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May 7 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Coming Coal & Nuclear Power Plant Retirements, & What That Means” Large-scale simultaneous retirements of both coal-fired and nuclear capacity could have a significant effect on the electric power system. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

  • Now, we are at another critical moment for agriculture. Climate change is bringing more frequent and severe weather challenges, unlike any that farmers have seen before, and already farmers are feeling the effects. [Energy Collective]
  • Climate change is no longer a distant threat, but a real and present danger in the United States, according to a new US government report. The US Global Change Research Program says that climate change is already being felt across the country. [CNN]
  • The New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium and its partner DNV GL have opened the Battery and Energy Storage Technology Test and Commercialization. New York State provided $6.9 million in funding out of the total $23 million in investments. [PennEnergy]
  • Wind plant wake management, from GE Predictivity™, is the first farm-level management application launched by GE and enables customers to recapture lost power output from waking effects. [Newswire Today]

World:

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet on Wednesday signed off on a draft law that grants energy-intensive firms a partial rebate on a renewable energy surcharge after months of wrangling with Brussels. [Reuters Africa]
  • Good Energy Group is to acquire an option over 10% of the output from the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon project, currently forecast at 495 GWh per annum, in a deal that includes a £500,400 equity stake in Tidal Lagoon (Swansea Bay) PLC.[Stock Market Wire]
  • According to a recent report from Navigant Research, annual wind power installations in 10 selected markets in Africa and the former Soviet Union will grow from 1,636 MW in 2014 to 3,350 MW in 2023. [AltEnergyMag]
  • Solar technology manufacturer SunEdison has completed construction on seven separate utility-scale PV solar plants in the UK. Together the plants represent a 100 MW renewable energy portfolio for the company, establishing a strong foothold in the UK solar market. [PennEnergy]
  • GE has unveiled the latest addition to its so-called ‘brilliant’ turbine platform, the 2.2-107, and inked an agreement to supply the machines to a wind farm in the Piaui region of Brazil. The deal with Omega Energia covers 32 of the turbines and is the model’s first order. [reNews]

US:

  • The Boulder, Colorado City Council unanimously approved Tuesday night an ordinance creating a municipal electric utility, paving the way for the city to seek financing to form its own utility. It will go into effect in 30 days. [Boulder County Business Report]
  • Helios Solar and Renusol America have completed redevelopment of a 100 year-old community waste landfill as Michigan’s first brownfield location to generate renewable energy. The landfill is now the site of a 535.5 kW solar system with 2100 PV panels. [Solar Novus Today]
  • When the lights go out in California, classes at Santa Clara University will keep running–and their new micro-grid could also help other city residents get cleaner and cheaper electricity. Several other schools are doing the same thing.[Co.Exist]
  • First Solar boasted a strong first quarter, with growing demand and robust bookings contributing to a 26% year-on-year increase in net sales to $950.16 million and an 89% boost in net profit to $112 million. Operating profit more than doubled to $139.27 million. [pv magazine]

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