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July 31 Green Energy News

World:

  • AGL Energy Limited has said it has reached financial close on two large-scale solar photovoltaic projects in New South Wales. The projects will see a 102 MW development in Nyngan and a 53 MW plant built in Broken Hill. [Business Spectator]
  • Global use of solar and wind energy continued to grow significantly in 2012. Solar power consumption increased by 58%, to 93 TWh, and the use of wind power increased by 18 %, to 521 TWh. [Nanowerk]
  • Renewable energy company RES has received development consent from the government for the 100 MW North Blyth Biomass Power Station. The facility, to be built on Blyth Estuary, will be able to generate low-carbon electricity using sustainably sourced wood-based fuel. [New Post Leader]
  • China plans to invest 2.3 trillion yuan ($375 billion) in energy-saving and emission-reduction projects in the five years through 2015 to clean up its environment, the China Daily newspaper reported, citing a senior government official. [Reuters]

US:

  • Minneapolis-based utility holding company Xcel Energy proposes to expand its wind power production by as much as 1,500 megawatts to reduce customer costs, protect against rising and volatile fuel prices, and benefit the environment. [EcoSeed]
  • St. Mary Parish, Louisiana, could be the site of the state’s first commercial wind farm. Southern States Renewable Energy is proposing a $40 million project that would bring eight 498-foot-tall wind turbines to an isolated patch of coastal land near the Port of West St. Mary. [Westport-News]
  • French utility EDF, the world’s biggest operator of nuclear plants, is pulling out of nuclear energy in the United States, because of  cheap shale gas. The CEO said EDF would now focus on renewable energy in the United States. [Business Spectator]
  • The University of Missouri System announced a partnership among Ameren Missouri, Westinghouse Electric Co. and two UM campuses to conduct research related to small modular nuclear reactors, or SMRs. [Columbia Missourian]
  • As part of a reorganization plan to simplify Entergy’s corporate structure, the company is studying options for its non-utility owned power plants, mainly its aging nuclear plants operating in the U.S. Northeast which face falling wholesale prices and a difficult regulatory environment. [Reuters]
  • Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant will lose 30 of its 650 employees by the end of the year as part of a reorganization announced Tuesday by parent company Entergy Corp. [Barre Montpelier Times Argus]

 

 

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