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May 20 Green Energy News

World:

  • Many of the constituent states of the European Union are facing severe, critical shortages of fossil fuels and other natural resources in the near future, according to the recent report from the Global Sustainability Institute at Anglia Ruskin University. [CleanTechnica]
  • Australian technology developer Vast Solar has begun construction of a 6 MWth (1.1MWe) concentrated solar thermal power station with three hours storage – the first stand alone plant of its type to be built in Australia. [RenewEconomy]
  • Australia’s largest renewable energy generator Hydro Tasmania has warned major projects will not go ahead if the Federal Government scraps the Renewable Energy Target Scheme, which aims to have 20% of Australia’s electricity coming from renewables by 2020. [Yahoo!7 News]
  • India will have to invest $834 billion in the two decades ending 2030 to reduce its emission intensity to gross domestic product by 42% over 2007 levels, according to a Planning Commission expert group. [Economic Times]
  • The UK will very likely be the biggest solar photovoltaic market in Europe in 2014, according to the new NPD Solarbuzz UK Deal Tracker report. The dominance will be largely fueled by big growth in ground-mounted solar PV projects.[CleanTechnica]
  • The Blackspring Ridge Wind Project is now connected to the Alberta grid to provide 300 MW of clean renewable energy to the province, enough to power the equivalent of 120,000 homes, said a project update from the two project owners, EDF Canada and Enbridge. [Vulcan Advocate]

US:

  • Tennessee reduced its carbon emissions 26% from 2005 to 2011 and is on track to reduce a further 5% by 2020, according to World Resources Institute. They said the state could reduce its emissions by 41% by building more sources of renewable energy. [The Tennessean]
  • After years of failing to generate a profit by selling electricity generated from cow manure, George DeRuyter & Sons dairy in Outlook, Washington is ready to try selling biogas on the  natural gas market, connecting their digester to the Williams Northwest Pipeline. [Yakima Herald-Republic]
  • Last week Friday, Hawaiian Electric Co. submitted applications for a $170 million, 50 MW power plant on Oahu to the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission. It would be powered by locally grown biofuels as well as other fuels such as liquefied natural gas. [Pacific Business News (Honolulu)]
  • NextEra Energy, one of the nation’s top renewable energy suppliers, said it will no longer trade Vermont’s renewable energy credits, claiming that Vermont is selling its renewable energy to other states while importing fossil fuel-generated electricity. [vtdigger.org]
  • CBD Energy Limited today announced that Westinghouse Solar, its US subsidiary, will begin offering financing of up to $45,000 on residential solar systems for qualified customers from $20 million of third-party funding capacity allocated to the company. [RenewablesBiz]
  • Boston-based First Wind is pushing Maine utilities regulators to approve for a second time its multimillion-dollar partnership with Nova Scotia-based power company Emera, in a case that was sent back to the Maine Public Utilities Commission by a court order. [Bangor Daily News]

 

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