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August 25 Green Energy News

A Quote:

  • “Unfortunately, what we’ve seen too often in Congress is that the fossil fuel industries tend to be very influential – let’s put it that way – on the energy committees in Congress and they tend not to be particularly sympathetic to alternative energy strategies,” President Obama said in a speech. [Opposing Views]

Opinion:

  • “Finding Our Energy Future: A Conversation with Tony Klein” Tony Klein, chair of Vermont’s House Committee on Natural Resources and Energy, responds to the question, “What do you wish people knew about energy and Vermont?” [Montpelier Bridge]

World:

  • Switching Australia to 100% renewable power from solar, wind and other clean sources would be technically viable by 2030, and could end up costing the same as continuing to use fossil fuels, a new study by the Australian federal government suggests. [Sydney Morning Herald]
  • Marine energy could have the potential to boost the Welsh economy by up to £840 million according to a new report commissioned by the Welsh Government. The study examined the economic benefits for Wales from developing the sector, using three different scenarios. [WalesOnline]
  • Alstom reports that its full-scale tidal turbine in Orkney, Scotland, has reached a full nominal power of 1 MW. The turbine was immersed in January 2013 at the European Marine Energy Center in Orkney. The turbine connected to the grid has now generated more than 10 MWh. [High Performance Composites]

US:

  • Iowa houses one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing wind markets, according to the US DOE, which released two reports earlier this month showing robust state and nationwide wind markets. The state can generate 25% of its power from wind, and the number is growing. [Dubuque Telegraph Herald]
  • Lake Erie Energy Development’s Icebreaker project, a six-turbine, 18-megawatt undertaking, is in the serious planning stages after snagging a $4 million U.S. Department of Energy grant late last year. States and organizations are looking at other sites in the Great Lakes. [EarthTechling]
  • A Gallup poll in March found that 76% of Americans thought the country should put more emphasis on producing domestic energy from solar power. As more options become available, more homeowners do it. Now, ten times as many homes get solar power than did five years ago. [Press Herald]
  • The Montpelier Energy Advisory Committee and the Montpelier Planning and Community Development Office are working with the Energy Action Network, considering making Montpelier the nation’s first state capital to have all energy needs supplied by renewable energy sources. [Montpelier Bridge]
  • Members of Vermont’s first community solar farm met at the site in Putney Friday to celebrate the opening of the solar array. SunFarm Community Solar, the 147 kilowatt solar project which is made up of 588 panels, is online and producing electricity, project founder Nick Ziter said. [Brattleboro Reformer]
  • Dominion Virginia Power placed its biomass-fired Altavista Power Station into commercial operation in July. The 51 megawatt facility in Altavista, Va., is the first of three stations the company is converting from coal to biomass. [Biomass Magazine]

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