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March 13 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “A utility death spiral? Warren Buffett says no” Are traditional utilities falling to the wayside as micro grids and renewable energy — notably solar power — take root? It’s a notion that’s taking hold, but Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway aren’t buying it. [Sustainable Business Oregon]

World:

  • In just the first 8 months of fiscal year 2013, 4.58 GW of solar photovoltaics were added in Japan, continuing the solar power surge taking place there. Government incentives have primarily been driving it — mainly a favorable feed-in tariff scheme.
  • [CleanTechnica]
  • Three EU countries have already surpassed their renewable energy goals for 2020. Sweden, Bulgaria, and Estonia met their renewable energy goals 8 years ahead of schedule, fueled by substantial growth in wind power and biomass. [RenewEconomy]
  • Britain could face at least 12 GW of power plant capacity going offline by the end of 2023 due to tighter European Union pollution regulation, Reuters calculations based on government data showed yesterday. [Irish Examiner]
  • E.ON and Enel, two of Europe’s largest power utilities, said overnight they plan to shut more plants and cut costs, joining rivals in warning that the industry crisis will weigh on profits for years to come. [Business Spectator]
  • Quebec regulators are reviewing Northland Power’s plans to build the 24 MW Frampton community wind project in Quebec. The wind farm will employ 12 Enercon E-82 2 MW turbines with substantial components supplied from Quebec manufacturing facilities. [reNews]
  • Following an order to shut down coal plants, the website of Italian broadcaster Rai reported that prosecutors in the city of Savona are investigating Tirreno Power for “environmental disaster” and manslaughter, alleging that fumes killed 442 people. [International Business Times]

US:

  • PJM Interconnection, the nation’s largest power transmission grid organization, announced last week that wind and solar power could generate about 30% of the electricity for its territory by 2026 without “any significant issues.” [Energy Collective]
  • Iowa, which generates a quarter of its electricity by wind, made plans last year to add up to 5,000 clean energy and clean transportation jobs in the state, according to the nonpartisan business group Environmental Entrepreneurs. [DesMoinesRegister.com]
  • A new EPA Tier 3 regulation was just completed to reduce current average gasoline sulfur content by up to 67%.  The health benefits by 2030 are estimated to prevent up to 2,000 premature deaths and substantially reduce the respiratory problems. [Energy Collective]
  • A federal appeals court has turned aside an industry effort to weaken compliance requirements for environmental standards that reduce soot pollution from power plants, saying the EPA requirements are not arbitrary and capricious. [Chem.Info]

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