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September 27 Green Energy News

Science and Technology:

  • A study by the UN’s climate science body published today revised its previous statement that it was 90% certain that global warming experienced since the middle of the last century was the result of human activity to a 95% certainty. [reNews]

World:

  • Bloomberg New Energy Finance predicts that for the first time the new solar power capacity added to the world’s global energy infrastructure this year will be greater than the new wind capacity. [Renewable Energy Magazine]
  • Kuwait will soon be home to a rather large, 280 MW solar thermal power plant — located in Al-Abdaliya, just southwest of the farming region of Kabad. The solar power plant will be Kuwait’s first. Current projections are that the project will cost $3.27 billion. [CleanTechnica]
  • The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is providing €5.4m of financing to Teplodar PiVi for a 4.2 MW solar plant in the Odessa region of Ukraine. Ukraine’s government will purchase the generated electricity at a fixed rate until 2030. [NewNet]
  • The Asian Development Bank will provide $500 million to build a power transmission system needed to deliver clean electricity from wind and solar power projects in Rajasthan to the state and national grids. [NetIndian]

US:

  • The EPA has recognized Staples, Inc. at the 13th annual Green Power Leadership Awards. Staples was one of only to 21 organizations and three suppliers recognized nationally for their achievements in advancing the nation’s renewable electricity market. [U.S. EPA.gov]
  • The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, the world’s largest solar thermal plant, has started supplying power to PG&E, which provides power to parts of Northern California. When the plant is fully operational later this year, it will produce 377 megawatts. [IEEE Spectrum]
  • Legislation introduced in Ohio would effectively gut the state’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards, increasing dependence on dirty fossil fuels while giving benefits meant for consumers back to the utilities, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. [Union of Concerned Scientists]
  • An energy analyst who testified on water rights for a proposed Utah nuclear reactor says the plan to build it is a non-starter. “You can’t sell 14-cent power in a market where power costs 8 or 10 cents. That’s why the nuclear renaissance has collapsed.” [Salt Lake Tribune]
  • Vermont Citizens Action Network says it opposes the 60-year decommissioning time frame that Entergy Vermont Yankee wants to follow. But the group says it may take 20 years or so to dismantle the plant safely. [Vermont Public Radio]

 

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