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July 15 Green Energy News

Science and Technology:

  • A new study led by researchers at Columbia University and published Friday in the journal Science suggests a strong quake that strikes halfway around the globe can set off small to mid-size quakes near injection wells in the U.S. heartland. [Dalles Chronicle]
  • A new Silicon Valley developer of thin film solar PV modules has claimed an engineering breakthrough that could cut the manufacturing costs of PV modules by one third, to less than 40¢ per watt. [CleanTechnica]

Economics and Finance:

  • Research done a London-based non-governmental organisation concludes that when stricter regulations on carbon come into play, the market value of fossil fuel companies could drop dramatically, as extraction becomes uneconomic. [Investment Europe]

World:

  • After over two years of delays, the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change has published tariff levels for residential installations. The Solar Trade Association called the announcement a “breakthrough”. [solarserver.com]
  • Wind energy is now cost competitive with new-build coal capacity in India, and solar is likely to follow suit sometime between 2016-18, despite the fact that subsidies for wind are up to 15% lower than those for new coal capacity. [CleanTechnica]
  • Germany could face a probe into whether it has breached EU competition rules by letting consumers partly foot the bill as it switches to renewable energy, Der Spiegel reported Sunday. [GlobalPost]
  • Nine years after residents of the small German village of Jühnde got together to build a bioenergy plant fueled with plants and manure,  the plant supplies all of their heat and allows them to sell surplus electricity to the national grid. [Wall Street Journal]

US:

  • Heliae’s first commercial-scale algae production facility has raised $28.4 million of investment capital to support and expand the operations of its first commercial production facility in its hometown of Gilbert, Arizona. [CleanTechnica]
  • The Monticello nuclear plant will restart after getting a 12% uprate and other maintenance, but it is over budget. Expected to cost $320 million, the four-month job wound up costing more than $587 million. How much more is not known. [MENAFN.COM]

 

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