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September 15 Green Energy News

Science and Technology:

  • A new study appears to back up the idea that building more wind power in order to meet peak demand – even if the turbines sometimes produce more energy than the grid needs – could be a better strategy than spending resources on trying to store the energy in batteries. [EarthTechling]


  • New research conducted by NPD Solarbuzz shows that Japanese solar PV installations have now passed 10 GW for cumulative PV capacity, only the fifth country to reach the mark. Two other countries reached the milestone within the past few months, highlighting Japan’s achievement. [Energy Collective]
  • The European Parliament is capping the use of food-based biofuels to counter concerns over the energy source’s ethical and environmental sustainability. Parliament voted to lower the amount of fuel that must come from renewable sources by 2020 from 10% to 6%. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • At the recent G-20 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, world leaders took two steps toward mitigating climate change. The leaders agreed in principle to phase out fossil-fuel subsidies and the use of hydrofluorocarbons. [Green Car Reports]
  • The Jamaica Public Service company has signed one of its first major agreements with the American company, WindStream Technologies, to bring some 1,000 SolarMills into the island by October. SolarMills harness both wind and solar power. [Stabroek News]
  • The European Investment Bank has shown its willingness to invest €100 million for the construction of a 128 MW hydropower project in Pakistan. During a meeting with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, the EU ambassador said the EU supported Pakistan’s energy policies. []
  • Japan is shutting down its last functioning nuclear reactor, with no timetable for a restart. Reactor 4 at Ohi in western Japan will stop generating electricity in the early hours of Monday. Analysts say Japan will be without nuclear power until December at the earliest. [BBC News]


  • Connecticut’s renewable energy industry is doing well despite a lack of support from within the government. The state is playing catchup, however, as other states are moving faster. [Danbury News Times]
  • Formed just five years ago, Element Power has successfully developed over 430 MWs of renewable energy projects that are now in construction or operation. The company develops both wind and solar projects in the US, Latin America and Europe. [CIOL]



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