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May 15 Green Energy News

World:

  • Chinese consumption of coal increased for the 13th consecutive year in 2012. China is by far the world’s largest consumer of coal, accounting for 49% of global coal consumption—almost as much as the rest of the world combined. [EIA]
  • Northland Power has achieved financial close on the 600 MW Gemini offshore wind farm in the Netherlands. The €2.8 billion in debt and equity was raised from more than 22 parties including 12 commercial creditors, four public financial institutions and a pension fund. [reNews]
  • The city of Sydney, Australia is exploring the use of new advanced waste treatment systems, in hopes it could divert more than 95% of Sydney’s household waste from expensive landfill and turn it into renewable gas to power, heat, and cool city buildings. [Government News]
  • France will launched an ambitious bid to boost its renewable-energy credentials and harness the power of the wind off its western coast. The plan will create 100,000 jobs in sustainable energy over the next three years and will go before parliament in July. [European Voice]
  • Iran is aiming big with renewables, according to the Iranian Energy Minister. The country’s new goal is to add 5,000 MW of new solar energy and wind energy capacity by the year 2018. That’s a big increase over the country’s previous aims.[CleanTechnica]
  • Despite international efforts to shift to cleaner and safer fuels, Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party government wants to almost double the share of domestic coal in energy generation. [Today’s Zaman]
  • Danish manufacturer Vestas is to supply hardware for the 62.7 MW Klettwitz 2 wind farm repowering project in Brandenburg, Germany. The contract covers at least 19 V112 3.3 MW turbines, and includes a 15-year full-scope service agreement. [reNews]
  • April figures from Australia’s Clean Energy Regulator bring the total installed capacity of rooftop solar systems that have been installed in that country to 3,368 MW on 1,225,494 rooftops. April additions were over 14 MW on 3500 rooftops.[PV-Tech]
  • Assured Asset Energy Ltd has launched a £27 million fund to finance 30 new farm biodigesters, creating 180 construction jobs. The plants will process 450,000 tonnes of farm waste annually and generate up to 8.5 MW of electricity, enough to power 5,000 homes. [Agriland]

US:

  • In addition to the explaining how climate change is already impacting health, agriculture, and  the environment, the US National Climate Assessment details threats of storms, droughts, heat waves and other severe events that could disrupt energy infrastructure. [Energy Collective]
  • Conservation advocates plan to rally Thursday in Albuquerque as part of their effort to encourage Public Service Co. of New Mexico to use more wind and solar power, as the utility retires two coal units at the San Juan Generating Station in the Four Corners area. [Public News Service]
  • The Tennessee Valley Authority is considering a plan to purchase wind-generated electricity from Oklahoma and transporting it 700 miles to Memphis, Tennessee. There is opposition to the plan from US Senator Lamar Alexander, who opposes federal tax credits. [The Tennessean]
  • Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin this week reiterated his opposition to the Keystone XL oil pipeline, but is more bullish on proposals to transport electricity generated from Canadian hydro power through Vermont to southern New England and New York. [Valley News]
  • SolarCity and HP, along with the City of Palo Alto, City of Palo Alto Utilities and SolarCity financing partner Direct Energy Business, worked together to enable the 1 MW system that is expected to offset more than 20% of HP’s current power usage onsite. [AZoCleantech]
  • In a US Senate committee hearing on nuclear plant decommissioning, Chris Recchia, commissioner of the Vermont Department of Public Service, said emergency planning efforts should continue as long as any fuel rods remain in the spent fuel pool. [vtdigger.org]

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