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December 27 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Conservatives must lead on renewable energy” It’s time to dispel the myths and end the distortions. It’s time for conservatives to lead on the issue of renewable energy. “As a free market conservative, I believe it is important to set the record straight…” [MLive.com]
  • “Time to Break Free of Net-Metering; We Need a ‘FIT’ Policy for Renewable Energy to Soar” It is time to liberate Americans from the tyranny of utility-company control of our lives and from the politicians and regulators who serve these companies. [National Geographic]

World:

  • The Indonesian Transportation Ministry and the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry on Friday signed an agreement on the use of aviation biofuel and renewable energy sources at airports. [Jakarta Globe]
  • Austrian Solar plans to build a $212 million solar PV plant in Chile. The new plant will be located in the northern region of Chile in Coquimbo. Upon completion, the plant is expected to have 100.8 megawatts of nominal generating capacity. [PennEnergy]
  • The Alberta government is handing over the regulatory responsibility for the province’s tar sands industry to a corporation that’s funded entirely by Canada’s oil, coal and gas industry. [ThinkProgress]

US:

  • “A Solar Boom So Successful, It’s Been Halted” Photovoltaics proved so successful in Hawaii that the local utility, HECO, has instituted policies to block further expansion. The utility says too much solar energy poses a safety issue. [Scientific American]
  • The Cape Wind Project is getting into high gear. It will consist of 130 wind turbines with a combined capacity of up to 420 MW. The DOE already anticipates that installed US offshore wind capacity will grow from nearly zero to 3.5 GW by 2019. [CleanTechnica]
  • A new agreement will cut electricity used by more than 230 million set-top boxes installed in America’s homes by cable, satellite, or telephone companies by 10% to 45%, depending on model, saving consumers a whopping $1 billion annually. [Energy Collective]
  • The expiration of the production tax credit for wind power  usually brings the development of wind projects to a screeching halt. This year is different, as the development pipeline is going to carry on into 2014 and likely even into 2015. [Platts]
  • EDP Renewables has awarded Spanish wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa a framework contract in the US for the supply of up to 225 wind turbines in 2016. The agreement, totalling 450 MW, is the largest such agreement ever for the G114-2.0 MW. [reNews]

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