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May 31 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “3 Reasons Why Cutting Carbon From Power Plants Is Good For Business” The new standards will protect Americans at home and provide a strong signal to the international community. But, what does it mean for business? [Forbes]
  • “How to Cut Power Plant Carbon by 50%: New EPA Climate Rules Can Create a Foundation for Real Global Warming Solutions” New UCS analysis shows that a strong standard provides an opportunity to cut our power sector emissions in half by 2030. [The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists]

World:

  • EDF en Canada, a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles, and Enbridge, announced that the 300 MW Blackspring Ridge Wind Project is operational. The project, located Alberta, started construction in May 2013 and is comprised of 166 Vestas V100-1.8MW wind turbines. [Today’s Energy Solutions]
  • Scottish Power’s parent firm Iberdrola has struck a major deal which will see customers in the UK supplied with gas from Texas. Under the 20-year, €4.1 billion agreement Iberdrola will buy a billion cubic metres of natural gas a year beginning in 2019 from Cheniere Energy. [Scotsman]
  • The World Bank approved $203 million to help Ethiopia exploit its geothermal energy resources. Ethiopia will use the money to develop its geothermal energy resource to boost electricity supply. Domestic power demand is expected to grow by more than 25% a year. [Bloomberg]
  • Ontario’s Environmental Review Tribunal has dismissed another anti-wind power appeal. The Wainfleet Wind Energy Project can now proceed, despite objections from a skydiving club, as it failed to show the turbines were likely to cause a serious skydiving accident. [Mondaq News Alerts]

US:

  • Legislation that calls for the three investor-owned utilities in California to procure 500 MW of new geothermal energy generation over the next 10 years cleared the Senate and will next be taken up by the Assembly. [Imperial Valley News]
  • Environmental activists delivered more than 50,000 comments to New York’s Cuomo administration on Friday, urging officials to recast the state’s energy plan with specific strategies for burning less fossil fuel and lowering greenhouse gas emissions. [Greenfield Daily Reporter]
  • A survey for Advanced Energy Economy found 58% of people say they would like to move from old power sources like coal to new renewable forms of energy like wind, solar, and hydropower, even if it costs more to do so. [The Hill]
  • Ocean Renewable Power, of Portland, Maine, showed off its RivGen Power System in Anchorage. It is a scaled-down version of turbines for harnessing tidal power. It will be installed to power for Igiugig, a community of 50 about 250 miles southwest of Anchorage. [Alaskajournal.com]
  • The California legislature passed AB 2145 by a 51-15 vote. A broad and diverse coalition of business, local government, community and environmental organizations have decried this as the ‘Utility Monopoly Power Grab of 2014.’ [CleanTechnica]
  • Congressional inaction on clean energy policies and attacks on state renewable energy programs led to a dramatic decline in clean energy job announcements in the first quarter, according to a report from the nonpartisan business group Environmental Entrepreneurs. [Windpower Engineering]
  • MidAmerican Solar and SunPower are making significant progress at the Solar Star projects in California. The millionth photovoltaic module has been installed at the Solar Star development, which is now delivering more than 170 MW to the California ISO grid. [PR Newswire]
  • Everyone understood that solar power, as a promising renewable form of energy, needed to eventually compete with nuclear, oil, coal and gas — without any government subsidies. Much faster than anyone expected, we’re almost there. [NASDAQ]

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