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July 3 Green Energy News

Disruption and Transformation:

  • A new book by Stanford University’s Tony Seba, Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation, has a dramatic prognosis: Silicon Valley will make oil, nuclear, natural gas, coal, electric utilities and conventional cars obsolete by 2030. [CleanTechnica]
  • Adnan Z. Amin, Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency and initiator of a series of world conferences on off-grid and minigrid electrification, sees our world on the cusp of unprecedented energy transformation. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

  • Despite five months of below-average temperatures and twice the normal of snowfall, when the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility ended its one-year test run, it had produced 491 kWh more than it used. [ScienceDaily]

World:

  • The latest word from Renewable Energy Network for the 21st Century is that renewable energy has continued to expand across the globe in 2013, increasing by more than eight percent and meeting almost one-fifth of the worlds final energy consumption. [Business Recorder]
  • Alinta Energy has chosen a stand-alone concentrating solar power plant that could cost as much as $796 million as its preferred option for Port Augusta, South Australia. This is a conclusion of a feasibility study on a new a plant where it owns ageing coal-fired generators. [Courier Mail]
  • Japan’s Kyocera Corporation has exceeded the 5-GW milestone in accumulated production of solar modules. Since the company began producing solar modules in 1975, they have now produced enough to supply individual 3.5 kW PV systems for more than 1.4 million homes. [EcoSeed]
  • India-based wind turbine manufacturer Suzlon Group has received a green light from CLP India to proceed with a 100.8-MW wind power project at Tejuva in Rajasthan. The wind project will utilize 48 units of Suzlon’s S97-2.1 MW wind turbines. [EcoSeed]
  • The rising international price of natural gas is causing electricity providers to return to coal-fired power. Power companies are taking advantage of the export gas price, making more money by selling their gas rather than burning it. [ABC Online]
  • Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority could give de facto approval for the restart of Kyushu Electric’s Nos. 1 and 2 reactors at its Sendai plant in southern Japan as soon as July 9, the Sankei newspaper reported without attribution. [Businessweek]

US:

  • The United States will hold a commercial lease auction on 19 August 2014 for the up to 1.45-GW Maryland wind energy area, the county’s third such sale for offshore wind development. [reNews]
  • The US EPA expanded the types of fuel that can be used to satisfy the federal biofuel mandate. The plan allows compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas produced using biogas [i.e., not fossil fuels] to qualify as cellulosic biofuel. [Reuters]
  • When it comes to the urgent need to cut carbon pollution and address climate change, businesses and business-minded lawmakers in the Heartland get it. What they realize is this: Cutting carbon pollution is good for both the environment and the economy. [Huffington Post]
  • San Diego-based EDF Renewable Energy Inc. entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement with KCP&L parent Great Plains Energy Inc. for the 150-MW Slate Creek Wind Project in Kansas. [Kansas City Business Journal]
  • Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems received 740 megawatts worth of new orders in the last several days, with its machines destined to generate electricity at wind farms in Kansas, Minnesota, New Mexico, and North Dakota. [Denver Business Journal]
  • Portland General Electric hit two high notes in the latest assessment by the US DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The Portland-based utility has signed up more customers for renewable energy and sells more renewable energy than any other utility. [Portland Business Journal]

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