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July 2 Green Energy News


  • “‘Intermittent & unpredictable’: Nuclear reactor fails during heat wave” Nuclear plants have proven unreliable during heat waves, just when power is most needed. In comparison, solar and wind are called “variable and predictable.” [RenewEconomy]

Science and Technology:

  • In Australia, Algae Tec plans to take carbon dioxide a year from Macquarie Generation’s Bayswater power station in the Upper Hunter, using it to feed algae, which will be used to make biofuel. [ABC Online]


  • The UK is not meeting its 2020 Renewable Energy Target. Renewable Energy Association data showed that the UK was the only EU member state that did not meet its 2011 renewable energy target, and things just get worse for 2012. []
  • Donald Trump is suing the government of Scotland over eleven wind turbines that will be visible from his resort golf course. Trump argues that wind turbines are ugly and dangerous, kill birds, are made in China, and are too expensive. [Triple Pundit]


  • Six Sioux tribes, the Cheyenne River Sioux, Crow Creek Sioux, Oglala Sioux, Rosebud Sioux, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate and Yankton Sioux have united to develop the Sioux Wind Project in South Dakota. [Renewable Energy Magazine]
  • A new coalition in Massachusetts has formed to advocate for renewable heat policies within the state. It includes biomass-focused organizations and is called the new Massachusetts Renewable Thermal Coalition. [Biomass Magazine]
  • The city council of Austen, Texas has approved its energy contract. Duke Energy Renewables will build two 200-megawatt wind farms in Texas to provide power for Austin Energy under a 25-year contract that could be worth up to $1 billion. [Charlotte Business Journal]
  • Legislation before the Pennsylvania state could open treeless land, nominally a state forest but actually an infertile former strip mine, for construction of a wind farm. []
  • An oppressive heat wave is testing the California grid, and so far it seems to be passing, despite loss of three nuclear reactors. Improved grid technology and better communication of energy use have helped prevent major blackouts so far. [Christian Science Monitor]


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