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June 27 Green Energy News

World:

  • In Britain, nearly a fifth of all electricity was generated by windfarms or other green technologies in the first three months of the year, according to new statistics released by the Department of Energy and Climate change. In the same period last year, it was about 12%. [edie.net]
  • New Government figures published on June 26th, 2014 reveal that compared to this time last year solar PV generation is up 77%, according to the British Solar Trade Association. Government now plans to end support for PV plants above 5 MW. [solarserver.com]
  • Utilities in Queensland are looking to limit and even stop households exporting excess electricity back into the grid from their rooftop solar panels, in a move that other Australian network operators are expected to follow. [RenewEconomy]
  • China’s renewable energy capacity increased from 27.8 GW in 2001 to 183 GW in 2013, and alternative sources are expected to account for more than 20% of the country’s total electricity generation by 2020, says research and consulting firm GlobalData. [Business Spectator]
  • Dublin Airport has struck a deal with the ESB which will lead to energy consumption at the airport being cut by almost a third. The Dublin Airport Authority aims to reduce its energy consumption by 33% by 2020. [Irish Independent]
  • Britain’s energy ministry awarded too much in subsidies to eight renewable energy projects in April – £16.6 billion in total – meaning that consumers will pay over the odds for the electricity the projects produce, a parliamentary watchdog said. [Reuters]
  • Germany’s Bundestag is expected to pass reforms to its laws supporting renewable energy, ending a week of dispute with the EU over the government’s plan to have German consumers pay a surcharge to finance renewable energy while heavy industry is exempt. [Renewable Energy Magazine]
  • Alstom is to supply PGE Energia Odnawialna 30 ECO 110 3-MW turbines for the 90-MW Lotnisko wind farm in Kopaniewo in Poland. The €80 million deal is the first wind power project by Alstom in the country and should be commissioned at the end of 2015.  [reNews]

US:

  • Michigan Public Service Commission staff released the first draft of a report from the commission’s Solar Working Group offering scenarios in which the state’s two largest investor-owned utilities could expand their solar programs without a spike in customers’ monthly bills. [Greentech Media]
  • The Fish and Wildlife Service expects to grant a permit to the Shiloh IV Wind Project near Rio Vista, California within 30 days that would allow for the deaths of five golden or bald eagles over a five-year period without penalty. [CNN]
  • The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and General Motors are partnering on a joint effort to speed up the reduction of automotive fuel cell stack costs through fuel cell material and manufacturing R&D. [Daily Fusion]
  • Leading waste technology management firm, Covanta Holding Corporation (CVA – Snapshot Report) has entered into a 5-year contract with the City of Boston to provide sustainable waste disposal services. The agreement will start from Jul 1, 2014. [Zacks.com]

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