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March 31 Green Energy News

Business and Finance:

  • “Solar’s spike tied to oil prices? Don’t bet on it” For a host of reasons, the link between solar and crude prices has begun to break down completely. The uncoupling highlights how, after years of false starts, renewables may finally be coming into their own as an investment class. [CNBC.com]

Science and Technology:

  • Childhood developmental is significantly improved with decreased levels of exposure to air pollution in utero, according to a new study that examined the after-effects of the closure of a coal-burning power plant in Tongliang, China. [CleanTechnica]
  • Altaeros Energie says it is set to break the world record for the highest wind turbine ever deployed. The next generation BAT (Buoyant Airborne Turbine) will be the first long-term demonstration of such a device. [Energy Matters]

World:

  • The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) has made two of its biggest investments to date, plowing over £460 million into two of the country’s largest offshore wind projects. The bank will take equity stakes in projects off  the coasts of Yorkshire and North Wales. [Business Green]
  • Setouchi, a city in the western prefecture of Okayama, will be home to a solar power plant with a generating capacity of 230 MW, making it the largest facility of its kind in Japan and one of the biggest in world, the Nikkei business newspaper reported. [Latin American Herald Tribune]
  • The President of Mexico has attended the opening ceremony of Latin-America’s largest utility-scale solar PV power plant, the 39 MW Aura Solar 1 project in the north-western Mexican state of Baja California Sur. [Energy Matters]

US:

  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s impending carbon rules for existing power plants could achieve even greater reductions than previously thought — and at less cost, according to a new analysis by the Natural Resources Defense Council. [Triple Pundit]
  • As Connecticut moves on several fronts to diversify its supply of energy, proposals for wind power have stalled as state lawmakers struggle to reach agreement on rules for turbine locations, shadows created by spinning blades and other details. [Bristol Press]
  • Kit Carson Electric Cooperative produced about 9300 MWh from eight solar arrays in 2013, nearing a production limit. Under a contract with its wholesale power supplier that expires in 2040, the co-op can only produce 5% of the total energy it sells to its members. [taosnews]
  •  NRG Energy Inc. through its subsidiaries now owns and operates more than 1,200 MW of solar capacity. Through these facilities, NRG helps power nearly one million homes at full output with renewable solar energy. [Today’s Energy Solutions]
  • Up to 24% of all coal-fired electric power plants in the United States may shut down because of EPA regulations, according to a new “Today in Energy” report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). [DigiNews]

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