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October 31 Green Energy News


  • “UK Risks Looking ‘Economically Insane’ on EDF Nuclear Deal” At a cost of 16 billion pounds ($26 billion), Hinkley Point C will be the most expensive power plant per megawatt produced. EDF is set for returns of as high as 35% and the contract may create cash dividends of as much as £80 billion at the expense of UK consumers. [Businessweek]

Science and Technology:

  • Copper foam batteries — a new, cheaper-to-manufacture, faster-to-charge, and longer-lasting alternative to the batteries in common use today — may soon be headed to the commercial market. [CleanTechnica]


  • The leaders of British Columbia, California, Oregon, and Washington just formally joined forces to reduce emissions and transition toward renewables by signing the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy. [CleanTechnica]
  • Prime Minister David Cameron’s review of green levies won’t touch renewable subsidies for solar power and wind, a statement from the Department of Energy and Climate Change suggests. The department’s tacit support for the Renewables Obligation and Feed-in Tariff has reassured some green energy trade groups. [Energy Live News]
  • Three counties in the southwest of England are the top UK domestic solar producers. Devon has 17,564 installations on people’s homes, producing 61,683 kW of energy. Cornwall is second with 9,584 domestic schemes which generate 35,572 kW of electricity. Wiltshire was a distant third with 5,234. [This is Cornwall]
  • Dutch utility Eneco has been granted the final permit for its 210 MW Q4 West wind farm in the North Sea off Bergen aan Zee. The 70-turbine plan is around 26 kilometers offshore and immediately west of the company’s already consented Q4 project, which totals 78 MW. [reNews]
  • In Brazil, wind is emerging as a prize for energy planners who see the howling gusts that arrive from the east as a way to offset fresh limits imposed on hydropower. A string of wind-turbine parks is being built in the nation’s windiest stretches, in what planners here see as the beginning of an extraordinary transformation. [Washington Post]
  • Offshore wind power installations are on track for a seventh consecutive annual record in 2013. Developers added 1,080 MW of generating capacity in the first half of the year. Although still small compared with the roughly 300,000 megawatts of land-based wind power, offshore capacity is growing at close to 40% a year. [Treehugger]
  • A new update from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy in India has proclaimed the country has passed the 2 GW landmark for grid-connected solar. The figures showed that, as of September 30, 2013, the total solar installed capacity was just over 2000 MW, while off-grid power amounted to just south of 140 MW. [CleanTechnica]
  • South Korea may be thinking about reducing its dependence on nuclear power, but a new report from the International Atomic Energy Agency said the country would struggle to provide enough energy if it did so. South Korea has no natural energy resources to fill the holes left by a declining use of nuclear power, IAEA said. [PennEnergy] (Presumably the IAEA believes that in South Korea the sun never shines, the wind never blows, the tide never changes, the earth has no warmth, rivers do not flow, …)


  • In an important decision, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has found ground mounted solar photovoltaics to be an “accessory use” permitted as of right in all zoning districts. Contrary zoning interpretations had been risking stalling parts of the clean energy sector. [CleanTechnica]
  • RGS Energy, the commercial and utility division of Real Goods Solar, and St. Albans Solar Partners have completed a new 2.2 MW solar farm ahead of schedule. The energy produced by the PV system in Vermont is expected to generate approximately 3.1 million kWh annually, enough energy to power more than 400 homes. [RenewablesBiz]


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