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September 26 Green Energy News

World:

  • One big decision made in St Petersburg seems to have gone unnoticed. The G20 leaders agreed to phase out “inefficient” fossil fuel subsidies, cutting $500 billion each year in government costs while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. [CleanTechnica]
  • NextEra Energy Canada has announced that subsidiary Summerhaven Wind LP has achieved commercial operation at its 124.4 MW Summerhaven Wind Energy Centre. The wind farm, located in Haldimand County, Ontario, comprises 56 turbines. [North American Windpower]
  • The largest tidal energy project in Europe has been granted permission by the Scottish Government. MeyGen Ltd. has been awarded consent for an 86 MW array, following the completion of the statutory approval process with regulators. [CleanTechies]
  • Renewable generation in the UK grew by 56% to 12.8 TWh in the second quarter of 2013, setting a record of 15% of all power generation. Wind generation increased by 62%. Solar and wave & tidal each saw a 22% increase while hydro was up 29%. [reNews]
  • The Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has set a target of generation of 10,000 Megawatt of power through solar energy by the year 2017. The Minister said large tracks of land in Rajasthan, Kargil and Ladakh have immense solar potential. [Northern Voices Online]
  • The environmental program adopted by Sweden’s Center Party during its convention calls for 100% renewable energy, including use for transportation, within a generation. Nuclear power, uranium mining, oil extraction, and fracking would be banned. [Alaska Dispatch]

US:

  • Vestas has received a 400 MW order from Duke Energy Renewables for two wind-energy projects in Texas. The projects will include 200 2.0 MW turbines combined that will be installed in southern Texas. Commissioning is expected in 2015 and 2016. [Your Renewable News]
  • Forecasts of doom for the California power grid have been popping up since the state began its aggressive pursuit of more renewable energy. Now, renewable power is at times providing more than one-quarter of a day’s output. But so far, no doom. [EarthTechling]
  • The argument that renewables are too expensive just lost a lot of credibility. Long Island Power Authority, one of the largest municipal utilities, will save its customers nearly $84 million over the next seven years by increasing renewable generation. [Huffington Post]
  • Renewable oil and bioproducts company Solazyme has executed a commercial supply agreement with Unilever for algae-based oil. Solazyme specializes in transforming low-cost sugars into high-value oils to replace petroleum-based products. [EcoSeed]

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