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September 23 Green Energy News

Climate Summit:

  • At the United Nations Climate Summit, which begins today, the European Commission will formally recommend a 40% cut in heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 for its 28 member countries, its president said on Monday. Now, the US, China, and India need to step up. [Tribune-Review]
  • A report by ClimateWorks and the Australian National University, which is being presented to the UN Climate Leaders’ Summit in New York, finds that deep decarbonisation could happen with existing technologies, and without major structural changes to the economy, bringing Australia to zero carbon by 2050. [eco-business.com]
  • Australia’s Federal Government says coal will serve as an affordable, dependable energy source for decades to come, but the UN’s climate chief has questioned whether that is in Australia’s best interests long term and says that coal has no future in the world’s energy mix. [ABC Online]
  • Some of the world’s biggest brand names signed up to a campaign to encourage major businesses towards solely using green energy. IKEA, Swiss Re, fashion company H&M, Mars, Nestlé, Philips, publisher Reed Elsevier, and private banker J. Safra Sarasin are among the firms joining the RE100 campaign. [Energy Live News]

World:

  • Australia on Tuesday said it wants to dramatically deregulate its energy industry, boost domestic gas supply and cut renewable energy subsidies as it prepares to ramp up exports of liquefied natural gas. Australia is the world’s number 2 coal exporter, but the future for coal is looking ever more difficult. [Reuters]
  • Coal India, which is the largest fuel producer in India, is planning to construct $1.2 billion of solar projects in the country in order to compensate for the carbon pollution emitted by its coal plants. Current solar projects being negotiated with the government come to 1000 MW. [Energy Business Review]
  • The UK’s biggest coal power station has been accused of causing environmental damage as it moves to produce electricity from “renewable” resources. Drax in North Yorkshire is converting half of its boilers to burn wood, and environmentalists worry the huge demand for wood pellets will damage US forests. [BBC News]
  • The South Australian Government says it will increase its Renewable Energy Target and aim for 50% of the state’s power to be generated by renewables by 2025. Figures from last financial year showed 31.% of energy produced in the state came from renewable sources, and the state has since passed its current target for 2020 of 33%. [Yahoo!7 News]
  • GE’s 1.7-100 wind turbines will produce wind power in Morocco to help meet the country’s renewable energy goals. The agreement complements the government of Morocco’s Integrated Wind Energy Project, which aims to generate 2,000 MW of wind power by 2020 through an investment of $8.6 billion. [Today’s Energy Solutions]

US:

  • Google’s controversial decision to fund the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) was a “mistake,” company chairman Eric Schmidt admitted on Monday, saying the group is spreading lies about global warming and “making the world a much worse place.” [ThinkProgress]
  • In a highly symbolic gesture with real bottom line impact, the Rockefeller family, whose fortune came from oil, has announced that its eight hundred sixty million dollar philanthropic organization will sell off its assets linked to fossil fuel companies and invest in renewable energy. [3BL Media]
  • The latest Federal Energy Regulatory Commission data shows that August saw the US added of 68 MW of solar PV capacity for a total of 1510 MW for 2014 so far. This takes the total installed solar generating capacity in the country to 9.55 GW, which is 0.82% of total US energy capacity. [pv magazine]
  • The Nebraska Power Review Board gave its approval to a wind farm in Webster County, a $150 million project expected to be made up of about 52 windmill turbines spread over 9,000 acres south of Blue Hill. The project, as planned. will generate 89.5 MW, enough to power 22,000 Nebraska homes. [Lincoln Journal Star]
  • Frustrated with the congressional response to global warming, Houston mayor Annise Parker and the mayors of Los Angeles and Philadelphia vowed to set more aggressive targets for reducing their cities’ heat-trapping pollution while challenging others to do the same. [Houston Chronicle]

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