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August 1 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “No Need for Indian Point” Independent expert analysis commissioned by the Natural Resources Defense Council provides a road map for replacing the aging and risky nuclear facility with renewable power — like wind and solar — and increased energy efficiency. [New York Times]

Noteworthy:

  • A retired coal miner traveled 1,300 miles from his home in Kentucky to Denver to tell the EPA about the black lung disease he suffers from and how the pollution from coal plants is adversely affecting public health. His plea: “We’re dying, literally dying for you to help us.” [ThinkProgress]

World:

  • Electricity from renewable sources in the UK increased 30% over 2013 to account for 14.9% of total generation. Installed onshore wind capacity rose 27% and there was a 59% increase in solar photovoltaic capacity. [Business Green]
  • The New Zealand government is stepping up its funding to help Pacific island nations switch from imported fossil fuels to renewable energy, the foreign minister has announced. New Zealand is now funding 25 renewable energy projects in the Pacific. [GlobalPost]
  • Wuxi Suntech, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of PV modules, announced that it will provide PV panels for 7.5 MW of off-grid projects to power rural schools and villages in Malaysia. The first phase will power three schools and twenty villages. [Your Renewable News]
  • New analysis from business consulting firm Frost & Sullivan shows that the global solar power market earned revenues of nearly $60 billion in 2013, and estimates that by 2020 this figure will double to $137.02 billion. [CleanTechnica]
  • Danish wind-turbine manufacturer Vestas has received an order of wind turbines totaling 53 megawatts for a wind power project in Sweden, the company announced Thursday. The order entails delivery of 16 wind turbines to Sattravallen. [RenewablesBiz]
  • Acknowledging the significant risks climate change and environmental health pose to both countries, the United States and India are also furthering cooperation on addressing, mitigating, and adapting to the effects climate change. [US Department of State]
  • Plans are afoot to set up the country’s largest ultra mega solar power plant in Madhya Pradesh’s Rewa district, a senior official said on Thursday. The plant is designed to produce 700 MW of electricity. [Times of India]

US:

  • When a Republican congressman who represents an area of central Kansas co-sponsored a bill that would cut demand for biofuels by phasing out a federal renewable energy program, many of his rural constituents took note. Now he is in a tough race with a political novice. [Daily Journal]
  • Farmers Electric Cooperative, a rural energy company serving 650 members, has constructed Iowa’s largest solar farm — an expanse of 2,900 panels spanning 4½ acres along a gravel road in southwest Johnson County. [Iowa City Press Citizen]
  • In Tiffin, Ohio, the Sisters of St. Francis built a straw-bale house as a demonstration project to show that by incorporating an alternative design, nontraditional materials and a renewable-energy system, a structure can be comfortable and good for the environment. [Catholic Free Press]

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