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September 26 Green Energy News

A Quote for the Day:

  • “Climate action is not just a defensive play, it advances the ball. We can turn our challenge into an opportunity to modernize our power sector, and build a low-carbon economy that’ll fuel growth for decades to come,” Environmental Protection Agency Gina McCarthy told Resources for the Future, a non-profit research group. [USA TODAY]

Science and Technology:

  • The first net zero energy sky scraper is being built in Jakarta, the capital and the largest city in Indonesia. Scheduled to be ready for inauguration in 2019, the 99-story building will include a mosque, a sports center and a 2000 seat auditorium for performing arts. It will be powered by wind, solar and geothermal energy. [Archinect]
  • A new report from Navigant Research examines the global demand response market with a focus on two key sectors: commercial/industrial and residential. The report says the total worldwide capacity of demand response programs is expected to grow from 30.8 GW in 2014 to more than 196.6 GW by 2023. [Transmission and Distribution World]

World:

  • Welsh tidal power developer Tidal Energy has signed an energy-supply deal with EDF, becoming one of the first tidal ventures in the world securing its spot in the grid. The Power Purchase Agreement provides a guarantee that EDF will purchase electricity and renewable certificates at a pre-agreed price during the first year of operations. [E&T magazine]
  • WRB Enterprises has secured a solar supply contract with the Jamaican Public Service Company grid for a 20 MW PV project scheduled for completion in 2015. Construction on the project will begin within 60 days, with WRB subsidiary Content Solar overseeing the completion of the $60 million plant. [pv magazine]
  • It is approximated that there is about 29 gigawatts of electricity that can be produced via geothermal energy sources in Indonesia, but only about 5%, or roughly 1,340 megawatts, of the country’s geothermal resources are currently utilized. By the end of 2014, three new geothermal plants will be operational. [Hydrogen Fuel News]
  • In the UK, the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s quarterly energy statistics show gas partially replaced coal power between May and July this year. Low carbon energy sources such as wind, solar and nuclear generated almost 5% more electricity than in the same three months last year. [Carbon Brief]
  • A new pan-European offshore wind cost-cutting initiative has been launched aiming to spearhead grid-connection of at least 30 GW of projects in UK, Danish and German waters by 2025. The venture seeks to achieve a levelized cost of energy below £100/MWh ($163/MWh) through knowledge management and other cost reductions. [Recharge]
  • The global offshore wind power market is expected to significantly grow from 7.1 GW in 2013 to 39.9 GW by 2020 as more countries get involved, says GlobalData. The company’s latest report also revealed that the global offshore wind energy space registered substantial growth between 2006 and 2013, rising from 0.9 GW to 7.1GW. [Maritime Journal]
  • The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) paper predicts an “auspicious future” for sustainable biomass, outlining that total biomass demand could reach 108 exajoules worldwide by 2030, which would represent 60% of total global renewable energy use, if its full potential is realized. [Business Green]

US:

  • Following Google, Facebook has cut ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council, bringing the number of corporations that have done so to at least 87. Facebook and Google’s high-profile departure from ALEC will likely put pressure on corporations still sending funds to the conservative group, such as Yahoo and eBay. [Business Spectator]
  • According to a new report from Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, utilities and their shareholders could see substantial declines in revenues as solar penetrations increase – assuming they don’t seize the solar opportunity themselves. Solar reduces both utility power sales and new equity investment. [Greentech Media]
  • A new report by the Energy Information Administration shows that the Texas power grid has been catching up with added windpower capacity in the state, as a massive, multi-year, multi-billion dollar infrastructure upgrade has been taking effect. This cut the number of curtailments and negative pricing events in Texas. [RenewablesBiz]
  • The state of Vermont has received 26 requests totaling more than $6 million, for the first $2 million in funding that will be distributed from the Windham County Economic Development Fund. The fund was established after Entergy Vermont Yankee signed an agreement with the state regarding closing the nuclear power plant. [Brattleboro Reformer]

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