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November 4 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “As Scientists Sound the Alarm on Climate, a Reason for Hope” The climate report paints a scary picture, but its most important message is that we still have time to turn the corner on climate change  and we can do it affordably. As a matter of fact, it’s the cost of inaction that’s the true threat to our economy. [Huffington Post]

Science and Technology:

  • The potential for saving electricity from used car batteries is growing steadily. The International Energy Agency estimates that there will be 4 million electric cars on the roads by 2015, rising to 20 million in 2020. An estimate of capacity could be 40 kWh, implying that used car batteries could provide storage capacity of 128 GWh by 2020. [Bellona]

World:

  • Etrion Corporation, a solar independent power producer, announced it has completed construction of the 70-MW Salvador project in the Atacama region of Chile. Project Salvador is the world’s largest solar power plant-based on spot market electricity revenues and is the second-largest solar park connected in Chile. [Your Renewable News]
  • Scottish wind turbines generated an estimated 982,842 MWh of electricity last month – with environmental group WWF Scotland suggesting this was enough to power 3,045,000 homes, the equivalent of 126% of the electricity needs of every home in Scotland, based on analysis of data from WeatherEnergy. [Scotsman]
  • Progress is being made on the construction of a £100 million-plus power station on the site of the old Brigg Sugar Factory in North Lincolnshire. The straw-burning power station aims to generate 40 MW of electricity – enough to supply 75,000 homes –  and is expected to open in December next year. [Scunthorpe Telegraph]
  • The Indian power sector is heading for a $1 billion, or Rs 6,000 crore, saving in coal transportation cost and earnings of another Rs 3,600 crore by additional generation as the government plans to tweak fuel supply arrangements to ensure that coal from each mine or port is shipped to closest plant. [Economic Times]
  • Fed up with constant electricity cuts and government-enforced “power holidays”, Indian IT firm ValueLabs has turned to the sun for help. In July, it finished building a 13 MW solar plant, enough to power 6,000 homes, to keep the lights on and computers humming for more than 3,000 employees at its base in Hyderabad. [Businessworld]
  • In China, Nanyang Technological University will be building a hybrid micro-grid integrating multiple large-scale renewable energy sources. The hybrid micro-grid will test and demonstrate the integration of solar, wind, tidal-current, diesel, storage and power-to-gas technologies. [Asian Scientist Magazine]
  • The UN’s IPCC has again urged the end of use of fossil fuels for power generation, but Australia appears to be thumbing its nose. With greenhouse gas levels at their highest in 800,000 years, brown coal’s share of Australia’s national electricity generation has risen BY 4% to 26% and black coal’s by 3% to 51%. [Energy Matters]

US:

  • The DOE launched a new $2.3 million pilot program to accelerate the transfer of innovative clean energy technologies from the DOE’s National Laboratories into the commercial marketplace. Lab-Corps aims to better train and empower national lab researchers to move their discoveries into the private sector. [Today’s Energy Solutions]
  • US Bank and Microgrid Solar have joined together to boost renewable energy and help non-profit institutions in the St Louis area save thousands of dollars in energy costs by installing new solar energy systems, financing the installation and operation of up to 120 solar PV systems to benefit 56 organizations. [REjournals.com]
  • Apex Clean Energy has kicked off the Article 10 permitting process for the 201-MW Lighthouse wind project in upstate New York on the shores of Lake Ontario. The Virginia-headquartered developer has submitted a preliminary ‘public involvement program’ plan for review by the state Siting Board. [reNews]
  • Utilities are generally pessimistic about their future role in the effort to expand the US electric grid and make it stronger. They believe they will see new competition become increasingly involved in the initiative. But they disagree strongly about what the future of energy transmission will look like. [Breaking Energy]
  • The bipartisan Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition urged the US DOE to support FERC Order 1000, as the group says it could help bring more renewable energy to power markets. The 23-member group makes its call after the US Court of Appeals recently denied a rehearing a decision upheld the order. [North American Windpower]

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