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July 7 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Votes Show Strong Support for Colorado Energy, Rejection of Anti-Fracking Activism” A pro-fracking author writes that the political atmosphere in Colorado supports development of natural gas and oil resources, even if it is fracked. [Energy Collective]
  • “Give It Up, ‘Skeptics’ — America Is No Longer Debating Climate Change” This week, the Heartland Institute is holding a conference on climate change in Las Vegas, which they’ve dubbed “the biggest gathering of global warming skeptics in the world.” [VICE News]

World:

  • The UK could save £12.1 billion a year through to 2050 by shifting the focus of its energy policy towards delivering greener buildings that consume less energy and are capable of generating their own heat and power, according to a new report. [Business Green]
  • Australia is expected to spend some $55 billion on new electricity generation over the next decade and a half, but two thirds of this will be in the form of solar technology, and nearly half in rooftop solar PV, according to a Bloomberg New Energy Finance forecast. [Echonetdaily]
  • Over 150 companies have called on the Prime Minister to back the UK’s solar industry. A letter signed by outfits including Triodos Bank, Ecotricity, Kyocera and Good Energy was delivered as DECC closed its consultation on proposed changes to support for solar power. [reNews]
  • Solar Reserve, one of the world’s most advanced solar power companies has shelved plans to develop electricity plants for the public market in Australia because of the Government’s apparent hostility to renewable energy. [ABC Online]
  • IBM announced an agreement on Monday with the city of Beijing to use advanced weather forecasting and cloud computing technologies to help tackle the Chinese capital’s persistent smog. [New York Times]
  • The UK government will share new technologies in clean and renewable energy to help India in addressing climate change in a way that its growth will not be affected, according to a British government minister. [eco-business.com]
  • Green energy developers in Northern Ireland welcome plans to keep wind power subsidies steady until at least 2017, although solar PV installations face support cuts, reflecting changes in technology costs and a need to ensure value for money for taxpayers. [Business Green]
  • Siemens Energy has reached the significant milestone of 10 GW of installed wind power capacity in the Americas. Siemens has installed more than 5,600 wind turbines in Canada, the USA and South America, including Peru, Chile and Brazil. [Yahoo Finance UK]

US:

  • After examining the publicly available compliance records of more than 41,000 wells in northeastern Pennsylvania, the Cornell-led researchers reported that 40% of the oil and gas wells in parts of the Marcellus shale region will probably leak methane into the atmosphere. [Energy Collective]
  • A 150 kW solar orchard powering Vermont’s Woodchuck Hard Cider won two honors at a national solar show. The project was a “Project of Distinction” finalist and won “Project of Distinction 2014 Fan Favorite” at the PV America event in Boston. [vtdigger.org]

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