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August 12 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Fracking: Energy Abundance or Crisis?” As the boom in fracking wells in the northern Appalachian Marcellus shale region now produces seven times more natural gas than in 2010, the implications for policy and impacts on the energy market are starting to show. [The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists]

World:

  • Three million Kenyans will benefit from increased wind power on their national grid. The country’s director renewable energy and petroleum said independent power producers will reduce the cost of power by up to 40% by use of cheaper, reliable technologies such as wind. [The Star]
  • The UK’s wind energy industry set a new hourly output record for August late on Sunday, as strong winds led to a surge in renewable energy generation. Wind power delivered an average of 5.0 GW of power over a period of an  hour, meeting 17% of national demand. [Business Green]
  • The Indian government plans to rapidly accelerate wind energy generation, adding an ambitious 10,000 MW every year, or five times the total new capacity that came up in the last fiscal, as the Modi government takes steps to reduce dependence on costly energy imports. [Economic Times]
  • A report issued by Hanergy Holdings Group and China New Energy Chamber of Commerce says China became the world’s biggest market for solar power in 2013, with the country’s newly installed photovoltaic generating capacity jumping 232% on-year to 12 GW. [Your Renewable News]
  • Plentiful resources of wind, solar, geothermal, and hydro-electric energy, combined with a need for new, more economical power capacity, are fuelling strong momentum in clean energy investment in Mexico and Central America, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. [Business Spectator]
  • According to the latest weekly analysis by NPD Solarbuzz on UK PV market deployment, the UK’s cumulative capacity has now reached 5 GW. This makes the UK only the sixth country to have more than 5 GW capacity. [Solar Power Portal]

US:

  • Environmentalists want TVA to slow down before building another major gas plant just because natural gas prices are now very favorable. One alternative is to bring in high-voltage DC power from windfarms in Oklahoma and Texas. Another is local solar and wind. [Chattanooga Times Free Press]
  • The Northeastern United States’ largest garage mounted solar canopy has gone online at Boston Properties’ Bay Colony.  The solar canopy covers 60,000 square feet atop a parking garage, producing 840 kW, or over a million kWh annually. [EarthTechling]

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