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March 6 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “5 Reasons Solar’s Win Over Gas In Minnesota Is Just The Beginning” If solar trumps gas for peaking power in Minnesota, there’s little reason to be building new natural gas peaking capacity anywhere in the country.  Ever again. [CleanTechnica]

World:

  • Members of Parliament (MPs) have urged The Bank of England to investigate its exposure to a so-called “carbon bubble”, whereby billions of pounds of fossil fuel assets will become massively overvalued if the world is successful in tackling climate change. [Business Green]
  • Swindon is set to become one of the leading towns in the UK for renewable energy as plans due to go before the planning committee next week could see a big increase in solar power and hydrogen power. [Swindon Advertiser]
  • A report from by Dods Renewable Energy Dialogue says that 63% of surveyed MPs “agreed with the idea that renewable energy benefited the UK economy” while 69% “agreed that renewables would create significant employment opportunities”. [AltEnergyMag]
  • According to the latest figures, wind energy met 11% of the UK’s total electricity demand in February, breaking the previous 10% record set in December. The new figures underline energy security, as Russia could restrict gas supplies to Europe. [Off-Grid]
  • Canadians are more willing to pay a premium for the generation of renewable energy than Americans, with 63% willing to pay up to $250 more each year versus 46% in the US. The survey polled 1,500 Canadians and 1,000 Americans. [AltEnergyMag]
  • German researchers are developing mass-charging station for electric vehicles fully powered by renewable resources. The station at the Fraunhofer Institute Centre in Stuttgart is on a micro smart grid managing the electricity demand and supply. [E&T magazine]

US:

  • Cape Cod is one step closer to getting its first offshore wind farm, a project that’s been trying to get off the ground for more than a decade. Now there are indications that it may be commissioned by 2016. [CleanTechnica]
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill says guacamole and some salsas could become victims of global warming. The restaurant chain, in an annual report, listed drought and global weather change among a long list of business risks faced by the company. [CNN]
  • Since a February spill of coal ash into the Dan River, five more Duke Energy power plants have received citations for lacking required storm water permits. The spill also spurred dialogue on the importance of renewable energy such as solar and wind power. [Duke Chronicle]
  • News out that utility Austin Energy will meet its goal of 35% electricity coming from renewable energy four years ahead of schedule says something about solar and wind power. Austin’s newest commitments bring its wind portfolio to 1.3 GW. [The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists]
  • Community Energy announced that its Comanche Solar project will supply 120 MW to Xcel Energy comprising the largest part of a 170 megawatt portfolio of solar generation approved by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission in December, 2013. [AZoCleantech]
  • President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal released March 4, calls for extending a tax credit for cellulosic biofuels and puts forward the idea of cutting billions in fossil fuel subsidies. [Biomass Magazine]

 

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