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October 19 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Offshore wind can be our answer to region’s challenges” Wildlife and future generations are counting on us to build a set of solutions that match the scale of our environmental challenges. Responsibly developed offshore wind power can be New England’s greatest contribution to this goal. [Boston Globe]

Science and Technology:

  • Researchers have developed a new catalyst that could lead to inexpensive and more efficient biofuels. Led by Professor Yong Wang from the Washington State University, the researchers mixed inexpensive iron with a tiny amount of rare palladium to make the catalyst. [Economic Times]

World:

  • The International Energy Agency just released its second annual Energy Efficiency Market Report 2014 confirming energy efficiency’s place as the world’s “first fuel” and estimating the value of the energy efficiency market at between $310 and $360 billion and growing. [Energy Collective]
  • Prudential is poised to become the key investor in a £1 billion tidal power station, securing the future of the infrastructure project. Its investment arm M&G is to inject up to £100 million in the Swansea Bay Tidal power station. The project is scheduled to open in 2018, and with Prudential backing is likely to get a go ahead. [Telegraph.co.uk]
  • In Pakistan, the provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has decided to embark on an ambitious plan for hydro and solar power projects to end the scourge of power load shedding. It has also approved a fund of Rs 10 billion ($97.24 million)  for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Oil & Gas Development Company Limited. [Business Recorder]
  • Projects are beginning to grow renewable energy infrastructure in South Africa. The government has allocated about 70 renewable energy projects including 35 based on solar PV technology, with over 1,500 MW of capacity expected to be added. Wind energy and solar thermal power projects have also been allocated. [CleanTechnica]
  • With the Small and Medium Enterprises playing a vital role in the economy of Sri Lanka, financing has become the biggest challenge, according to Syed Zed Al Qudsy, President of Malaysia’s SME Factors, speaking at a media conference held at the Kingsbury in Colombo on Wednesday. [The Sunday Times Sri Lanka]
  • The switch has been flicked on New Zealand’s biggest solar energy installation, which is based in Whangarei. The 240-kW grid-connected solar electricity system will offset 80% to 90% of the air conditioning costs at the Tarewa Mega Centre, generating enough energy to power more than 40 homes. [Stuff.co.nz]
  • India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has released revised guidelines for auction of solar photovoltaic power projects with a significant hike in overall capacity. The government plans to add 15 GW of solar power capacity by Q1 2019. The first of the auctions will involve 1,000 MW of capacity. [CleanTechnica]

US:

  • Michigan’s entire Upper Peninsula is facing an energy crisis. A regional electrical power grid authority has ordered We Energies to continue running a nearly 60-year-old, coal-fired power plant it wants to close. This triggered a more than $8-million-per-month cost to keep the coal-belching plant going. [Detroit Free Press]
  • JinkoSolar Holding Co, Ltd, and sPower have announced details of their first partnership. JinkoSolar is supplying nearly 115,000 of its 305-W high efficiency solar PV modules to sPower for a 34-MW solar facility comprised of four separate projects located in Lancaster and Victorville, California. [IT Business Net]
  • Siemens has landed a contract to provide Hutchinson-made wind turbines for a new wind farm in Iowa and small expansion of another. MidAmerican Energy announced recently it plans to spend $280 million on the project, which will include installation of 67 turbines in southwest Iowa. [Hutchinson News]

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