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September 20 Green Energy News

Science and Technology:

  • Rocky Mountain Institute’s Micropower Database documents the global progress of distributed, rapidly scalable, and no- or low-carbon generators. Its most astonishing finding: micropower now produces about one-fourth of the world’s total electricity. [Forbes]
  • French investment bank Kepler Chevreux analysis says $100 billion invested in either wind energy or solar energy – and deployed as energy for light and commercial vehicles – will produce significantly more energy than that same $100 billion invested in oil. [CleanTechnica]

World:

  • The Polish town of Kisielice has received the European Commission’s ManagEnergy Award 2014 for its clean energy leadership. It is 100% powered by renewable energy (wind and biomass, to be specific). [CleanTechnica]
  • Solar power program was a flagship project of previous Indian government. Now, the current government is all set to take it to a higher level. It is planning to double the target of the upcoming phase of Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission to 3,000 MW. [Oneindia]
  • Jamaica Public Service Co signed 20-year power purchase agreements with three renewable energy providers for projects that will be completed by the end of next year. The two wind farms have a combined capacity of 58 MW, and the solar farm’s capacity is 20 MW. [Mynextfone]
  • Brazilian wind power developers registered another 55 projects with a total capacity of 1.4 GW for the A-5 auction that was rescheduled for November 28, Brazil’s energy planning authority, EPE, said in a statement. [Recharge]

US:

  • Montana Governor Steve Bullock said Friday that his state can meet the Obama administration’s goal of reducing climate pollution while protecting energy-related jobs and avoiding the closure of coal plants that generate the bulk of the state’s emissions. [Reading Eagle]
  • Consumers in The Panhandle could see long term benefits if one company invests in renewable energy. Xcel Energy wants to expand new solar resources that could power up to 200,000 homes by the end of 2016. [KFDA]
  • Texas is a national leader in wind energy, with more installed capacity, more wind turbines, and more jobs than any other state. Potential for more job growth in this field seems likely, given the US DOE’s push for 20% of US electricity to be wind-generated by 2030. [Chron.com]
  • Kansas’s first community solar farm will be the nation’s largest solar tracking community solar array, soon to provide 1.2 megawatts of locally-produced clean energy production available to Midwest Energy customers throughout central and western Kansas. [High Plains Journal]
  • First Wind is starting  construction at the company’s Oakfield Wind Project, in Aroostook, Maine. It is the company’s sixth wind energy development in Maine and is its largest in New England at 148 MW. It will include 48 Vestas V-112 turbines. [Area Development Online]
  • Used batteries from plug-in electric vehicles could help California meet its goals for energy storage, a report from the University of California, Los Angeles, and UC Berkeley law schools said. The EV batteries can be repurposed for grid storage when their automotive life ends. [Scientific American]
  • The University of California higher education institution recently made the largest ever solar energy purchase in the US by a higher education institution, 206,000 MW-hours per year, as part of a new deal to power its many campuses and medical centers with renewables. [CleanTechnica]

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