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January 3 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Science Smackdown: Key Points On Renewable & EV Revolution From Mark Z Jacobson” Wind, Water, & Sun: Best Overall Solution To Global Warming, Deadly Pollution, Reliable Energy Needs, and Disaster Protection. (Old points, but good.) [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

  • Researchers at the US DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have discovered that an enzyme from a microorganism in 1990 can digest cellulose almost twice as fast as the current leading component cellulase enzyme on the market. [4-traders]

World:

  • Renewable energy firm Enel Green Power announced it has successfully completed and grid connected its new Valle de los Vientos wind farm in Antofagasta, Chile. The wind farm has 45 wind turbines, for a total installed capacity of 90 MW. [PennEnergy]
  • Sugar mills in Pakistan are currently using bagasse – a renewable fuel produced as a by-product in the sugar manufacturing process – inefficiently. The Economic Co-ordination Committee of the Cabinet is set to change regulations. [Business Recorder]
  • The European Commission is to order Britain to end wind farm subsidies. The commission is preparing to argue that the onshore wind and solar power industries are “mature” and should be allowed to operate without support from taxpayers. [Telegraph.co.uk]
  • Trina Solar has signed an investment framework agreement to develop a 1-GW solar project in western China’s Xinjiang region. The local government authority of Turpan Prefecture agreed to back the phased development. [reNews]
  • Mainstream Renewable Power is planning to erect 400 turbines across seven Irish counties as part of a 1,200-MW first phase of an overall 5,000-MW plan to export wind energy to the UK. [Westmeath Independent]
  • The solar industry will be the main focus of investment in the renewable energy market of Russia and the CIS region, according to a forecast by the international group IBCentre, which tracks renewable energy development in Eastern Europe. [pv magazine]
  • Three new nuclear reactors were connected to the grid in 2013 and four were permanently shut down, dropping the total number of reactors in operation around the world to 436 with an installed capacity of 372 GW. [Nuclear Engineering]

US:

  • Massachusetts has joined a growing list of states demanding that its investor-owned utilities invest in the smart grid — and find new models for how those investments should be valued. [Energy Collective]
  • A report from the Edison Electric Institute paints a bleak picture for the future of investor-owned utilities.  It essentially says their business model, in the current regulatory environment, is not sustainable, given expected growth in rooftop PVs. [energycentral]
  • Overall, utility-scale renewable energy including hydropower meet 21.3% of California’s demand during 2013. Utility-scale solar power peaks at 2.83 GW, providing 2.36%. The figures do not include an estimated 2 GW of unmetered private PVs. [solarserver.com]
  • California already leads the United States in most measures of the clean energy economy, but two new initiatives by the state’s grid operator could ensure its electricity system can handle far more renewables, electric vehicles, and power demand. [CleanTechnica]
  • The US DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has unveiled a new wind turbine test facility capable of simulating thousands of hours of real-world operations on the largest on-shore turbines currently commercially available. [Energy Matters]
  • Last year saw many of changes for coal as solar and wind generation hit record highs and prices declined. Installation of renewable energy capacity outpaced coal, oil, and nuclear growth combined. Nationwide, 30% of existing coal plants is set to retire. [Fierce Energy]
  • The deal between the state and the owners of Vermont Yankee offers a useful model for decommissioning as it tackles some of the key areas of conflict between the industry and the areas in which it operates.  [OilPrice.com]

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