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October 11 Green Energy News

A Look at History:

  • “The Story Of Germany’s Off-Shore Wind Farms” Germany was not the first European nation to install offshore wind farms. There were plants in Denmark and England years before the first turbine was erected a mere 500 meters off the quay wall of the Rostock international port in 2005. [CleanTechnica]

Electic Vehicle Technology:

  • Since last summer there have been rumors that GM is building a $30,000 electric car with a driving range of 200 miles, and the Detroit Free Press reports that GM has confirmed the existence of this EV, minus any revealing details. Select investors and media were invited to check out several upcoming GM vehicles. [CleanTechnica]
  • Dr Heinz-Jakob Neusser, Volkswagen’s head of powertrain development, thinks that electric cars with over 300 miles of range aren’t too far off. The foundation of his argument is that the energy density of electric car batteries has been improving rapidly and will continue to do so. [CleanTechnica]


  • China has announced it will reintroduce import tariffs of 6% a tonne on thermal coal used to generate electricity and a 3% a tonne on metallurgical coal used to smelt iron. The tariffs are not new but a return to those that were in place when China first began to import significant quantities of coal. [CleanTechnica]
  • Four offshore wind farms capable of powering 1.4 million homes have been approved by the Scottish Government. Energy minister Fergus Ewing has given development consent to Neart na Gaoithe, Inch Cape, and Seagreen Alpha and Bravo, which will together generate up to 2.284 GW of electricity. []
  • In the new world of alternative energy sources, Tokyo is about to have its day in the sun. There are currently 20 citizen groups operating or in the planning stages for solar power generation businesses funded by private contributors in the nation’s capital, according to the Tokyo-based People’s Power Network. [Asahi Shimbun]
  • ZooShare Biogas Cooperative Inc is building a 500-kW biogas plant conveniently located across from the Toronto Zoo. Scheduled to be operational by December 2015, the facility will produce renewable power for the Ontario grid, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by over 10,000 tonnes each year. [Canada NewsWire]
  • Solar Power Inc, a renewable-energy developer backed by China’s LDK Solar Co, has agreed to build a solar farm with 20 MW of capacity in Inner Mongolia. The company expects to complete the project and connect it to the grid in the fourth quarter. The project is Solar Power’s first in China’s Inner Mongolia region. [Businessweek]
  • Germany has started talks with all the countries it borders about closer power-market cooperation to save money when it comes to maintaining spare capacity, according to two people close to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government. The country’s Economy Ministry confirmed the talks, declining to give more details. [Businessweek]
  • Nanos Research examined the views of Albertans on a wide range of electricity issues. Their research found that almost 80% of those surveyed say the Government of Alberta has not done enough to develop wind power and other renewable forms of large-scale electricity generation. [Your Renewable News]


  • The installed price of solar energy in the US is continuing to decrease steadily, but is still considerably more expensive than it is throughout much of Europe, according to the most recent Tracking the Sun report from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, which looks at data through 2013. [CleanTechnica]
  • Iowa’s reputation as a leader in wind energy production got another boost Friday when MidAmerican Energy announced plans to invest an additional $280 million in the renewable energy. The Des Moines-based utility will add 67 wind turbines at two western Iowa locations. []
  • A new study by the environmental group World Resources Institute says that improving buildings’ energy efficiency, boosting the fuel-economy of automobiles and cutting leaks from the production and transport of natural gas can save money now and cut climate change later. [Bloomberg]
  • Skidmore College’s 2-MW solar array is now complete. The system, comprised of 6,950 modules mounted in an eight-acre solar field will provide 12% of Skidmore’s annual electrical usage from clean, renewable power. It is among the largest solar arrays in New York State. [Saratoga TODAY Newspaper]
  • Entergy executives already have begun to disclose plans for shutting down and decommissioning the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. And those plans will become even more clear when a detailed site assessment – billed as the first of its kind – is released, likely later this month. [Brattleboro Reformer]

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