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September 19 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Will the Rise of Distributed Energy Spell the End for Traditional Utilities?” Increases in environmental regulation, new demand-side technology, and the rise of distributed energy resource systems are giving old-style utilities problems. [PennEnergy]

World:

  • The number of jobs in the wind and marine energy industries has increased by 74% since 2010, according to a new study from Renewable UK. The offshore wind sector saw the biggest growth over this period. [Utility Week]
  • Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has ordered the decommissioning of the intact No. 5 and No. 6 reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. His decision follows groundwater contamination from damaged reactors. [Deutsche Welle]

US:

  • A paper in the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, which includes government estimates for costs of environmental and health effects in the calculations, shows wind and solar power are now less expensive than fossil fuels and nuclear. [EarthTechling]
  • Environmental controls designed to prevent leaks of methane from newly drilled natural gas wells are effective, a study has found — but emissions from existing wells in production are much higher than previously believed. [Scientific American]
  • Republicans and some Democrats criticised Ron Binz in a hearing on his nomination to lead a key US energy regulatory agency because his views support renewable sources like wind over coal and natural gas. He had said natural gas is a “dead-end” energy source. [Business Spectator]
  • Energy Capital Group is laying the groundwork for the 300 MW ECG Utah Solar 1 plant in the state’s Millard County. The $600m scheme will cover 1754 acres leased from the Utah School and Institutional Trust Land Administration. [reNews]
  • GM has unveiled a massive expansion of its Global Battery Systems Laboratory, tripling the facility’s size and making it the largest battery lab in North America owned and operated by an auto manufacturer. [CleanTechnica]

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