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January 11 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Deceiving EIA Forecasts  (Letter From CleanTechnica Readers)” The Energy Information Administration forecast that we would reach 0.45 GW of Solar PV on the grid by 2035, but in November 2013 we reached 7.11 GW according to the FERC. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

  • A look at peer-reviewed articles on climate change in scientific journals, from Nov. 12, 2012 through December 31, 2013, found 2,258 articles written by a total of 9,136 authors. Only one article, by a single author, rejected man-made global warming. [CleanTechnica]

World:

  • Leading investment house Deutsche Bank has dramatically lifted its demand forecasts for the global solar industry – predicting that 46 GW of solar PV will be installed across the world in 2014, before jumping by another 25% to 56 GW in 2015. [CleanTechnica]
  • 2013 US sales of the Tesla Model S, a bit below 20,000, have led cumulative global sales of the Model S passed the 25,000 marker, according to reports. Tesla does not release monthly sales figures, so the total comes from analysis estimates. [CleanTechnica]
  • A new report from Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator confirms that the annual production of wind energy in Ontario has risen from 2.3 TWh to 5.2 TWh between 2009 and 2013. [North American Windpower]

US:

  • As 2013 came to a close, California announced its total rooftop solar capacity had doubled in just one year. The state boasted 1,000 MW of accrued rooftop solar capacity, demonstrating that solar energy is not only in demand, but also affordable. [inhabitat]
  • According to the NPD analysts, new PV installations in the United States throughout 2013 reached a record 4.2 GW. This figure is a 15% growth on 2012 figures, and places the country as the leading solar market outside of the Asia-Pacific region. [CleanTechnica]
  • Renewable power companies MidAmerican Solar and SunPower Corp said they have connected the first 57 megawatts to the power grid from California’s 579-MW Solar Star solar power plant, one of the biggest in the United States. [Yahoo News]
  • Ormat Technologies says the Don A. Campbell Geothermal Plant in Mineral County, California fired up in December, putting out 16 MW of power. A large portion of that is going to Los Angeles, a round-the-clock renewable power source. [EarthTechling]
  • Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa announced the signing of an agreement this week to build an Integrated Waste Conversion and Energy Project on Maui. The facility should be fully operational in 2017, using 85% of the county’s municipal solid waste. [Maui Now]
  • Through a deal with Connecticut-based renewable energy firm Viridian Power Co., The Storm King School, a New York-based boarding school, has begun consuming electricity that is entirely generated by local wind farms. [North American Windpower]
  • Dow Chemical and other big industrial users of natural gas are imploring the Obama administration to stop approving export licenses pending review of economic, demand and production data. [FuelFix]

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