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July 9 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • The US Northeast has a combination of high electricity prices, large cities with high power demand, an older fleet of fossil fuel generation, and difficulty building new transmission lines. This has led policymakers to develop pro-renewable energy policies, and they’ve worked well. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

  • Pathways to Deep Decarbonization, a report prepared by researchers in 15 different countries, looks into what’s needed to achieve sufficient cuts in our carbon emissions. The report finds that current government pledges aren’t sufficient. [Ars Technica]

World:

  • For the first time, a large fraction of the world’s fossil fuels could be replaced at a lower cost by clean energy, with today’s renewable technologies and prices. And virtually no further investments in fossil fuels make long-term economic sense. [Huffington Post]
  • A project of Irish utility ESB to develop Ireland’s first wave energy scheme has been awarded €23 million by the European Commission under the EU New Entrant Reserve (NER 300) funding mechanism. The 5-MW scheme should be operational by 2018. [Businessandleadership.com]
  • The European Commission has awarded €1 billion funding to 19 projects to fight climate change under the second call of the so-called NER 300 funding program. Project funding is from revenues from the EU Emissions Trading System, so polluters are paying for it. [Financial Mirror]
  • A new partnership between British Gas’s solar division, Generation Community and Social Finance has been formed to build a pipeline of solar PV projects worth £60 million across local government sites in the UK to equip sites such as schools and town halls with solar arrays. [Solar Power Portal]
  • Alinta Energy, Australia’s largest energy infrastructure company, has reached another milestone with its feasibility study into solar thermal generation. It now has recommended an assessment of stand-alone power tower technology at Port Augusta. [Nassau News Live]
  • GE announced today that SSE Renewables, the UK’s largest renewable power producer, has picked GE to fill its newest wind farm with turbines. Under the agreement, GE will provide specially designed wind turbines, each of 2.85 MW for a total capacity of 94 MW. [Motley Fool]
  • The Australian carbon tax may be all but dead, but a global plan for avoiding the worst impacts of climate change has found Australia could overhaul its fossil fuel dependent energy supply and cut emissions to zero by 2050 without trashing its economy. [eco-business.com]

US:

  • Indiana Michigan Power announced plans on Tuesday to build and operate five emission-free, solar power generating facilities. If approved, the company’s Clean Energy Solar Pilot Project will have a combined capacity of about 16 MW, enough to power 2,500 homes. [Muncie Star Press]
  • Public Service Company of New Mexico’s latest plan for providing power to half a million customers over the next two decades includes a proposal to add more coal and nuclear power, which is drawing fire from renewable energy and environmental advocates. [Santa Fe New Mexican.com]
  • New Jersey’s Board of Public Utilitys’ Energy Resiliency Bank is beginning to frame the outlines of a new program to help critical facilities remain up and running in the wake of extreme storms, like Hurricane Sandy. [NJ Spotlight]
  • GE Energy Financial Services and E.ON Climate and Renewables North America announced Tuesday they are teaming up to build a 211 MW wind farm about 26 miles east of Amarillo that could cost up to $422 million. [Amarillo.com]
  • Privately held solar financing company Mosaic and Enphase Energy Inc. have formed a partnership to offer residential solar-power loan packages that include system maintenance as part of the deal, the companies said Tuesday. [AltEnergyMag]
  • Apple recently reached another deal with Claremont, North Carolina to acquire 100 acres of land for a third solar farm. This project will bring more land into the city’s corporate limits as well as bring roughly 75 jobs. [ValueWalk]
  • Though Kansas’ renewable energy mandates are under attack, a report released by the regulatory Kansas Corporation Commission, says all six of the state’s investor-owned utilities are on track to meet them and source 20% of their mix from renewables by 2020. [Next City]

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