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January 29 Green Energy News

World:

  • Home furnishings retailer IKEA is on track to spend about $2 billion on wind and solar programs up to 2015. The company also recently announced plans to buy its first North American wind energy project, currently under construction in Alberta. [North American Windpower]
  • Subsidies for renewable energy are partly to blame for Europe’s electricity market “crisis,” according to a French study. It says the system of feed-in tariffs paying above-market rates for renewables should be changed to one based more on market prices. [Businessweek]
  • An Australian industry body representing dealers in renewable energy certificates released analysis suggesting that if the Renewable Energy Target were abolished by the federal government, the solar sector would lose more than 5000 jobs 2018. [Business Spectator]
  • Affinity Renewables Inc., a non-for-profit controlled by the Nova Scotia SPCA,  is developing a small wind system, with operating conditions including that the province be able to request noise and shadow flicker monitoring at any time. [TheChronicleHerald.ca]
  • The provisions in the EU renewable energy directive allowing national governments to restrict their national support schemes to domestic producers break EU rules, an advocate-general of the EU Court of Justice said in a formal opinion Tuesday. [Platts]

US:

  • The Maryland Public Service Commission is conducting stakeholder consultation as it develops regulations to implement the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013. The legislation is designed to spur wind energy development. [reNews]
  • Since 2007, electricity generation from coal has fallen 24.9% from 2.02 billion MWh to 1.51 billion MWh in 2012. Meanwhile, over the same time frame wind grew 309% to 140.8 million MWh and solar grew 607% to 4.3 million MWh. [DailyFinance]
  • The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has released its final 2013 Energy Infrastructure Update for the United States. The new FERC report shows that solar power was the second-largest source of new US power capacity last year. [Treehugger]
  • About 4% of Iowa’s GDP is from renewable fuels. If the US EPA lowers blending requirements in the Renewable Fuels Standard, industry observers predict that 25% to 45% of US biodiesel production will shut down, costing thousands of jobs. [Business Record]

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