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July 30 Green Energy News

World:

  • The longer the world waits to act on climate change, the more costly it will be to rein in the environmental impacts of releasing heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere, according to a White House report on climate change. [Christian Science Monitor]
  • An international arbitration court ruled on Monday that Russia must pay $50 billion for expropriating the assets of Yukos, the former oil giant whose CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky fell foul of the Kremlin. [Reuters]
  • France’s planned energy law will mobilize about €10 billion ($13.4 billion) in tax credits and low-interest loans to spur energy efficiency and renewable generation, according to Environment Minister Segolene Royal. [Businessweek]
  • Since 2010, 35 solar farms, totaling approximately 257 MW, have been constructed under the project and connected to the utility grid in Northeastern Thailand. A ceremony held earlier this month in Surin Province commemorated the launch of the installations. [Today’s Energy Solutions]
  • In China, M&G Chemicals announced a joint venture with Anhui Guozhen CO, using PROESA technology licensed by Beta Renewables to convert 970,000-1,300,000 metric tons per year of agricultural residues into cellulosic ethanol, glycols and by-products such as lignin. [Biobased Digest]
  • Onshore wind turbines market in Germany posted strong growth in the first half of 2014 with some 1,723 MW generation capacity having been installed as against 1,038 MW in the corresponding period last year, a growth of 66%. [Big News Network.com]
  • PV installations in Germany generated significantly higher profits than onshore installations despite producing less electricity overall, according to a new study by the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research. [pv magazine]
  • On the second anniversary of a scheme aimed at boosting Japan’s renewable energy after the Fukushima crisis, its powerful industry ministry is taking steps critics say will choke off solar investment and pave the way for a return to nuclear power. [eco-business.com]

US:

  • A new report by The Analysis Group, “EPA’s Clean Power Plan: States’ Tools for Reducing Costs and Increasing Benefits to Consumers,” shows that states seem to already possess the tools needed to cut down on carbon emissions, boost the economy and protect consumers financially. [Energy Collective]
  • Under a system called “community choice,” a town can become the bulk buyer of electricity on behalf of its residential and small business customers. Marin Clean Energy in California has fought for nearly decade to offer service in their commitment to renewable energy. [CleanTechnica]
  • A total of $250 million in state grant funding is available to fund clean-energy generation projects, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said Tuesday. Funding will be for wind farms, fuel cells, biomass facilities, renewable biogas and the upgrading of types of hydropower projects. [WatertownDailyTimes.com]
  • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has launched a $27 million initiative to build the market for high-efficiency, low-emissions wood heating systems in the state. The money is coming from New York’s share of proceeds from the nine-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. [Press & Sun-Bulletin]
  • The “new reality” facing electricity consumers and their utility companies is that renewable energy is meeting an increasingly larger share of U.S. energy needs, according to a report Ceres and Clean Edge. That translates into more and better choices and a clean energy future. [Triple Pundit]

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