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November 13 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “China’s Climate Change Plan Raises Questions” Many questions surround China’s plans, which President Xi Jinping announced in Beijing alongside President Obama after months of negotiations. In essence, experts asked, do the pledges go far enough, and how will China achieve them? [New York Times]
  • “Carbon Capture, Water, and the U.S.-China Climate Agreement” The agreement commits both countries to a project focused on reducing the negative water implications of carbon capture and storage. Here’s why we’re even talking about the issue, and what this accord says about it. [The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists]

World Energy Outlook report:

  • Fossil fuels see about $550 billion a year in subsidies, dampening investment in cleaner forms of energy, the International Energy Agency said. Crude oil, coal and natural gas received more than four times the $120 billion paid out in subsidies for renewables including wind, solar and biofuels, according to the annual World Energy Outlook. [Live Trading News]
  • Renewable energy technologies are set to gain ground on fossil fuels rapidly as they are helped by falling costs and subsidies, according to World Energy Outlook 2014. It suggests that by 2040 world energy supply will be divided into four almost equal parts: low-carbon sources (nuclear and renewables), oil, natural gas and coal. [reNews]
  • Such developing countries as China and India will lead a projected 60% increase in worldwide nuclear power generation capacity through 2040, while costs to decommission aging reactors in advanced nations will soar, the International Energy Agency said Wednesday in its World Energy Outlook report. [Nikkei Asian Review]

World:

  • An integrated residential rooftop solar and  electricity storage system will be launched in Germany in December. Hanwha Q Cells rooftop solar and Samsung lithium-ion batteries will be sold together so German citizens can produce their own electricity from the sun and store it at home. [CleanTechnica]
  • Iberdrola Ingeniería, in a consortium with Gamesa, has completed the construction of its first wind farm in Kenya, the Ngong II project with an installed capacity of 13.6 MW. It was awarded by the state-owned Kenyan Electricity Generating Company Limited in a contract worth €21.4 million. [Your Renewable News]
  • Danish manufacturer Vestas has won a deal to supply turbines for the 52-MW second phase of the Bayinzile wind farm in China. The contract with Inner Mongolia Huitong Energy Zhuozi Wind Power Company Ltd covers 26 V80 2-MW machines, which will be installed in the Wulanchabu area of Inner Mongolia. [reNews]
  • According to the influential Carbon Tracker Initiative, developing economies seeking to provide universal energy access are more likely to step up investment in renewables than coal infrastructure, despite a coal industry claim that coal is “essential to meet the scale of Africa’s desperate need for electricity”. [Business Green]
  • SunEdison has announced the signing of a joint framework agreement with Aboitiz Renewables to scope, develop and operate up to 300 MW of utility-scale solar PV projects in the Philippines over the next three years. They aim to develop the first in a series of utility-scale Philippine solar power projects next year. [Energy Matters]
  • Ontario regulators have approved the 230-MW Niagara Region wind farm, one of the largest projects in the province, as the Environment Ministry has issued a renewable energy approval for the project. The project will employ 77 Enercon turbines, a mix of E82 2.3-MW and E101 3-MW machines. [reNews]

US:

  • San Jose, California–based STEM, a company with a mission to help large organizations meet sustainability goals, has been selected for an 85 MW distributed energy storage system by Southern California Edison. 85 MW is a big system in terms of energy storage, and all of it must be operational by 2021. [CleanTechnica]
  • Linc Energy recently received a research & development license for Underground Coal Gasification, the first issued in the USA in twenty years. Linc Energy is moving ahead with a demonstration phase project in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin, one of the country’s most active coal mining regions. [Energy Collective]
  • Fort Hood is one step closer to bringing a large-scale renewable energy project that will save money and leverage solar and wind power for the post’s energy needs because of efforts by the Defense Logistics Agency, Energy, in coordination with the Office of Energy Initiatives and Fort Hood Directorate of Public Works. [The Fort Hood Sentinel]
  • The nation’s largest solar provider and the U.S. Navy announced a deal Wednesday that will equip nearly 6,000 homes in the San Diego area with rooftop solar energy systems. Navy and Marine Corps housing in 27 neighborhoods from Imperial Beach to Vista will receive rooftop solar energy systems. [U-T San Diego]

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