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July 6 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “As a Solution for Climate Change – Nuclear Power is Falling Behind” A proponent of nuclear power considers why nuclear power is not expanding in a way that is even remotely like that of wind, solar, and other renewable power sources. [Energy Collective]

Science and Technology:

  • UK researchers today announced what they believe to be a game changer in the use of hydrogen as a “green” fuel, by using ammonia as a clean and secure hydrogen-containing energy source to produce hydrogen on-demand in situ. [phys.org]

World:

  • In Australia, the combination of low demand and strong output from the Queensland’s 1.1 GW of rooftop solar helped send the state’s electricity prices into negative territory on Wednesday – in the middle of the day, when demand is usually the highest, and prices too. [CleanTechnica]
  • In India, coal scams during the tenure of the “previous government” adversely impacted the availability of coal forcing the power generation projects with collective capacity of 65,000 MW being shut in the country, according to Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal. [indiatvnews.com]
  • While the cost of solar energy is declining, the number of people harnessing the sun’s energy in Alberta is on the rise. Over the past three years in Edmonton alone, the amount of solar energy generated in Edmonton has increased by about 16 times. [CBC.ca]
  • Due to frequent power cuts in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, traffic has become un-manageable in the city, so the Rawalpindi Cantonment Board plans to install solar energy panels to keep traffic signals running during long power cuts, at a cost of $1 million. [Mizo News]
  • Indian Railways is planning to generate 1 MW solar power at the New Delhi railway station by installing solar panels on the platform roofs. The power project is a part of the Railways’ initiative to convert some of its stations into ‘green buildings’. [The Hindu]

US:

  • The American Council On Renewable Energy released the results of its “Business Leaders Opinion Polling.” It showed broad support for renewables in all areas , with 78% of business leaders saying renewable energy technologies are a real growth opportunity for the economy. [Electric Light & Power]
  • Consumers Energy will build three acres of solar arrays on two Flint-area General Motors plants this summer as part of both companies’ efforts to boost renewable energy. The solar arrays will generate an estimated 400,000 kWh of power per year. [Bay City Times]
  • A solar array in North Brookfield, Massachusetts will provide all of the power for a vocational school in Andover. The 3.6-MW solar energy system will provide 100% of the electricity for Greater Lawrence Technical High School of Andover. [Worcester Telegram]
  • School division officials in Chesapeake, Virginia hope to have the turbine running by the end of July near the Grassfield High School athletic complex. They anticipate that it will help power the concession area at the football stadium and reduce the division’s energy bill. [The Virginian-Pilot]
  • New England’s electricity supply is in peril. Natural gas power plants alone produced 46% of the region’s power in 2013, up from 15% in 2000. But in recent years, natural gas has come at an ever-increasing price, with little chance of improvement over 3 to 4 years. [Seacoastonline.com]

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