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June 20 Green Energy News

Environmental Spy Thriller:

  • The Australian Climate Commission released a report urging a slowdown to extraction of fossil fuels due to negative impact on the environment and climate. The response from the Queensland premier is that a clandestine group is out to kill the state’s coal industry. [International Business Times AU]

Science, Technology, and Finance:

  • The cost of photovoltaic solar panels is expected to drop to 36 cents per watt by 2017, according to new research by cleantech market research firm GTM Research. [CleanTechnica]
  • The US DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Alta Devices have jointly demonstrated that Alta’s solar material retains its high efficiency in real-world conditions, particularly on hot days. [Wall Street Journal]


  • Japan is turning to renewable energy, and especially solar power, in a big way. By the end of 2012, Japan had already installed 7.4 gigawatts of solar power capacity, but that’s set to double this year, according to analysts at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. [The9Billion]
  • Mainstream Renewable Power has been granted planning consent by East Lothian Council for the onshore cable works to connect its 450 MW Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm, set to be located off the Scottish coast, to the National Grid. [NewNet]
  • Africa is undergoing a renewable energy boom, led by South Africa and Morocco, and renewables are offering the least-cost option to reduce a chronic power shortage and lack of access to electricity across the continent. [RenewEconomy]


  • President Obama will target carbon emissions from power plants as part of a second-term climate change agenda expected to be rolled out in the next few weeks, according to his top energy and climate adviser. [Huffington Post]
  • For the latest Energy and Water appropriations bill, Republicans have proposed 50% cut to spending on renewable energy. Renewable energy research and development would be cut by $911 million, and the total cut to $2.81 billion less than the 2013 budget. []


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