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December 18 Green Energy News

Science and Technology:

  • NOAA reported that last month set a heat record as the warmest November on record, across Earth, since record-keeping began in 1880. They said it was the 345th straight month with above-average temperatures. [Huffington Post]
  • A study of an uncommon sound from wind turbines known as “Other Amplitude Modulation,” (OAM) has been published. OAM is described as sounding like road traffic. The study found causes of OAM, and says that software controlling blade pitch may be a solution. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

World:

  • The Kinangop Wind Farm in Kenya, powered by 38 GE 1.6 MW wind turbines, will be one of the largest wind power projects in sub-Saharan Africa. The 61-MW wind farm will generate enough renewable electricity to power the equivalent of 150,000 homes in the country. [Your Renewable News]
  • The Ontario Ministry of the Environment has granted a Renewable Energy Approval for the 58.32 MW Bow Lake Wind Project. Nodin Kitagan is a partnership between Batchewana First Nation and BluEarth Renewables Inc., a developer of wind power projects. [Electric Light & Power]
  • Nexterra Systems Corp , a global leader in energy-from-waste gasification systems, announced today that it has signed a contract with MWH to supply a biomass gasification system for the Birmingham Bio Power Ltd. renewable energy power plant in Tyseley, UK. [Your Industry News]

US:

  • Enel Green Power North America (EGP-NA)will build new wind farm in Oklahoma with 75 2.0 MW Vestas turbines . Vestas and EGP-NA also have signed an agreement for up to an additional 836 MW worth of 2 MW turbines of which 200 MW is firm. [Your Renewable News]
  • The Interior Department announced a proposed notice of sale Tuesday for nearly 80,000 acres for commercial offshore wind development off the coast of Maryland beginning about 10 miles from Ocean City. [Cumberland Times-News]
  • Salt River Project said Tuesday that it is buying power from a geothermal plant in Utah to help the utility meet its sustainability goals. The Cove Fort Geothermal Project is in Beaver County, about 175 miles south of Salt Lake City. [Arizona Republic]
  • Vermont’s congressional Rep. Peter Welch was in Rutland Tuesday talking about a tax credit he doesn’t want to expire. He is sponsoring new legislation to extend and improve the tax credit for renewable energy. [WCAX]
  • A New Jersey lawmaker has introduced a bill to spur offshore wind energy development in the absence of action by the Board of Public Utilities. The legislation requires New Jersey electric public utilities to purchase offshore wind renewable energy certificates. [reNews]
  • EDF Renewable Energy has closed a membership interest purchase and sale agreement with Urban Green Technologies LLC, a utility-scale solar developer, on the 5.86 MW Lancaster solar project in Massachusetts. [Solar Industry]
  • Several Michigan Republican leaders have formed a conservative group aimed at promoting renewable energy. The Michigan Conservative Energy Forum will push the state to reduce its dependence on coal and increase investment in renewables and efficiency. [MLive.com]
  • The planned 24-megawatt Na Pua Makani wind farm on Oahu is expected to save Hawaiian Electric Co. millions of dollars in avoided fuel costs during the 20-year term of a power purchase agreement, according to the state’s largest electric utility. [Pacific Business News]

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