- China’s decision to cap deployment and reduce feed-in-tariffs for solar projects may lead to a further drop in module prices, and this is likely to result in further reduction in solar bid tariffs, experts say. Chinese module prices are expected to decline to 29¢/W or lower from the current average of 33¢/W, following this announcement. [ETEnergyworld.com]
- “Why solar is suddenly so sexy for Indian companies” • A few months ago, a few firms were experimenting with renewable energy. Now, solar and wind energy tariffs are below grid costs and the government pushing for renewables, so companies are going big on them. Some are even working towards meeting all their needs with clean power. [Quartz]
- “30 years later, deniers are still lying about Hansen’s amazing global warming prediction” • The incredible accuracy of James Hansen’s climate model predictions can debunk a number of climate denier myths. It shows that climate models are accurate and global warming is proceeding as predicted. But some people purposely distort Hanson’s work. [The Guardian]
- A windpower boom is underway in Finland. Hundreds of new wind farms are in the pipeline, despite the state’s intention to curb subsidies for the energy source. A renewable energy expert at the Lappeenranta University of Technology, explains that today wind energy is €5 to €7 cheaper per megawatt hour to produce than nuclear power. [YLE News]
- Michigan energy suppliers say that the Trump administration proposal to declare an energy state of emergency is unnecessary and could lead to higher electric bills for customers. One nuclear and four more coal plants are to retire in Michigan by 2025. The closures would nearly eliminate grid-supporting coal generation in the state. [The Detroit News]
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