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June 26 Green Energy News


  • “Explainer: did Clive Palmer just save the planet?” Australian kingmaker Clive Palmer has saved the furniture on climate policy, in a bizarre press conference with Al Gore. Spin and media fiction aside, here’s an explanation of what Palmer’s announcement means. [Crikey]

Science and Technology:

  • New organic, non-toxic, water-based batteries that last five times longer than their lithium counterparts have been developed. Created by researchers at the University of Southern California, the batteries would also be much cheaper than lithium batteries. [The Conversation]


  • Royal Dutch Shell has blamed air strikes by the government in Kiev against its own citizens in southern Ukraine as the reason it decided to declare a halt to its shale oil projects in the region. But the company was already looking for a way out of fracking in the area. [Energy Collective]
  • Windsor, Ontario will pocket millions simply by leasing airport lands, that would otherwise remain untouched, to global technology behemoth Samsung for construction of a  400-acre solar-panel facility with a capacity of 50 MW, built on unused airport land. [Windsor Star]
  • German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Wednesday he will introduce a market for spare power capacity which will help keep loss-making coal- and gas-fired power stations stay open on standby for when wind and solar plants are not producing. [Business Spectator]
  • Chatham-Kent is now home to the largest wind farm in all of Canada. The farm utilizes 124 Siemens 2.3 MW wind turbines, which are estimated to produce renewable energy for up to 100,000 local homes. [CTV News]
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday she would push back decisively against the European Commission if it raised further objections to Germany’s system of green power subsidies. [Reuters]


  • Senators Corker (R-TN) and Murphy (D-CT) are backing a 12-cent-per-gallon gasoline tax increase to shore up the nation’s highway trust fund, and getting praised for it to boot, as federal outlays supporting roads are outpacing exceed revenues. [Energy Collective]
  • Rhode Island currently has the capacity to deliver 21.65 MW of solar power. Newly passed legislation, which Gov. Lincoln Chafee is expected to sign, would expand this capacity to roughly 200 MW. [The Providence Journal]
  • Fuel producers are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a challenge to California’s landmark low carbon fuel standard, the first of a series of cases seeking to roll back state renewable energy laws around the country. [Reuters]
  • Colorado energy company SunShare has sold out the nation’s largest privately developed and subscribed Community Solar Garden. Having over 10,000 solar panels, it can power over 500 average Colorado homes. Construction will begin in the fall. [RenewablesBiz]
  • 8minutenergy Renewables, LLC has reached an agreement on a 27-year contract with the City of Palo Alto Utilities that would sell 25 MW of power generated from the PV developer’s Hayworth Solar Farm in Kern County, California to the city of Palo Alto. [PV-Tech]
  • An 80 MW Solar Farm in North Carolina has received final approvals from Duke Energy. Innovative Solar 37, LLC is the solar farm project located in the middle of the state that will supply enough electricity to the grid to power approximately 20,000 average size homes. [PR Web]
  • The use of executive powers to regulate greenhouse gas emissions has been reaffirmed by the US Supreme Court in a ruling issued on Monday. This suggests President Obama’s climate policy has solid legal foundations. [Carbon Brief]

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