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October 7 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “While Critics Debate Energiewende, Germany is Gaining a Global Advantage” When viewed in context, there are many reasons to believe investments in Energiewende will reap economy-wide rewards, giving Germany a competitive global advantage over other countries that lagged behind investing in the future. [Environmental Defense Fund]

World:

  • Greensmith, one of the world’s leading providers of energy storage management software and related services, recently made the announcement that it has seen huge growth in the grid-scale energy storage market, with the commissioning of 23 MW of the company’s GEMS energy storage software platform this year. [CleanTechnica]
  • Northern Rivers Energy, Australia’s first community-based renewable energy retailer in the northern rivers region, plans for the region to become fossil free within years. This is the first Australian attempt to adopt the community energy company model that has had dramatic effects in Hamburg and Colorado. [Echonetdaily]
  • Infigen Energy chief executive Miles George says asset write-downs would be premature for the wind power producer, given increasing signs that the Renewable Energy Target may survive with only relatively minor changes. He was hopeful of no need for impairments of Infigen’s $900 million Australian business. [WA today]
  • Work on a hybrid power plant for solar and wind energy in southern Bahrain is expected to start in the next three months. The 5 MW pilot station will be built on 30 acres of land near Al Dur Power and Water Plant, and will be linked to Bahrain’s power-distribution grid by the first quarter of 2015. [Gulf Daily News]
  • GE Energy Financial Services in Stamford, a unit of Fairfield-based GE, has joined Kuni Umi Asset Management and Toyo Engineering in an investment in Japan’s largest solar power project, a 231-MW facility to be built in Setouchi City, Okayama Prefecture, at a cost of about $1.1 billion. [The Advocate]
  • Under the terms of the new regulations in Chile, ‘Residential Generators’ in the country are now able to connect renewable energy systems, such as solar, to the distribution system and receive payments for the surplus electricity they generate. [Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production Magazine]
  • The EU Tracking Roadmap from the Keep on Track monitoring body warned that 14 of the EU 27 member states are expected to fall short of their targets, with another four states hanging in the balance. This is despite 22 states hitting the interim targets for 2011/2012, indicating a slowing in progress. [Windpower Monthly]
  • France’s energy minister Segolene Royal believes it would be better to build new renewable energy projects than to keep up heavy investments maintaining old nuclear power plants. Royal pointed out that reactors in nuclear plants don’t last forever and “you have to re-invest and that is very expensive.” [Recharge]

US:

  • New Jersey legislators will consider a bill this week to promote the installation of solar arrays, a change that will affect mostly homes and small businesses seeking to deploy the systems. The measure also addresses fundamental changes in the structure of the energy industry. [NJ Spotlight]
  • GE Power & Water’s Distributed Power business announced that it has signed a contract to provide Sky Global Partners LLC with six 8.6 MW Jenbacher gas engines along with a 30-year contractual service agreement for a new 50 MW high-efficiency power plant in Colorado County, Texas. [Today’s Energy Solutions]
  • California’s drought has cut the amount of power it gets from hydro in half, but the renewable energy industry has picked up some of the slack. Wind now accounts for more electricity generation than hydro, and on clear sunny days, solar can supply the state with 14% of its power needs by mid afternoon. [OilPrice.com]
  • At least 54 GW of US offshore wind energy generation capacity could be deployed by 2030, according to a new study funded by the DOE, which focused on helping DOE achieve two goals: reducing the cost of offshore wind energy and shortening the time required to deploy offshore wind generation capacity. [Triple Pundit]
  • Two agencies in western Massachusetts, the Franklin Regional Council of Governments and the Connecticut River Watershed Council, are intervening in a proposal to allow the Northfield Mountain hydroelectric station temporarily to boost output by pumping and releasing more river water at its mountaintop reservoir. [The Recorder]

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