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March 27 Green Energy News

Science and Technology:

  • It has been confirmed that Volkswagen is working on a powerful new battery for its EV fleet. Speaking at the Geneva Motor Show, Dr. Heinz-Jakob Neusser said “an 80 kWh unit is under development using our own technology.” [CleanTechnica]
  • Honda and the University of California, Davis, today marked the opening of Honda Smart Home US, showcasing technologies that enable zero net energy living and transportation. The home will produce more energy than it consumes, including an electric car. [Phys.Org]

World:

  • The global microgrid market is rapidly gaining prominence as supportive government policies in various countries encourage the setting up of renewable sources of energy such as wind and solar farms. [Greentech Media]
  • More than 47,000 jobs would be created in the development of Ireland’s wind energy sector by 2020 if the country can progress a multi-billion euro plan to export energy to the UK, a major report predicts. [Irish Independent]
  • There has been a big increase in the amount of electricity that can be produced by solar installations in Devon and Cornwall. Regen South West estimates solar energy can power the equivalent of more than 100,000 homes, up from 890 in 2011. [BBC News]
  • Gamesa signed an agreement to supply 49.3 MW in wind turbine capacity to the Chinese company CGN Wind Energy, for the Chengdingsha wind farm being built in Shandong province. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

US:

  • First Solar expects its average manufacturing cost to fall by nearly half – from an average $0.63/W in 2013, to $0.35/W in 2018. That will bring the total cost of a module (including racking and inverters) from around $1.59/W to below $1/W by 2017. [CleanTechnica]
  • America’s most comprehensive study of energy efficiency costs has found programs paid for by utility customers cost just two cents per kWh of power saved. The new study is from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. [CleanTechnica]
  • Leading scientists have repeatedly made clear that global warming is worsening the drought in California. Though there are now some saying it is the result of human activity, they say the what caused the drought “is the wrong question to ask.” [Energy Collective]
  • A measure to repeal the state’s 2009 renewable energy standards for power generation was rejected Wednesday in the Kansas House by a vote of 77-42 despite critics who argued the requirements drive up utility bills and unfairly push one industry over another. [Greenfield Daily Reporter]
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company announced an important milestone for California’s Renewables Portfolio Standard – the utility delivered 22.5% of its power from eligible renewable resources in 2013 and is on track to meet the state’s clean energy goals for 2020. [AZoCleantech]
  • Hawaiian Telcom Inc. is seeking approval from state regulators to install rooftop solar PV panels on 78 of its locations across the state in a move the utility says will produce “significant savings” on its electric bill. [RenewablesBiz]
  • By a broad bipartisan margin, the Maine Senate again unplugged a proposal by Gov. Paul LePage to remove a 100-megawatt cap on hydropower as required in the state’s renewable energy portfolio. [Bangor Daily News]
  • A Kentucky Toyota plant has teamed up with Waste Services of the Bluegrass to generate power from local landfill waste. Toyota estimates the locally generated landfill gas will supply enough power each year for the production of 10,000 vehicles. [KyForward.com]

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