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April 8 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Ukraine crisis underscores need for renewables push” At the heart of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine is the question of energy independence and energy security. Energy will continue to dominate our geopolitical agenda unless the United States and its allies decide to act. [CNN]
  • “Is US wind energy already as cheap as shale gas?” As the US gears up for another lengthy debate about future subsidies for wind power, two new reports have highlighted the cost competitiveness of the green energy source compared to natural gas. [Business Green]

Science and Technology:

  • A recent study from NREL and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory specifically addresses the value of demand response [adjusting customer demand during peak times] by putting demand response resources into a commercial production cost model. [Energy Collective]
  • Most scenarios that meet the 2°C global warming target require “tripling to nearly quadrupling” the share of energy from renewable and nuclear sources and capture and storage of emissions from fossil fuel plants, according to a leaked draft of an upcoming IPCC report. [Rappler]

World:

  • Renewables, excluding hydropower, accounted for 8.5% of global electricity generation, up from 7.8% in 2012, according to research by the United Nations’ Environment Programme and Bloomberg New Energy Finance. [Thomson Reuters Foundation]
  • Global investments in renewable energy slumped 14% last year, with China pouring more money into the sector than Europe for the first time on record. Investments in non-hydro renewables fell $35.1 billion to $214.4 billion in 2013, according to a report from the UN. [Rappler]
  • Almost half of new electricity generation is now renewable, and the costs of wind and solar power are falling sharply. It “should give governments confidence to forge a robust climate agreement” next year, says the director of the United Nations Environment Program. [New Scientist]
  • Enel Green Power SpA, the clean energy company majority owned by Italy’s largest utility, sees Africa as “the next big place” for renewables as it seeks to expand in markets with faster growth in power demand. [Bloomberg]
  • Bord na Mona will turn waste into 5.6 MW of renewable power at its new state of the art landfill-gas plant in Drehid, Co Kildare. The methane captured will be used to produce sufficient power for 8500 homes. [Irish Independent]
  • First Solar, the company building the southern hemisphere’s biggest solar plant, said it was reconsidering its future investment plans for Australia, citing increased policy uncertainty. About $90 million to $110 million worth of projects have been put on hold. [Sydney Morning Herald]
  • WindMW GmbH has completed the $1.7 billion Meerwind Süd │Ost wind farm in the German North Sea on schedule in 18 months. Meerwind is comprised of 80 Siemens SWT-3.6 120 wind turbines, which are expected to help power an estimated 360,000 homes. [PennEnergy]
  • According to GTM Research’s Latin America PV Playbook, Q2 2014, Chile installed 153 megawatts of utility-scale PV in the first quarter of this year. That’s more than three times the amount that any Latin American country has ever before installed in a single quarter. [Greentech Media]

US:

  • A Norwegian company, Scatec Solar, will build an 80 MW PV plant in Utah. The Utah Red Hills Renewable Energy Park will generate some 210 GWh of electricity per year, which will be fed into the grid under a 20-year power purchase agreement with PacifiCorp. [pv magazine]
  • Proposed state legislation that would bring large amounts of hydropower to Massachusetts from Canada could crash the regional power market and kill off other needed energy-generating resources, according to some environmental advocates. [Boston Globe]
  • American Electric Power is revising coal’s projected share of the company’s nearly 38,000 MW generation capacity in 2020 to 51%, displacing natural gas capacity. Volatile gas prices might be the reason, though none was explicitly given.[Platts]
  • Kansas lawmakers passed a compromise plan that would preserve net metering in the state, handing another defeat to ALEC, a conservative group seeking to repeal the state’s renewable energy laws. [Midwest Energy News]

 

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