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February 5 Green Energy News

World:

  • Public support for clean energy has remained strong, according to a government survey that says 77% of Britains support renewable energy. The poll also reveals only 5% of households actively object to renewables. [Blue & Green Tomorrow]
  • Electricity has been generated for the first time from the West of Duddon Sands Offshore Windfarm, a major renewable energy project being developed by ScottishPower Renewables and DONG Energy in the Irish Sea. [Renewable Energy Magazine]
  • Necker Island, the Caribbean Island owned by Virgin Group chairman Richard Branson, will shift to 75 percent renewable energy by the end of 2015. Branson said shifting to solar and wind energy will cut his energy costs by 40 percent. [Washington Post]
  • General contractor AMEC Black & McDonald is assembling a team to build the 270 MW K2 feed-in tariff project near the southeastern shore of Lake Huron in Ontario. The 140-turbine wind farm is owned by Samsung, Pattern Energy and Capital Power. [reNews]

US:

  • The Windthorst-2 wind power project in Windthorst, Texas, is expected to commence commercial operation in fall 2014. With 28 Siemens 2.3-MW wind turbines, the project will provide clean power to nearly 20,000 American households. [Your Renewable News]
  • The Energy Department today announced up to $12 million in funding to advance the production of cost-competitive, high-performance carbon fiber material from renewable non-food-based feedstocks such as agricultural residues and woody biomass. [Automotive World]
  • Renewable Energy Group Inc. has broken ground on a $13.2 million improvement project at its Newton biodiesel refinery that will increase the plant’s ability to produce higher-purity biodiesel from a wider array of raw materials. [Today’s Energy Solutions]
  • The Ivanpah Solar Power Plant, the world’s largest solar thermal electric plant has begun operating its three generating units, which will soon deliver enough clean energy to power more than 140,000 homes in Northern and Southern California. [RenewablesBiz]
  • Burlington Electric has settled with current owners of the Winooski One Dam for a purchase price of $16 million. This will allow Burlington Electric to provide a 100% renewable power supply and provide greater energy security. [WCAX]
  • New wind farms in Kansas will sell wind energy to power companies as far away as Alabama. Recently completed projects included a roughly 250-megawatt farm, known as Buffalo Dunes, that will supply power to Alabama Power Company. [Topeka Capital Journal]
  • The ENE EnergyVision report, covering New England, New York, and New Jersey, says simply switching things like building heat and transportation over to electric power, using currently available technology could cut emissions in half. [ThinkProgress]
  • Saying Entergy Corp. “is under no legal obligation” to shut down the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, the NRC has asked Entergy for additional information before granting its request to be exempted from costly studies and safety improvements. [Barre Montpelier Times Argus]

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