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December 20 Green Energy News

World:

  • Statistics from the UK Government’s Department of Energy and Climate Change showed 40.3% of energy consumption in 2012 was met by the sector – up from 36.3% the previous year and 24.1% in 2010. [Herald Scotland]
  • The cost of battery storage is falling quicker than most analysts presume and could be competitive with gas-fired generation –  even in the US, where gas prices are low – within the next 18 months. [CleanTechnica]
  • The European Union has published new guidelines for renewable energy support that will determine how member states can support solar PV deployment. The guidelines call ‘feed-in premiums,’ granted through a lowest-cost-wins auction to encourage competition. [Solar Power Portal]
  • Property management giant Knight Frank has become the latest company to sign a new energy supply deal guaranteeing it 100 per cent renewable power, in a move that could deliver clean energy to hundreds of commercial tenants across the UK. [Business Green]
  • The University of St Andrews, Scotland’s oldest university, is aiming to slash its soaring electricity bill by establishing its own £25 million renewable energy center on the site of the former Curtis Fine Papers Mill at Guardbridge between Leuchars and St Andrews. [Scotland on Sunday]
  • On October 7, 2013, the Nordic Orion completed a voyage through the Northwest Passage, from Vancouver to Finland. It was the first large commercial ship freighter to use the route. It saved five days and $80,000 in fuel, and allowed it to carry more of its cargo: coal. [Treehugger]
  • Mainstream Renewable Power Chile has presented plans for a 273-MW wind farm to Chile’s environmental evaluation service. The $324 million project will be located on 258 hectares of federal land in which Mainstream obtained a concession in April. [Business News Americas]
  • Scotland has accused the UK government of being “hell-bent on ploughing billions of pounds” into nuclear power stations but restricting support for renewables, after three of its offshore wind farms were left off a list for fast-tracked funding yesterday. [Business Green]

US:

  • REC Solar, a national leader in solar electric system design and installation, and Integrated Solar, a Vermont renewable energy company, today announced they have been selected to build a 2.5-MW DC solar array in Brattleboro, Vermont.[Your Renewable News]
  • Vestas is to supply 220-MW of hardware to EDF Renewable Energy for two wind farms under an agreement with the developer. The agreement covers 110 2-MW turbines for the Hereford 1 and Longhorn North facilities, both in the Texas panhandle. [reNews]
  • North Carolina regulators have approved the Green Source Rider, an experimental Duke Energy Carolinas program to let large customers, such as data centers, offset their new energy needs with green power. [Charlotte Observer]
  • Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Don Berwick said Thursday that if elected, he would increase the state’s focus on investing in clean energy and work not only to benefit the environment, but to spur job growth in Massachusetts.[MassLive.com]
  • Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) announced his framework for Michigan’s energy future. While the framework lacked key specifics, if enacted into law it would pave the way to reduce Michigan’s reliance on coal and boost the use of affordable clean energy resources. [Union of Concerned Scientists]
  • The early release of the U. S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Annual Energy Outlook 2014 continues to show a trend of “low-balling” forecasts for contributions of future renewable energy resources that are not supported by actual experience. [Fierce Energy]
  • University of Vermont trustees have decided not to divest from fossil fuels, officials announced Wednesday. The university’s Socially Responsible Investing Advisory Council had made the proposal to divest. [Vermont Public Radio]
  • The NRC must start taking into account the full cost of nuclear waste disposal and storage, which would add up to a third of a trillion dollars to the cost of nuclear power, according to a declaration filed today with the NRC by economist Mark Cooper of the Vermont Law School. [IT Business Net]

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