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May 19 Green Energy News

Science and Technology:

  • A NOAA-led study finds the location where tropical cyclones reach maximum intensity has been shifting toward the poles at roughly 35 miles per decade. Scientists attribute the shift to human-caused greenhouse gases, stratospheric ozone depletion, and increases in pollution. [Energy Collective]

World:

  • China intends to accelerate its deployment of solar power, after setting a new target to more than triple installed capacity to 70 GW by 2017 as part of its drive to cut its reliance on coal. The new solar target is double the previous one set for 2015. [Business Green]
  • Global investment bank UBS says solar is likely to account for 10 per cent of global electricity capacity by 2020, as production costs continue to fall, and demand soars in the world’s major economies and in other markets. [CleanTechnica]
  • In Oman, the CEO of the Rural Areas Electricity Company, said the company is working towards having 25% of the total energy production from the renewable sources by 2019, including solar and wind power, with special emphasis on the solar. [Omanet.com]
  • Dutch trains will start running on wind energy from next year and the country’s entire rail network could be fully powered by green electricity by 2018. Wind farms in Holland, along with some in Belgium and Scandinavia, will supply 1.4 TWh for the trains. [Business Green]
  • According to figures published by Brussels’ official database Eurostat, the output of environmental goods and services grew to represent 5.25% of GDP across the EU 28 bloc, reaching a total value of €667 billion in 2011, the most recent year with finalised data. [Business Green]
  • Energy Minister Fergus Ewing granted full planning permission to ScottishPower Renewables proposed 51 MW, 22-turbine Ewe Hill development, after Dumfries and Galloway Council initially granted planning permission for six of the turbines. [Business Green]
  • Commercial operations are underway at the 138 MW Jeffreys Bay wind farm in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. Developer Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm said the facility, which features 60 Siemens turbines, hit its target date and came in on budget. [reNews]
  • The Middle East and Africa region is set to see massive growth in solar PV demand in the coming years. Year-on-year growth in the market in 2014 is expected to be as high as 50%. And, between the years of 2014 and 2018, annual PV demand is expected to triple. [CleanTechnica]

US:

  • Vermont congressman Peter Welch plans to introduce the Electric Vehicle Act, legislation to increase the tax incentive for purchasing low and moderately priced EVs from $7,500 to $10,000, when he returns to Washington. The price cap for extra incentive is $45,000. [CleanTechnica]
  • David Blittersdorf, CEO at AllEarth Renewables has long tried to walk the talk as a maker of renewable energy equipment. In 2011, he proposed a car tax on his 31 employees, but some balked and helped find another solution: a $6,000 annual bonus, offset with a carbon tax. [Barre Montpelier Times Argus]

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