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September 12 Green Energy News

Science and Technology:

  • There are times when solar and wind farms generate more electricity than is needed by consumers. Storing that surplus energy in batteries for later use seems like an obvious solution, but a new study from Stanford University suggests that might not always be the case. [Daily Fusion]
  • Pandas may hold the key to efficiently and cheaply turning plants into renewable energy — in their feces. Microbes in panda feces might turn out to be a solution to the search for sustainable new sources of energy. [The Week Magazine]

Economics and Finance:

  • The levelized cost of electricity from wind and solar sources in America has fallen by more than 50% over the past four years, according to Lazard’s Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis 7.0, recently released by global financial advisor and asset manager firm Lazard Freres & Co. [CleanTechnica]

World:

  • Scotland’s strategy for renewable energy is clear but achieving goals will be challenging, according to Audit Scotland. A new report highlights strong leadership from the Scottish government and its investment of £209 million in the renewables sector success factors. [reNews]
  • Audit Scotland also says the country’s ambitious vision of meeting all demand for electricity with green energy by 2020 is being seriously undermined by the current economic climate and changes in UK energy policy. [Herald Scotland]
  • The Clean Energy Finance Corporation, set to be scrapped by Australia’s incoming Coalition government, has issued a loan to Pacific Hydro to build the final stage of its Portland wind farm in what is likely to be among the bank’s final deals. [WA today]
  • The European Parliament voted on draft legislation Sept. 11, calling for a cap on first-generation biofuels and a swift transition second-generation renewable fuels. The Renewable Energy Association said the series of tight votes will prolong instability in biofuel policy. [Biomass Magazine]
  • De Aar Solar Power has wrapped up module installation at a 50 MW PV plant in South Africa’s Northern Cape. More than 167,000 units have been installed at the site in the past five months and during the peak construction period up to 3000 modules went up per day. [reNews]
  • Vattenfall is opening the Zuidlob wind farm in the central part of the Netherlands. With its 36 turbines and a total of 122 MW of installed capacity, it will be Vattenfall’s largest onshore wind farm and will supply 88,000 households with renewable electricity annually. [The Swedish Wire]
  • China will aim to cut total coal consumption to below 65 per cent of total primary energy use by 2017 as part of a comprehensive new plan to tackle air pollution, the government said today. Coal consumption accounted for 66.8 per cent of total use in 2002. [Business Spectator]
  • A report from two environmental groups argues that declining power consumption in Ontario means that new nuclear reactors are not needed in the province. The Pembina Institute and Greenpeace say that conservation and renewables will answer the province’s energy needs. [durhamregion.com]

US:

  • South Carolina state-owned utility Santee Cooper became the first electricity producer the state to approve a solar pilot project aimed at putting added power on its grid. The utility will purchase up to 3 megawatts of renewable electricity from a solar farm to be constructed in Colleton County. [RenewablesBiz]
  • New York Governor Cuomo has asked the Public Service Commission to release $165.6 million as seed money for the NY Green Bank, which will be used to encourage private lenders to support renewable energy projects in the state. [SustainableBusiness.com]
  • Some Massachusetts lawmakers want the state to join a growing national movement that is pressuring institutional investors like pension funds and university endowments to divest holdings in companies that produce, distribute, and support fossil fuels as a way to fight climate change. [Boston.com]

 

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