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September 9 Green Energy News

Science and Technology:

  • Global mining group Rio Tinto has thrown its weight behind the continued role of coal in energy generation, arguing for the development of technologies to more efficiently generate electricity from coal as well as to capture its carbon emissions in tackling climate change. [Sydney Morning Herald]
  • Unless the world urgently shifts to renewable and clean energy the impacts of climate change could be “catastrophic”, the International Renewable Energy Agency warns in their new report. REthinking Energy. [Blue & Green Tomorrow]

World:

  • Beyond the grid solar start-up Devergy believes the time has come for the next evolution in clean energy access markets: mini-grids. Their mini-grid systems consist of many solar home systems with battery back-up and charge controllers distributed throughout a village. [Energy Collective]
  • The Chinese solar giant Suntech is aiming to install about 1 GW of new solar PV generation capacity in Japan during the next 3 years, according to an economic journal in Japan known as Nikkei Keizai Shimbun. [CleanTechnica]
  • The assessment of AGL Energy, Australia’s largest privately-owned power generation company, is that Australia has too many dirty coal-fired power stations that have operated way beyond their working life, and their owners are refusing to shut them down. [RenewEconomy]
  • Speeding up the adoption of renewable energy technologies is the most feasible route to reduce carbon emissions and avoid catastrophic climate change, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency. [PennEnergy]
  • This week Denmark and Sweden hit major milestones in wind energy and waste management, respectively. Denmark has got 41.2% of its energy from wind so far this year. Sweden is sending only 1% of its waste to landfills, and actually imports waste to convert it to energy. [Energy Digital]
  • Seven million people die due to air pollution across the world every year but deployment of renewable energy can check this trend, according to senior officials in Abu Dhabi. It can also have very positive socio-economic benefits. [gulfnews.com]
  • Energy officials in Saudi Arabia have announced plans to become a major nuclear energy state. They intend to move fast, beginning construction by year’s end, on a program that will eventually include over a dozen nuclear power plants. [Forbes]

US:

  • The US Energy Department is pumping $4.5 million to fund four new wind turbine technology projects, one of which will focus on analyzing bird and bat flight in and around wind farms and wind turbines. [CleanTechnica]
  • Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced on Wednesday a $102 million capital investment by the state in improving high-speed trains in the state. The capital will be used to construct a new bridge and double-track a busy corridor on the Chicago–St Louis high-speed train line. [CleanTechnica]
  • The two Power Purchase Agreements signed with Frontier Renewables will provide solar energy to the University of California for 25 years. At the same time, the University will supply 206,000 MWh per year of solar energy to California’s electrical grid. [University Herald]
  • A Montana state committee of four Democrats and four Republicans, voted 8-0 to give final approval to a study of the effectiveness of the Renewable Portfolio Standard that requires public utilities to obtain 15% of their retail customer sales from renewable resources by 2015. [Great Falls Tribune]
  • San Diego Gas & Electric announced Monday that it is looking to buy 500-800 MW of electricity from local producers to replace what had flowed from the San Onofre power plant. At least 200 megawatts would need to come from renewable sources, according to SDG&E. [Seaside Courier]
  • First Solar has kicked off construction work at the 250 MW Silver State South solar PV project in Primm, Nevada. A subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources will own and operate the project, which is expected to be fully operational in early 2016. [reNews]

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