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August 29 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Fossil fuels win battle over RET, but will they win the war?” Time is not on the side of the Australian power generators. UBS has warned that mass grid defections could happen as early as 2018, and that centralized generation could be largely extinct in a decade. [RenewEconomy]

Science and Technology:

  • The tar sands industry’s tailings problem is a growing liability and it is getting worse. For every barrel of tar sands bitumen produced (the semi-solid substance from which oil is eventually refined), 1.5 barrels of toxic liquid waste is added to the tailings ponds. [Energy Collective]

World:

  • The expansion of renewable energy will slow over the next five years unless policy uncertainty is diminished, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said today in its third annual Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report. [Eurasia Review]
  • Japan’s Ministry of Environment has earmarked ¥300 million ($2.89 million) in its budget request for fiscal 2015 from April for a nationwide survey into the viability of the small hydropower generators, which can be installed at relatively a small cost and take up little space. [GlobalPost]
  • The world’s largest working advanced digestion plant opened in Manchester, UK. It handles the sewage of 1.2 million people, putting enough surplus power to the UK grid to power 25,000 homes. It uses waste formerly dumped in the Irish Sea. [Energy Voice]
  • The Scottish Government has granted a windfarm planned for Aberdeen Bay its final planning consent. The development remains tied up in court battles with US tycoon Donald Trump, who has led a bitter public campaign against the project. [Aberdeen Press and Journal]
  • Europe has released it non-binding target for renewable energy at 27% by 2030. In response the IEA has raised the alarm and is asking for a clear and stable framework in a report that raises questions about how effective the overall non-binding target can be. [Domestic Fuel]
  • A carbon tax is set to go before Chile’s House of Representatives next week, as part of a larger tax reform package that includes measures intended to fight air pollution and climate change. Chile would become the second country in Latin America to have a carbon tax, after Mexico. [ThinkProgress]

US:

  • A new study, published online in the journal Nature Climate Change, has found that savings from health benefits dwarf the estimated $14 billion cost of a cap-and-trade program. It says the health savings outweigh cap-and-trade pollution abatement costs more than 10 times over. [CleanTechnica]
  • Fluor Corporation has completed the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning for both phases of LS Power’s 170 MW Centinela solar energy facility near El Centro, California. The project has more than 875,000 solar PV panels on its 1,600-acre site. [reNews]
  • Maine regulators have given preliminary approval to US developer First Wind’s up to 206 MW Bingham wind project. Subsidiary Blue Sky West proposes to use 3 MW or 3.3 MW machines, either the Vestas V112 or Siemens SWT 113. [reNews]
  • More and more utilities say they buy wind energy to save their customers money. In some places, wind is now the cheapest way to add electrical generating capacity. It provides a great long-term hedge against rising prices for natural gas everywhere. [CleanTechnica]
  • In three of the last ten months, renewable energy accounted for 100% of new US electricity capacity twice and 99.3% once. As wind power and solar power have gotten cheaper, they have become cost-competitive, even without considering the market price of fossil fuel externalities. [Treehugger]

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