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January 21 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Xcel Fiction: Four Lies My Utility Told Me” In December, Xcel Energy’s Frank Prager appeared on CPR’s Colorado Matters and spread blatant untruths about rooftop solar in Colorado. Here are four Prager fictions… [CleanTechnica]

World:

  • The International Renewable Energy Agency has released a report which maps out pathways for renewable energy to meet more than 30% of global energy demand by 2030 at no additional cost, with currently available technologies. [solarserver.com]
  • The UK Government faces criticism for failing to make people aware renewable heating systems could trim their bills by 45%. A new report released yesterday shows “widespread” lack of awareness from the public about switching to renewable heating. [Energy Live News]
  • In Australia, a new report suggests that the improving economics of solar and battery technology mean that by 2020 it would be cost-effective for new housing projects and regional towns to employ stand-alone power systems and go off-grid. [Business Spectator]
  • The Mexican Government goal for 2024 is that 35% of electrical power comes from renewable sources. Installed wind capacity is currently about 2 GW. Forecasts predict that installed wind capacity will grow to around 12 GW in the next six years. [RenewablesBiz]
  • A single stretch of water off the north coast of Scotland could provide sufficient renewable tidal energy to power about half the country, engineers say. Tidal turbines placed in the Pentland Firth could generate 1.9 gigawatts of power. [RenewablesBiz]
  • Market research firm IHS estimates that only 340 MW of commercial grid-connected energy storage systems were installed across 2012 and 2013. However, the firm forecasts annual installations will reach over 6 GW in 2017, 43% of that in the US. [Renew Grid]
  • The possibility of a binding renewable energy target for the EU is back on the table at negotiations in Brussels. PV Tech understands that the current draft of the new 2030 climate and energy plan calls for a target of either 27% or 30%. [PV-Tech]
  • European Greens are considering a challenge to the UK’s tax breaks and incentives for shale gas under state aid rules, as the government holds out against a new renewable energy target for the EU. [The Guardian]
  • Silvan Shalom, Israel’s National Infrastructure, Energy, and Water Minister, gave a speech at the 2014 World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi. During Shalom’s speech, all Arab ministerial delegations remained in their seats. [Israel Hayom]

US:

  • The US Defense Department expects to source at least 25% of its energy from renewable sources by 2025. Between 2010 and 2012, the number of renewable energy projects embraced by the U.S. military branches increased from 454 to 700. [GreenBiz.com]
  • Akron, Ohio will have 100% of its biosolids processed anaerobically by the Akron Renewable Energy Facility. Anaerobic digesters will generate roughly 12,192 MWh of electricity from it in 2014, enough to provide electricity to 1,600 homes. [Water World]

 

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