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September 27 Green Energy News

Science and Technology:

  • A new study found that in the long run, natural gas does little to curb emissions since it would boost consumption (high supply means it will be cheaper) and displace renewable energy. Even without the methane leaks, the overall climate benefits of gas are likely to be small. [ZME Science]

World:

  • In Scotland, a new wind farm will have the potential to power 28,000 homes in South Lanarkshire and will generate community benefit funding of £6.37 million over its lifetime. It is noteworthy that it will have the tallest turbines in the UK at a height of 152 metres (500 ft). [Scotsman]
  • The International Energy Agency says the global renewable expansion will slow over the next 5 years unless lawmakers provide clear conditions and policy certainty. Future investments are likely to fall from the $250 billion in 2013 and the pace of development likely to slow even though technology costs continue to fall. [Breaking Energy]
  • Penetration rates of no-carbon generation have increased from 50% to 56% in recent years in Europe, as European Union countries work toward renewable energy and greenhouse gas emissions targets. Renewable generation and nuclear generation are both considered no-carbon sources. [Energy Collective]
  • Fresh statistics from the Department of Energy and Climate Change estimate renewables met a record-breaking 46.4% of electricity use in 2013, up from 39.9% in 2012. The Scottish government says this indicates Scotland is on track to meet its targets of 50% by 2015, and 100% by 2020. [Utility Products]
  • The UK government is pressing ahead with plans to allow shale gas companies to drill under people’s homes without their consent despite 99% of respondents opposing the consultation proposals. It would change the trespass laws for shale and geothermal developers. [Business Green]

US:

  • Officials in the California community of Victor Valley on Friday unveiled what is claimed to be the United States’ first carbon-neutral wastewater treatment plant. Biogas produced from food waste and sewage powers the plant while keeping tons of garbage out of landfills. [TakePart]
  • Activists delivered 6,000 cards and letters to the state New Mexico regulators asking for more renewable energy in a plan to replace coal-fired power from the San Juan Generating Station. The owner is seeking to use natural gas, nuclear, and increased capacity in remaining coal-fired units in addition to solar. [Bakken.com]
  • According to the latest Monthly Energy Review put out by the US Energy Information Administration, the US dumped significantly more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere in the first half of 2014 than it did in the same period over the previous two years, reversing a decline in emissions from 2010-2012. [KCET]
  • As increasing levels of solar, wind, geothermal and biomass are integrated onto the grid, utility hiring is impacted. Solar, however, has the most employment, averaging 41 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees per 100 MW of PV interconnections vs. 12 FTEs per 100 MW of total renewable capacity. [Fierce Energy]
  • A collaborative study of Long Island’s offshore wind resources is underway for the development of the Deepwater ONE project, a 210 MW offshore wind farm to be located approximately 30 miles east of Montauk, proposed by Deepwater Wind in response to a request for proposals for renewable energy. [Fierce Energy]
  • In the State of New York, a looming power supply shortage is spurring regulatory action to support a smarter, less centralized and more robust power grid. The initiative could revolutionize the utility industry in that state, while solving the supply problem — in both a functional and business sense. [Energy Collective]
  • Entergy expects to complete a detailed decommissioning site assessment for the Vermont Yankee plant in the next 30 days. Also, Entergy has slightly revised its schedule for moving the plant’s spent fuel into more-stable dry cask storage, saying it will be done by 2020. [Brattleboro Reformer]

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