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June 20 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “The EPA carbon plan: Coal loses, but nuclear doesn’t win” Assuming that states generally adhere to the prime directive of public utility resource acquisition—choosing the lowest-cost approach—the proposed rule will not alter the dismal prospects of nuclear power. [Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist]

Science and Technology:

  • US researchers studying an environmental life-cycle assessment on specific 2-MW wind turbines conclude that in terms of cumulative energy payback, a wind turbine with a working life of 20 years will offer a net benefit within eight months of being brought online. [Science Daily]

World:

  • Spanish wind turbine manufacturer Acciona Windpower has signed a 153 MW supply deal with Brazilian renewable power producer Atlantic Energias Renováveis. Acciona will deliver 51 of its AW 125/3000 machines to a wind power complex in the state of Río Grande do Sul. [Recharge]
  • The CEO of the UK government-backed Green Investment Bank says he could raise up to £60 billion to fund low carbon energy infrastructure, from windfarms to wave power, if the restrictions on his ability to borrow in the capital markets were lifted. [The Guardian]
  • Tata Power Solar, India’s largest specialized solar EPC player, has successfully commissioned the 50 MW solar photovoltaic project for NTPC, as part of their mandate to expand their renewable energy portfolio to 1,000 MW by 2017. [Your Renewable News]
  • The Renewables 2014 Global Status Report says that 22.1% of the world’s electricity was generated from renewable sources in 2013. That percentage is expected to rise as countries across the globe pour money and resources into alternative, clean energy. [Wall Street Journal]
  • Japan installed 7,185 MW of PV by the end of the country’s 2013 financial year, which ended on 31 March, according to the latest figures from the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry. [PV-Tech]

US:

  • First Wind announced agreements with Rocky Mountain Power for clean energy from the largest solar developments in Utah. Four four separate agreements, Rocky Mountain Power will purchase the output of four 80-MW solar farms for 20 years. [Your Renewable News]
  • The nation’s largest companies are leaving Washington gridlock on climate change behind and rapidly embracing renewable energy sourcing and greenhouse gas emissions reduction efforts, according to a new report from Calvert Investments. [Insurance News Net]
  • The American Bird Conservancy filed suit against the Interior Department of the Interior, charging multiple violations of federal law in connection with its regulation that allows wind energy companies and others to obtain 30-year permits to kill eagles without prosecution. [Surfbirds News]
  • Responding to customer wishes and pending federal air quality regulations that could cost millions, the Omaha Public Power District announced Thursday it will phase out its aging North Omaha coal plant and reduce emissions at its Nebraska City coal plant. [Lincoln Journal Star]
  • A four-month public comment period on the federal government’s plan to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired electric power plants began this week, allowing anyone to submit feedback through Oct. 16. [Climate Central]

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