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March 12 Green Energy News


  • “EU could save €260bn more with ambitious renewable energy target” The European Commission has currently proposed a 27% target for 2030, which could save around €190 billion, but a target of 30% could save  €260 billion more. [Energy Live News]

Science and Technology:

  • A startup called Liquid Light has developed an electrochemical process to use waste carbon dioxide as a starting ingredient for chemicals. The company says its method is significantly cheaper than conventional methods for converting CO2 into chemicals. [MIT Technology Review]


  • Reykjavik Geothermal, the Icelandic power-plant builder, plans to begin drilling in Ethiopia by July as part of a $2 billion project to develop the renewable energy source, Chief Operating Officer Gunnar Orn Gunnarsson said. [Bloomberg]
  • Irish and British officials have three months to find out if new rules can be found to clear the way for a multibillion-euro wind energy plan in the midlands, following London talks between Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron. [Irish Times]
  • EdF, the mostly French government-owned nuclear giant proposing to build the $26 billion Hinkley Point C plant, is pushing the UK government to increase its carbon tax so the financials for the first nuclear plant in the UK for nearly three decades add up. [RenewEconomy]
  • GE announced that it will supply SSE Renewables with ten 1.6 MW wind turbines for the Langhope Rig Wind Farm in Scotland . The 16 MW Langhope Rig Wind Farm will generate the equivalent energy needs of approximately 15,000 Scottish homes. [RenewablesBiz]
  • An Italian judge has ordered Tirreno Power, 50% owned by France’s GDF Suez, to turn off two coal-fired units at its Vado Ligure plant due to environmental concerns, the Italian electricity generator said. [Reuters]
  • GE announced 110 MW of orders to supply some of Germany’s newest wind farms with its brilliant 2.5-120 wind turbines. It will supply a total of 44 GE 2.5-120 wind turbines for eight new German wind farms. [Windpower Engineering]



  • Gestamp Solar and 8minutenergy Renewables LLC today announced the signing of a 20-year contract to sell 50 megawatts of renewable solar energy from their Midway Solar Farm project in Imperial County to Pacific Gas & Electric Co. [Imperial Valley Press]
  • Supervisors of Riverside County, California, approved the McCoy Solar Energy Project, which will entail erecting 516,000 solar arrays across 4,442 acres, with the possibility of generating up to 750 MW of PV energy. []
  • Minnesota regulators today approved 29 renewable energy projects, predominately featuring solar technologies, to receive $42 million in grants from Xcel Energy’s Renewable Development Fund. [Fort Mills Times]
  • Utility Central Maine Power Co. wants customers who generate some of their own electricity from renewable sources to pay higher monthly service charges, an idea being resisted by renewable energy advocates. [WGME]
  • California’s hydro plants generated less power in 2013 than they had in 21 years, but the state’s water crisis hasn’t turned into an energy crisis, thanks to a mix of renewable energy, natural gas, and planning. [National Geographic]
  • University of Missouri researchers have found that creating a bioenergy grid with these small plants could benefit people in rural areas of the country as well as provide relief to an overworked national power grid. [Eureka! Science News]
  • The spill that contaminated the drinking water of 300,000 West Virginians has reignited debate in the state, not just over chemical and coal industry regulations but how the state’s reliance on these industries affects its people and environment. [ThinkProgress]


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