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January 21 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • What President Barack Obama described as the greatest threat to future generations was neither terrorism nor ISIS. It wasn’t nuclear weapons in rogue states either. “No challenge  poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change,” said Obama in his State of the Union speech Tuesday. His statement was met with scattered, muted applause. [CNN]
  • Chile’s combined PV and wind installed capacity almost quadrupled in 2014 to about 1.2 GW. Solar capacity grew from 6.7 MW to 362 MW in the year, and wind capacity grew from 330 MW to 836 MW. Chile’s total installed renewables capacity of 2.2GW and another 1.2 GW is expected in 2015. [Recharge]
  • A Montana pipeline burst and sent 50,400 gallons of oil gushing into the Yellowstone River. The massive oil spill happened when the 12-inch pipeline, which crosses the Yellowstone River, ruptured Saturday about 5 miles upstream from Glendive, Montana. The state’s governor declared a state of emergency. [CNN]
  • Amazon’s cloud computing services company is partnering with Pattern Energy Group to construct the fourth phase of a wind farm in Indiana. The project is part of the existing Fowler Ridge wind farm. Amazon Web Services has a goal of creating enough renewable energy to power all of its operations. [Indiana Public Media]
  • The Portland Water Bureau and Lucid Energy, a provider of renewable energy systems for in-pipe hydropower and smart water infrastructure, have turned one of the city’s major water pipelines into a generator of renewable energy. The pipeline powers four 42” turbines, powering about 150 Oregon homes. [RenewablesBiz]

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