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October 23 Green Energy News


  • “3 Reasons Germans Are Kicking Ass & Taking Names With Renewable Energy” Germany is racing past 20% renewable energy on its electricity grid, but what news stories often leave out is the overwhelming popularity of the Energiewende and why it so prevalent. [CleanTechnica]


  • German scientists estimate that out of a total of 30 million tons of cereal straw produced annually in Germany, 8 to 13 million could be used for energy or fuel. This would provide 1.7 to 2.8 million average households with electricity and 2.8 to 4.5 million with heating. [inhabitat]
  • Revised statistics on the small wind industry indicates that the country surpassed 100 MW of installed small wind capacity in 2012. Total installed small wind capacity will approach 200 MW this year. By comparison, at the end of 2012, the US had an installed small wind capacity of 216 MW. [RenewEconomy]
  • With the Coalition government set to review Australia’s 2020 Renewable Energy Target early next year, Australia’s biggest utility, Origin Energy, has declared that the nation has already nearly met its 20% goal, and that further mandatory target would only drive up the cost of electricity. [RenewEconomy]
  • Greenpeace Australia Pacific and 100% Renewable have released a report, Strangling Renewables: Origin Energy’s campaign against renewable energy, which accuses Origin Energy of strangling renewables as part of a strategy to prolong the dominance of gas and fossil fuels. [Business Spectator]


  • In yet another demonstration of the US military’s transition to renewable energy, the Air Force Research Laboratory is eyeballing a computer center in Hawaii to demonstrate an advanced system for collecting, storing and using solar power. [CleanTechnica]
  • Three US offshore wind projects are advancing. The 468 MW Cape Wind in Nantucket Sound, Deepwater Wind’s 30 MW Block Island project in Rhode Island and Fishermen’s Energy’s 25 MW scheme off New Jersey aim to wrap up final permitting and financing in the coming months. [reNews]
  • Washington state law requires utilities to have 3% of the electricity from renewables by the end of this year. Critics of the law had forecast high customer costs. Now, the agency responsible is certifying that the law has been complied with, and the cost turns out to be very low. [The Seattle Times]
  • The National Grid opened its Sustainability Hub to provide consumers with hands-on education about energy efficiency and emerging energy technologies. The facility, located in Worcester, Massachusetts and is a part of National Grid’s Smart Energy Solutions Program. [SmartMeters]
  • EDF Renewable Energy has started construction of the Lepomis Solar Project, located in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The 5.96 MW ground-mounted fixed-tilt solar PV project will deliver power to the Town of Wareham, under a long-term power purchase agreement. [Solar Industry]
  • Utilities in western states are required to buy a specific amount of renewable energy under state laws, but they are purchasing more than required in order to reduce their use of fossil fuels, because it will save them and their customers money. [Natural Resources Defense Council]

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