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July 31 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Wind Energy Beats Nuclear & Carbon Capture For Global Warming Mitigation” An enduring myth about wind energy and nuclear energy needs to be put to bed. It is that only nuclear can be scaled sufficiently to reduce the impacts of global warming, so wind can be ignored. [CleanTechnica]
  • “FERC Commissioners: Clean Power Plan Doesn’t Spell Doom for Grid Reliability” All five members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission agree that acting on climate change is critical and none indicates the EPA’s plan to cut carbon emissions would hamper grid operations. [Natural Resources Defense Council]

World:

  • Energy monolith GE has announced that it will be investing equity in three Atria Power wind projects currently under construction in India — a move that goes a long way towards GE’s commitment to invest $1 billion annually in the global renewable energy industry. [CleanTechnica]
  • The Australian Renewable Energy Agency today celebrated a major milestone with the installation of the first solar panels at AGL’s large-scale solar plant in Nyngan, New South Wales. The project will have 1.35 million panels and a capacity of 102 MW. [MarineLink]
  • Small, renewable energy projects in South Africa are starting to supplement the limited coal-fired power available from Eskom and the municipalities. About 1,000 MW is expected to be delivered from renewable sources such as wind and power by the end of this year. [SA Commercial Prop News]
  • One of Australia’s oldest and most polluting coal-fired power stations, Energy Brix in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley, is being shut down, the plant’s owner announced. It is the first coal plant in the state to close in decades. Environmentalists say its power is no longer needed. [RenewEconomy]
  • Wind power is officially the cheapest source of energy in Denmark, according to the nation’s government—and by 2016, it claims the electricity whipped up by its newest turbines will be half the price of fossil fuels like coal and natural gas. [Motherboard]

US:

  • SunPower Corp. today announced it has started construction on the 135-MW Quinto Solar Project in Merced County, California. After completion, which is scheduled for late 2015, the Quinto project is expected to generate enough electricity for 40,000 homes. [AZoBuild]
  • NextEra Energy Resources has announced plans to begin construction on a wind farm in northeast Hockley County, Texas. The plan is set to have 47 wind turbines on the site by 2016, producing 80 MW. The name of the farm will be Red Raider Wind. [LubbockOnline.com]
  • Members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on July 29 told a congressional committee that they are working closely with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to make sure the coal-averse Clean Power Plan doesn’t destabilize the grid. [PennEnergy]
  • Flexible alternating current transmission systems have been implemented in electric grids since the 1920s, but growing renewable energy deployment has increased their demand. According to Navigant Research, the market for them to 2022 will be $42 billion. [CleanTechnica]
  • Exelon is getting into the fuel cell business with a commitment to finance projects at 75 commercial facilities throughout the US. The company will provide equity financing for California-based Bloom Energy, which uses fuel cells to produce electricity from natural gas. [Businessweek]

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