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September 12 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Good News: EPA Standards Could Lower Electricity Bills” The Clean Power Plan may just spell out what many in the industry already knew: Fossil fuels are not as cheap as they may seem. [Environmental Defense Fund]

Science and Technology:

  • Experts say the combined energy from two recent solar events will arrive at Earth on Saturday, prompting the Space Weather Prediction Center to issue a strong geomagnetic storm watch. Such storms can damage the electric grid – you might want to keep a flashlight handy. [CNN]

World:

  • Contracts with connect the Greek islands of Mykonos, Paros, Tinos and Syros with Greece’s mainland grid have been signed. The cost of the project is €240 million, but the switch is expected to save Greek ratepayers €100 million each year. [pv magazine]
  • What will the world look like in 2025? Expect a lot more solar power. In fact, according to a report by Thomson Reuters, in 2025, solar will be the primary source of energy on our planet. 2025 may sound a ways off, but it’s only 11 years away. [Energy Collective]
  • The Indian government is expecting $ 100 billion investment in the renewable energy sector in the next four years as it firms up a new policy framework for the same. It also expects $ 50-60 billion investment in power transmission and distribution in the same time. [Economic Times]
  • India is set to introduce an offshore wind policy targeting 1 GW by 2020, seeking to mimic Europe’s success in generating power at sea. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy will seek cabinet approval for the policy shortly, according to Joint Secretary Alok Srivastava. [Businessweek]
  • The cost of solar electricity generation will decline to half of the current level by 2020 in China, an important technological breakthrough in raising the use of the clean energy, making it the same as the cost of coal generated electricity. [ecns]
  • Domestically generated renewable energy can be the next big “game-changer” for the Irish economy, creating “thousands of jobs” and saving the State more than €1 billion per year from the importation of fossil fuels, according to Glen Dimplex chief Sean O’Driscoll. [Irish Examiner]
  • General Electric is considering investing in Polish wind farms in addition to providing turbines as changes in clean-energy subsidies encourage developers to hasten projects. Poland gets 90% of its power from coal and wants will go to auctions for fixed-price contracts in 2016. [Businessweek]
  • The Director of the Electrical Inspectorate Services, Abayomi Adebisi announced in Abuja that the federal government of Nigeria plans to add about 2,483 MW of electricity from renewable sources to Nigeria’s electricity grid by 2015. [Nigerian Bulletin]

US:

  • Ohio utilities are asking their Public Utilities Commission to allow rate increases to cover extra costs of generating power at existing coal-burning power plants. But according to Public Policy Polling, most Ohio electricity customers said the request should be denied. [Public News Service]
  • The three candidates for governor agree that energy costs in Maine are too high, but Republican Gov. Paul LePage, Democrat Mike Michaud and independent Eliot Cutler are deeply divided in their visions for the state’s energy future. [Reading Eagle]
  • Politically “red” and “blue” US states are increasingly turning green as they push energy efficiency and renewable power to save money and protect the planet, says a report today from Stanford University and the Hoover Institution with prominent bi-partisan support. [Sydney Morning Herald]

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