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October 20 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Is France’s Love Affair with Nuclear Over?” During the next 11 years, France will reduce the percentage of electricity coming from nuclear from 75% to 50%. To do that, estimates are that as many as 20 of France’s 58 reactors would have to be closed and replaced with efficiency and renewable sources of power. [OilPrice.com]
  • “Germany’s Energiewende Proves Electricity can be Clean and Reliable” Since 2004, the year of the first major revision of Germany’s Renewable Energy Act, the country has added at least 35 GW of solar and 35 GW of wind to its electric grid – enough to offset upwards of 35 coal plants. [Environmental Defense Fund]

World:

  • The Philippines will have its largest wind farm once Energy Development Corp completes the 150-MW Burgos Wind Project in November. Groundbreaking for the Burgos Wind Project took place in April 2013 while the Construction for the initial 87 MW capacity of the wind farm started in June 2013. [GMA News]
  • Green Power Panay Philippines Inc is currently developing a 35-MW biomass power plant in Mina, Iloilo, Panay. Biomass are renewable organic materials, like wood, agricultural crops or wastes used as a fuel or energy source. Biomass can be burned directly or processed into ethanol and methane biofuels. [Rappler]
  • The Turks and Caicos Islands deepened its commitment to advancing renewable energy by joining the Carbon War Room’s Ten Island Challenge. The Rocky Mountain Institute will provide a range of technical, project management, communications, and business advisory support services. [Turks and Caicos Weekly News]
  • Morocco’s first solar energy plant will begin operating in 2015, as part of a project the oil-scarce kingdom hopes will satisfy its growing energy needs. Morocco expects to build five new solar plants by the end of the decade with a combined production capacity of 2,000 MW, at an estimated cost of $9 billion. [Peninsula On-line]
  • Investors are seeking funding from the UK government for an ambitious plan to import solar energy generated in North Africa. The TuNur project aims to bring 2 GW of solar power, enough for 2.5 million UK homes, to the UK from Tunisia if the company wins a contract for difference. [BBC News]
  • British farmers will no longer be eligible for any farm subsidies under the Common Agricultural Policy for land from January 2015. The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs claims that the move “will help rural communities who do not want their countryside blighted by solar farms”. [Solar Power Portal]

US:

  • Geothermal power was once king of California’s renewable energy, but the industry’s shortsightedness and slowness to innovate left it floundering for three decades as solar and wind energy grew. Now, industry leaders say it is poised for a renaissance, powered by new technology. [Los Angeles Times]
  • Minneapolis council members approved a contract with Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy, while also creating a public-private board to pursue the development of renewable energy options. Some environmental activists say the arrangement is a big step forward, but some others are skeptical. [Minnesota Daily]
  • Using figures from the US Energy Information Administration, a Greenpeace team has calculated that only around 30% of the country’s emissions reduction came from switching from coal to less carbon intensive gas. The news comes after a study in Nature suggested fracked gas could cause increased emissions. [Business Green]
  • A recent Union of Concerned Scientists study found that America can nearly quadruple its renewable electricity in the next 15 years, reaching 23% by 2030. This comes in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal that America set a modest goal of 12% renewable energy by 2030. [CleanTechnica]
  • The state of Vermont has won a nearly quarter-million-dollar grant to help promote connecting renewable energy projects to the state’s electric grid. The US DOE grant goes to a partnership being set up between the state Department of Public Service and Vermont’s largest electric utility, Green Mountain Power. [Daily Journal]

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