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October 22 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “When Grid Defection Makes Economic Sense (Graphs & Charts)” A Rocky Mountain Institute and Cohn Reznick report, “The Economics of Grid Defection,” addresses the question of when it makes sense to go off the grid in various parts of the US for those in the residential or commercial sectors. [CleanTechnica]

World:

  • The UK’s wind farms generated more power than its nuclear power stations on October 21, the National Grid says. During a 24-hour period on that day, spinning blades produced more energy than splitting atoms. Wind made up 14.2% of all generation and nuclear offered 13.2%. [BBC News]
  • The Australian clean energy industry and Labor Party have immediately rejected the Abbott government’s opening gambit in negotiations to find a bipartisan agreement on the future of the renewable energy target. Labor rejected it as a job-killing “phoney” offer before it was even announced. [The Guardian]
  • The Cook Islands Prime Minister opened Infratec Renewables’ 960-kW Te Mana o Te Ra solar plant in Rarotonga. The panels are expected to produce about 5% of the Cook Islands’ electricity. The country aims to produce 50% of its electricity from renewable sources by next year, rising to 100% by 2020. [SundayNews.co.nz]
  • Greece’s dominant power utility PPC won approval from the energy regulator to produce electricity at two wind parks it plans to build in northern Greece. The production licence opens the way for construction of parks of 106-MW capacity in Rodopi, a project which is estimated to cost €127.2 million ($161.47 million). [Reuters Africa]

US:

  • The Department of Defense released its 2014 Climate Change Adaption Roadmap, outlining how the military plans to adapt to climate change. For the first time, the Pentagon discusses climate change as an immediate risk – a factor to be incorporated into how the military operates today. [Energy Collective]
  • General Motors’ new 2.2-MW solar array at its Lordstown Complex will be complete by the end of 2014. It will be GM’s largest solar installation in the Western Hemisphere. GM remains on track to meet a company goal of 125 MW of renewable energy deployed globally by 2015. [Today’s Energy Solutions]
  • Sharyland Utilities, a power transmission company, has filed an interconnection agreement with Unity Wind at the Texas Public Utility Commission. The filing covers a wind farm in Deaf Smith County with a capacity of up to 240 MW and a projected second phase of 100 MW of solar generation. [Amarillo.com]
  • GE’s Distributed Power business, Western Energy Systems, and Phoenix Energy announced they have signed an agreement for GE to supply Jenbacher gas engines to power a series of bioenergy plants that Phoenix Energy plans to build around California. The plants will use biomass gasification for fuel. [AltEnergyMag]
  • Cornell University expanded its renewable energy portfolio as Distributed Sun, Building Energy and ABM announced they successfully launched production for Cornell’s Snyder Road Solar Farm, consisting of a 2-MW array on eleven acres of Cornell property in the Town of Lansing. [AltEnergyMag]
  • In the first program of its kind, 3M Co. is one of three large US companies that are offering assistance to employees who want solar panels at their homes. The program, called the Solar Community Initiative, promises discounts of 30% to 35% on solar-panel projects, and help on planning and installation. [Minneapolis Star Tribune]
  • A new report from the US DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley and National Renewable Energy Laboratories on the price impacts of its SunShot initiative has found the cost of solar energy in America fell by up to 19% in 2013, with utility-scale PV systems falling below $2 a watt – 59% below what modeled pricing predicted in 2010. [Energy Matters]
  • Ecoplexus Inc has closed financing and commenced construction on three solar PV projects totaling 21 MW and costing about $40 million. The projects have signed long-term power purchase agreements contracts with Duke Energy Progress and are expected to achieve commercial operations in 2014. [PennEnergy]
  • The US wind industry saw installations surpass last year’s total last month, according to new data published this week. The American Wind Energy Association announced that the total for the first nine months of 2014 was 1,254 MW. The installations for 2014 have now exceeded the 1,088 MW installed during the whole of last year. [Business Green]

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