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June 21 Green Energy News

World:

  • UK planning applications for small and medium-scale wind turbines have grown by 60% in six months according to data from leading agricultural turbine specialist Earthmill. The company has installed more than 150 turbines on farms and land across the UK. [Farming UK]
  • Close to 7,000 battery systems for storing energy from solar PVs were installed in Germany in 2013. The renewable energies expert at Germany Trade & Invest, expects to see more, with the majority of PV sales probably in conjunction with batteries within two years. [CleanTechnica]
  • A majority of Britons believe the government is not doing enough to fight climate change, according to a Frost & Sullivan report, but fewer than one in ten of those questioned in the study knew that heating was the single biggest cause of carbon dioxide pollution in the UK. [CITY A.M.]

US:

  • Barclay’s rationale for the downgrade they gave the entire US utility industry is their expectation that for more than 20% of US electric consumers, solar combined with electric storage will be at least as cheap as power from utilities within 4 years. [Energy Collective]
  • Climate change may drive a shift to more wind and solar power generation to conserve water, a US DOE report said this week. Thermoelectric power including gas, coal and nuclear, is responsible for 40% of US water use. [Responding to Climate Change]
  • Portland, Oregon’s regional transit agency has received and will soon be testing an all-electric 40-foot bus for two weeks throughout the region. The zero-emissions, environmentally friendly bus was manufactured by Build Your Dreams Motors, Inc. [Portland Tribune]
  • Green Power EMC, the renewable energy supplier for 38 Georgia electric membership corporations, has reached an agreement to purchase the full output of a new 20-MW solar project planned for construction in southeast Georgia. [Macon Telegraph]
  • Chicago Bridge & Iron received an engineering, procurement and construction contract from a subsidiary of Indianapolis Power & Light Company for a 671-MW combined-cycle gas turbine power station near Martinsville, Indiana. The contract is worth $500 million. [NASDAQ]
  • The Omaha Public Power District  board approved a 20-year generation plan to retire three coal-burning units at the North Omaha Station in 2016. Emissions controls will be installed on the remaining two units, and in 2023 they will be refueled with natural gas. [Kearney Hub]
  • The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has announced it has taken an important step toward issuing a research lease for a facility to test utility-scale wave energy devices in federal waters off Oregon. [The Maritime Executive]
  • Denver International Airport’s fourth solar power array is now online, bringing the airport’s total solar energy capacity to 10 MW. The Solar IV array is capable of generating up to 2 MW, or 3.1 million kWh annually. [PennEnergy]
  • The Hawaii Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies has awarded a $707,550 contract to U.S. Hybrid to build a fuel cell plug-in hydrogen fuel and battery-powered bus for the Big Island. The 25-passenger bus should be ready by 2015. [Pacific Business News]

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