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January 17 Green Energy News

Science and Technology:

  • A US renewable energy start-up says it has developed effective scaled-up production methods for spray-on solar PV technology. New Energy Technologies developed the technology in collaboration with NREL and the University of South Florida. [Sourceable]


  • UN climate chief Christiana Figueres called on big firms that manage trillions of dollars of investments to dump fossil fuel stocks in favor of greener alternatives, arguing that such a shift would help the firms’ clients as well as the climate. [Grist]
  • According to a study by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, unsubsidized renewable energy in Australia is now cheaper to produce than electricity from unsubsidized fossil fuels. The cost of wind is $80/MWh, for new coal is $143, and for new gas is $116. [The9Billion]
  • UK Quakers, churches and charities have the chance to purchase 100% clean energy for their buildings through a new scheme launched on Thursday. Members of the scheme will benefit from an annual joint contract and from a group discount. [Blue & Green Tomorrow]
  • The European Commission has decided to call a proposed European Union renewable energy target for 2030 ‘binding’, switching course from an earlier plan for an indicative goal, according to EU sources. [European Voice]
  • The campaign to phase out coal-fuelled power plants in Alberta picked up steam Thursday at a panel discussion hosted by the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment. [Edmonton Journal]
  • E.ON is expanding its renewables business with the construction of a €1 billion Amrumbank West windfarm in the North Sea, 37 km northwest of the German island of Helgoland. [Maritime Journal]


  • The number of renewable energy projects at US military bases rose from 454 in 2010 to 700 in 2012, an increase of 43%, according to a study by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Of this 45% is geothermal at a single installation, and 33% is from solar. [National Defense Magazine]
  • NPD Solarbuzz, a solar energy market research and analysis firm, recently ranked North Carolina the second-highest state in terms of solar capacity in the country, losing only to California. [Duke Chronicle]
  • Utility-scale concentrating solar plants are beginning to appear across the United States, with 232 under construction, in testing or granted permits, many in the Southwest and California, according to the Edison Electric Institute. [Washington Post]
  • Republican Governor Sam Brownback of Kansas, an ultra-conservative at odds with environmental activists on virtually all issues, has been honored as a “hero” in the promotion of renewable energy. [Huffington Post]
  • New Hampshire’s Executive Council approved a $1.2 million grant from the state’s renewable energy fund for a solar project in Peterborough. Councilor Chris Sununu’s tough questioning of project proponents prompted a mild rebuke from the governor. [RenewablesBiz]
  • The Democrat-controlled Colorado Senate on Jan. 15 blocked a bill that would have reversed the state’s controversial renewable energy mandate for rural electric cooperatives. [POWER magazine]
  • Both chambers of the Iowa legislature unanimously approved a resolution calling on the federal Environmental Protection Agency to abandon a proposed rule that would reduce a mandate for the production of fuel from renewable sources. []


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