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December 24 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Reactor operators at Vermont Yankee are getting ready for the nuclear plant’s final shutdown next Monday. Their preparation includes training on a control room simulator at the company’s corporate offices in Brattleboro. The simulator is an exact replica of the control room at the Vernon plant. [Vermont Public Radio]
  • Going solar, according to new research by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, might be a more beneficial economic energy choice in states one does not expect to see at the top of the list. Hawaii and California do top the list, but the number three state is not very sunny at all; it is Connecticut. [CleanTechnica]
  • A series of studies from government research agencies and industry in the last few years have found that anywhere from 5% to 20% of today’s natural gas demand could be met with renewable natural gas, also known as bio-methane. It is produced in bio-digesters, from landfills, and through other carbon-neutral methods. [Energy Collective]
  • The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission released its monthly “Energy Infrastructure Update.” The big winners for November are wind and solar, which combined added up to over 70% of all new electrical generating capacity placed into service during the month (estimated to be 77%, if you include non-utility solar). [CleanTechnica]
  • Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc announced completion of the Tucannon River Wind Farm in WashingtonState. Located on 20,000 acres in Washington’s ColumbiaCounty, the 267-MW project consists of 116 2.3-MW Siemens turbines. The project was on time and within its $500 million budget. [PennEnergy]

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