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September 4 Green Energy News

Numbers:

  • Renewable energy has reduced wholesale prices in Germany by €0.012 per kWh. Since the surcharge is calculated by the difference between the feed-in tariff and the wholesale price, these lower prices will lead to a higher surcharge next year, but lower prices to come. [RenewEconomy]

Science and Technology:

  • Biomass is often overlooked within the renewable energy sector, but is now emerging as a key player for many countries seeking cleaner ways to power their economy. Though it is currently overlooked, biomass may just become the game changer for some countries. [eco-business.com]

World:

  • A recent study by a green electricity provider in the UK has found that rapid expansion of renewable energy can lead to strong cost savings by 2030. Taking the consequential costs of coal and nuclear into account, the savings can run into many billions. [pv magazine]
  • Danish wind turbine company Vestas has signed an agreement with a manufacturer and exporter of spiral-welded steel pipes in Turkey for the construction of a 52 megawatt wind power plant. Vestas will deliver, install, and commission 16 turbines of 3.3 MW. [EcoSeed]
  • Australia’s energy industry is on an inevitable path away from fossil fuels and further investment in the sector, particularly coal, would be very risky, according to research by UNSW. The study says 100% renewable electric power by 2030 would be cost-effective. [WA today]
  • European Union coal demand is on course for a decades-long slide as the growth in capacity of renewable power outstrips new coal-fired plants. Across the EU, a total of 28 gigawatts of old coal-fired capacity could come offline between 2012 and 2020. [Business Spectator]

US:

  • SolarWorld, the largest US solar manufacturer, announced today that it has begun building solar carports totaling 537 kW capacity at four public parks in Thousand Oaks, California. The carports are expected save local government millions of dollars over 25 years. [Your Renewable News]
  • Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) will deactivate its Honolulu Power Plant on Jan. 31, 2014, as part of its strategy to increase the use of renewable energy and reduce Hawaii’s dependency on imported fossil fuel. [KHON2]
  • HECO recently announced getting almost 18% renewable energy in the first half of 2013, exceeding the 2015 requirement two years ahead of schedule. Four notable bright spots are helping to drive Hawaii’s clean energy transformation. [Huffington Post]
  • The US Energy Information Administration’s “Electric Power Monthly” says renewable energy sources provided 14.20% of the country’s net electric generation during the first half of the year (through June 30, 2013), up from 13.57% for the same period last year. [Domestic Fuel]

 

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