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March 30 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “The heat is on as energy clash looms” Anyone thinking of throwing a party over record renewable output in Scotland last week had their hopes dashed when SSE, one of Britain’s big six suppliers, scrapped plans to invest £20 billion in four major offshore projects. [Scotsman]
  • “The £5 billion question on Scottish independence” With Scotland potentially sitting on £5 billion worth of shale gas, it’s no surprise that the upcoming independence referendum has also reignited the long controversial debate over hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” [Quartz]

Science and Technology:

  • Signs are increasingly pointing to the formation of an El Niño in the next few months, possibly a very strong one. When combined with the long-term global warming trend, a strong El Niño would mean 2015 is very likely to become the hottest year on record by far. [Energy Collective]

World:

  • According to Eurowind, the company behind a wind farm proposed for the Scottish Local Government Council Area of Angus, profits from a community share in the wind farm could deliver more than £1 million a year to surrounding communities. [Brechin Advertiser]
  • An investigation of alleged corruption in the China’s Three Gorges Corporation’s bidding and tendering process has caused the company to seal all its bidding and tendering data, leading to concerns that PV projects will be deferred. [WantChinaTimes]
  • The renewable energy potential in the Malaysian province of Sabah is projected to exceed 2,700 MW in total if fully exploited, according to Energy, Green Technology, and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Maximus Ongkili. [The Borneo Post]
  • Nearly 10,000 solar panels are being installed on farmland in the English village of Monk Sherborne. The 6.37-hectare site was an arable field of crops but is now being transformed into a 2.8 MW solar farm, which will generate enough power for 806 homes. [Basingstoke Gazette]

US:

  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company is celebrating its 100,000th solar installation at Habitat for Humanity project in Walnut Creek, California on Apr 27. PG&E says it is proud to have nearly 25% of all solar rooftop systems in the United States in our service territory. [Halfway To Concord]
  • The 8-MW co-generation plant at the Marine Corps base in Twentynine Palms, California will be one of the lynchpins of a computerized microgrid the base is developing to manage its energy as efficiently as possible, save taxpayer dollars and operate off grid in an emergency. [The Desert Sun]
  • The Vermont Public Service Board on Friday said it reluctantly approved letting the Vermont Yankee nuclear power station operate through the end of this year. The board also approved a deal between Entergy and the Shumlin administration. [Barre Montpelier Times Argus]

 

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