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October 3 Green Energy News

Science and Technology:

  • Navigant Research says in a new report that between January 2013 and September 2014, 91 new grid-scale energy storage systems totaling 362.8 MW were announced or launched. Lithium-ion technology is most commonly used, but flywheels and flow batteries are emerging as storage options. [CleanTechnica]

World:

  • A new consortium hopes to become Australia’s first community owned retailer, with big plans to build, generate and sell renewable energy in the northern rivers. Community owned retailers are common in Europe and the US. In Germany, retailers and local network operators are commonly owned by local councils. [Echonetdaily]
  • Joining the move for renewable energy in India is National Aluminium Company Ltd, considered as one of the biggest aluminium production companies in the world. It has recently announced plans to install a 100 MW wind energy project, which would require a $110-million investment. [EE Times India]
  • Global wind and solar company Mainstream Renewable Power has signed an agreement with Swiss developer NEK Umwelttechnik to build and operate Ghana’s first utility-scale wind farm. The 225-MW project will cost $525 million and is expected to generate power early in 2016. [GhanaWeb]
  • Britain has increased its budget to subsidize electricity projects that use renewable sources by £95 million to £300 million ($486 million), according to the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change. Britain plans to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% from a 1990 baseline by 2050. [Reuters]
  • The US and India are committed to creating a binding climate deal next year, a joint statement from the two nations said. US president Barack Obama and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi held talks in Washington yesterday, at which they recognized the importance greenhouse gas emissions and improving resilience. [Argus Media]

US:

  • NJ Transit has received $1.3 billion in federal funds to improve the resilience of the state’s transportation system in the event of devastating future storms. The funds include $410 million to develop the NJ TransitGrid into a first-of-its-kind microgrid capable of keeping the power running when the electric grid goes down. [Energy Collective]
  • Installed PV capacity among US schools has soared over the last decade, rising from 303 kW to 457,000 kW, according to a TSF-SEIA report. That has resulted in prevention of 442,799 metric tons of CO2 emissions per year, the equivalent of taking some 100,000 cars of U.S. roads annually. [Triple Pundit]
  • Renewable energy producer ReEnergy Black River has been awarded a 20-year contract by the US Defense Logistics Agency to supply renewable energy to the Fort Drum army base in New York. ReEnergy’s Black River 60-MW plant originally was a coal station. It has been converted to burn locally grown shrub willow as a fuel. [BioEnergy News]
  • After being tweaked for several months, Gundersen Health System is marking the completion of its joint cow power project near Middleton, Wisconsin. The $14 million GL Dairy Biogas Farm, has actually been producing methane and electricity from cow manure since late last year. [La Crosse Tribune]
  • The office of the Texas State Comptroller released a report recommending that tax incentives wind power be ended as they give wind an unfair advantage. The Executive Director of The Wind Coalition argues that oil and gas received 99.6% of state and local incentives. [Bakken.com]
  • A partnership between the local utility and state and federal government will build Kentucky’s largest solar array at Fort Campbell. The solar array will cover about 20 acres on an abandoned landfill at the army base, and will produce 5 MW of power, enough to power about 500 homes. [WKMS]
  • NV Energy, part of billionaire Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate, is seeking proposals to secure up to 100 MW of additional renewable energy resources in Nevada. The request for proposals is the first of three for 100 MW each that the utility will issue through 2016. [Recharge]

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