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ANRE’s Nagy: Approved and licenced capacities of renewable energy facilities almost doubled in 2013


BUCHAREST — The approved and licenced capacities of all renewable energy facilities doubled at the end of 2013, compared with 2012, Zoltan Nagy, member on the Board of the National Energy Regulatory Authority (ANRE), said Thursday. He underscored that 2013 was an exceptional year for investors, who built power plants of over 2,000 MW total capacity, most of them photovoltaic. ...

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Charleston City Council to address support for shoreside power at downtown cruise terminal


Efforts to bring shoreside power to the proposed $35 million new passenger cruise terminal in downtown Charleston could be gaining political support. Charleston City Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a resolution in support of adding shoreside capabilities to Union Pier Terminal. The resolution is being introduced by Councilman William Dudley Gregorie, who has previously voiced support for efforts ...

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Appalachian Trail groups drop opposition to Bingham wind project

wind energy

A proposed wind power project won the support of Appalachian Trail conservation groups after a subsidiary of the company proposing the project created a $700,000 land conservation fund. A coalition of nonprofit organizations representing the Appalachian Trail announced Tuesday that they have dropped opposition to what could be the state’s largest and most expensive wind project after Blue Sky West, ...

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States brace for clash between utilities, solar power advocates

Solar power substation

Someone is installing a solar power system in the U.S. every four minutes. Generous state and federal tax credits for hooking up solar panels on roofs or in fields make solar energy attractive to homeowners and businesses. Another bonus is that those who generate solar energy can roll over what they don’t use as credit against their next utility bills, ...

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Push for renewable energy continues with lease for 500-kilowatt solar farm


NORTH KINGSTOWN _ The Quonset Business Park is continuing its push into renewable energy with the approval on Tuesday of a lease for a 500-kilowatt solar farm proposed by a Colorado-based developer. The Quonset Development Corporation’s unanimous vote in favor of an agreement with Bella Energy follows the approval last December of a similar-sized solar project in the park planned ...

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Ohio energy-efficiency mandates costly, ineffective, says report


Ohio’s energy-efficiency mandates have high costs and negligible benefits, according to a report issued yesterday that was sponsored by groups that would like to revise or eliminate the rules. “Ohio consumers and businesses are suffering economic harm because of the mandate,” said the report by Jonathan Lesser, a New Mexico economist who has written extensively about energy rules and pricing. ...

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Birds halt UK offshore wind farm expansion

red throated diver

By Susanna Twidale LONDON, Feb 19 (Reuters) – The need for a study into the potential threat to the red-throated diver, a type of waterfowl, has forced developers to scrap a project to expand the world’s largest offshore wind farm, Britain’s London Array. The consortium of Denmark’s Dong Energy, Germany’s E.ON and Abu Dhabi state-owned energy investor Masdar joined a ...

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Bay Staters encouraged to trade in old woodstoves


Tom Fournier, manager of HearthWorks Centers in North Reading, heartily approves of the new round of Commonwealth’s Woodstove Change-out Program the state announced yesterday. “I think it’s a great program,” he said. “We could use something like this.” Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan yesterday announced a new round of the Commonwealth’s Woodstove Change-out Program, committing up to $1 ...

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EDF in talks to buy stake in GMR’s Nepal project

business deal

NEW DELHI — French government-owned power utility Electricite de France SA (EDF) is in talks with Bangalore-based infrastructure conglomerate GMR Group to acquire a stake in the latter’s 900-megawatt (MW) Upper Karnali hydropower project in Nepal. “EDF is interested in acquiring a stake in the project,” said a person aware of the development who spoke on condition of anonymity. He ...

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M’sia to try cloud seeding in parched Selangor

water shortage

PETALING JAYA (The Straits Times/ANN) — A water shortage caused by dry weather that could last until April has Malaysians in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur in such dire straits that the government will try cloud seeding this week to bring rain. “The exercise will be carried out within this week as the water reserve levels in several dams are already ...

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