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September 25 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Can energy utilities keep their customers, or will they flee the grid?” One of the great imponderables for the global electricity industry at the moment is to what extent they have a captive audience. For decades, most consumers have had no choice but to use electricity supplied through the grid, and were happy to do so. [RenewEconomy]
  • “Wall Street & Main Street Vote For Clean Energy” When Congress returns after Labor Day, it will pick up the debate over the clean energy provisions in the tax extenders package. But, as in so many areas, Washington is behind the curve. The debate is over. Clean energy won. [CleanTechnica]

World:

  • Major new analysis produced by Australia’s ClimateWorks, along with Australian National University, shows that 15 of the world’s biggest economies can move to “net carbon zero” by 2050, and it need impose no extra costs over business as usual. In fact, electricity bills will be lower than what they are now. [CleanTechnica]
  • A UN summit on climate change agreed to raise billions of dollars for developing countries in an effort to forge a wide-ranging deal to slow global warming. The one-day summit set goals to halt losses of tropical forests by 2030 and hike the share of electric vehicles in cities to 30% of new vehicle sales by 2030. [Times of Malta]
  • Kyushu Electric Power, the utility on the southwestern Japanese island of Kyushu, says it will temporarily stop reviewing grid-access applications from renewables developers until it can determine how much more capacity it can accept. The utility will continue to accept grid-access applications for home systems below 10 kW in size. [Recharge]
  • A day after world leaders gathered for a United Nations Climate Summit in an attempt to garner the political will needed to confront climate change, New York’s Empire State Building played host Wednesday to an alliance of civil society, private sector and diplomatic leaders planning a transition to a carbon-neutral future. [Al Jazeera America]
  • The world needs to more than double its annual investment in renewable energy by 2030 in order to achieve the target to restrict global rise in temperature of 2° C by the end of the century, the International Renewable Energy Agency has stated in one of recently published reports. [CleanTechnica]

US:

  • Continued growth of wind energy in Iowa places it ahead of other states in meeting a proposed rule that would require existing power plants to cut carbon emissions. Iowa would be required to cut carbon emissions 16% by 2030, under the proposed rule, but that  target is lower than the 30% national average. [DesMoinesRegister.com]
  • New Jersey’s Public Service Electric & Gas has begun building a 10.14-MW solar farm at a landfill in Bordentown. It will be the biggest system of solar arrays yet to be built in New Jersey by the utility. The solar system at the capped former garbage dump complies with an initiative to develop landfills and brownfields. [NJ Spotlight]
  • A proposed $1.5 billion energy storage site in rural Utah that is part of a larger, ambitious clean energy initiative would be an economic boon to the state and could potentially make the area a hub for similar projects, state officials said Wednesday. The Millard County facility is about 130 miles southwest of Salt Lake City. [Reading Eagle]
  • A group of wealthy businessmen with ties to the Obama political machine has put out an email blast asking Americans to submit public comments to the EPA in favor of the president’s “aggressive plan to tackle climate change.” The EPA is accepting comments from the public through December 1. [WND.com]

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