April 11 Energy News

April 11, 2016

Opinion:

The Mystery of Wind Energy in Texas • Texas politicians fiercely deny the scientific validity of climate change and the state is home to the headquarters of such companies as Exxon Mobile and ConocoPhillips. But Texas leads the US in installed wind capacity. How did this paradox occur? [Law Street Media]

Wind turbines on prairie, courtesy of Theodore Scott, via Flickr

Wind turbines on prairie, courtesy of Theodore Scott, via Flickr

10 things you probably didn’t know about the renewables revolution • With new figures from the International Renewable Energy Agency revealing that renewables grew at record pace in 2015, edie digs deep into the data to bring you 10 surprising statistics about green energy. [edie.net]

World:

¶ UK electricity customers are coming together to take control of how they use and pay for power. Energy Local clubs, set up as community benefit societies or community interest companies, aim to reduce bills for consumers and connect them with locally owned renewable generators. [Co-operative News]

Whalley Community Hydro, in Lancashire

Whalley Community Hydro, in Lancashire

¶ The Israeli government has unanimously approved a plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving energy efficiency. The plan is part of the effort to meet the commitment Israel made at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris. [Globes]

¶ Indian wind turbine maker Suzlon won an order for 50 wind turbines totaling 105 MW from Indian clean power producer Greenko Group Plc. The contract is the first between the two companies. The turbines are for a wind park in Andhra Pradesh. [SeeNews Renewables]

Suzlon turbines. Author: Janusz Sobolewski. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic.

Suzlon turbines. Author: Janusz Sobolewski. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic.

¶ A climate change policy that could be both effective, and potentially supported by both major Australian political parties, has been proposed by the Grattan Institute. It appears in a report that tries to find a pragmatic solution to the decade of toxic political debates on the issue. [The Guardian]

US:

¶ US Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin of the Federal District Court in Eugene, Oregon, ruled Friday against the motion to dismiss brought by the fossil fuel industry and federal government. Bill McKibben and Naomi Klein call the case the “most important lawsuit on the planet right now.” [EcoWatch]

The youth plaintiffs after the hearing on March 9 in Eugene, Oregon. Photo credit: Our Children’s Trust

The youth plaintiffs after the hearing on March 9 in Eugene, Oregon. Photo credit: Our Children’s Trust

¶ The German renewable energy firm Juwi is now working to build three utility-scale solar energy projects in Colorado, according to recent reports. They are being developed through a US-based subsidiary. The three solar PV projects will have a total capacity of around 90 MW. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Consumers Energy is closing seven old coal-burning plants with widespread approval. A Michigan Environmental Council report said the nine oldest coal plants in Michigan resulted in health care costs and damages of over $1.5 billion annually for Michigan residents. [The Daily Telegram]

Consumers Energy's JR Whiting Generating Plant. Tom Hawley / The Monroe News via AP

Consumers Energy’s JR Whiting Generating Plant. Tom Hawley / The Monroe News via AP

¶ Scientists have detected that radiation from the 2011 Japan nuclear disaster has spread to shores off of North America. According to the study, cesium-134 was identified off the Oregon, Washington and California coasts, as well as offshore from Canada’s Vancouver Island. [Daily Star Gazette]

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