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October 9 Green Energy News

World:

  • Far from imposing burdens on the economy, a switch to greener electricity would result in $1.8 trillion of savings between 2015 and 2035. Eliminating oil in transport could potentially add as much as $3.5 trillion with the right policy choices, researchers from the Climate Policy Initiative claim. [Business Green]
  • Indian manufacturer Suzlon has taken the wraps off plans to build 2-GW of wind projects in the state of Madhya Pradesh over the next five years. The company added that it will establish manufacturing facilities to support the work, which will be carried out for “the small and medium enterprise sector and independent power producers.” [reNews]
  • Reports yesterday claim the government has ditched the Warburton review, which called for renewable projects to be scrapped or phased out. Talks between the government and Labor to save the target have begun after both sides agreed to exempt struggling aluminium smelters from the RET costs. [Warrnambool Standard]
  • The UK climate change minister, Amber Rudd, has said that subsidy-free solar PV should be “the goal” by 2020. Speaking at the opening of a 2.7 MW solar project at Kingspan Insulation’s manufacturing plant in Selby, the minister said that the industry was on track to be subsidy free by 2020. [Solar Power Portal]
  • Global solar PV installations are expected to push past 19.5 GW in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to new figures from analysis firm NPD Solarbuzz, reaching ever closer to a global cumulative PV deployment of 200 GW. This is of no real surprise given recent analyst predictions for countries such as China and Japan. [CleanTechnica]
  • Several countries have urged the EU to significantly enhance its emissions reduction target to provide impetus to the global carbon market as well as the slow-moving climate change negotiations. Poland’s new prime minister has stated that she could veto a proposal by the EU to increase the emissions reduction target. [CleanTechnica]
  • The Rajasthan state government has a policy that dwarfs the national solar power policy itself. While the current national policy aims at 22 GW installed capacity by 2022, the Rajasthan solar power policy targets 25 GW installed capacity over the next five years.The state has about 600 MW installed solar power capacity as of now. [CleanTechnica]

US:

  • The US DOE has issued a Presidential Permit for the 1 GW Champlain Hudson Power Express transmission Project, which will deliver hydro generation from Quebec in Canada to New York City. The buried 333-mile HVDC line will run the length of Lake Champlain and through parts of the Hudson River. [reNews]
  • Less than five months since breaking ground on a new 2-MW solar project in Brattleboro, Vermont, Winstanley Enterprises was joined by development team members and supporters to officially mark the project’s completion. The system will produce 40% of Brattleboro’s immediate electrical needs on a clear afternoon. [AltEnergyMag]
  • Starting this May, 20,000 Sonoma County, California, electricity customers will get renewable power at a lower cost than from their previous electric utility, Pacific Gas & Electric. A new nonprofit, locally controlled utility will deliver the power to a collection of cities and towns in the county. [CleanTechnica]
  • ABB Ltd recently rolled out a key renewable energy transmission project in Texas. For this project, the company had developed a novel clean energy solution, the Station Service Voltage Transformers, for a couple of Texas-based utilities. The 362-kV transformers are expected to save $1 million each. [NASDAQ]

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