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May 1 Green Energy News

World:

  • Last week, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, China’s top legislature, approved major amendments to the country’s Environmental Protection Law, the first since the law was enacted 25 years ago. These amendments are a game changer. [Energy Collective]
  • There’s no shortage of blame being passed around in the wake of another delay in the US regulatory approval process with respect to TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline which, it was announced last Friday, will now drag on for at least another six months. [Energy Collective]
  • The largest utility-scale solar PV power plant yet constructed in Japan, the 82 MW Oita Solar Project, is now online. Commercial operations at the plant are now ongoing, helping to notably boost the country’s, and region’s, renewable energy capacity. [CleanTechnica]
  • Sunpower Corporation, one of the largest solar companies in the world has chosen Australia as the proving ground for a new model of power production that promises to give householders more control – and cut bills. The model combines solar PVs, storage, and load management. [ABC Online]
  • A poll commissioned by RenewableUK Cymru, has shown continued support for renewable energy in Wales. A total of 64% said they favor large-scale wind projects in their local council area. Just 22% support shale gas, and 31% support nuclear, but 81% support local solar. [WalesOnline]
  • According to a Clean Energy Council commissioned report, removing Australia’s Renewable Energy Target would see Australian households paying over half a billion dollars a year extra for electricity in 2020, and up to $1.4 billion more each year beyond that. [Energy Matters]
  • China added nearly 40% less coal- and gas-fired power capacity in the first quarter than it did a year ago mainly due to stronger pollution controls and slower economic growth, according to a senior government advisor. [The Canberra Times]

US:

  • Platts confirmed CSX Corporation’s train that exploded in Lynchburg, Virginia was carrying sweet crude obtained via hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale basin. CSX CEO Michael Ward has also confirmed this to Bloomberg. [De Smog Blog]
  • US-based food products manufacturer Mars has agreed to purchase the electricity from the 200 MW Mesquite Creek wind farm, near Lamesa in Texas. The wind farm will feature 118 1.7 MW GE turbines, generating enough electricity to power all of Mars’ US operations. [Energy Business Review]
  • The United Illuminating Co. has selected FuelCell Energy two build a pair of 2.8 MW fuel cell power plants. The plants are expected to be operational early next year. One will be built at the former Bridgeport landfill, where there will also be a solar array. [New Haven Register]
  • Reduced electricity demand would cause the percentage of US power generated by fossil fuels to decrease and an increase in the share of both renewable and nuclear energy, according to a report by the US Energy Information Administration. [PennEnergy]
  • A new study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy says we can reduce CO2 levels with no net cost to the economy. The study shows how the EPA could use four energy efficiency strategies to reduce emissions to 26% below 2012 levels. [The Idaho Statesman]
  • The Vermont Yankee nuclear plant experienced a small leak of radioactive steam last week. But state and Yankee officials say the leak was contained and the public was not in danger. [Vermont Public Radio]

 

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