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October 30 Green Energy News

Thoughts on Science and Technology:

  • “Wind Power Is Cheaper, More Reliable, Than Natural Gas” There is a lesson to be learned from the debate in Australia and the analysis it produces: Not only is traditional fossil generation intermittent – and dangerously so – but the intermittency of some renewables is simply not a problem. [CleanTechnica]


  • British energy regulator Ofgem announced Monday its plans to allow £1.1 billion in funding for a new subsea transmission link in the north of Scotland to connect 1.2 GW of renewables capacity to the grid. The plan calls for a new subsea cable to be installed under the Moray Firth with completion expected in 2018. [CleanTechnica]
  • A 10-MW canal top solar power plant has been installed in the Indian city of Vadodara, over a Narmada river canal branch. The total capital cost of the system has been about $15 million. The same engineering firm that managed design and construction provide operation and maintenance for 25 years for $1.6 million. [CleanTechnica]
  • Siemens Canada Limited has confirmed an agreement to supply turbines to Suncor Energy’s 100-MW Cedar Point wind farm in OntarioThe manufacturer will deliver and install 46 SWT 2.3-MW 113 direct drive turbines to the project. The deal includes a two-year service and maintenance agreement. [reNews]
  • JinkoSolar announced that it will supply 19 MW of solar modules for a PV project in Chile’s Atacama Desert region, which has one of the highest irradiation levels in the world. The 19 MW solar power plant is expected to generate about 50,000 MWh of electricity annually, about what 30,000 local households use. [AltEnergyMag]
  • Germany can expect to see its greenhouse gas emissions fall this year as a result of a drop in energy demand and increased renewables investment, according to researchers at AG Energiebilanzen. They predicted that energy consumption in 2014 in Germany will be at its lowest since the country’s reunification in 1990. [Business Green]
  • Germany is considering removing some of its coal plant capacity as part of a raft of new policies to help meet greenhouse gas emissions goals. On 3 December, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet is to decide on a programme that is likely to include steps to boost energy efficiency and possibly reduce coal generation. [EurActiv]


  • Xcel said last week that it has made deals with three energy developers to build as many as three huge solar power farms in Minnesota, which could result in almost 200 MW of new power coming online by 2016. Xcel is the biggest power company in Minnesota, with 1.2 million customers. [Hydrogen Fuel News]
  • The future of rooftop solar energy in Louisiana could hang in the balance in the November 4 election race.  The chairman of the  Public Service Commission is a favorite of utility companies, which give his campaign hundreds of thousands of dollars. His opponent is a renewable energy advocate. [Alexandria Town Talk]
  • Rooftop solar PV systems have reached grid parity – which means it costs the same or less than getting electricity from the power grid – in 10 US states. According to the latest report of the solar energy analyst at Deutsche Bank, by 2016, solar rooftop will reach grid parity in all 50 US states. [Treehugger]

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