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April 30 Green Energy News


  • “BPA Addresses Inaccurate Report” Biomass Power Association President Bob Cleaves discusses a recently released study that shines a negative light on biomass energy that alleges—once again—that biomass is harmful to the environment, and, laughably, worse than coal. [Biomass Magazine]
  • “Rebuttals To Exelon’s Anti-PTC Campaign” Several leading figures in the electric utility industry have now weighed in on wind energy’s benefits to the electricity market, supported by the renewable energy Production Tax Credit – including major owners of nuclear plants. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Stop Killing Birds: Is This an Environmental Fallacy About Wind Farms?” According to research out of the US Forest Service, wind turbines account for less than 1% of bird deaths. The biggest culprit at nearly 60%? Buildings. Birds may just be a convenient rallying cry. [Motley Fool]

Science and Technology:

  • An MIT team whose integrated chip restores lost power to partially shaded solar panels — achieving double the energy capture improvement of similar technologies — won big on Monday night at the seventh annual MIT Clean Energy Prize competition. [MIT News]


  • More than 100,000 people were employed in the UK’s renewable energy sector last year. The industry has had almost £30 billion in private sector investment since 2010 and is set for £64 billion of investment by the decade’s end, the Renewable Energy Association says. [Western Morning News]
  • According to a study by Agora Energiewende, both solar and wind energy are now approximately 50% less expensive than new nuclear power plants in Germany. The study suggests that this is largely feed-in tariffs have helped these two forms of clean power grow. [Hydrogen Fuel News]


  • A key part of the Obama administration’s green policies received surprisingly strong Supreme Court support over efforts to curb air pollution. A 6-2 majority of justices issued a decision upholding federal agency rules to control coal-fired power plant emissions from 28 states. [CNN]
  • NRG Energy and partner MidAmerican Solar announced they have achieved substantial completion at their Agua Caliente Solar Photovoltaic Facility, a 290 MW photovoltaic facility located on 2,400 acres of land between Yuma and Phoenix, Ariz. [Your Industry News]
  • The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission has announced four major decisions and orders to the Hawaiian Electric Companies. These address cost reductions, renewable energy integration, improvement of customer PV integration, and demand response programs. [Hawaii 24/7]
  • A company that was planning a wave energy installation off the Oregon coast that could have powered 1,000 homes has said it will instead undertake the project in Australia, where the Australian Renewable Energy Agency has provided a $66.5 million grant. [FuelFix]
  • Utah Governor Gary Herbert (R) signed into law a bill that will allow the state’s Public Service Commission to charge small renewable power providers for costs their net-metering programs impose on electricity utilities. [Health Care News]
  • Energy Future Holdings, the largest utility in Texas, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization in a Delaware court. The company took on huge debt when the price of natural gas was high, but then gas bottomed out. [WFAA]
  • The US Department of Energy has made a pair of announcements designed to promote the development of innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. If market-ready, such technologies can get DOE loans. [Utility Products]
  • The American wind industry continues the construction boom that started 2014, with more than 13,000 MW of wind energy projects under construction at the end of the first quarter [AltEnergyMag]
  • A new report from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory estimates that there is potential for over 65 GW of new hydropower development across more than three million rivers and streams in the United States. [International Water Power and Dam Construction]


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