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February 27 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Is Utility 2.0 A Forecast Or A Post-Mortem?” Not only is big infrastructure proving harder to pay off as revenues stagnate, it’s also increasingly irrelevant in a 21st century electricity system where power can be cost-effectively generated right on the roof. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

  • The expansion of offshore renewable power generation, particularly large wind power installations, is helping to drive demand for transmission via high-voltage submarine electricity cables. [Fierce Energy]

World:

  • One thing we did not see prominently in the news was that in 2013 China installed about 40 GW of solar water heating capacity. You see solar hot water may be quite boring, but it still owns solar power in terms of installed capacity. And China has the most. [Energy Collective]
  • Advanced Energy Economy, has released a report finding that the global advanced energy economy — which includes efficient transport, biofuels, commercial and industrial efficiency, and clean electricity generation — was valued at $1.1 trillion in 2013. [Energy Collective]
  • Reentering the Japanese market, General Electric  has developed a 2.85-MW turbine for Japan that can withstand the country’s unique conditions. It can survive typhoon-strength winds, turbulent conditions and lighting strikes common in the nation. [Bloomberg]
  • Australia’s Climate Change Authority (CCA) has just released “Reducing Australia’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Targets and Progress Review – Final Report”. It says further efforts are necessary to achieve absolute reductions in emissions. [Energy Matters]
  • The Australian Capital Territory government will amend its large-scale renewables feed-in tariff to support the development of up to 550 MW of wind, solar and waste to energy projects, up from 210 MW. This is expected to reduce costs. [RenewEconomy]
  • The International Energy Agency released a report concluding that the integration of large amounts of renewable energy can be achieved at only a small increase on whole system costs, compared with the current fossil-fuel heavy electricity systems. [RenewEconomy]
  • Europe’s ten largest power companies are set to lose billions of euros after over-investing in fossil fuels rather than renewable energy, according to new Greenpeace research. [Business Green]
  • Renewable energy developments are sprouting up all over the UK, but a quieter revolution is taking place in a small town in Cornwall. Wadebridge is aiming to be the first town in the UK to be entirely self-sufficient, using various renewable resources. [BoilerJuice]

US:

  • Research from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California in San Diego now shows the impact of melting arctic sea ice on global warming has likely been significantly underestimated. [Energy Collective]
  • The 2014 edition of the Nissan LEAF is the cleanest production vehicle in the whole of the US, according to the Automotive Science Group. The rankings figure in the entire wheel-to-well lifetime environmental impact of the cars studied. [CleanTechnica]
  • Democratic representatives introduced a renewable energy bill Wednesday that would raise Wisconsin’s renewable energy goals. The bill would mandate the state achieve 30% renewable energy production by 2030. [Madison.com]

 

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