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January 18 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Here’s What The New Omnibus Budget Means For Climate And Energy Policy” For environmental and climate concerns, the omnibus budget brings a variety of changes for both good and ill, starting with funding for the relevant agencies and departments. [ThinkProgress]
  • “Clean Energy Continues to Be a Smart Investment” When frigid temperatures last week caused the unexpected shutdown of two power plants in Texas, wind energy stepped in to help keep residents warm. [Energy Collective]

World:

  • The UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change wants ‘established’ renewables to compete for funding under the upcoming contracts for difference regime. Large onshore wind, solar PV, and hydro are effected, along with some biogas. [Solar Power Portal]
  • Ontario has reached an agreement through the Ontario Power Authority with Elementa Group Inc that will see the company build a news 9.5 MW renewable energy generating facility in Sault Ste. Marie. [LOCAL2 Sault Ste. Marie]
  • Solar power production in Switzerland increased dramatically in 2013. During 2013, 300 MW of solar PV was installed, resulting in an overall capacity of 730 MW by the end of the year. This is enough to power 200,000 typical households. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

US:

  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and University of Connecticut analyzed more than 122,000 home sales near 26 wind facilities in densely populated Massachusetts, yet was unable to find any impacts to nearby home property values. [Windpower Engineering]
  • Vermont lawmakers have a plan to open up the state’s so-called “net metering” program to match the growing demand. A new bill offers a fast-track solution to take advantage of federal solar tax credits before their possible expiration in 2017. [vtdigger.org]
  • More than 50 million pounds of toxic pollutants are being pumped each year into the nation’s waterways from fossil fuel power plants, most of them coal, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. [Newser]

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