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December 7 Green Energy News

World:

  • The Canadian federal government, in partnership with the First Nations Power Authority of Saskatchewan, is taking steps to develop renewable energy projects in Saskatchewan. The government is providing funding for small-scale demonstration projects. [Regina Leader-Post]
  • Egypt is moving to increase the use of solar energy for street lighting in order to reduce the country’s rising electricity consumption, officials told Al-Shorfa. The Ministry of Electricity is promoting solar energy in all provinces, starting with Cairo. [Al-Shorfa]

US:

  • Mitsubishi is reportedly going to decrease the price of its i-MiEV electric vehicle by $6,130 from its 2012 price of $29,900 (before incentives). It will be introduced as the 2014 i-MiEV, selling for $22,995 before the $7,500 federal EV tax credit ($15,495 after that). [CleanTechnica]
  • The Appellate Division of New York’s Supreme Court has thrown out a lawsuit brought by fossil fuel industry interests. The suit was designed to kneecap a 9-state power plant pollution-cutting program called the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. [Natural Resources Defense Council]
  • More than two dozen of the nation’s biggest corporations, including the five major oil companies, are planning their future growth on the expectation that the government will force them to pay a price for carbon pollution as a way to control global warming. [New York Times]
  • With a change in policy, wind farms and other projects that obtain a permit and do everything possible to avoid killing the birds will be legal protection from prosecution for killing bald and golden eagles for up to 30 years. [Huffington Post]
  • Burbank Water and Power, a municipal utility, aims to obtain 66% of electricity from renewable sources by 2025. To meet the state goal, BWP is building a single integrated system to manage forecasting, generation, voltage and switching to optimize available resources. [Greentech Media]
  • Vermont-based municipal utility Burlington Electric Department (BED) has reached an agreement with renewable energy company First Wind to buy power from the planned 54 MW Hancock Wind project near Ellsworth, Maine. [Renew Grid]
  • Over 140 stakeholders testified at a hearing Thursday on the Environmental Protection Agency proposal to lower the biofuels targets under the Renewable Fuel Standard in 2014,  in a hearing that went on for twelve hours. [AgWired]
  • Seeking more support for coal-burning power plants, the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity has issued a statement claiming natural gas and renewables threaten the grid saying they are not as reliable as coal, too costly, and lack capacity to deliver as needed. [Smart Grid News]

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