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September 2 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “The Upcoming Crisis for Fortis Inc and TransAlta Corporation” Power generators aren’t nearly as safe as investors think they are. What’s the upcoming crisis? It’s solar energy.  The risk is that you and I will put solar panels on our roofs. [The Motley Fool Canada]

Science and Technology:

  • A team at the University of Liverpool set out to find a replacement for the expensive and toxic cadmium chloride used in coating some PVs. They tested numerous alternatives and found that magnesium chloride yielded comparable efficiency. [Scientific American]

World:

  • The respected International Energy Agency (IEA) has found that world renewable energy capacity grew at the fastest ever annual rate in 2013. Renewable energy now accounts for 22% of the world’s electricity generation, and that figure is expected to climb to 26% by 2020. [The9Billion]
  • According to the latest report from the IEA, renewable energy now accounts for 80% of new generation among the 34 developed countries in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. Policy uncertainty remains a threat, however. [CleanTechnica]
  • New solar PV projects are currently being developed in Japan by First Solar total 250 MW, according to recent reports. The company is reportedly expecting its rooftop sector in the country to eventually grow to be even larger than its commercial-scale segment. [CleanTechnica]
  • Vestas has received a firm and unconditional order for 29 V100-2.0 MW turbines for a wind power project in Poland. The order was placed by EDF Energies Nouvelles, a leader in renewable energy power generation. [Power Online]
  • The firm hired by the Abbott government to conduct the modelling for its controversial review of the Renewable Energy Target has admitted it was instructed to ignore commercial reality – particularly around coal-fired power generation. [RenewEconomy]
  • In the midst of a suburban sprawl halfway between the Eiffel Tower and Paris’s busy Orly airport, a drilling crew works night and day burrowing deep into the Earth’s crust in search of underground heat. The wells will provide heat to nearby homes, schools, and hospitals. [The Rakyat Post]
  • Sales of solar cell modules in Japan rose 14% to 1.88 GW in April through June from a year earlier, industry data showed, supported by the government scheme to speed up the installation of renewable energy. [Reuters Africa]

US:

  • Facing unprecedented, industry-wide declines in electric and water sales over the last decade, officials of JEA, which provides electric, water, and sewer services to residents of Jacksonville, Florida, are searching for new ways to make money. [St. Augustine Record]
  • In Connecticut, both Ansonia and Derby are going ‘green’ in order to save some green. Plans to install thousands of solar panels over each of the cities’ closed landfills are projected to save more than $1 million in electricity costs over the next 15-20 years. [New Haven Register]
  • For various reasons — including logistics, economics and permitting issues — geothermal has not even come close to reaching its potential in the US. That could change with the introduction of a series of bills that may hasten its development and remove some bureaucratic obstacles. [OilPrice.com]
  • The Guam Power Authority is on track to lose $4.5 million this fiscal year because of customers who are using less power or who have started using alternative energy sources, such as solar panels. In response, it is considering changing the way customers are billed for power. [Pacific Daily News]
  • Just months after being ordered to lift their game on distributed, grid-connected solar, Hawaii’s investor-owned electric companies have revealed plans to triple the amount of rooftop solar installed on the island state by 2030. [CleanTechnica]
  • Impatient with the pace at which states and the federal government are confronting climate change, communities from the coast to coast have begun taking steps to elbow aside big electricity companies and find green power themselves. [Los Angeles Times]

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