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July 5 Green Energy News

World:

  • Whether it is in reaction to international trade conflicts, booming local demand for solar, or the firm belief that solar PV will soon be a dominant player in the energy market, recent company announcements highlight the great promise that solar manufacturing holds. [Renewable Energy World]
  • The Abu Dhabi Environment Agency has called on Arab Gulf states to shift their focus to solar and other renewable energy when considering power for desalination to combat rising prices of fossil fuels and growing needs for potable water. [desalination.biz]
  • A memorandum of understanding signed this past week sets up an agreement between British Columbian First Nations and the Clean Energy Association of BC to cooperate in developing British Columbia’s renewable sector, including hydroelectric power. [Canada First Perspective]
  • Canada-based Windiga Energy is set expand its footprint across the sub-Saharan region with what would be the largest solar PV project of its kind in the region. The company intends to commission a 20 MW solar PV project in Burkina Faso by December 2015. [CleanTechnica]
  • In Australia, a group of 25 Coalition MPs signed a petition calling for the renewable energy target to be diluted. Interestingly, most of those who signed it didn’t want their names to become public, which is almost unheard of for political petitions. [RenewEconomy]
  • Renova Energia SA, a Brazilian renewable energy company, received approval to start a 294.4 MW project in the northeastern state of Bahia, two years behind schedule after a delay in making grid connections. [Businessweek]
  • The UK government will tender for backup energy generation equivalent to 80% of peak time use as part of the first capacity market auction, intended to guarantee power production in 2018/19, the energy secretary has confirmed. [Out-Law.com]
  • Kazakhstan has started the construction of the country’s first industrial wind park in Yereimentau. The capacity of the wind farm will be equal to 45 MW, which is likely to be expanded to 300 MW in the future. [AzerNews]

US:

  • A series of recent industry announcements is pouring cold water on the argument that tar sands development will happen at the same pace and scale with or without major infrastructure projects like Keystone XL. [Energy Collective]
  • More than 230 earthquakes of magnitude greater than 3.0 have shaken Oklahoma already this year. Before 2008 the state averaged one such quake a year. A study published today in Science explains how wastewater from fracking processes may be to blame. [Scientific American]
  • Over the past month Hawaii, Rhode Island, and Vermont have all either established climate adaptation laws or created long-term plans to tackle the increasing impacts of climate change. [CleanTechnica]
  • President Obama recently asked developing countries to forgo the use of coal when building their economies and concentrate on developing “renewable” energy sources. While not naming names. the president’s message was clearly aimed at China and India. [American Thinker]
  • Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant will be allowed to continue discharging millions of gallons of heated water into the Connecticut River until the plant shuts down later this year, despite owner Entergy Nuclear relying on “flawed science,” a draft state permit stated. [Barre Montpelier Times Argus]

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