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October 14 Green Energy News

Science and Technology:

  • Hydropower can dramatically alter rivers and destroy the habitat of migratory species such as salmon, but now scientists have shown that it is perfectly possible for rivers to produce more fish and more electricity at the same time. [eco-business.com]

World:

  • Siemens has installed a “market-ready” version of its 6 MW gearless wind turbine at SSE’s test site in Hunterston, Scotland. They will carry out final testing of the turbine, which uses direct drive technology, before it goes into production. [reNews]
  • India’s Welspun Energy, which will commission the world’s second-largest solar power plant and two other projects by December, will invest an additional $1.6 billion in new solar and wind projects over three years. [Business Spectator]
  • Global investment in clean energy fell to roughly $46 billion to $47 billion in the third quarter of this year as project finance for renewables stalled owing to policy uncertainty, overcapacity and cheap natural gas. [South China Morning Post]
  • The CEOs of Europe’s ten biggest energy companies called for the European Union and member states to stop subsidizing the renewable energy sector, saying the priority access given to the sector could cause widespread blackouts over the winter. [European Voice]

US:

  • Maine Governor Dannel P. Malloy has announced two major clean-energy projects that he said will lower rates for state residents. One is a 250 MW wind farm, and the other is a 20 MW solar farm. Power is expected to be sold wholesale at about 8¢/kWh. [Patch.com]
  • Bowdoin College is hoping to build the largest solar power complex in Maine. The 1300 kW solar power complex would generate much of the energy used to provide power for the school’s largest athletic facilities. [Daily Journal]
  • Oklahoma utility company PSO has signed a trio of long-term power purchase agreements with wind farms totalling nearly 600 MW. The power will be generated in three wind farms in the northwestern part of the state. [reNews]
  • With little fanfare, Texas is just weeks away from wrapping up a nearly $7 billion effort to add vast amounts of wind power to its energy grid. Once finished, the build-out will stretch nearly 3,600 miles and will carry up to 18,500 MW of wind power. [Texas Tribune]

 

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