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October 28 Green Energy News

From the REV Conference

  • Vermont and Upper Austria have signed an agreement to collaborate on the promotion of biomass heating. Vermont and Upper Austria are both recognized leaders in biomass heat as a local and renewable heating source. Upper Austria has a goal of 100% renewable heat by the year 2030. [vtdigger.org]
  • Vermont could create thousands of jobs if it used locally produced biomass to heat about 20 percent of the state’s homes and businesses using modern, energy-efficient equipment, an official said Monday. [NewsOK.com]

Science and Technology:

  • The Australian Renewable Energy Agency late last week announced “the launch of the world’s first one megawatt wave-energy-to-electricity unit.” The unit derives power indirectly from passing waves, as the changes in height of a water column cause changes in air pressure to turn turbines. [EarthTechling]
  • Twenty one Nobel prize winners-including South African anti-apartheid campaigner Desmond Tutu-are calling on the EU to immediately implement the Fuel Quality Directive (FQD) which would see tar sands labelled as dirtier than conventional fossil fuels. [TheGreenCarWebsite.co.uk]

World:

  • According to the International Energy Agency, power generation from non-hydro renewable sources including solar, wind, and bioenergy will exceed gas and nuclear by 2016, and renewable power is expected to increase by 40% in the next five years. Bioenergy has an advantage of creating useful heat.[EP Magazine]
  • Analysis from BCCONSULT says that at one point in early October, high renewable production drove the electricity price index covering Germany, Austria, France and Switzerland to 2.75¢/kWh at 2:00 pm. Renewable power produced nearly 60% of German grid demand and the grid did not explode. [Greentech Media]
  • According to the Ontario Public Health Association, coal-fired power plants in Ontario accounted for 15% to 25% of the province’s a decade ago. By the end of next year, that figure will be zero, as renewable energy production and demand reduction allow the last coal plant to close. [Chatham Daily News]
  • The first Spanish offshore wind turbine has been erected in the Canary Islands despite an industry lacking in state support. The 5 MW turbine is located at the end of a dyke and stands 154 metres (505 feet) tall with 62.5-metre (205-feet) long blades. It will be able to supply electricity to 7,500 homes. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

US:

  • A1 Organics in Eaton, Colorado, the region’s largest commercial composting and organic recycling company, announced it has entered an agreement, worth tens of millions of dollars, with a renewable energy business to develop what could be the largest anaerobic digester project in the US. [Greeley Tribune]
  • A federal complaint, filed at the U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh, alleges that the plaintiffs were diagnosed with some form of cancer as a result of the negligent and reckless operation, remediation and/or decommissioning of two nuclear materials processing facilities in western Pennsylvania. [The Pennsylvania Record]
  • Federal regulators plan to take public comment at a Nov. 6 meeting in Orlando, Florida on a proposed rule and an environmental study on the effects of extended storage of spent fuel after nuclear plants close. At issue is the federal “waste confidence” policy. [Tampabay.com]

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