September 6 Energy News

September 6, 2014

Science and Technology:

¶   In a research paper released by the journal Nature Communications, Dr Patrik Jones of Imperial College London and the University of Turku in Finland and his colleagues have reported, for the first time, a synthetic metabolic pathway for producing renewable propane. [Sci-News.com]

World:

¶   A national study, conducted throughout the month of August, surveyed approximately 1000 Australians and found that 82% of respondents believe the Renewable Energy Target should definitely or probably be kept in place, with only 17% taking the opposing side of the argument. [CleanTechnica]

¶   Change is underway, with distributed energy installations expected to grow from 87.3 GW in 2014 to 165.5 GW in 2023, according to Navigant Research, with worldwide revenue growing from $97 billion in 2014 to more than $182 billion by 2023. [SustainableBusiness.com]

¶   SunEdison has announced that it has signed an agreement with Antofagasta Minerals to set up 69.5 MW solar photovoltaic power project at a copper mine in Chile. Antofagasta plans to use solar power to meet a part of the electricity demand at its Los Pelambres mine. [CleanTechnica]

¶   An annual survey conducted by the Beijing Environmental Publicity Center and Tsinghua University showed that about 50% of the people surveyed favored of an environmental tax to control air pollution in the city. [CleanTechnica]

¶   Japan will push nuclear operators to draft plans to scrap a quarter of the country’s 48 reactors, which are either too old or too costly to upgrade to meet new standards imposed after the Fukushima disaster, the Nikkei reported on Friday. [Scientific American]

US:

¶   Construction has begun on a $1 billion solar power generating station in the Mojave Desert that officials say will produce 250 MW, enough electricity to power about 80,000 California homes, when completed in 2016. [Press Herald]

¶   The military is going green, but not for fun or for positive public relations. They are doing it because it saves lives and money. For every $10 rise in the price of a barrel of oil, it costs the Department of Defense an additional $1.3 billion. [Huffington Post]

¶   After one year afloat off the shore of Castine, Maine the VolturnUS off-shore floating wind turbine project has been deemed a success. The project is a prototype for a larger scale off-shore floating wind turbine. It held strong through the year, even through a brutal winter. [WABI]

¶   The amount of electricity generated by “community solar” power systems, in which individuals or businesses can buy or lease individual solar power panels, has grown rapidly in the last few years in Colorado — and may be poised for even bigger growth. [9NEWS.com]

¶   The Northeast United States’ Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative’s 25th CO2 allowance auction generated nearly $88 million for clean energy projects. Only last month the California Air Resources Board announced its latest cap-and-trade market auction tallied nearly $332 million. [CleanTechnica]

¶   Customers of Snohomish County Public Utility District In Washington have hit another milestone: their combined solar energy capacity stands at 3 MW, up 50% from just one year ago. About 500 PUD customers now generate part of their electricity with photovoltaic solar units. [My Everett News]

¶   US developers will install 6.5 GW of solar panels this year, 36% more than in 2013 and more than three times the market size three years ago. Total solar-power capacity in the US neared 16 GW, enough to power 3.2 million homes at any given time. [MarketWatch]

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