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October 10 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “How Our Inability to Calculate Risk Opened the Doors for Fukushima” The fact is, we don’t know what we don’t know. In our energy policy and planning across the world, we act as if we know future fossil fuel supplies precisely–just as we acted as if we knew the risks of nuclear power rather precisely. [OilPrice.com]
  • “Are Utilities Doomed If Consumers Become More Self-Reliant?” Consumers are increasingly exploring ways to supply their own energy – e.g., distributed generation and microgrids – and many observers claim that these alternatives may begin a death spiral for traditional utility business models. [Renew Grid]

World:

  • The world must eliminate emissions from burning fossil fuels in the second half of this century to lower the economic cost of climate change, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development said on Wednesday. Worldwide, we need to invest 2% of our GDP to do this. [CBC.ca]
  • The EU will meet its 2020 targets to reduce carbon emissions and increase use of renewable energy, according to a report by the European Environment Agency. The report says that carbon emissions across the EU’s 28 countries will be 21% lower than 1990 levels by 2020. [EUobserver.com]
  • A Philippine Department of Energy official yesterday said the construction of three biomass plants and one solar farm in Negros Occidental will stabilize the energy requirements of the Visayas, with industrial booms expected in Bacolod, Iloilo and Cebu. [Visayan Daily Star]
  • Iran will established three new wind farms, each with a power generation capacity of 350 MW, the managing director of Iran Power Generation Transmission and Distribution Management Company said on Wednesday. [Tehran Times]
  • Leading energy companies have warned the UK risks failing to deliver on its flagship offshore wind development program, unless ministers demonstrate “a clearer ambition” for the high-profile project. [Business Green]
  • The long-awaited deal between the government and EDF over the energy firm’s planned new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point is expected to be announced before the end of this month. Reports say a deal had been struck, with Hinkley Point to receive £93/MWh ($148/MWh, 150% of the cost of UK  windpower). [Building.co.uk]

US:

  • MidAmerican Solar and First Solar, Inc. are marking a major milestone at Topaz Solar Farms, located in San Luis Obispo County, Calif. This week, the five millionth solar module was installed on one of the largest solar projects under construction in the world. [Your Renewable News]
  • What started out as a rate-reform bill that had been pushed by California’s utilities ended up as a law to increase the state’s renewable energy offerings. Among the big winners are the rooftop solar businesses, which expect to see more people buy their product now that the law has passed. [energybiz]
  • Vermonters have embraced renewable power faster and with more gusto than anyone in the state ever anticipated. That’s brought increased energy independence to some but ironically has put others in “a bit of a purgatory,” as one solar installer describes it. [Seven Days]
  • IKEA is increasing the size of its Boston-area store in Stoughton, MA. At the same time, it will increase the size of the solar array on the store’s roof. The 51,516-square-foot solar addition will consist of a 312-kW system, and will produce 383,200 kWh, bringing the store’s total to 1,078,200 kWh/year, [Your Renewable News]
  • The US NRC is shutting down because the agency has depleted its carryover funds. Resident inspectors at the nation’s 100 nuclear reactors will remain in place to address immediate safety and security issues, but the agency’s daily reactor status report will not be available. [Reuters]

 

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