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July 12 Green Energy News


  • A new report from analysts Clean Energy Pipeline has shown that global clean energy investment totaled $66.2 billion in the second quarter of 2014, the highest total since the end of 2012. [CleanTechnica]
  • Hopes are high that West Harris will be central to Scottish wave energy production. The European Marine Energy Centre has been awarded rights to the seabed and will work alongside the West Harris Trust and the Comhairle to attract wave energy developers. [Stornoway Gazette]
  • Medicine Hat’s (and Canada’s only) solar-thermal project is completed and only awaits regulatory approval from the Alberta Boiler Safety Association, while the three wind turbines are up and should be running by the end of summer. [Medicine Hat News]
  • There may now be 6.5 million direct and indirect jobs in renewable energy, according to new data from the International Renewable Energy Agency. Global PV employment is estimated to be 2.3 million in 2013, with 1.45 million in biofuels and 834,000 in windpower. [Emirates 24/7]
  • Regulators have given the go-ahead for the biggest investment in Scotland’s green energy sector in decades. The £1.2 billion submarine transmission cable in the Moray Firth is expected to pave the way for future wave and tidal energy generation in remote locations. [Scotsman]
  • German hard coal consumption for power generation was down by 11% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2014 as the use of coal in electricity production gave way to higher renewable power production, coal importers lobby VDKI said on Friday. [Reuters]


  • Sixteen Transition groups in 12 states are currently laying the groundwork in their communities to pilot Transition Streets, a project proven to reduce the carbon footprint of entire neighborhoods and save hundreds of dollars on energy bills. [Resilience]
  • The city of Loveland, Colorado lost a dam and hydroelectric plant in last year’s flood, but there may be an opportunity to replace the renewable energy source with one 100 years more modern. City officials are in the initial planning stages for a 5 MW solar array. []
  • The Senate passed legislation to encourage more geothermal energy production on federal lands, streamlining the federal geothermal leasing program to encourage development of geothermal power by making adjacent development rights available at fair market rates. []
  • Solar energy companies can legally sell power directly to customers, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday. The ruling will likely expedite the adoption of rooftop solar power generating systems – particularly by cities, schools and nonprofit groups. [Washington Times]
  • Facing strong opposition from students, faculty and nearby residents who opposed a fossil fuel plant did due to its carbon footprint, the University of Delaware has scrapped plans for a 279 MW natural gas burning co-generation power plant. [Natural Gas Intelligence]
  • Despite ample opportunities to replace the power from the closed San Onofre nuclear plant with renewables, energy efficiency, demand response and other pollution-free energy options, SDG&E is planning on buying 600 MW of power produced with natural gas. [Greentech Media]
  • A dozen leading companies, including Wal-Mart and General Motors, called for market changes to make it easier to buy renewable energy. They say they want to purchase 8.4 million MWh per year of this energy, but the market often stymies their efforts. [USA TODAY]

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