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December 30 Green Energy News

Science and Technology:

  • We are now in a transition period where battery prices are dropping by 20-30% each year. Volkswagen stated that it would be possible to manufacture a 100% electric vehicle more cheaply than a car with a combustion engine within three years. [CleanTechnica]
  • One critical obstacle that cities face is the skyrocketing cost of wastewater treatment, so the prospect of offsetting costs by generating and reclaiming energy would enable more wastewater treatment projects to get off the ground more quickly. [CleanTechnica]

World:

  • Scotland is meeting targets for renewables to generate 50% of consumption by 2015, and 100% by 2020. In 2012, it reached 40.3%. In September 2013, installed renewable capacity was 6.5 GW, and 4.6 GW of wind power is under construction or planned. [Triple Pundit]
  • The UK’s Energy minister wants four million solar panels installed on government land and buildings. His desire to increase dramatically the Government’s commitment to renewable energy will dismay many senior Conservatives. [Telegraph.co.uk]
  • A dairy farmer with 300 acres of land in Northern Ireland could pay over £25,000 per year on heat and electricity. A lease agreement makes it possible to install an anaerobic digester with other equipment to offset the bills and make extra income. [Farming Life]
  • JinkoSolar Holding Co. announced that four of its solar PV projects in China, totaling 80 MW, have been successfully connected to the national grid. As of the end of 2013, the company has approximately 213 MW of PV capacity on the grid. [Your Renewable News]
  • Broadband and television company UPC has gone green, after signing a deal with Irish energy supplier Vayu to supply their 96 metered sites with renewable energy. The deal will provide UPC with direct access to wholesale market prices for electricity. [Irish Examiner]
  • Renewable energy provided 42.4% of the electricity demand in Spain this year, 10.5 percentage points higher than in 2012. Wind power contributed most to the annual electricity demand coverage with a share of 21.1%, an increase of 3% from 2012. [Energy Matters]

US:

  • Residential and large commercial solar has grown by leaps and bounds by using third-party solar financing, including such things as the solar lease and power purchase agreement or ‘PPA.’ [CleanTechnica]
  • After successful lease auctions for offshore wind development in New England and Virginia, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is setting sail for a new location in the race to develop America’s wind potential – Maryland. [Energy Collective]
  • The TVA is offering a total of 126 MW of renewable capacity in the coming year through a variety of power-purchasing programs for homes, businesses and commercial installations, marking a 7% increase over 2013. [Clarksville Online]

 

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