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April 6 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Solar Power To Surge in 2014?” t looks as though solar power may be seeing an unprecedented surge in 2014, only 175 years after the photovoltaic effect was first identified. Well, better late than never, right? [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

  • Two studies released by the Alberta government separately show that the incidence of cancer downstream of tar sands development is higher than expected and that air emissions from a certain type of drilling tar sands operation is likely causing health problems. [Energy Collective]

World:

  • Reuters reported that the full start-up of Swedish utility Vattenfall’s new German coal-fired power station at Moorburg, near Hamburg has been postponed after small cracks were found near some tube welding seams in a part of the plant’s two units. [SteelGuru]
  • The total grid-connected solar capacity, commissioned under the National Solar Mission, crossed the 2,500-MW mark and stood at 2,632 MW as on March 31, 2014. Of the total, a little over a third of capacity was commissioned in Gujarat.[The Hindu]
  • The UK’s Conservative party plans to pledge in its manifesto for next year’s general election that it will introduce a moratorium on future onshore wind farms from 2020 on the grounds that they have now become “self-defeating.” They will intensify building offshore wind farms. [Greenwise Business]
  • France’s wind energy sector has set ambitious goals: the country plans to install 19,000 MW of onshore wind farms and 6,000 MW in offshore farms by 2020. At the current rate of installation, the country has a slim chance of reaching the goal, but there is hope. [Global Voices Online]

US:

  • The Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives Act, S. 2189, introduced three Democratic senators, would improve the efficiency of our homes, workplaces, and industry by reinstating and improving important efficiency tax incentives.[Energy Collective]
  • Florida Power & Light has announced a new solar power option that may soon be available to its customers in The Sunshine State. The proposal is for a voluntary, community-based, solar partnership pilot, under which FPL will install solar-powered facilities in Florida communities.[CleanTechnica]
  • Despite Nebraska’s strong potential for wind, the state has had difficulty getting major wind development because of a lack of significant tax incentives and the public power structure with a mandate for low-cost energy. Some lawmakers are seeking to change that. [Sioux City Journal]

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