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December 12 Green Energy News

World:

  • So far, 10,752 Indian villages have been electrified using various renewable energy systems. Over 29 GW of renewable capacity has been installed in India, including nearly 20 GW of windpower, almost 4 GW each of small hydro and bio energy, and 2 GW of solar. [Myiris.com]
  • No fewer than 98,000 Nigerian women die annually from smokes inhaled during cooking with firewood, an official of the Federal Ministry of Environment, Bahijjahtu Abubakar, has said. [AllAfrica.com]
  • The John Lewis Partnership is the latest UK retailer to commit to reducing carbon emissions by switching to renewable energy. More than 380 stores will be supplied with 100% renewable electricity by energy supplier SmartestEnergy. [Responding to Climate Change]
  • The Australian Energy Market Operator has released its 2013 National Transmission Network Development Plan report, predicting a coal supply surplus and undermining claims of a renewables transmission cost blowout. [Business Spectator]
  • International environmental group Greenpeace is urging Filipinos to make the world’s biggest fossil fuel companies answerable for adverse climate change impacts causing extreme weather conditions such as super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). [InterAksyon]

US:

  • Almost 30,000 Coloradans signed a petition that was delivered to Xcel Energy executives asking the company to withdraw its proposal to reduce the current credit rate for solar power generated by homeowners’ rooftop systems from 10.5 cents per kWh to 4.6 cents per kWh. [Huffington Post]
  • While the EPA has been putting limits on renewable fuel for passenger vehicles, the US Navy is moving full steam ahead to use renewable fuel in their ships and planes, in a program is called Farm-to-Fleet, a cooperative effort with the USDA. [Hoosier Ag Today]
  • Vermont regulators have ordered the Washington Electric Co-operative to suspend its net metering program, saying the small utility is violating state law. The issue is a 5 kW limit imposed by the co-op because it had reached a 4% limit for required net-metering. [WAMC]
  • After initial studies using pilot equipment, the US Army is planning on moving West Point to 100% self-sufficiency in power generation. The technologies to be used include several types of solar power, heat pumps, and others. [EarthTechling]
  • Ratepayers in the Northwest could save at least $1.7 billion over the next 17 years if the Columbia Generating Station nuclear power plant on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington State is closed, according to a new report by McCullough Research. [The Lund Report]

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