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May 6 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Revealed: ALEC’s 2014 Attacks on the Environment” An internal tracking document – obtained from ALEC by the Center for Media and Democracy/the Progressive Inc. under Texas public records law – reveals the scope of ALEC’s anti-environmental efforts in 2014. [Huffington Post]
  • “Crowdfunding could break stranglehold of the ‘big six’ energy firms” A publication from ResPublica last week, which is supported by Co-operative Energy, sets out how crowdfunding could help realise a community energy revolution in the UK. [The Guardian]

Science and Technology:

  • Mile for mile, there are almost as many earthquakes rattling Oklahoma as California this year. Many researchers suspect the deep injection wells used for the disposal of fracking wastewater could be causing the earthquake activity.[Huffington Post]
  • New turbine technology can create electricity without using dams or reservoirs, which carry environmental impacts. A Canadian company is testing out a turbine in the Roza Canal, just south of the Yakima Canyon. [Yakima Herald-Republic]
  • Researchers have developed an algorithm that can be used to simulate the hour-by-hour power output of both photovoltaic and concentrated solar thermal power systems for any location in the south-west corner of Australia. The model can be adapted for use elsewhere. [Science Network Western Australia]

World:

  • Siemens Energy has received an order to supply turbines for the 270 MW K2 wind project in Canada. Located in Goderich in southwestern Ontario, the wind farm will feature 140 units of the Siemens SWT-2.3-101 wind turbines. [Energy Business Review]
  • Coal mining in Australia is entering a “structural decline”, with projects set to become unviable due to unrealistic expectations over the potential to export the fossil fuels to China and India, according to a new report. [The Guardian]
  • The president of Academia Sinica pointed out to legislators in Taiwan that while Taiwan is fiercely debating the future of nuclear power, other countries are aggressively developing renewable energy, and solar is making significant technological advances. [Focus Taiwan News Channel]

US:

  • A White House climate report due to be released today will be the most comprehensive source of scientific information ever produced about how climate change would impact all regions of the US, according to John Podesta, senior adviser to the president. [London South East]
  • Jonathan Weisgall, Berkshire Hathaway Energy’s vice president of legislative and regulatory affairs, says Iowa and other Midwestern states are unlikely to see large utilities invest in solar energy without setting standards that require it.[DesMoinesRegister.com]
  • Innovative Solar Systems is seeking a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for a solar project under development by affiliate Innovative Solar 42 LLC. The project will be a 75-MW solar photovoltaic system costing $135.[PennEnergy]
  • A compromise emerged Monday in the standoff between Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Ohio Senate Republicans over energy efficiency and renewable energy rules. The proposal would retain efficiency and renewable energy standards. [The Plain Dealer]
  • To meet its goal of adding more renewable generation to the Oahu grid, Hawaiian Electric Co. is seeking proposals for one or more large-scale energy storage systems able to store 60 MW to 200 MW for up to 30 minutes. [North American Windpower]
  • Despite being known as a longtime fiscal conservative, Senator Grassley (R-IA) strongly favors reinstating the renewable energy Production Tax Credit through 2015 in the absence of comprehensive energy tax reform.[CleanTechnica]

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