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September 16 Green Energy News

World:

  • Work is to begin on the largest tidal energy project in Europe after the Scottish government granted permission. A 9 MW demonstration project will come first, with the remainder expected to be built on a phased basis until 2020, when the 86 MW system will be completed. [BBC News]
  • Australian power prices can move from $30 per MWh to $12,000 in a few minutes, and then back down again just as fast. There are implications to the fact that profits from generating power during a week-long heat-wave in Adelaide can exceed those of the rest of the year. [Business Spectator]
  • Leading wave device developers Aquamarine Power and Pelamis Wave Power are to receive grant award allocations from the Scottish government. The two companies will share £13 million from Holyrood’s wave first array support program. [reNews]
  • The UK’s Liberal Democrats voted to support new nuclear and fracking at their party conference in Glasgow today. The party turned against its historic objection to nuclear power by 230 votes to 183 to accept a “limited role” for nuclear power. [Utility Week]
  • According to the head of Brazil’s energy planning agency, the country will probably scale down its plans for new nuclear plants due to safety concerns following the 2011 radiation leak in Japan and pick up some of the slack with a “revolution” in wind power. [Reuters AlertNet]
  • Japan’s former Prime Minister Kan urged Taiwan to close all its nuclear power plants, as the island’s legislature prepares to tackle the matter when it reconvenes next week. Kan told an audience in Taipei that the Fukushima Disaster changed his views on nuclear power. [The Japan Times]

US:

  • Ethanol credits were  supposed to help clean the air, reduce dependence on foreign oil and bolster agriculture. But a little known market in ethanol credits has also become a hot new game on Wall Street. [Livemint]
  • Michigan utility Consumers Energy is getting ready for a $255 million wind energy park in Tuscola County, Michigan, about two hours north of Detroit. The 105-megawatt Cross Winds Energy Park will be constructed at a cost of $255 million. [SmartMeters]
  • The coal industry, feeling threatened by federal efforts to promote wind and solar power, has opened a counterattack by opposing President Obama’s nomination of a renewable electricity advocate to head the federal agency with jurisdiction over power lines. [New York Times]

 

 

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