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July 24 Green Energy News


  • Australia could phase out almost all its fossil-fuel sourced electricity by 2040 if it doubled the current rate of take-up of solar energy and wind energy maintained its current growth pace, said Professor Ken Baldwin, director of ANU’s Energy Change Institute. [The Canberra Times]
  • Ontario officials have granted a renewable energy approval (REA) for the 270 MW K2 wind project proposed near the southeastern shore of Lake Huron. Partners Samsung Renewable Energy, Pattern Energy and Capital Power plan to build 140 Siemens 2.3 MW turbines [reNews]
  • New flexible renewable energy units in Germany will help reduce the risk of negative power prices and limit the need for fossil plants for backup capacity, a study found. In 2012, power prices fell below €-50/MWh 22 on occasions of high solar or wind power supply with low demand. [Gas to Power Journal]
  • European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy yesterday said phasing out fossil fuel subsidies would be among its priorities at the G20 summit in Russia in September. [Business Green]
  • Experts from the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology have been studying the situation at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant and have come to the conclusion that the decontamination efforts would cost around $50 billion. [The Japan Daily Press]


  • Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Tommy P. Beaudreau have announced that BOEM will hold its second competitive lease sale for renewable energy on the US Outer Continental Shelf. [Windtech International]
  • Maryland Governor O’Malley is expected to propose boosting the state’s renewable portfolio standard, requiring utilities to make renewables 25 percent of their mix of electricity generation by 2020, up from the current target of 20 percent by 2022. [Washington Post]
  • This week, however, the Georgia Public Service Commission awarded approval for a solar energy program t hat would be managed by the state’s primary energy distributor, Georgia Power. [Hydrogen Fuel News]
  • A natural gas platform exploded in the Gulf of Mexico late Tuesday, the US Coast Guard reported. While gas is flowing from the well, “no oil is being released.” A light sheen about a half-mile wide was spotted by environmental inspectors, but was dissipating. [CNN]
  • The nuclear shutdown at San Onofre is partially to blame for a 59 percent increase in wholesale electricity prices for California in the first half of the year, the Energy Information Administration said Tuesday. [U-T San Diego]



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