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November 6 Green Energy News

World:

  • The Scottish renewables are among the world’s best performing, and new data from WeatherEnergy has shown that October had them generating more than enough electricity from renewable sources to power the country. Windpower produced most of the power, but solar production was impressive. [CleanTechnica]
  • The sulfur levels in marine bunker fuel are as high is 100 to 3,500 times what is permitted in diesel fuel for road traffic in China. As a result, one container ship cruising along the coast of China emits as much diesel pollution as 500,000 new Chinese trucks in a single day. [Energy Collective]
  • As India grapples with power shortage problems, Power Minister Piyush Goyal is expecting an investment of $250 billion in the next four to five years. He says renewable energy will be a feed-in for power sector and government will engage top 250 tax payers to invest in solar and wind projects. [Moneycontrol.com]
  • A $27 million investment from Spanish corporate, GRI Renewable Industries offers South Africa a giant leap forward in the provision of renewable energy alternatives with the facility capable of producing 150 wind towers a year. This is welcome news at a time when problems meeting electric demand are increasing. [Cape Business News]
  • In Australia, Fotowatio Renewable Ventures and its engineering, procurement and construction contractor Green Light Contractors Pty Ltd broke ground on construction of the 70-MW Moree Solar Farm today. At the ceremony, the company noted the importance of the Renewable Energy Target. [Business Spectator]
  • A dozen Canadian clean-technology companies, many of them nurtured by the government, accompanied Ontario’s Premier Kathleen Wynne, hoping to sell everything from environmentally friendly fertilizer to systems for cleaning ship exhaust as she met China’s Science and Technology Minister in Beijing. [The Globe and Mail]
  • Oman’s Rural Areas Electricity Company is partnering with Masdar to build a $125 million wind farm that when fully operational will provide power to 16,000 homes. The company also estimates investments in solar, wind, and nuclear energy will reach $100 billion in the GCC region over the next five years. [SmartMeters]
  • Wind generation hit a record high to provide 24% of the UK’s energy mix on October 20. The previous high of 22% was in August. Wind’s share of October’s electricity mix was 12.3% compared with 8% in October, 2013. Also, wind generated more power than nuclear for 11 full days during October. [reNews]

US:

  • On Tuesday night in the US, Republicans – and particularly those who reject climate science and despite renewable energy, won big in the US Congressional elections. This is not good news for climate. The Senate is now in the hands of a group of people who make pro-coal Australian politicians look moderate. [RenewEconomy]
  • Environmental groups lost big in the elections, but there was one surprising winner: The Northeast’s multi-state carbon-trading plan. Pennsylvania Governor-elect Tom Wolf, the sole bright spot for Democrats on the state level, has promised to move Pennsylvania to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. [National Journal]
  • The EPA says it is considering an extended time frame for reducing reliance on coal to 2029, giving utilities almost an extra decade to adapt. The EPA’s shift comes after intense lobbying by utilities, which want to wait until their plants reach the end of their natural life spans. [Businessweek]
  • SolarCity, the largest US solar panel installer, reported a 20% rise in quarterly revenue and said it had cut system costs more than expected. The company said third-quarter revenue rose 20% to $58.34 million from $48.6 million a year earlier. Analysts were expecting revenue of $60.23 million. [Reuters]
  • Not so long ago, Exelon, which runs six nuclear energy plants in Illinois, was extolling the merits of an open market for power as its profits rolled in. Now, with power prices plunging, Exelon has lost enthusiasm for the open markets and wants the Legislature to protect its profits, quite likely driving up utility bills. [Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Southern California Edison today detailed how it intends to generate enough power to run nearly one million homes with a mix of technologies, including energy efficiency, renewables, and energy storage. Part of the solution is 85 megawatts from a distributed collection of refrigerator size batteries in buildings. [Xconomy]

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