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June 28 Green Energy News


  • “Eric Pickles’ war on wind farms could blow UK renewable energy targets” The UK Government’s self-declared war on onshore wind farms will make it very difficult for the UK to meet its EU renewable energy targets, especially as it cuts support for solar PV. [The Ecologist]


  • An important new World Bank report concludes that just a few key policies aimed at cutting carbon pollution would boost the global economy, with an estimated GDP growth of between $1.8 trillion and $2.6 trillion. [Energy Collective]
  • First Solar has received vital board approvals for $290 million of financing to support construction of the 141 MW Luz del Norte solar power plant in Chile. The plant is said to be the largest of its kind in Latin America. [Renewable Energy Focus]
  • German lawmakers adopted a law on Friday to reduce renewable energy subsidies as the government seeks to keep its green “energy transformation” on track, curb rising prices and fight nagging criticism. [Yahoo News]
  • Centre for Science and Environment, a Delhi-based think tank, proposed a model based on mini-grids to eradicate energy poverty in India and claimed that their model would ensure at least 12 hours of electricity to every household per day especially in the rural areas. [Economic Times]
  • EDF Energies Nouvelles has ordered 24 Vestas V90-3.0MW turbines and eight V80-2.0MW turbines with an option for an additional two V90’s and one V80. The total potential capacity of the French utility’s project, the location and nature of which yet unknown, could be 96 MW. [Renewable Energy Magazine]
  • An Aberdeen-based renewable energy firm has submitted a planning application to create Scotland’s first solar energy park in Angus. The solar park proposal would operate with a capacity of 9.5 MW, which would provide enough electricity to power 2,500 homes. [Scottish Daily Record]


  • Curtailments of wind generation on the Texas electric grid have steadily dropped since 2011 as more than 3,500 miles of transmission lines have been built, largely as a result of the state’s Competitive Renewable Energy Zones program. [CleanTechnica]
  • Illinois Governor Pat Quinn said he will sign legislation Saturday to free up $30 million for the purchase of solar energy for the stat’s electricity customers, a move expected to help the state catch up on its lagging renewable energy goals. [Chicago Tribune]
  • The revelation this week that New England state administrators met in closed-door sessions with energy business leaders to craft a plan for billions of dollars of natural gas pipeline development to be passed onto utility ratepayers is raising questions among area lawmakers. [The Recorder]
  • During the year’s first four months, renewables provided 14.05% of all electricity nationwide. Wind power grew past the 5% threshold, to 5.15% of US electricity production, and solar increased 108.9% from last year. But carbon emissions are growing too. [Justmeans]
  • The Sierra Club filed a lawsuit Friday challenging Kansas’ latest move to allow construction of a $2.8 billion coal-fired power plant, partly because the state wouldn’t regulate the plant’s greenhouse gas emissions. [Kansas City Star]
  • The official ribbon cutting ceremony has taken place at the Storms Hog Power facility at the Storms Hog Farm near Bladenboro, North Carolina. The 600 kW facility is North Carolina’s largest swine waste-to-energy system operating. [MRO]
  • This past week, the Midcontinent Independent System Operator revealed modeling details for a future electricity supply with more renewable energy, less coal, and 23% less CO2 with only a 1% increase in generation costs over 25 years. [The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists]

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