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June 24 Green Energy News

Science and Technology:

  • One in five people around the world, approximately 1.3 billion people, lack access to electricity. The Sierra Club is released a new report — “Clean Energy Services For All (CES4All)” — showing that off-grid clean energy is the right tool for the energy access job. [Energy Collective]

World:

  • East Anglia One Offshore Wind, a 50-50 joint venture between ScottishPower Renewables and Vattenfall, has received consent from the UK Department for Energy & Climate Change. With 1,200 MW capacity, the project will become one of the world’s largest wind sites. [Power Online]
  • The Australian federal government’s case to scrap or weaken the Renewable Energy Target has been dealt a blow, with modelling it commissioned for the review showing consumers will be better off if the target is kept. [The Canberra Times]
  • Strong hydro generation and the opening of the largest wind farm in the country lifted renewable energy’s share of Australia’s power generation to 14.76 per cent in the 2013 calendar year, up from 13.14 per cent in 2012. [Business Spectator]
  • Huge solar farms are set to transform former UK coal mine sites into green energy powerhouses providing low carbon electricity for around 10,000 homes. Anesco is set to install up to 30 MW of solar energy capacity at three sites in Nottinghamshire. [Business Green]
  • A study from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis says Concentrating Solar Power could supply sizable amounts of electric demand. Mediterranean region systems could provide 70% – 80% of demand at no extra cost compared to gas-fired power plants. [Counsel & Heal]

US:

  • American University, George Washington University and GWU Hospital, all in Washington DC, will buy 52 MW of solar PV power — enough electricity to light up 8,200 homes — from Duke Energy Renewables at a fixed rate over the next two decades. [Washington Post]
  • Vermont’s clean energy industry is projected to grow 12% during the next 12 months. The Department of Public Service released its “2014 Clean Energy Industry Report,” forecasting approximately 1,800 new jobs in the industry at wages far higher than average. [Rutland Herald]
  • The Connecticut House gave final passage to a bill to enable the town of Canton to refurbish two dams, one first built for a grist mill in the late 1700s, the other in 1837 to power machinery for making axes. The “renewed” should power more than 1,500 local homes. [CT Post]
  • Massachusetts’ new food waste ban, which was a decade in the making, puts the commonwealth among leaders in the United States in addressing an indulgence that is unique to our modern existence: throwing away large quantities of food. [Boston Globe]
  • Renewables have supplied 47.83% of new electrical generation in the U.S. since the start of 2012. The share of clean energy is rising, with non-fossil fuel generation accounting for 54% of new capacity from January to the end of May, according to FERC. [pv magazine]
  • First Wind celebrated the end of construction of the Warren Solar project and announced that commercial operations have begun. The 14 MW AC Worcester County-based project joins First Wind’s 3 MW AC Millbury, Massachusetts solar power project in commercial operations. [PennEnergy]
  • At long last, America’s first offshore wind project, Cape Wind, has secured its permits, leases and is finalizing financing. Once turbines are erected, miles off-shore, it will begin producing most of the electricity for Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. [The Hill]

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