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August 3 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Coal: True cost and effect” The Philippine government claims that coal is cheap. But a Greenpeace study debunks this. Hydro, geothermal and biomass are cheaper.  The study said that a typical new 600-MW coal-fired power plant has a price tag of $2 billion. [Business Mirror]

Science and Technology:

  • The Council of Economic Advisors just released an important analysis on the costs of delaying climate action. It sounds a familiar alarm: climate change is here, it is very costly, and doing nothing to reduce dangerous carbon pollution runs intolerably high risks. [Energy Collective]

World:

  • Governments across Indian states seem to be scrambling to launch programs to set up solar rooftop projects after the success of such projects in Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state. The latest state to join the bandwagon is Tamil Nadu. [CleanTechnica]
  • In South Africa, former homeland areas in the Eastern Cape’s Transkei and Ciskei regions are gearing up, through the House of Traditional Leaders, to take on private farming enterprises for a share in the lucrative renewable energy market, especially as regards wind power. [Independent Online]
  • A massive solar farm which it is claimed would power up to 3,000 homes has been proposed for Swansea, Wales. Sheep and cattle graze on the proposed site, but the company claims this could continue beneath the solar panels. [Southwales Evening Post]
  • India’s environment minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday said clean energy was the ‘mantra’ of his government and promised to utilize money from the National Clean Energy Fund to promote solar and wind power in a big way. [Times of India]

US:

  • The Edison Electric Institute, the power industry’s main trade group, is calling on utilities to better promote electric cars in order to stimulate demand for electricity and help reverse trends that threaten the long-term viability of some in the industry. [Energy Collective]
  • Panasonic, Tesla’s current lithium-ion battery cell supplier, has now signed an agreement with Tesla on how the two will jointly carry out construction of this factory in the United States, including the roles each will play. [CleanTechnica]
  • Kansas and Indiana utility regulators have approved a new transmission project to carry electricity from wind farms in Kansas to Illinois and Indiana. The $2 billion Grain Belt project, and regulators in Missouri plan to hold public hearings this week. [The State Journal-Register]

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