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March 14 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “How a false solution to climate change is damaging the natural world” In growing maize for biogas, the crop that does most damage to the soil is being specifically exempted from the rules. [The Guardian]

Science and Technology:

  • GE has developed a new type of wind tower, the “Space Frame Tower,” consisting of metal latticework wrapped in weather-resistant fiberglass. The new technology could bring turbines to hard-to-reach locations, according to company engineers. [CleanTechies]
  • A hybrid concentrated solar power CHP plant being tested at Arizona State University produces power 24/7, moving seamlessly from solar to natural gas or biogas, and is also promising because it uses little to no water. [AltEnergyMag]
  • The US DOE and the US Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration are jointly launching a pilot project to test the concept hydrogen fuel cells mounted on barges providing power to visiting ships, cutting emissions from onboard diesel generators. [POWER magazine]

World:

  • The Africa Renewable Energy Fund, which aims to invest in renewable energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa, has raised $100 million expects to double that this year. The fund will target independent power projects producing between 5 MW and 50 MW. [Independent Online]
  • Narendra Modi, the leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party who is currently leading in the polls in the lead-up to the Indian general election in May, is a big fan of solar – and pioneered the first incentives for large-scale solar power in 2009. But he is not a  fan of coal. [RenewEconomy]
  • In Germany, 16% of all companies produced their own power last year, according to the German Chamber of Commerce, up from about 10% a year earlier. 23% more companies are considering joining this trend. [3BL Media]
  • Saudi Arabia will put 700-1000 MW of solar power out to tender by the end of the year, according to Vahid Fotuhi, president of the Middle East Solar Industry Association. The country has long-term ambitions to invest more than US$109 billion in solar energy. [PV-Tech]
  • A near half-decade boom in oil investments in Norway is about to come to an end, sapping momentum in the economy of western Europe’s largest crude producer, the country’s main economic forecaster said. [Bloomberg]

US:

  • City-owned Austin Energy is about to sign a 25-year PPA with Sun Edison for 150 megawatts of solar power at “just below” 5¢ per kWh. The power will come from two West Texas solar facilities. [Energy Collective]
  • Illinois’ first utility-scale solar installation owned and operated by an electric cooperative is in business. Directors, community leaders and federal and state officials joined co-op staff for the dedication of the new 500-kilowatt facility. [Electric Co-op Today]
  • The woody biomass found in abundance in Southeast Alaska represents a significant energy resource for local communities such as Ketchikan. Wood byproducts from restoration and young growth management can displace fossil fuels. [SitNews]
  • California utility regulators paved the way for contract negotiations on a new, natural gas power plant at Carlsbad in response to the early retirement of the San Onofre nuclear plant. The utility must also add additional renewables, efficiency, and storage. [U-T San Diego]
  • Renewable Energy Systems Americas has received the final two permits it needs to build the 200 MW Pleasant Valley wind farm in Minnesota. The Mower County board voted 4-0 to approve use permits for the project substation and transmission line. [reNews]
  • The Vermont Senate has voted to support a House-passed bill that would nearly quadruple the amount of power utilities could buy from customers with solar or other renewable energy systems. [WPTZ The Champlain Valley]
  • New York’s clean energy policies, such as the Zero Emission Vehicle program, are significantly cutting emissions of carbon pollution – the leading cause of global warming – according to a new report by Environment New York Research & Policy Center. [Long Island Exchange]

 

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