provide 15% of Europe’s electricity supply by 2050.

The Desertec Industrial Initiative (DII), a coalition of companies including E.ON, Siemens, Munich Re and Deutsche Bank, announced at its annual conference being held in Cairo on Wednesday that “all systems are go in Morocco”, with construction of the first phase of a 500MW solar farm scheduled to start next year. The precise location of the €2bn plant is yet to be finalised, but it is expected to be built near the desert city of Ouarzazate. It will use parabolic mirrors to generate heat for conventional steam turbines, as opposed to the photovoltaic cells used in the UK.

The 12 square kilometre Moroccan solar farm will, said Paul van Son, Dii’s chief executive, be a “reference project” to prove to investors and policy makers in both Europe and the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region that the Desertec vision is not a dream-like mirage, but one that can be a major source of renewable electricity in the decades ahead.

Van Son described Desertec as a “win-win” for both Europe and MENA, adding that the Arab spring had created both opportunities and “questions” for the ambitious project. Discussions are already underway with the Tunisian government about building a solar farm, he said, and Algeria is the next “obvious” country, due to its close proximity to western Europe’s grid. Countries such as Libya, Egypt, Turkey, Syria and Saudi Arabia are predicted to start joining the network from 2020, as a network of high voltage direct current cables are built and extended across the wider region.

Plummeting Clean-Energy Shares Exaggerate Risk, BNP Paribas Says

The performance of clean energy stocks, which have plummeted 41 percent this year, exaggerates the risks of an industry that is more likely to reward investors amid an increasingly volatile global economic climate, BNP Paribas SA said.

“There’s a perception at the moment that listed equities in the clean energy space are highly volatile,” said Peter Dickson, technical director at BNP Paribas Clean Energy Partners, which invests in renewable energy power projects in Europe. “That’s overlooking a trend that’s very secure and very robust.”

The S&P Global Clean Energy Index, comprised of 30 companies including the world’s biggest solar panel and wind turbine makers, has lost 35 percent since Aug. 1 amid concerns that Europe’s worsening debt crisis could stall projects. Customers can’t get loans to start new plants, Renewable Energy Corp. and Canadian Solar Inc., two of the world’s biggest solar panel suppliers, said this week.

“Returns in conventional energy projects have now become commoditized,” said Mumtaz Khan, chief executive officer of Maybank MEACP Pte., which has raised $150 million from investors including the Asian Development Bank for clean power projects and plans to raise an additional $350 million by the end of 2012.

U.S. Bid for Green Policy at APEC Faces Hurdles

China and other developing countries are resisting a U.S. proposal to cut tariffs on environmental goods, casting doubt on one of President Barack Obama’s goals for a Pacific Rim summit he hosts next week.

The U.S. has been pressing for years, with little success, to liberalize trade on “green” goods, such as wind turbines and solar panels, and services in World Trade Organization talks. Mr. Obama’s efforts on the issue at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit Nov. 11-13 in Honolulu face the same divisions that have stymied the WTO campaign.

he atmospherics aren’t good: The president this week said Chinese energy companies have engaged in “questionable” trade practices. His administration is reviewing claims by U.S. companies that their Chinese rivals are “dumping” solar panels on the U.S. market below the cost of production to gain market share and that Beijing is illegally subsidizing Chinese firms.

At the same time, Mr. Obama is under domestic political pressure over a government loan guarantee to solar-power company Solyndra LLC, which later went bust.

China said Friday its solar-energy policies are WTO-compliant, pressing Washington to avoid protectionism and use more “rational” policies to address bilateral trade disputes. Developing the solar industry is a focus for Beijing to address climate change and energy security, and China hopes the U.S. will boost bilateral cooperation on solar energy, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a news conference.

Ed Markey Backs Obama in Solar Flare Up

Massachusetts congressman Ed Markey is slamming the way Republicans are probing President Obama’s ties to failed solar-panel maker Solyndra, saying the GOP only wants to embarrass the president and kill “green” energy.

“The White House is saying they want to cooperate, (but) you’re saying ‘no,’ ” Markey (D-Malden) told Republicans on a House subcommittee that yesterday voted 14-9 along party lines to subpoena administration records.

“The reason you’re saying ‘no’ is that from the minute you took over (the House) in January, you have had a concerted effort to destroy the renewable-energy program,” Markey charged. “That’s what this is all about.”

The House is probing alleged ties between the Obama administration and Solyndra, a California “green-tech” company that collapsed in September despite $535 million in federal loan guarantees.

BP agrees to pay Texas $50M for pollution violations at refinery where ‘05 explosion killed 15

BP will pay Texas $50 million after the sides reached an unprecedented settlement over air pollution violations at the beleaguered oil giant’s Gulf Coast refinery, the site of a massive explosion in 2005 that killed 15 people.

The settlement announced Thursday coincides with BP PLC’s attempts to restore its reputation and resolve lawsuits over the April 2010 rig explosion that killed 11 people and caused the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history. It may also help BP find a buyer for the Texas City refinery since it will settle pollution liabilities with the state.

The agreement covers 72 emissions violations since the explosion. But some environmentalists note the decades-old refinery consistently has problems complying with basic environmental regulations, and any buyer would have to contend with the lingering problems of old, outdated equipment.

22 Responses to November 4 News: China To Phase Out Energy-Sucking Incandescent Lightbulbs

  1. Patrick Linsley says:

    Coal Ash spill into Lake Michigan at a coal plant in Oak Creek, WI near Milwaukee

  2. peter dublin says:

    Much more profits for China-made CFLs and LEDs that way…

    About the industrial politics behind banning simple incandescent light
    bulbs, with copies of documentat­ion and references

    Besides, as for “great savings”,
    less than 1% of overall energy use, and 1-2% grid electricity is saved from banning the bulbs, as shown by Dept of Energy and other official information
    with alternative and meaningful ways to save energy in generation, distribution or consumption

    Regulation informatio­n links, and updates on repeal ban bills in 7 US
    states (legislate­d Texas)

  3. MMM says:

    “1-2% grid electricity is saved from banning the bulbs”

    1-2%? Just from replacing incandescents with more efficient bulbs? That’s pretty darn good, in my book, especially given a fairly low cost (both monetary – possibly even negative cost – and lifestyle).

  4. Colorado Bob says:

    Rome – Six people were killed on Friday when the Italian port city of Genoa was hit by flash floods during heavy rainfall, including one woman who was apparently crushed by cars being swept away by the water.

  5. Patrick Linsley says:

    Also don’t forget Texas was right on the edge of brownouts this year due to the heatwave. 1-2% was the difference between power on and brownouts.

  6. Joan Savage says:

    “Pollution may be strengthening Asian cyclones
    Sooty brown cloud cools water and lowers wind speeds, study finds” – Science News

    The sooty brown clouds reduced the wind shear that formerly prevented cyclone formation. The sea surface temperatures had been otherwise warm enough for cyclone formation.

    Original article – Letter to Nature

    “Arabian Sea tropical cyclones intensified by emissions of black carbon and other aerosols”
    Amato T. Evan, James P. Kossin, Chul ‘Eddy’ Chung & V. Ramanathan

    Nature 479,94–97 (03 November 2011)

    From the abstract: “anthropogenic emissions of aerosols have increased sixfold since the 1930s, leading to a weakening of the southwesterly lower-level and easterly upper-level winds that define the monsoonal circulation over the Arabian Sea6, 7, 8, 9. In principle, this aerosol-driven circulation modification could affect tropical cyclone intensity over the Arabian Sea, but so far no such linkage has been shown. Here we report an increase in the intensity of pre-monsoon Arabian Sea tropical cyclones during the period 1979–2010, and show that this change in storm strength is a consequence of a simultaneous upward trend in anthropogenic black carbon and sulphate emissions.”

  7. Merrelyn Emery says:

    Peter and MMM, what’s all the fuss about? They have been compulsory here for years and I’m surprised China is so far behind, ME

  8. Joan Savage says:

    China Power Enters $784 million Joint Venture With China Coal

    “The country’s estimated total generation capacity may total about 1,050 gigawatts by the end of this year, according to the China Electricity Council, a growth of 8.8 per cent from 2010 levels.

    However, China still faces a peak deficit of 30-40 gigawatts which could result rolling brownouts during the winter months.”

    That looks like a compelling reason to trim domestic electricity demand now, in areas like light bulbs, so as to leave generation capacity for other uses.
    The newly planned coal plants in northern China clearly show there is not a unified policy to use less coal in each and all areas of China.

  9. Colorado Bob says:

    The Great Texas Drought –
    There is a huge bill that has yet to be added to the $5.3 Billion dollar number floating in the press, and today we got a snapshot of just a small piece of those numbers not yet on the tab.

    Dry summer claims 700 park trees

    Drought pushed the annual death toll for trees in Amarillo city parks from an annual average of 300 to almost 700 in the 2010-11 fiscal year, a $1.1-million loss that will take years to recoup, according to city estimates.

    In April, May and June, the city watered thirsty park turf several times a week, spiking the Parks and Recreation Department’s consumption and water bill, Park Superintendent Clint Stoddard said.

    In those three months, before the scale of the drought was fully understood, the Parks and Recreation Department consumed about three times the amount of water it did in the same months in the previous fiscal year, according to a city analysis.

  10. Colorado Bob says:

    Tree mortality in the parks of Amarillo doubled , with people trying to care for them.
    The mortality rates in the the state as a whole , are as yet unknown.

  11. John Tucker says:

    WHAT? So china is banning incandescent lights when one third of their people use coal to cook indoors? 19 percent of their population will still be using them in 2030 while they build solar cells and windmills for us.

    What do I say here. This is totally crazy.

    Indoor Coal Use Plagues Poor ( )

  12. Colorado Bob says:

    I have a butterfly home here , I saw 3 monarchs this fall. They had 800 miles of no flowers ahead of them.

  13. Colorado Bob says:

    Make no mistake , I’m 120 miles south of Amarillo, Texas ……… The Ass – Hole of the earth, Lubbock, it’s 120 miles up it.

  14. Colorado Bob says:

    13 hours ago in North West Italy –

    10 days after the disastrous floods and mudslides that devastated eastern Liguria and northern Tuscany, killing at least 10 people, with some still missing, torrential rains started again yesterday evening, from West to East and almost never stopped, until today’s flood in my town, Genoa, killed 7, of which 2 children. I’m very lucky to live far away from the most dangerous torrents, but they are in the middle of the most populated zones and some criminal builders even covered small ones and built roads and houses on them in the first decennia after WW II, 5 of today’s dead were in a road built covering a small one, that flows into the town’s most dangerous one, so when the latter is in spate, the former can’t flow anymore and it floods too, really the last place to safely build on…

  15. Colorado Bob says:

    As a system nears the tipping point , it moves to the extremes , there it get’s “stuck”, before it sweeps back to the other extreme.
    This is what I see everyday.

  16. Colorado Bob says:

    Last year in Korea, it rained 8.75 inches in one hour. 10 months later even these records were broken.

  17. Colorado Bob says:

    Japan had at least 3 0f these in the least 90 days.
    One rained 20 inches
    One rained 6.5 feet.

  18. Alejandro Gonzalez says:

    Too extreme banning lamps. CFLs have serious risks: disposing of mercury, lead, electronic circuits. Besides, packaging and transport is larger than for incandescent lamps. Life cycle including waste management should be considered. My view, not banning but educating in using them right is best. CFLs where on more than say half and hour; incandescents where on for in-out or fast search, like bath, entrance door, cabinets, etc. Reading light? beware of UVs. To me, education without banning can give much more savings than 2% in lighting.

  19. Joe Romm says:

    2% total (not in lighting alone).

  20. Alejandro Gonzalez says:


  21. Paladin says:


    No. the total deficit was more 10%-20%. What saved Central Texas from blackouts was many BUISINESSES that agreed to shut down during the day and people putting off things like laundry until later.

    While I agree that we need to move away from coal, the Greens OWN POLICIES forbade us from coming up with a legitimate replacement for coal. In fact, shortages will worsen because these same green policies are forcing the closure of power plants.

  22. Dr.A.Jagadeesh says:

    Incandescent bulbs are most inefficient as major energy goes off as heat. CFL and LEDs are better.

    Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore(AP),India