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May 14 Green Energy News

World:

  • Austrian electricity utility Verbund has announced plans to mothball or permanently shut around 2.5 GW of power generation capacity to minimize losses at the power plants that are being squeezed out by subsidized renewable energies. [Wall Street Journal]
  • The UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change confirmed that it is planning on removing support for solar power under the Renewable Obligation scheme from 1 April 2015 for developments over 5 MW. [Solar Power Portal]
  • Germany has set yet another new record for itself. Last Sunday, renewable energy, including wind, solar, hydro, and biomass, accounted for 74% of national demand during the middle of the day (when the sun was at its peak), Renew Economy has reported. [The9Billion]
  • Woodfibre LNG announced Tuesday it will use electricity from hydro facilities instead of gas to power cooling compressors for its proposed $1.6 billion liquefied natural gas plant near Squamish. The move will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the compressors by 80%. [Vancouver Sun]
  • The percentage of onshore wind farms being rejected rose dramatically in the UK last year, leading the renewable energy trade body to accuse the Conservative party of “heavy-handed intervention” in the planning process. [Business Green]
  • If there was any doubt that the election of the Abbott Government might slam the brakes on Australia’s climate and clean energy progress, it’s now over. With the Government’s first budget, it’s reversing at full speed. [ABC Online]
  • Northland Power has begun off commercial operations at the 60 MW McLean’s Mountain wind farm on Manitoulin Island, Ontario. The project was completed on time and on budget, and has a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Ontario Power Authority. [reNews]
  • Hanergy Solar Group, a Hong Kong-based renewable-energy company, is planning a 50-MW solar project in eastern China that will cost 627.6 million yuan ($100.8 million). The project is expected to begin construction next month and will be completed by March 2016. [Businessweek]

US:

  • Increases in efficiency, solar, wind and biomass are seen as long-term threats to fossil fuel interests. A report from the Edison Electric Institute warned that if state incentives are not rolled back, “it may be too late to repair the utility business model.” [The Rock River Times]
  • A Colorado federal district court Friday rejected a constitutional challenge to the state’s renewable energy portfolio law, concluding that it did not impose an impermissible burden on interstate commerce. [The National Law Review]
  • Since last summer, California has had a net increase in generating capacity of 3,243 MW, 68% of which is renewables the rest comes from added gas. This is sufficient to meet summer peak conditions state despite low hydroelectric supply from the state’s drought. [Natural Gas Intelligence]
  • Massachusetts is accepting applications for SREC II, the second phase of the commonwealth’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) solar renewable energy certificate (SREC) program. SREC II is intended to meet the goal of reaching 1.6 GW of installed solar capacity by 2020. [Solar Industry]
  • NRG Residential Solar Solution has built a solar project in Rutland, Vermont. The 140 kW photovoltaic solar array can provide energy to around 50 Green Mountain Power customers, mainly signed up for the project. [Argyll Free Press]
  • Senators Barbara Boxer, Ed Markey, and Bernie Sanders introduced a trio of bills meant to tighten safety and security at plants winding down operations around the country, and to give local governments more meaningful roles in the process.[The Hill]

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