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July 10 Green Energy News

World:

  • Wind and solar accounted for approximately 27% of Germany’s electricity generation in the first half of 2014. With 4% more coming from hydro, renewable energy sources accounted for a larger portion of electricity production than brown coal for the first time. [Business Spectator]
  • China recently overhauled its basic environmental law in a way that brings it closer to the structure of the US Clean Air Act.  Among other things, the new law also contains a provision authorizing public interest litigation by certain Chinese NGOs. [Energy Collective]
  • Saudi Aramco has come up with cost-effective ways to get at its tight gas and is now targeting a competitive price of $2.00 to $3.00 per thousand cubic feet. This is seen as a big blow to the US fracking industry. [CleanTechnica]
  • The Abbott government’s bid to repeal Australia’s carbon tax has again been defeated in the Senate. It is still widely expected that the Senate will pass it, depending on how negotiations progress, but negotiations are not Abbott’s strong point. [RenewEconomy]
  • Australians can look forward to more affordable energy bills if they keep developing renewable energy options, according to Giles Parkinson, editor of Renew Economy. He says South Australia and Tasmania may achieve virtually 100% renewables in about 15 years. [ABC Online]
  • The Deep Decarbonization Pathways report, released by the UN secretary general, says the 15 countries that account for 70% of greenhouse gases, including the US, Britain, and China could cut emissions to nearly nothing by 2050, while also tripling economic output. [The Guardian]
  • The European Commission said Wednesday it had secured a deal with Germany to allow the country to forge ahead with its ambitious renewable-energy laws, having agreed to some key changes to the legislation. [Wall Street Journal]

US:

  • Collier County, Florida has taken the state to court charging that state regulators have been lax in their oversight a drilling process called “acid fracking,” jeopardizing public health and the environment of the Everglades region. [CleanTechnica]
  • Apple on Wednesday published an Environmental Responsibility Report covering fiscal 2014, outlining steps the company has taken to reduce impact on climate change, use green materials in its products and conserve resources. [Apple Insider]
  • Three Washington utilities have been awarded $14.3 million in matching grants from the state’s Clean Energy Fund to lead energy storage projects with ties to federally funded research at the US DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. [Renew Grid]
  • Chicago is offering rooftop solar panel installations through the summer at 25% below market rates through a partnership with non-profit Vote Solar. The idea, announced Wednesday, is to jumpstart solar installations in the city. [Chicago Tribune]

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