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August 6 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Sowing Confusion About Renewable Energy” Readers of The Economist may be surprised to read that solar and wind power are “the most expen­sive way of reducing green­house-gas emissions,” while “nuclear plants…are cheaper.” But not everything you read is true. [Forbes]

World:

  • The University of Queensland and First Solar have begun construction on a 3.275 MW solar PV research facility at UQ’s Gatton campus. It will be the largest solar PV research facility in the southern hemisphere. [UQ News]
  • A sugar mill in Queensland has fuelled one its boilers solely on macadamia nut shells. The boiler is normally run on bagasse, a cane by-product, but that was swapped for 3,000 tonnes of shell during a three-week system maintenance, the equivalent of 1,800 tonnes of coal. [ABC Online]
  • The end of the price on carbon triggered a drop in output from Snowy Hydro last month, while high levels of wind and solar energy helped drive the share of coal-fired power stations in Australia’s main electricity grid to a record low, consultants Pitt & Sherry say. [Sydney Morning Herald]
  • Jordan is carrying out a project to use wind power in Tafila province in the south of the country. The project’s energy production is around 117 MW, generating 400 GWh yearly. The project will be built in mid-2015, with an estimated cost of around $285 million. [Al-Monitor]
  • The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change has said it was examining the benefits of providing support to wind, solar, and other low carbon projects located outside the UK through the new Contract for Difference regime, as it looks to meeting its renewable goals for 2020. [Business Green]
  • Europe’s energy dilemma – burning the dirtiest coal while meeting pollution targets – is crystallizing in opposition to a plan that would uproot 700-year-old villages on the German-Polish border and dig two pits the size of Manhattan. [Businessweek]
  • The message from energy ministers as part of the US-Africa Leaders Summit was that coal and natural gas will have to dominate the continent’s near future, even as officials also emphasized how deeply threatened the region is by climate change. [Environment & Energy Publishing]

US:

  • Investment bank Morgan Stanley says the global electricity utility industry is still underestimating the potential of EV maker Tesla to achieve a dramatic reduction in battery storage costs, luring more and more consumers to go “off-grid.” [RenewEconomy]
  • The Long Island Power Authority and the state of New York are reviewing recommendations from PSEG Long Island that conclude that the region has plenty of power to get it up to 2022, including a finding that projects such as the proposed Caithness II plant will not be needed. [Newsday]
  • Environment New York Research & Policy Center released a report showing strong solar growth across the nation including a 30% increase in New York in 2013. The report says effective state and local public policy is more important than the quality of sunlight. [Long Island Exchange]
  • Pacific Energy Solutions signed a contract with the US Navy to supply 30,400 MWh annually in Hawaii. They will install 68,645 photovoltaic modules at 14 project sites at military installations, offsetting 20,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year. [Your Renewable News]

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