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November 4 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Nuclear energy verdict: Costly, slow and very high maintenance” An analysis from Deutsche Bank makes some interesting observations about the cost of nuclear, the comparisons with gas, the price of abatement, and the cost of upkeep for France’s existing fleet. [RenewEconomy]
  • “Australia poised to ride a wave of success” The immense power of Australia’s oceans has the potential to provide huge amounts of clean energy if we can get the technology and the policy settings right. It could also create a major opportunity to create a high-value export industry. [Business Spectator]

Science and Technology:

  • Four of the world’s leading environmental scientists urged politicians and environmentalists to back the development of ‘safe’ nuclear power plants to stop global warming, instead of planning to rely on solar and wind power, which they said was ‘unrealistic’. [Daily Mail] (Green Energy Times has posted an article immediately above, showing why we cannot depend on nuclear to save us from global warming – and why we can do the job without it.)

World:

  • Scotland’s Energy Minister has warned that the UK Government’s Electricity Market Reform proposals could undermine Scotland’s renewables sector and supply chain, while threatening security of supply across the UK, and further price increases on consumers bills as a result. [The Edinburgh Reporter]
  • Azerbaijan’s State Agency for Alternative and Renewable Energy Sources reports that potential capacity of alternative energy sector in Azerbaijan exceeds existing generating capacities of traditional energy sector, and is talking about ending use of oil and gas. [Azerbaijan Business Center]
  • Wind and solar farms have become an accepted part of the Cornish landscape and can even enhance the visitor experience, according to a major new survey of holidaymakers in Cornwall. Of visitors polled, 94% said they make no difference, and 4% found them an added attraction. [DCA]
  • Solar power produces electricity at mid-day, when it is most needed, when prices used to be highest. In Germany, peak wholesale electric prices have dropped 30%, and IN SOUTHERN ITALY, THE WHOLESALE PRICE OF ELECTRICITY AT NOON IS ZERO, BECAUSE HOME-PRODUCE SOLAR PROVIDES ALL NEEDS. [The Guardian]
  • South Africa approved 33.8 billion rand ($3.3 billion) for 17 clean-energy projects in the third of five bidding rounds of a program to cut its reliance on coal. The Department of Energy received bids for 6,023 megawatts of capacity and allocated 1,456 megawatts. [Businessweek]

US:

  • Vote Solar and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council concluded the policy outlook for distributed generation from solar energy is bright as ever in Freeing the Grid 2013, the 7th annual report card ranking all 50 US states on net metering and interconnection policies. [RenewEconomy]
  • The city council of Cambridge, Massachusetts has created a “Getting to Net Zero” task force framework as a step to a new building code. The aim is to require that all new large-scale buildings be net-zero producers of carbon emissions. [Cambridge Chronicle]

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