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January 25 Green Energy News


  • “How Smart Grid Technology Can Build a Better Utility Industry Future: Part 1” Each year analysts at IDC offer their predictions for utility industry trends. Here are their first five predictions, and how they related to smart grids and smart grid technology. [Energy Collective]
  • “Telling Sugarcane Ethanol’s Full Sustainability Story” The focus on volume targets for all biofuels loses sight of two key benefits of advanced biofuel: the potential for non-corn ethanol to cut life-cycle emissions, and the sustainability of non-corn biofuel feedstocks. [Energy Collective]

Science and Technology:

  • Researchers at North Carolina State University have shown that a one-atom thick film of molybdenum sulfide may work as an effective catalyst for creating hydrogen. The work opens a new door for the production of cheap hydrogen. [Science Daily]


  • The Blackfriars solar bridge across the River Thames is finally complete. Its 4,400 photovoltaic panels will divert 511 tonnes of carbon emissions each year, drastically reducing the station’s carbon footprint. [Inhabitat]
  • Renewable energy and energy storage group, Gaelectric, has started construction of a 42 MW wind farm site at County Derry. Dunbeg will generate sufficient renewable power for 24,000 homes. The total investment will amount to €70 million. [Today’s Energy Solutions]
  • More than four years after the Ontario Power Authority launched North America’s first comprehensive Feed-In Tariff Program, the energy industry, municipalities, Aboriginal communities and community organizations continue to show strong interest. [EIN News]
  • The Scottish government approved two large renewable energy projects. One is a biomass-fueled CHP plant producing 120 MW of electricity and 30 MW of heat, costing $537 million. The second is a 50 MW wind farm of 20 turbines, at $107 million. [PennEnergy]
  • Authorities of the Cuban province of Matanzas revealed a renewable energy strategy. The program plans two biofuel plants. Gasifiers will process waste in rice drying facilities to generate 60 kW total of power. And 140 water-pumping windmills will be built. [Prensa Latina]
  • Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, former US Vice President Al Gore said that the “cost down-curve” for photovoltaics and, to a lesser extent, wind, is a “game-changer” in addressing climate change challenges. [Renewable Energy Magazine]
  • Germany could be the first European country to penalize the self-consumption of solar energy, something only Arizona has done so far. Spain is also working on a similar plan to ensure small solar power generators help pay for network costs. [Bloomberg]
  • Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, said he has been energized by his life’s mission. His grand dream is “Japan without nuclear power, using various natural energies, such as that of the sun, wind and terrestrial heat.” [The Japan Times]


  • A preliminary report suggests Wyoming wind power could save California ratepayers $750 million annually. The findings were announced by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory at a meeting of the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority. [Casper Star-Tribune Online]
  • M+W US has begun construction of their second, 6 MW project in the State of Massachusetts on 26 acres of privately owned land 50 miles northwest of Boston. The power generated will be delivered under contract to the town of Billerica. [Virtual-Strategy Magazine]
  • First Wind has celebrated the fifth anniversary of operations at its 57 MW Stetson I Wind project.  The Stetson Wind project has produced enough energy to power an average of 18,300 Maine homes. [Windpower Engineering]


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