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August 22 Green Energy News

Interesting Report:

  • “Solar Needs 32 Acres To Power 1,000 Homes” Did you know that “on a life-cycle electricity-output basis – including direct and indirect land transformation – utility-scale PV in the U.S. Southwest requires less land than the average U.S. power plant using surface-mined coal”? [EarthTechling]

Opinion:

  • “Fossil Fuel Collateral Damage” Neighborhoods can be turned upside down by shale oil and shale gas drilling , but it’s always felt theoretical as the prospects of something like these happening in my neighborhood have seemed remote. [National Geographic]

World:

  • The installed capacity of renewable sources worldwide will reach an estimated 2,252.3 GW in 2020, finds a new report from Frost & Sullivan. The report notes that since the beginning of the last decade the number of countries with renewable support policies has grown from 50 to over 120. [Solar Industry]
  • If offshore wind sees continuous development over the next 10 years the cost of the electricity generated at schemes could be slashed by around a third, according to a study by Prognos and The Fichtner Group, which identified cost reduction potentials in Germany. [reNews]

US:

  • California has released its new vehicle sales numbers for the first half of 2013. According to the data, the Tesla Model S has a greater market share than Buick, FIAT, Land Rover, Lincoln, and Mitsubishi. [CleanTechnica]
  • The utilities supplying power to the US electrical grid sell $400 billion worth of electricity a year. Regulators set rates and utilities get guaranteed returns. The model is largely unaltered since Edison invented the light bulb. But the CEO of NRG Energy believes it’s doomed to obsolescence. [Businessweek]
  • Bloomberg has reported that the boom in gas field purchasing from 2009 to 2012 has turned into a whopper of a bust, leaving oil and gas companies with a belly load of depressed assets and “disappointing” wells to go with falling gas prices. [CleanTechnica]
  • The electricity powering San Francisco city departments is 100% renewable. It comes largely from the hydropower production in Yosemite Valley, but since 2004, the Public Utilities Commission agency has completed 15 solar projects that produce 7.5 MW of power. [San Francisco Examiner]
  • Renewable energy projects in the United States experienced a banner year in 2012, with wind deployment adding a record 13,124 MW of capacity and solar adding 3,313 MW of solar photovoltaic capacity. [San Francisco Chronicle]
  • According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, 845 MW of solar energy were installed across the country during the first quarter of this year, augmenting the record-breaking 3,313 MW installed in 2012. PV installations grew 76% in 2012 over 2011, with an estimated market value of $11.5 billion. [Solar Industry]

 

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