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June 14 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Old Reactors v. New Renewables: The First Nuclear War of the 21st Century” Utilities, who had loudly announced the arrival of a “nuclear renaissance”, are desperate to “stay relevant to the game going forward” because they cannot compete with renewables or gas. [InvestorIdeas.com]

Science and Technology:

  • If solar energy deployment doesn’t increase 12 times over by the year 2030, the world is headed towards a “climate catastrophe,” according to a recent report from the International Renewable Energy Agency. [CleanTechnica]

World:

  • The world is on the brink of a serious surge in batteries. Batteries of the near future will power homes and hospitals and even provide relief for the grid, with an industry that may be worth $200 billion in 2020. [Bloomberg]
  • The election in Ontario saw the governing Liberal Party score a surprise victory, giving a boost to windpower. During the campaign, Conservative leader Tim Hudak advanced an energy strategy heavily focused on nuclear power, while stopping support for renewables. [Windpower Monthly]
  • Kyocera Corporation, along with several other organizations, today announced that they have reached a basic agreement to investigate the possibility of operating a 430-MW solar power project on the island of Ukujima (Sasebo City, Nagasaki Pref., Japan). [PennEnergy]

US:

  • Elon Musk has made yet another highly interesting and somewhat unpredictable move/announcement (in a long line of such moves) — Tesla Motors will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, uses the company’s technology. [CleanTechnica]
  • National associations representing food and snack manufacturers are suing the state of Vermont over its law passed last month that will require foods produced with genetically modified ingredients to be labeled as such beginning July 2016. [Food Safety News]
  • New York legislation would let people without their own roofs for solar panels invest in clean energy projects, which is more attractive than ever thanks to recent drops in the price of solar and wind power. [CleanTechnica]
  • Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) dashed the hopes of environmentalists, leading manufacturers and renewable-energy businesses Friday and signed a bill shelving requirements for utilities to ramp up the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency. [Washington Post]
  • Independent energy provider Tenaska closed commercial financing today for Tenaska Imperial Solar Energy Center West, a 150-MW photovoltaic solar electric generating plant near El Centro, California. [Imperial Valley News]
  • Cirque Energy Inc. announced the signing of a development agreement for a project to install a 2.5 MW biomass gasification power plant to be known as the Midland Biomass Energy Station in Midland, Texas. [Biomass Magazine]
  • In 2006, Wisconsin passed a law calling for the state to get 10% of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2015. Now, two years ahead of schedule, the state announced it has already met its goal. [ThinkProgress]
  • The Department of Public Utilities has issued two orders that will allow Massachusetts to become the first state in the country that requires electric distribution companies to take affirmative steps to modernize the electric grid. [Berkshire Eagle]

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