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July 11 Green Energy News

World:

  • The United States and China on Tuesday signed eight partnership pacts to cut greenhouse gases that will bring the world’s two biggest carbon emitters closer together on climate policy, but fundamental differences between the two sides remain. [Scientific American]
  • Global oil production advanced in 2013 by 557,000 barrels per day (bpd), an increase of 0.6 percent over 2012 and a new all-time high of 86.8 million bpd. After declining in 2009, global crude oil production has now increased 4 years in a row. [EnergyTrends Insider]
  • Germany’s upper house of parliament Friday passed an ambitious renewable energy law which aims to mitigate the effects of the country’s move away from nuclear and fossil-fuel generated power. [Wall Street Journal]
  • Swiss-based ABB has secured a contract worth about $400 million for the first electricity link between the island of Newfoundland and the North American power grid. The 500 MW connection will bring renewable energy from in Newfoundland and Labrador to Nova Scotia. [Energy Business Review]
  • Globeleq, a private power generation company in Africa, has celebrated completion of another of its renewable energy projects in South Africa, the 138 MW Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm located between the towns of Jeffreys Bay and Humansdorp in the Eastern Cape. [Your Renewable News]
  • Funds to help farmers adapt to climate change, ultra-modern solar power plants and schemes to promote women’s safety in cities are among pledges the new Indian government made in its first budget on Thursday. [Reuters India]
  • Solar PV and wind energy will beat both coal and gas on costs – without subsidies – in the major Asia energy markets of China and India by 2020, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. [RenewEconomy]

US:

  • The White House threatened to veto a proposed $34 billion House bill setting FY 2015 spending for the DOE, the Department of Interior, and the Army Corps of Engineers, saying it “significantly underfunds” investments to develop clean energy technologies. [POWER magazine]
  • In Massachusetts, advocates of small-scale solar projects worry that a compromise worked out between large renewable energy developers and utilities — which nationally are pushing back against net metering rules — could darken the state’s successful solar development. [The Recorder]
  • The Wisconsin Public Service Commission agreed to set up a $16 million revolving loan fund that would work with a commercial lender to help finance installation of solar, wind or bioenergy projects. The program is modeled in part on an initiative already in place in Iowa. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]
  • Dominion Virginia Power has started making test borings in the Atlantic Ocean off Virginia Beach as part of its proposed research project aimed at the eventual harvesting of offshore wind energy. [Richmond Times-Dispatch]
  • The National Wildlife Federation, pushing for development of offshore windpower, released a report called “Catching the Wind:  State Actions Needed to Seize the Golden Opportunity of Atlantic Offshore Wind Power.” [WMTW Portland]
  • Even as the TVA builds a newer and bigger nuclear plant, distributed energy is producing more of America’s electricity, using smaller sources such as solar, wind or small gas-generated turbines. [Chattanooga Times Free Press]

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