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July 15 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Electric Cars Will Change the Way You Power Your Home” When you put a solar panel on your roof, your home becomes a mini-power plant. When you buy an electric vehicle, you suddenly control an automobile-shaped energy-storage device. [TIME]
  • “Orwellian Newspeak and the oil industry’s fake abundance story” The oil industry’s fake abundance story is so full of verbal legerdemain that it has become a sort of lexicon of Newspeak for oil. [Resilience]

World:

  • Global clean energy investment surged to $63.6 billion in the second quarter of 2014, up 33% compared to the first quarter and 9% compared to Q2 2013, according to the latest authoritative figures from research company Bloomberg New Energy Finance. [Commodities Now]
  • General Electric will supply some 94 MW of wind turbines to the Dunmaglass Wind Farm in Scotland. This capacity will come from 33 wind turbines that will be delivered to SSE Renewables in the coming months. [Hydrogen Fuel News]
  • Like many other small island nations, Barbados has to ship in all of the oil that it uses to produce electricity—making power over four times more costly than it is in the fuel-rich US. That high price has proven to be a boon for Barbados’ fledgling solar industry. [New America Media]
  • The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has awarded funding of $17.3 million (US) to a hybrid energy project in South Australia. The system will integrate 2 MW of PV and 3 MW of wind with the town’s pre-existing diesel power station of 3.9 MW. [PV-Tech]
  • The UK is in danger of missing its post-2020 climate change goals unless it strengthens low carbon policy, according to the Committee on Climate Change. Instead of reducing carbon emissions by 31% from 2013 to 2025, the UK will achieve reductions of 21 to 23%. [Business Green]
  • The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has commissioned what it claims is the Germany’s largest solar power storage park. The 1-MW facility is being developed by the KIT together with its Solarwatt and Kostal Solar Electric partners. [Daily Fusion]

US:

  • California-based Siva Power has an ambitious cost roadmap for its thin-film solar modules. Siva says its first 300-MW production line will manufacture modules at 40¢ per watt, but believes it can get all-in costs down to 28¢ per watt after another two years of operation. [Energy Collective]
  • Minnesota Power has taken delivery of equipment for Bison 4, a 205–MW addition to a wind farm. Once operational, Bison 4 will push Minnesota Power past the 25% renewable energy goal established by state legislators, 11 years ahead of the 2025 deadline. [Northland’s NewsCenter]
  • Armed with the knowledge that his New England counterparts saw their energy costs explode last winter, Quebec Premier Couillard made it clear at a conference of New England governors and Eastern Canadian premiers that the province has plenty of power for sale. [The Telegram]

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