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June 11 Green Energy News

World:

  • The first industrial-scale municipal solid waste to biofuel facility opened in Edmonton, Alberta on June 4, 2014. Enerkem’s waste-to-biofuels and chemicals facility will convert 100,000 tonnes of sorted municipal waste per year into biofuels and chemicals. [CleanTechnica]
  • A £400 million plan to construct a tidal power facility in Northern Ireland be unveiled today by a Cork-based renewable energy firm. The 100 MW scheme could generate enough energy to power one in 10 homes in Northern Ireland. [Belfast Telegraph]
  • The Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust is having solar PV arrays installed at Solihull Hospital and Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham. Each hospital will have a 250 kW roof-mounted solar array as a means of cutting costs and reducing carbon footprints. [Solar Power Portal]
  • Barely two weeks in office and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government is already facing a power struggle as scorching summer heat has triggered black outs and even riots. Temperatures have soared to as high as 118° F in parts of the capital. [Wall Street Journal]
  • Japan’s parliament on Wednesday enacted legislation that will allow the country to liberalize the household electricity market that has been dominated by regional monopolies over the past 60 years. [GlobalPost]
  • India’s transport minister has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to scrap a plan by the nation’s previous administration to impose duties on solar imports from China, the U.S., Malaysia and Taiwan, the Hindu Business Line reported. [Bloomberg]
  • Despite an overall slump in installations in 2013, the global cumulative wind power capacity will more than double from 319.6 GW at the end of 2013 to 678.5 GW by 2020, says research and consulting firm GlobalData. [Your Renewable News]
  • The Scottish government says the country has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 25% since 1990 and is on pace to hit 42% by 2020. They aim to generate the equivalent of 100% of annual electricity consumption through renewable energy resources by 2020. [UPI.com]
  • Bloomberg predicts that the productivity of Germany’s solar PV plants will reach record levels in the summer of 2014, driven by good weather. The news outlet also says that PV output will offset higher electricity demand from air conditioning. [solarserver.com]

US:

  • Governor John Kasich is planning to sign the legislation by the Saturday deadline that will freeze Ohio’s renewable and energy efficiency laws for at least two years. Consumer groups, environmental groups, and the Ohio Manufactures’ Association fought to keep the rules. [The Plain Dealer]
  • According to Gina McCarthy, administrator of the EPA, numerous toxic chemicals found in Hispanic communities, largely from power plants, account for the difference in the number of Hispanic children who die from asthma compared to non-Hispanic whites. [VOXXI]
  • When the Environmental Protection Agency issued its aggressive plan last week to cut carbon emissions 30 percent by 2030, Vermont was the only state with no energy recommendations. Instead, the state was praised for its progressive energy portfolio. [Rutland Herald]
  • The Energy Information Administration estimated coal plant operators will shut down 60 gigawatts of capacity by 2020, with 90% of that occurring by 2016. Coal accounts for a little less than 40% of the U.S. electricity supply, or about 310 GW. [Electric Co-op Today]

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