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August 15 Green Energy News


  • Irish investor and asset manager of renewable projects NTR has reported a significantly lower loss of €16.2 million for the year ended 31 March 2013, down from €88.8 million the previous year, as it focused more sharply on wind power and delivered parts of its strategic plan a year early. []
  • Drax, which operates the largest coal-fired power station in the UK, has launched a £700 million program to convert three of its six generating units from coal to biomass. This will transform the Drax site from the largest carbon emitters in the UK to one of the largest clean-energy plants in the world. [Financial Times]
  • Were the new Australian Government to scrap the Carbon Pricing Mechanism, the country would fail to meet renewable energy targets, according to a report compiled for WWF-Australia by research firm RepuTex. The report says even a low price supports the development of renewable energy. []
  • Enel Green Power has started construction works at Taltal, its biggest wind farm in Chile. The plant has a total installed capacity of 99 MW, and will be able to generate up to more than 300 GWh per year. [Newswire Today]
  • The UK’s first large-scale battery has been connected to the grid in Orkney. Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution (SHEPD) is running the trial project on the remote Scottish islands to investigate how the intermittent nature of renewable energy generation can be resolved. [Solar Power Portal]


  • The US DOE expects a nonlinear surge in solar expansion once a key cost threshold is reached, resulting in a rapid, large-scale adoption of solar electricity in the US, with solar providing 27% of the country’s power by mid-century. If so, solar may prove to be the bigger story than shale in the end. []
  • A recent report from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Energy Sector Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Extreme Weather, demonstrates that climate change is here today and that the energy sector is already suffering from its effects. [Renewable Energy Magazine]
  • In Vermont, the Washington Electric Co-op has announced that it would limit the size of future solar installations to 5 kilowatts. A system that size will not produce enough electricity to power the average Vermont home, according to a release from Renewable Energy Vermont. [Clean Energy Authority]
  • The US federal government is preparing to kick off the first ever leasing process for wind and marine renewables off the West Coast. A request for competitive interest off Oregon is due to be published by the Bureau for Ocean Energy Management in the coming weeks. [reNews]
  • As part of the Obama administration’s clean energy goals, the U.S. Interior Department has established a new Renewable Energy Evaluation Area that could result in the development of more than 3.3 GW of solar capacity. [pv magazine]
  • Penn State, which is ranked first among universities engaged in alternative energy research by Elsevier Publishing, will launch an online master’s degree in renewable energy and sustainability systems starting this fall. [Gant Daily]
  • Operators of the San Onofre nuclear power plant say it may cost $4.1 billion and take 15 years to tear down the troubled plant and restore the Southern California coastal site to its pristine condition. [Fresno Business Journal]
  • The 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City agreed largely with the earlier decision by US District Judge Garvan Murtha, in the law suit between Vermont and the owners of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, but it did overturn the part saying that Vermont had to pay Entergy’s legal bills. [Barre Montpelier Times Argus]



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