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March 19 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “5 Issues That Keep Utility Execs Up at Night” Two recent surveys of power and utility executives show they know a transformation is coming. But dig a little deeper, and there is a disparity of opinion in what that change looks like and what is driving it. [Energy Collective]

Science and Technology:

  • Available evidence does not support the notion that wind farms cause adverse health effects, according to a position statement published by the Australia Medical Association. By contrast, anti-wind “scare tactics,” cause unhealthy levels of anxiety. [Energy Matters]

World:

  • Cahill Energy, a Guernsey-based developer of clean-power plants, will build a $241 million waste-to-electricity facility in Barbados. The plant will have a capacity of 30 MW to 35 MW, and will operate by the end of the second quarter of 2017. [Stabroek News]
  • Jordan signed a $24 million agreement with Arabia One for Clean Energy Investments to build a solar-run power generation plant in Maan, 220 km south of Amman. It will have a total capacity of 10 MW. [Al-Bawaba]
  • The Barrington, Nova Scotia, Municipal Council is considering whether the Cape Sable Island Causeway, built in 1949, could be opened to allow water to flow through Barrington Passage once again, and generate electricity at the same time. [Nova News Now]
  • German power giant RWE has announced plans to sell its oil and gas unit Dea to Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman’s L1 Energy in a $7.1 billion deal, as European power companies struggle to compete with European clean energy schemes. [OilPrice.com]
  • Britain is at risk of losing electricity in large sections of the country as a result of water shortages that are likely to happen in coming decades, according to a study by top academics from Newcastle and Oxford University. [Water Online]
  • The UK firm Highview Power Storage and GE Oil & Gas agreed to collaborate on an energy storage project studying integration of Highview’s liquid air energy storage technology in power plants where GE gas turbines and engines will be installed. [Energy Live News]

US:

  • Minnesota is the first state to allow utilities a new method of contracting with distributed solar producers, a market-based “value of solar.” If adopted by utilities, it will fundamentally change the relationship between utilities and distributed producers. [CleanTechnica]
  • It is that time of year. Spring is set to arrive in Kansas, and with its arrival, ALEC and the Koch brothers are pushing yet another pointless and harmful attack on Kansas’s wildly successful Renewable Energy Standard. [Natural Resources Defense Council]
  • A bill in the Massachusetts State Senate, SB 1970, would allow renewable thermal technologies to qualify for the Alternative Portfolio Standard and provide a credit that incentivizes renewable thermal technologies. [Fierce Energy]
  • The EPA is seeking stronger standards on the emissions put out by wood burning stoves. New regulations would cause all new wood burning stoves, including pellet stoves, to burn 80 percent cleaner than their predecessors. [The Salem News]

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