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May 23 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “6 electric utilities charging a new energy course” If the $370 billion-a-year US electric utility sector truly is on the brink of disaster, then it seems very strange to see some utilities already deeply engaged with some of the very forces that someday could be their undoing. [greenbiz.com]

World:

  • EDP, a major European utility with equal exposure to fossil fuels, wind, and hydro, says that onshore wind is the cheapest of any new utility scale technology. The levelized cost of electricity of onshore wind in Europe is 20% cheaper than gas and 30% cheaper than coal. [RenewEconomy]
  • The UK’s Prime Minister, an avid supporter of fracking for shale gas, is set to boost extra compensation offered to communities affected by controversial fracking to an average of £800,000 in a bid to bypass opposition in Tory heartlands. [Huffington Post]
  • The government of the UK has been accused of cynically releasing a report that is expected to say several billion barrels of oil reserves could be extracted by fracking in southern England a day after the European and local elections in order to bury controversial news. [The Guardian]
  • The Kype Muir wind project, located five kilometres south of Strathaven in South Lanarkshire, has been granted planning consent. It will consist of 26 turbines and have a maximum generating capacity of 104 MW. [Energy Live News]
  • The European Commission is drafting a note on how to reduce energy dependence. Energy consultants Ecofys looked specifically at natural gas consumption, and estimated that building upgrades could cut the sector’s gas use by 95% by 2050. [Responding to Climate Change]

US:

  • In a move that reeks of desperation (or perhaps it’s just a show for their owners?), three Republican state senators in North Carolina recently introduced a bill to the state legislature that would make the disclosure of fracking chemicals a felony offense. [CleanTechnica]
  • An environmental advocacy group backed by hedge fund tycoon Tom Steyer is set to unleash a seven-state, $100 million offensive against Republican “science deniers” this year that could help decide which party controls the Senate and key statehouses come November. [CNN]
  • The California Energy Commission and the US DOE dedicated EnerVault Turlock, the first grid-scale iron-chromium redox flow battery deployed in the world. Some of the funds EnerVault used for the system included grants from the DOE and the Energy Commission. [Imperial Valley News]
  • Wind is going head to head with natural gas at the heart of the fracking boom—and wind is winning. In 2003, wind made up less than 1% of the Texas power supply. By 2013, that share had risen to roughly 10%. [National Journal]
  • Rocky Mountain Power is considering charging customers who use solar panels an additional $4.25 each month. Members of the group Utah Citizens Advocating Renewable Energy expressed their displeasure in a protest. [fox13now.com]
  • Eolian Renewable Energy of Portsmouth, NH, the developer of the Seneca Mountain wind project, has withdrawn its request to connect to the New England electric grid because of expensive upgrades to the regional transmission network before it could distribute its power. [Vermont Public Radio]

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