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June 2 Green Energy News

World:

  • Denmark has given the green light to investment in the 700 MW Cobra interconnector with the Netherlands. Energy minister Rasmus Helveg Petersen issued the all-clear this morning. The 300 km subsea line will carry high voltage DC power from wind farms. [reNews]
  • Jordan is close to awarding contracts for the next stage of its renewable energy programme, according to reports. The country’s energy strategy also calls for over 600 MW of solar power soon and around 1,200 MW of wind power to be in place by 2020. [Utilities-ME.com]
  • The Australian Energy Market Operator is set to downgrade its energy demand forecast again, hinting at the change it its submission to the Renewable Energy Target review panel. It said the increasing prevalence of renewables would not threaten power reliability. [The Australian]
  • The UK renewables market has dropped back to 2012 levels in terms of its attractiveness to investors as the sector continues to be “caught in the firing line.” Ernst & Young’s latest Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index ranks the nation in sixth place globally. [reNews]
  • One of Jamaica’s largest hotels, the Grand Palladium, Hanover, has what is believed to be the largest solar plant in the country. The hotel expects to save over J$80 million ($720,000) in energy cost per year from the installation of a solar PV power plant. [Jamaica Gleaner]
  • The Philippine Department of Energy is ramping up work on renewable energy projects to diversify the country’s energy mix. A report posted on its website said it has issued 565 renewable energy service contracts since guaranteed rates for RE projects were set. [Inquirer.net]
  • Lake Kivu lies on the border between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is a relatively small body of water that poses a not-so-small problem: it’s filled with 60 billion cubic meters of methane gas. A project called Kivuwatt plans to use that problem for power. [RYOT]

US:

  • The Obama administration will seek to cut greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants 30% from 2005 levels by 2030, potentially one of the biggest steps any country has taken to confront climate change, people familiar with the plan said Sunday. [Los Angeles Times]
  • Many Northwest tribes have been exploring ways to get more of their electricity from renewable sources that don’t pollute, like coal-fired power plants do, or harm fish — a concern when it comes to hydroelectric dams. [Jefferson Public Radio]

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