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Concentration of CO2 in the Atmosphere

June 29 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “How Opposite Energy Policies Turned The Fukushima Disaster Into A Loss For Japan And A Win For Germany” Japan has nine times Germany’s renewable energy resources but makes about nine times less of its electricity from new renewables than Germany does. [Forbes]

Science and Technology:

  • Microgrids are attractive to universities, hospitals and military installations aiming to protect their critical loads. They are also attractive to communities looking to survive the next storm, a dynamic spurring development of a new, potentially controversial grid model. [Scientific American]
  • Interest in microgrids has soared as America’s aging infrastructure has fallen behind. Unlike diesel generators for emergency power, modern microgrids frequently integrate batteries with multiple sources of power, including solar panels, wind turbines and fuel cells. [Leader-Telegram]

World:

  • In the past, renewable power needed incentives. In Germany, however, the energy market is on the cusp of evolving to the next step: An era in which the sun and the wind replace fossil fuels through the sheer, unstoppable force of the market. [Engadget]
  • Germany is headed for its biggest electricity glut since 2011 as new coal-fired plants start and generation of wind and solar energy increases, weighing on power prices that have already dropped for three years. [SteelGuru]

US:

  • Given the options to adapt or to die, a number of US utilities seem to have chosen a third way – Fight – as captured in a map from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. A total of 19 states have legislative or regulatory assaults on net metering or distributed solar underway. [CleanTechnica]
  • Risky Business, an organization founded by Tom Steyer, Hank Paulson, and Michael Bloomberg, three business giants, released a report detailing the extraordinary risks that climate change poses to the nation’s economy and to the future business climate in the US. [Energy Collective]
  • With rapidly growing utility-scale solar capacity, the California Independent System Operator has regularly recorded new hourly output records going back to 2010 when it first began publishing the daily data. [Energy Collective]
  • Rocky Mountain Power struck a deal with Boston-based First Wind agreeing to purchase 320 MW of solar power over twenty years from four solar facilities in Beaver and Iron counties in Utah. Solar was chosen over other alternatives on the basis of price. [CleanTechnica]
  • At 8:48 p.m. on March 26, wind generation on the electric grid covering most of the state of Texas reached a new instantaneous peak output of 10,296 MW. At that moment, wind supplied almost 29% of total electricity load, according to the grid’s operator. [CleanTechnica]
  • Deepwater Wind is beginning construction of a demonstration project to power Block Island. They have a lease on 256 square miles of federal lands 30 miles off the coast of Montauk, where they plan to start with 35 6-megawatt turbines to tie in to Long Island’s electric grid. [East End Beacon]

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