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January 7 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “60 Minutes Show On Cleantech Looks Like Its Going To Be ‘Dumb & Dumber Part 3’ (+13 Charts)” The show’s title is “The Cleantech Crash.” Oy, someone hasn’t been reading CleanTechnica, or keeping up to date at all. [CleanTechnica]

Not Energy, but Interesting:

  • Under pressure from consumers and activist groups, General Mills says it has stop using genetically modified ingredients to make its original Cheerios cereal. The change was made many weeks ago, according to a company spokesman. [USA Today]

World:

  • Ministers from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy and Portugal called for the European Union to adopt a 2030 goal for renewable energy use. The UK opposes this and wants a sole greenhouse gas emissions target. [Power Engineering International]
  • Hydrotec Renewables Inc has bagged several renewable energy service contracts from the Philippine Department of Energy for the development of small hydro power projects along the Marikina River. [InterAksyon]
  • Wind power generated 21.1% of Spain’s energy needs in 2013, becoming the top source of electrical power in the country. New renewable energy is predicted to have reduced the greenhouse gas emissions by 23.1% from 2012 levels. [EconomyWatch.com]
  • The Chinese firm behind inverter technology which converts both solar power and wind so it can be used on the grid believes it is “perfect” for Britain. The inverter converts DC electricity from both solar PV panels or wind turbines to AC. [Energy Live News]

US:

  • Vestas has received another 220 MW order for V100-2.0 MW turbines from EDF Renewable Energy for two wind-energy projects in the US. Both projects, Hereford 1 and Longhorn North, are in the Texas Panhandle. [Windpower Engineering]
  • When it fired up Dec. 20, a fuel cell power plant manufactured and built by Connecticut-based Fuel Cell Energy became the first such plant in North America. And at 15 MW, it is the second largest in the world. [The Connecticut Mirror]
  • EPC contractor Leidos has completed the 37.5 MW Plainfield renewable energy project in Plainfield, Connecticut. The project will be fueled by a variety of sources including waste wood from construction, demolition, industry, and land clearing. [Energy Business Review]
  • Council members in Grand Junction City, Colorado voted unanimously to move forward with a project that would take the methane already produced at the city’s wastewater treatment facility, clean it up, and transfer it to the city’s slow-fill station. [KJCT8.com]
  • Controversy flared in Colorado after Glen Vaad, a nominee for the state’s Utility Commission, was shown to have close ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council, an organization that has been lobbying against renewable power. [EIN News]
  • Enbridge has inked a $200 million deal with Renewable Energy Systems Americas for construction of the 110 MW Keechi Wind Project in Texas. Construction has already commenced, and the facility expected to be completed early next year. [Energy Matters]
  • Duke Energy officially has the green light from the North Carolina Utilities Commission to launch a new renewable energy program in North Carolina, enabling select large customers to secure up to 100% of new electricity needs from renewables. [EarthTechling]
  • Over the weekend, the New York Times noted that the solar power “craze” is partly responsible for Wall Street’s recent good times. The Times used the example of SolarCity, with a sevenfold increase in its share price to $59.27 since it went public. [Energy Collective]

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