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October 27 Green Energy News

Science and Technology:

  • The risk of severe winters in Europe and northern Asia has been doubled by global warming, according to new research. The counter-intuitive finding is the result of climate change melting the Arctic ice cap and causing new wind patterns that push freezing air and snow southwards. [The Guardian]

World:

  • A2Sea has installed the first turbine at Dong Energy’s Borkum Riffgrund 1 offshore wind farm in the German North Sea. The Sea Installer erected the first of 78 Siemens 3.6 MW machines on 25 October. The wind farm has a total capacity of 312 MW. It is planned to be fully commissioned in the first half of 2015. [reNews]
  • The chief executive of the UK’s £3.8 billion Green Investment Bank says that after months of uncertainty over support for renewable energy, confirmation of contracts for major offshore wind schemes and clarity around the Renewable Obligation support scheme should ensure projects could move forward. [Business Green]
  • Cruise ships now have a green alternative when they dock at the Port of Halifax, Nova Scotia. There is a new shore power system that lets vessels plug in. The shore power jib lets ships shut down their auxiliary engines and connect to the electrical grid while docked. This shore power project is the first of its kind on the East Coast. [Globalnews.ca]

US:

  • Over a dozen solar businesses in Ohio have sent a letter to the White House backing the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan. One organizer with Environment Ohio says leaders need to reverse the freeze on the state’s renewable-energy standards and strengthen clean-energy laws to make the plan work. [Public News Service]
  • The Board of Public Utilities of New Jersey wants to award up to $3 million to energy-storage projects, a policy officials say could help government, commercial, and industrial facilities have a backup power source in the event the traditional power grid fails during an extreme storm. [NJ Spotlight]
  • There has been some movement to apply pressure to Georgia Power to adopt more solar. Georgia is a conservative state, so there has been a resistance to disrupting the main utilities’ reliance on fossil fuels. However, the dramatic drop in solar power prices has made even a resistant utility begin to embrace it more. [CleanTechnica]
  • The National Park Service is investing $29 million in 81 individual energy efficiency and water conservation projects at national parks throughout the greater Washington region. This move to reduce energy use and generate energy from renewable sources is the Interior Department’s largest so far. [National Parks Traveler]
  • Speaking last week at a conference hosted by Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, EPA administrator Gina McCarthy says the US has arrived at a pivotal moment in its pursuit of clean energy, a time on par with the very creation of the EPA almost 44 years ago. [Agri-Pulse]
  • Solar giant SunEdison made several announcements last week in relation to major solar energy projects in California, as it completes major phases of project development. To date, the company has completed 382 projects in California in total, adding more than 489 MW of solar capacity in the state. [Energy Matters]
  • Wärtsilä will supply a 50 MW Smart Power Generation power plant to Hawaiian Electric Company on the island of Oahu. The plant will help enable the integration of more solar PV generation on the island by providing backup power as needed. Wärtsilä is based in Helsinki, Finland. [FINNBAY]

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