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September 7 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Building bridge to clean energy” As New England closes older and dirtier generating facilities — such as coal plants and Vermont Yankee — and as we move transportation and home heating away from gasoline and oil, we need to make sure we transition to cleaner supplies. [Rutland Herald]
  • “Will US Utilities Offer an Electricity Triple Play?” Could utilities create a value-added service that combines solar with fixed energy storage (both individual and community) and electric vehicles (EV) into an energy triple play? [Energy Collective]

World:

  • The transition to a global renewable energy economy could save $71 trillion by the year 2050, according to an IEA report. Put another way, $44 trillion in investment by the year 2050 would translate to about $115 trillion in energy savings ($71 trillion in net savings). [CleanTechnica]
  • This summer, the community of Kisielice won the European Commission’s ManagEnergy Award 2014, the top prize for outstanding local and regional sustainable energy projects. The town has replaced dependence on coal with 94.5 MW, of wind turbines and 6 MW of biomass. [Energy Collective]
  • The Philippine Department of Energy is pushing for more renewable energy. Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla said the Philippines can rely on the stability of renewable sources as oil prices go up or if there is a shortage in supply in the global market. [Rappler]
  • Indian’s Union Minister of State for Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal stated in Delhi on Saturday that a solar power park with generation capacity of 1,000 MW would be set up in Mahabubnagar district. [The Hindu]
  • Six UK renewable energy trade associations have issued a joint call for “clear and consistent” backing for renewables ahead of the next general election. The group argues that the sector can cut reliance on volatile energy imports, help meet emissions targets, and create high value jobs. [Business Green]

US:

  • California’s monopoly utilities failed in what many perceive as their latest attempt to squash community choice aggregates. Assemblyman Steven Bradford could not find a senator willing to sponsor his controversial bill. California’s “Monopoly Protection Act,” AB 2145, is dead. [CleanTechnica]
  • The day of the solar garden has dawned as the number of projects and investment dollars have piled up across the nation. About 30 community-based solar arrays, or gardens, have been built or are planned in Colorado, while at least 37 are slated in 17 other states. [The Denver Post]
  • Maryland’s Renewable Portfolio Standard puts the onus on counties and municipalities to develop their own alternative energy projects. Four years after it was put into place, Somerset, Worcester and Wicomico counties have just begun to adopt larger alternative energy solutions. [Delmarva Daily Times]
  • Long stymied by high costs and local opposition, offshore wind is finally nearing takeoff in the Untied States as 14 projects enter “advanced stages” of development, the Energy Department reports. These projects represent about 4.9 GW of capacity. [Pensacola News Journal]
  • First Solar, based in Arizona, announced Thursday that it had completed the first phase of its Barilla Solar Project, adding about 18 megawatts of solar capacity to Texas’ electric grid. The company expects to have a total of 30 megawatts installed by the end of the year. [Midland Reporter-Telegram]

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