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June 10 Green Energy News

World:

  • Chinese demand for natural gas is expected to almost double in the next five years as the country aims to use cleaner fuels to clear its cities’ smog-filled skies, according to the International Energy Agency. [Financial Times]
  • Energia has announced that they have commenced operations at its newest wind farm in County Tipperary, supplying energy to homes and businesses across Ireland. The €19 million Hollyford wind farm has the capacity to produce 9 MW of renewable electricity. [Siliconrepublic.com]
  • Iberdrola has pledged to invest $5 billion in Mexico’s energy sector through 2018 under an agreement with the Federal Electricity Commission. Iberdrola already has more than 5.2 GW in operating nameplate capacity – wind farms and combined cycle natural gas plants. [Recharge]
  • Expanding its international and renewable energy footprints, GE Energy Financial Services invested in a 32-MW solar PV project in Japan. GE Energy Financial Services’ plan is to invest over $1 billion annually in renewable energy projects worldwide. [AltEnergyMag]
  • A decision by parties to an obscure convention has huge implications for Europe’s ageing nuclear reactors. Licence extensions for nuclear reactors must follow Environmental Impact Assments comparing them with alternatives – including wind, solar and other renewables. [The Ecologist]

US:

  • At the Edison Electric Institute’s annual convention, Warren Buffett was reminded by an aide that Berkshire Hathaway had spent on $15 billion on wind and solar power. He responded: “There’s another $15 billion ready to go, as far as I’m concerned.” [Businessweek]
  • A Minnesota administrative law judge has recommended the state approve Geronimo Wind’s 200 MW Odell wind project. Geronimo proposes to build up to 133 turbines in southwestern Minnesota. The developer is considering several turbines. [reNews]
  • Duke Energy says too little natural gas can reach the Ashville, North Carolina region to allow Duke Energy to switch entirely from burning coal at its Lake Julian plant. They also say the region’s demand for electricity rules out closing the plant. [Asheville Citizen-Times]
  • University of California President Janet Napolitano formed an advisory group to help the UC system cut pollution. Napolitano hopes the University of California will reach carbon neutrality by 2025, by cutting some of its emissions and paying to offset the rest. [San Francisco Business Times]
  • Concentrating Solar Power projects would add additional value of 5 or 6 cents per kWh to utility-scale solar energy in California where 33% renewables will be mandated in six years, a new report by the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory says. [EIN News]
  • A bill expected to spark investment by South Carolina homeowners and businesses in solar energy has been passed by the General Assembly and signed by the governor. It allows non-utilities to lease solar systems, updates net metering, and establishes other measures. [GSA Business]

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