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August 15 Green Energy News

World:

  • The price of thermal coal has dropped 51% since July 2011, according to Australian Ethical Investment – and the company’s international equities trust portfolio manager Nathan Lim thinks the trend is likely to continue. Nine important reasons for this are provided. [Property Observer]
  • Anaerobic digestion specialist Biogen has successfully completed construction and begun operations at the largest food waste anaerobic digestion plant in Wales. The plant will recycle 22,500 metric tons of food waste every year, generating 1 MW of renewable electricity. [Biomass Magazine]
  • A project called Melanesia’s Million Miracle Programme is now under way to bring electricity to one million people in the Melanesian countries of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu by 2020. The project will use mostly solar energy to reduce reliance and spending on kerosene. [SciDev.Net]
  • The Ikea store in the Sydney suburb of Tempe will be the largest single-roof PV project in Australia, at about 1.2-MW. Worldwide, Ikea gets 70% of its electricity from renewable power, with more than 550,000 solar panels at its 300-plus locations. [Sourceable]
  • In Germany, wind generation of electricity rose by 66% in the first six months of the year, as capacity was added before incentives were scaled back on August 1. Schleswig-Holstein, which profiting from its northern sea winds has constructed 159 wind turbines this year. [The Local.de]
  • North West Bicester is set to be the UK’s first true zero carbon eco town and will feature the country’s largest domestic photovoltaic solar panel array as part of its composition. The solar aspect entails 17,500 m² of panels mounted across the rooftops of all homes and the energy centre. [Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production Magazine]

US:

  • Many states recognize how clean energy can be a positive driver for competitiveness and economic development. And 53 of the Fortune 100 companies have specific clean energy goals, with clean energy becoming an increasingly important factor in business decisions. [The Providence Journal]
  • Experts in renewable and sustainable energy say Arkansas could meet 40% of its greenhouse gas reduction requirements under a proposed EPA rule by increased energy efficiency. Further, the proposed rule from the EPA presents opportunities for Arkansas. [KARK]
  • In Iowa, ground was broken for a $380 million Red Rock Hydroelectric Project, which will retrofit the dam currently in place at Lake Red Rock with the ability to produce energy for up 18,000 homes in four states. [RenewablesBiz]
  • The Guam Power Authority is anticipating a mid-July 2015 completion date for its wind turbine pilot project. The $1.65 million project is being funded largely by US Department of the Interior, Office of Insular Affairs grants amounting to $1.5 million. [Marianas Variety]
  • A poll of US utility customers shows 81% expect their utility provider to use higher levels of renewable energy such as wind, solar and geothermal biogas in the future to meet their energy needs, GE’s Digital Energy business reported. [North American Windpower]
  • Delaware is again among the states leading the nation in solar energy – ranked seventh per capita for cumulative solar installations – according to a report released by Environment America Research & Policy Center. [Cape Gazette]

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