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May 10 Green Energy News

World:

  • The UN’s top climate change official says it is critical for all political parties to put aside their differences and unite in the battle to prevent catastrophic climate change. She says the political right to see global warming as “a huge business opportunity.” [The Independent]
  • Thermal coal prices are unlikely to rise over the next two years due to oversupply and stagnating demand, with analysts forecasting prices in a range of $70-85 per tonne. Prices of coal for use in power generation have dropped around 40% during the last three years. [DAWN.com]
  • Abengoa won a favorable environmental rating from the authorities of the Chilean Environmental Service to develop a solar-thermal plant using molten salts tower technology with an installed capacity of 110 MW. [Utility Products]
  • Australia’s largest renewable energy producer, Hydro Tasmania, faces projected losses of up to $20 million a year on wind power deals and blames uncertainty surrounding the ­Renewable Energy Target. [The Australian]

US:

  • According to tweets from the American Wind Energy Association conference in Las Vegas, prices for power purchace agreements for utility scale solar averaged just over 5 cents/kWh in 2013, and those for utility scale wind in US interior averaged 2.1 cents/kWh. [CleanTechnica]
  • The only active landfill in Vermont, located in Coventry, is going solar. The 2.7-MW will be installed on the landfill site’s buffer zone, alongside an existing 8-MW gas-to-energy generating facility that utilizes the methane from the landfill. [CleanTechnica]
  • The biggest utility in the whole of Hawaii, the Hawaiian Electric Company, will soon be required to help customers reduce their energy costs and install solar energy systems, according to recent reports. [CleanTechnica]
  • One of the largest banks in the world, Wells Fargo, is investing $100 million of tax equity financing into nine new solar PV projects being developed by Strata Solar in North Carolina, according to recent announcements.[CleanTechnica]
  • President Obama urged US businesses to curb emissions to reduce environmental threats that are causing climate change. He announced a series of carbon-reducing steps, which are designed for private companies to boost solar power and promote energy efficiency. [Industry Leaders Magazine]
  • … During a visit from President Barack Obama, Walmart announced that it will double the number of on-site solar energy projects at its US stores, Sam’s Clubs and distribution centers by 2020. [Sustainable Brands]
  • A federal judge denied a challenge to Colorado’s renewable-energy standard. US District Court Judge William Martinez dismissed the challenge of the Colorado law that requires larger utilities to get 30% of their energy from renewable sources by 2020. [The Denver Post]
  • Healthcare provider Kaiser Permanente says it plans to increase its onsite solar generation capacity to as much as 50 MW with additional installations planned for its medical campuses and other locations. That would be a quadrupling of its existing solar power generation. [Central Valley Business Times]
  • According to results from a recent job modeling analysis, a single 150-MW wind project in Montana would pump $6.1 million into the local economy each year. But now, with the expiration of the production tax credit, future projects could be put on hold. [KAJ18 Kalispell Montana News]
  • Jonesborough was named “Community of the Year” on Tuesday by the TVA at the federal agency’s Third Annual Green Power Switch Leadership Awards. The town won the award because of its dedication to renewable power generation and its existing recycling programs. [Johnson City Press]
  • A campaign is being waged to hamper investment in distributed energy. A recent editorial in The New York Times exposed the Koch brothers, wealthy from fossil fuels, as principal funders of a huge lobbying campaign to reduce incentives and impose burdensome charges. [Hartford Courant]

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