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January 6 Green Energy News

Science and Technology:

  • Ford announced its vision to build out new charging infrastructure for its plug-in hybrid vehicles based exclusively on off-grid solar. If rolled out as planned, the automaker says it could cut grid charging of its C-MAX hybrid by up to 75%. [Energy Collective]
  • Researchers at North Carolina State University and Johns Hopkins University say the variability of wind power might actually worsen instability when there are disturbances on the grid. The problem can be reduced with storage and computers. [Energy Collective]

World:

  • UBS analysts say utilities in Europe need to shut down 30% of their gas, coal, and oil-fed power capacity by 2017, not to fight global warming, cut pollution, or cut fuel imports, but because renewable energy is pushing fossil fuels off the grid. [CleanTechnica]
  • Chinese manufacturer ReneSola won a contract to supply 420 MW of PV panels to a developer in Japan. The company will provide its Virtus 2 300 W units to be installed at more than 10 ground-mounted solar projects in the mountain regions of Japan. [reNews]
  • In India The Energy Resource Institute (TERI) says in a study that a 100% renewable energy supply by 2050 in India is possible. In 2010, fossil fuels accounted for 74 per cent of the total energy consumed in India. [EE Herald]
  • In Kuwait, a specialized economic report has asserted that the time has come to exploit renewable energy sources efficiently in the Gulf states especially as the establishment of strategic projects depends on the energy availability. [Kuwait News Agency]
  • China WindPower, an operator of renewable-energy projects with a market value of$725 million, said it will get as much as 5.7 billion yuan ($942 million) in loans from the China Development Bank Corp.’s Qinghai Branch for solar farms. [Businessweek]
  • Danish turbine maker Vestas Wind Systems has received its highest ever monthly total of orders in December, 1346 MW, as wind farm developers in the United States rushed to meet a year-end deadline to qualify for a tax credit. [Business Spectator]

US:

  • Secretary of State John Kerry’s aggressive pursuit of a new global climate agreement, has some clear implications for approval of the controversial Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline. In a nutshell, things ain’t looking so good for Keystone XL. [CleanTechnica]
  • The Vermont Public Service Board has approved an application to construct a 149.5-kilowatt solar array at a former landfill off Grafton Road in Townshend. The project will be funded by private investors and constructed by Westminster-based Soveren Solar. [Brattleboro Reformer]

 

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