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September 3 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Dept. of Energy Report Shows How Far U.S. Wind Energy Has Come and the Challenges Ahead” For US wind power, last year was both the best of times and the worst of times. That’s the conclusion from the new Wind Technologies Market Report released last week by the US DOE. [Energy Collective]

Science and Technology:

  • A new study says that as the world gets warmer with climate change, parts of North America, Europe and Asia could see more frequent and stronger visits of that cold air. Researchers say that’s because of shrinking ice in the seas off Russia. [Huffington Post]

World:

  • A recent study stated EU electricity prices have fallen 35%-40% since 2008, but those savings have not been passed on to consumers. Also, Germany’s grid appears to be getting more stable, and Germany obtained 31% of its energy from green sources July YTD. [CleanTechnica]
  • Australia’s largest solar farm has officially opened at Royalla, south of Canberra. The 20 MW Royalla Solar Farm, developed by the Spanish company Fotowatio Renewable Ventures, is made up of 83,000 solar panels and has the capacity to power more than 4,500 homes. [Yahoo!7 News]
  • Power outages hit large parts of Mumbai, India when a power station with a generation capacity of 500 MW tripped, forcing Tata Power to switch off power. This caused a domino effect with rotational load-shedding in its areas in the city’s western suburbs. [Times of India]
  • Solar power will provide Myanmar with up to 12% of its electricity needs after US officials and private equity fund ACO Investment Group signed an agreement with Myanmar’s Ministry of Electric Power to build two 150 MW solar plants in the nation’s Manderlay region. [Energy Matters]
  • A solar power plant in Vienna, built in 2013, produces 1,000 MWh annually and supplies around 400 households. It also offers a home to 13 protected species of grasshoppers and crickets, praying mantis, as well as field hamsters, moths, snails, lizards, spiders and beetles. [The Local Austria]
  • A massive windfarm development in the Outer Moray Firth has won Scottish Government approval. The Moray Offshore Renewables Ltd scheme has been awarded a marine licence for up to 186 turbines to be sited 14 miles offshore. They will produce up to 372 MW. [Aberdeen Press and Journal]
  • The review’s recommendations, issued last week, to close the large-scale RET to new investment or set targets on an annual basis, would swell power bills and throw a shadow of sovereign risk over the entire Australian economy, according to a statement from GE. [Courier Mail]
  • RenewableUK, the country’s leading renewable trade association, announced Monday that UK wind had exceeded coal on the 3rd, 9th, 11th, 12th, and 17th of August. Wind also beat out nuclear on the 29th of August. [CleanTechnica]

US:

  • After decades of very little build-out of new transmission lines, US investor-owned utilities have boosted spending fivefold over the last 15 years. The driving factors have been needs for resiliency initiatives, along with new preparations for managing distributed energy. [Energy Collective]
  • Executives of Green Mountain Power and NRG Energy announced a partnership Tuesday that will see the companies working together to create a “microgrid” in Vermont and offer an array of products and services intended to help customers be more efficient and save money. [Barre Montpelier Times Argus]
  • A report from Environmental Entrepreneurs shows that more than 12,500 clean energy and clean transportation jobs were announced in the second quarter of this year. Solar power generation led with more than 5,300 jobs announced. Wind posted more than 2,700 jobs. [Solar Industry]
  • Solarize Rhode Island, a program aimed at reducing the costs of rooftop solar power systems, has been announced. The program is a partnership between the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, the state Office of Energy Resources and the nonprofit marketing firm Smartpower. [The Providence Journal]

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