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June 19 Green Energy News

Science and Technology:

  • James Smith, the former chair of Shell UK, is no climate denier. He says, “Climate change is a problem that absolutely must be tackled, and it is a very urgent problem and the longer we leave it the more and more urgent it becomes.” [Triple Pundit]
  • Though electric cars may cost more up front, their low-maintenance nature and low-cost fuel make them a natural fit for small businesses that require a lot of daily, local driving. A new study estimates that over a seven-year lifespan, the average electric car saves owners $16,000 in fuel and maintenance costs. [CleanTechnica]

World:

  • Despite being quite a grey country, with average solar irradiation levels worse than even the US Northwest and Alaska, Germany is the world’s solar power leader. In the past couple of weeks, it broke another three records, at one point getting 50.6% of demand from solar PVs. [Treehugger]
  • This year’s International Off-grid Renewable Energy Conference in Manila seems to have achieved balance and a politics-free sense of hope for the industry, investors, new business, and the government agencies that inform the people and support the public good. [CleanTechnica]
  • French energy and environment minister Ségolène Royal presented a bill that would cut nuclear’s share of France’s energy mix to 50% by 2025 from 75% now, while the share of renewables should increase to 40% from around 15% by 2030. [Wall Street Journal]

US:

  • Sunetric has deployed a 198.8 kW PV system with automated curtailment and smart-grid controls on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. The system will not feed electricity back into the utility grid, making it easier for the utility to manage the grid. [AZoCleantech]
  • Four former heads of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency who served under Republican presidents urged lawmakers Wednesday to stop bickering over whether climate change is real and start finding solutions. [Tico Times]
  • The new administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration has dedicated the nation’s largest federally owned wind farm near Amarillo, Texas with a mission to ensure the safe, secure, and cost-effective operation of facilities in Oak Ridge. [Oak Ridge Today]
  • Colorado state regulators have approved reopening Xcel Energy Inc.’s Solar*Rewards program that handles rebates and incentive payments for rooftop and commercial-sized solar power systems. [Denver Business Journal]
  • Massachusetts Deval Patrick and U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced plans for a new proposed offshore wind power area of more than 742,000 acres, or 1,160 square miles, which would make it about the size of Rhode Island. [Treehugger]
  • SolarCity, the rooftop solar panel business backed by technology entrepreneur Elon Musk, has announced plans to expand its production to 1,000 MW a year in one of the world’s largest solar manufacturing plants, located in New York. [Blue & Green Tomorrow]

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