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December 6 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “When Lockheed Martin Goes Green, It’s Game Over For Fossil Fuels” Lockheed recently teamed up with the green energy innovator Concord Blue Energy to take that company’s waste-to-energy technology global, and that is just a start. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Green Elephants: The Famous Conservatives Vocally Supporting Clean Energy” Conservatives have reasons to be green. Just to start, a one million dollar investment in solar or wind creates nearly 10 jobs, compared to less than 4 in oil and gas. And there is more. [Huffington Post]

World:

  • A new partnership between DONG Energy and Schneider Electrics aims at increasing renewable penetration, balancing grids and reducing carbon emissions. The goal is grid stability and reliability using renewables managed by a virtual power plant system. [HispanicBusiness.com]
  • Capital Power has started commercial operation at the 105 MW Port Dover & Nanticoke wind farm in southwestern Ontario. The project was completed on time and under its C$340 million budget, with final costs expected to be approximately C$315 million. [reNews]
  • New figures show China is adding clean, renewable electricity generation faster than it is expanding capacity of more polluting sources. But change can’t happen fast enough for residents in eastern China, who are now choking on soupy air. [Wall Street Journal]
  • Nuclear energy will continue to be a key power source for Japan, according to the basic energy plan the central government intends to compile by the end of December. The plan will likely call for a reduction in the overall ratio for power generated by nuclear energy. [Asahi Shimbun]

US:

  • President Obama has set all US government agencies a 20% renewable energy generation target by 2020. Agencies must draw not less than 10% of their electricity from renewables by 2015, 15% in 2016 and 2017, 17.5% in 2018 and 2019 and not less than 20% by 2020. [PV-Tech]
  • Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $30 million in funding available under the NY-Sun Competitive Photovoltaic Program to further stimulate large-scale solar and biogas projects in the Hudson Valley and New York City. [HispanicBusiness.com]
  • Texas is the nation’s largest wind power producer. The money earned in Texas from the wind production tax credit exceeded the amount paid by more than $394 million in 2012, according to a study by the Institute for Energy Research. [San Antonio Express]
  • Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) took to Washington’s streets on Thursday to push for the reform of a government biofuel program. The EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard increases the price of corn, Welch says, which has impacts on food and energy prices across the country. [The Hill]
  • Rhode Island regulators have granted a key approval for Deepwater Wind’s onshore cable works for the 30 MW Block Island offshore wind pilot project, allowing the developer to make landfall at Scarborough State Beach, in return for $1.7 million in compensation. [reNews]
  • For over 12 hours Thursday, the EPA held a public hearing that offered a platform for interested parties to present data, views and arguments on the proposal to lower the mandated volume obligations under the Renewable Fuels Standards for 2014. [Feedstuffs]

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