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November 24 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • The cost of electricity from wind and solar has plummeted over the last five years, so much so that in some markets renewable generation is now cheaper than coal or natural gas. The trend has accelerated this year, with several companies signing power purchase agreements for solar or wind at prices below that of natural gas. [Boston Globe]
  • A recent study on critical resources for renewable power was performed by the Wuppertal Institute. The conclusion is that the problem of mineral availability for renewable energy technologies is not critical if we choose the right technologies and we are careful to recycle the materials used as much as possible. [Resilience]
  • A Power-to-Liquids demonstration rig which is the first of its kind in the world was officially inaugurated by Dresden-based sunfire GmbH. The new rig uses sunfire’s PtL technology to transform water and CO2 to high-purity synthetic fuels (petrol, diesel, kerosene) with the aid of renewable electricity. [RenewEconomy]
  • According to the latest monthly infrastructure report from FERC, wind power provided 68.41% of new U.S. electrical generating capacity in October, with 574 MW of new capacity. Biomass provided 102 MW, 12.16% of new capacity, and solar provided 31 MW, 3.69%. Natural gas came in at 132 MW, 15.73%. [Today’s Energy Solutions]
  • Germany could close eight additional coal-fired plants as it seeks to reach ambitious climate change targets. Reuters reports that the government is drafting legislation that would force energy companies to shut the plants down, as it looks to trim 40% from its carbon emissions by 2020. [International Business Times UK]

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