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October 4 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Great Plains Power Grid Operator Sowing Confusion about the Clean Power Plan” Some players – notably the Great Plains region’s transmission grid operator – are jumping the gun with premature warnings of dire consequences for the grid. They back these with poorly done analysis. [Natural Resources Defense Council]
  • “EPA’s Clean Energy Standards Could Actually Lower Electricity Bills” It’s frustrating to hear opponents of climate action once again use the threat of higher electricity rates as a scare tactic to try to stop the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The good news is that we have more evidence than ever before to prove our opponents wrong. [Care2.com]

Science and Technology:

  • The author of a recent report investigating the impact of low-frequency sound on the human inner ear has responded to British newspapers which misled readers by claiming that wind farms could cause hearing impairment. He said the research did not include anything relating to windfarms. [CleanTechnica]
  • A Stanford study funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) confirms a growing body of research that finds “The atmospheric conditions associated with the unprecedented drought in California are very likely linked to human-caused climate change.” [Energy Collective]

World:

  • In the last week, half Japan’s 10 general electricity utilities have announced that they would suspend reviews of proposals for new generation from renewable energy producers or take measures to ensure that the addition of that energy does not compromise their transmission and distribution networks. [Scientific American]
  • Suggestions that the current Australian Renewable Energy Target of 41,000 GWh by 2020 is infeasible have been laughed off by global wind development company Windlab, who have released figures showing that not only is the target feasible, but could be met by existing approved wind energy that has simply yet to be constructed. [CleanTechnica]
  • A solar power plant has been launched in Russia’s Astrakhan province on the basis of the photovoltaic modules produced by Kazakhstan’s Astana Solar LLP, Kazatomprom. ‘Narimanov’ solar power plant, with the installed capacity of 250 kW started to operate on September 29. [Trend.az]
  • At a geothermal demonstration project in Cornwall, engineers showed that water can be heated to 60° C using the Earth’s internal heat. The project was designed and managed by Geothermal Engineering Ltd, with funding assistance from the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change. [Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production Magazine]
  • The cost of solar power plus battery storage is about to dip below the average electricity bill in Germany, according to new analysis by the global investment bank HSBC. The bank projects that the dropping prices of home solar and home battery storage is about to massively disrupt traditional power generation. [ThinkProgress]

US:

  • The Department of the Navy is requesting bids for renewable power at fourteen installations in southern California, in amounts of up to 150 MW for each. The Navy is seeking to get 50% of its power from renewable sources by 2020, and at least 1000 MW by 2015. [Desert Dispatch]
  • In his recent speech on climate change at the United Nations, President Obama stated: “Over the past eight years, the United States has reduced our total carbon pollution by more than any other nation on Earth.” According to data found in the BP Statistical Review, he is correct. [Canada Free Press]
  • A settlement reached between the Public Service Company of New Mexico and some “intervenors” over a plan to close two units at the San Juan Generating Station would reduce future rate increases. The settlement has been sent to the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. [Farmington Daily Times]
  • Construction has commenced on Minnesota’s largest solar generation site. Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport will house a 3-MW solar installation on the top decks of two parking structures. The project also includes converting more than 7,700 metal halide light fixtures to energy-saving LED technology. [PennEnergy]

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