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January 2 Green Energy News

World:

  • Legislation enacted by the Manitoba government to ban petroleum coke and coal heating came into effect January 1, 2014. The move is a first for any jurisdiction in North America. [CTV News]
  • Almost one year after air pollution in Beijing went off the charts, the country’s top research agency, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, has released a study clearly identifying fossil fuel combustion as the biggest contributor to the deadly smog. [ThinkProgress]
  • Yingli Energy China, a photovoltaic module manufacturer, is forming a joint venture with Shuozhou Coal Power to develop and construct solar plants in Shuozhou in Shanxi province. The companies have previously built a 20-MW solar project together. [reNews]
  • A £1 million hydro-electric scheme will generate more than 1,100 MWh of renewable energy each year on the Allt Achadh na Moine watercourse on the east coast of the Scottish island of Mull with profits benefitting local island non-profit projects. [The Guardian]

US:

  • The Texas Clean Energy Coalition, in conjunction with other organizations, conducted a study to test energy models and concluded that Texas grid power systems are likely to combine renewable energy and gas-fired power for all new generation. [Energy Collective]
  • The Tennessee Valley Authority plans to increase its solar energy capacity to 126 MW by the end of 2014. By the end of 2014, the utility is expected to have increased its solar capacity by 7% over what it had been in 2013. [Hydrogen Fuel News]
  • The University of Delaware’s Atmosphere and Energy Research Group found that staggering and spacing out turbines in an offshore wind farm can improve performance by as much as 33%. [YottaFire]
  • Credit Suisse estimates that approximately 85% of US future demand growth for power through 2025 (including the impact of coal plant retirements) could be met by renewable generation with compliance to existing RPS programs. [CleanTechnica]
  • The Northern Pass, a proposed transmission line carrying low-cost renewable hydroelectric power to New England, cleared a major regulatory milestone by securing “I.3.9 approval” by ISO New England, the operators of the region’s power grid. [AZoCleantech]

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