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September 8 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Clean Power Plan to Reward Texas, not Wyoming Coal-Backers” The coal industry’s doomsday rhetoric and heel dragging has hurt Texas a lot more than the Clean Power Plan will. We agree the future does not look bright for dirty coal companies. But that need not be Texas’ problem. [Energy Collective]
  • “Fusion Power: The Case of the Wrong Competitors” Startups hoping to bring fusion power to the market will fail for a simple economic reason. While their power plants may be competitive with traditional nuclear or fossil fuel plants, they will not be competitive with wind or solar. [Forbes]

Science and Technology:

  • Renewable energy, essential for meeting global CO2 emission targets, needs a stable regulatory framework, a cut in fossil fuel subsidies and more interconnected power grids to develop, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency. [Phys.Org]
  • Recent developments in technology such as solar power, batteries, and smart thermostats and appliances could radically increase competition in the energy market, bring down bills and secure a decarbonized energy system, according to the Institute for Public Policy Research. [Scotsman]

World:

  • The Australian government appears to be edging away from the closure of the country’s renewable energy target (RET) scheme, with the education minister, Christopher Pyne, reportedly giving his full support to the scheme at a private meeting. [The Guardian]
    … The Australian Industry Minister Macfarlane and others within the Coalition are now publicly disowning the recommendations of the Warburton Review. Macfarlane told The Australian: “No one’s talking about scrapping the RET – no one.” [Business Spectator]
  • Indian Coal and power minister Piyush Goyal on Sunday said the government is geared up to comply with the Supreme Court’s verdict on the fate of the “illegally” allocated captive coal blocks and will ensure “quick action” to provide adequate coal supplies to every power plant. [Indian Express]
  • The so-called E7 group of the seven major emerging economies, which include the world’s biggest manufacturing centres, cut their carbon intensity – carbon dioxide emissions per dollar of gross domestic product – by an average of 1.7%, outpacing the G7 countries. [Financial Times]
  • Renewable energy is the most competitive source of power, according to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency. The report highlights the energy landscape and analyses major dynamics under way. It is the product of four years of research. [The National]

US:

  • A telephone poll, carried out between August 21-24, found that 76% of Coloradans support net metering. 73% were opposed to the state’s largest utility, XCEL Energy, cutting the amount of credit it provides for customers who feed electricity into the grid. [CleanTechnica]
  • The partnership of Green Mountain Power and NRG Energy will deploy a series of new products and services for Vermont businesses and residents. Among them are a personal energy management system, community solar, and microgrid systems, along with others. [Foster’s Daily Democrat]

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