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August 2 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Energy bill’s failure sets back state’s fight on climate change” An important Massachusetts energy bill has failed, but the problems it tried to address have not gone away, and the clock is ticking. Massachusetts climate goals won’t mean much if they aren’t met. [Boston Globe]

World:

  • The Australia Institute today released findings that solar is both creating jobs and pushing down electricity prices – contrary to the popular belief that renewable energy puts upward pressure on energy prices. [CleanTechnica]
  • The UK government’s electricity market reform proposals, designed to help encourage investment in low carbon energy, was passed into law. The Department of Energy and Climate Change claims the new law will attract £100 billion of new infrastructure investment. [Solar Power Portal]
  • Coffs Harbour residents have been named as leading Australia in using solar energy to power their homes. The Climate Council has announced that a staggering 39% of all Coffs Harbour households or businesses have installed rooftop solar PV systems. [Coffs Coast Advocate]
  • Mainstream Renewable Power is to test a large-scale power storage system at an Irish wind farm from September. The aim is to assess the commercial viability of installing 2 MW of storage at an operational 10 MW wind site in the current Single Electricity Market. [reNews]
  • Following a competitive tendering process, Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator has selected technologies from five separate providers, which it now plans to test for their contribution to grid stability. [PV-Tech Storage]

US:

  • Central Hudson Gas & Electric filed a $46 million rate case, “Value for our Valley,”  which includes new distribution automation systems, community solar, expanded demand response, and a microgrid-as-a-service program, with the New York Public Service Commission. [Energy Collective]
  • New Jersey’s recently created Energy Resilience Bank, designed to address a repeat of the devastating impacts of SuperStorm Sandy, will provide $200 million for municipalities to finance clean resilient power solutions. [Energy Collective]
  • Southern California Edison has signed contracts with solar and geothermal energy producers representing more than 1,500 MW. More than 1,300 MW of solar power will come from providers in California and Nevada and 225 MW from geothermal in Northern California. [Los Angeles Business Journal]
  • The USDA today released a Biogas Opportunities Roadmap outlining voluntary strategies the U.S. livestock industry can use to accelerate adoption of methane digesters and other technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2020. [Agri-Pulse]
  • The US Energy Information Agency announced that non-hydro renewable had gone eight months where it outproduced hydroelectric dams. The figures include projects in excess of 1 MW of solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, landfill gas, and municipal solid waste. [Ars Technica]
  • California Governor Jerry Brown is set to make a trade mission to Mexico accompanied by some 90 delegates from the state’s public and private sectors. The mission will focus on issues relating to climate change, environmental protection, the economy, and renewable energy. [International Business Times]
  • The planned 1300 MW Eagle Mountain pumped storage project in California has received a licence from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, paving the way for the project to go ahead. The pits at the mine will be modified to become water storage reservoirs. [International Water Power and Dam Construction]

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