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Energy & solar news summary #2

We’re all about saving you energy, so we’ve rounded up the latest in solar and energy news so you don’t have to.

In the lead up to the international climate talks in Paris in December the Guardian reports an unprecedented coalition of the UK’s most eminent scientific, medical and engineering bodies says governments must take action. It says tackling global warming would drive economic progress, benefit the health of millions by cutting air pollution and improve access to energy, water and food

The fossil fuel industry is entering terminal decline writes sustainability advisor Paul Gilding. He says the new emerging energy system of renewables and storage is a “technology” business which is continually improving and already starting to undercut the price of fossil fuel energy. That was also the central theme at a large solar conference in San Francisco last week. ComputerWorld reports keynote speakers agreed that “vastly cheaper electricity” will soon be a reality in the US, thanks to renewables.

It’s not just electricity generation that’s changing. It’s also the way it is being distributed. Our Finance Minister Bill English says these changes could make our electricity network redundant, reports sharechat.co.nzThe Sustainable Electricity Association of NZ (SEANZ) has a more positive view saying that solar, in particular, offers lines companies new opportunities, reports Energy News

It’s clear this week that winter power prices are again causing hardship across the country. In Christchurch, The Press reports that Age Concern is seeing an increase in pensioners struggling to pay their bills with some staying in bed for warmth to keep costs down. Bills around $500 are common. Leeston mother-of-two, Steph Miller, says her latest power monthly bill for $575.30 is putting her family under stress.