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May 22 Green Energy News

World:

  • Good Energy released data showing that the UK now imports over 60% of the fuel it used to generate electricity in 2012, up by 12 percent since 2011. However, solar, wind, and other renewable technologies provided over a quarter of all the UK-based electric power in 2012. [Renewable Energy Magazine]
  • A 300-year-old country mansion in Wales is to get environmentally-friendly heating from the ocean with the UK’s biggest marine source heat pump. The 18th century stately home was the National Trust’s biggest oil consumer, using 1,500 liters of oil on some winter days. [The Guardian]
  • The Philippines’ first large-scale, commercially financed and commissioned solar power plant has officially started operations. The 22 MW San Carlos Solar Energy project officially started operations on May 14 in Negros Occidental province in the Visayas region. [EcoSeed]
  • A delegation from the European Union is in Indonesia to explore the potential to develop waste to energy facilities with nine regional administrations. The delegates are on an official visit to Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. [Jakarta Post]
  • Renewable energy projects developer Enel Green Power has started construction on two photovoltaic plants totaling 100 MW capacity at Lalackama and Chañares in northern Chile. Both projects have power supply contracts to sell the electricity on the regulated market. [Energy Business Review]
  • Australia’s major energy utilities are now united in pushing for an end to rooftop solar subsidies – pitching the incumbent utilities into a major battle with the solar industry and consumer groups over the treatment of household solar. [CleanTechnica]
  • The 600 MW offshore Gemini wind power project being developed off Dutch North Sea just took another step forward, with the consortium behind the project purchasing 150 4 MW, 130-meter-rotor-diameter wind turbines from Siemens. [Transmission and Distribution World]

US:

  • Conservative Republican Rep. Ron Ryckman Sr of Meade, Kansas, said voting against repealing support for renewables was a “no-brainer,” despite his feelings about government mandates. He sees the benefits from four wind farms in his own district. [HPPR]
  • Helios Power Capital, the owner of the Danskammer power plant in the Mid-Hudson Valley, no longer plans to burn coal if it is allowed to repower the plant, according to a document filed Monday with the New York Public Service Commission. [Times Herald-Record]
  • Construction is now complete on the Mt. Signal Solar facility in southern California, which consists of more than 3 million solar panels. Covering 801 hectares (1979 acres), the solar farm is the largest PV power station to use single-axis tracking technology. [Energy Matters]
  • GE has inked a deal to supply hardware for a 400 MW Texas wind farm. The contract with New Generation Power Texas covers 235 1.7-103 turbines and related services. The project, which will cover 30,000 acres is expected to be fully operational before the end of 2015. [reNews]
  • The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold a public meeting to evaluate the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant’s performance for the final time before the plant shuts down at year’s end. The annual review is set for Wednesday, May 28. [The Keene Sentinel]

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