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Renewables Projected to Add Triple the Capacity of New Fossil Fuel Plants by 2030

June 3 -- The “world is already adding more renewable-energy capacity each year than fossil fuel capacity,” Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) explained earlier this year. And BNEF’s just-released 2030 Market Outlook projects that disparity will skyrocket, concluding that “renewable energy may reap as much as two-thirds of the $7.7 trillion in investment forecast for building new power plants by 2030 as declining costs make it more competitive with fossil fuels.” >>View Article

Iowa has first gallon of cellulosic ethanol

July 2 -- Quad County Corn Processors beat DuPont and Poet to produce the state’s first-ever gallon of commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol.

The northwest Iowa company produced a limited amount Monday but plans to quickly scale-up so that it’s producing about 2 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol a year. >>View Article

Indianapolis Motor Speedway goes solar

July 2 -- What was once an empty lot used occasionally for storage by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is now a solar farm large enough to power 2,700 homes.

The farm, located less than a mile away from the track on West 21st Street, has a capacity of 9 megawatts, making it the largest solar farm at any sporting facility in the world, said Kevin Forbes, engineering and construction director for the speedway. >>View Article

Vestas announces third order in eight days for wind turbines

July 2 -- Vestas Wind Systems said Tuesday that it had received an order for 166 megawatts of wind turbines from RES Americas Inc. for a Minnesota wind farm.

That was the third order the Aarhus, Denmark-based company has announced in the last eight days the two other orders totaled 524 megawatts for projects in New Mexico, Kansas and North Dakota. >>View Article

PNM plans to add more renewable energy

July 2 -- New Mexico's largest electricity provider says it expects to add significant renewable energy resources to its portfolio in the coming years.

PNM released details of the resource plan it filed with state regulators Tuesday. The utility considered future changes in the cost and reliability of potential resources — from coal to solar and wind — in determining what should be included in the mix. >>View Article

Federal loan backing lifts fortunes of Cape Wind

July 2 -- The promise of a $150 million federal loan guarantee for Cape Wind keeps the controversial offshore wind project on a path to start construction in Nantucket Sound as soon as early next year, a spokesman said.

Once finalized, the loan guarantee should give Cape Wind the boost it needs to line up the final pieces of financing for the estimated $2.5 billion project by the end of the year, said Cape Wind spokesman Mark Rodgers. >>View Article

Why Geothermal Systems are Heating Up

June 30 -- The hardwood floors, abundant light and meticulously crafted built-ins are what you notice first when walking into the Glastonbury home of Paul and Denise Reddington. But it's what's in the basement — and hidden under the lawn and inside the foundation — that Paul can't wait to talk about.

Paul, a retired Pratt & Whitney mechanical engineer, designed the energy-saving features of the house, custom built for the couple in 2007. So after a cursory tour of the main floor, he heads down a flight of stairs to show off the feature that makes him the most proud. >>View Article

UK and Germany Break Records for Solar Power

June 30 -- Britain and Germany have broken records for generating solar electricity in the last few weeks, according to new industry figures.

Germany generated over half its electricity demand from solar for the first time ever on June 9, and the UK, basking in the sunniest weather of summer during the longest days of the year, nearly doubled its 2013 peak solar power output at the solstice weekend. >>View Article

Stumbo should Stick to the Facts on Renewable Energy

June 30 -- I was raised in Shelbyville and have just returned to my home state, Kentucky. Over the past 30 years, I have been privileged to work with teams that developed, built and operated electric power plants around the U.S. and world, including the last five years in developing utility-scale renewable projects in the U.S.

In response to Speaker Greg Stumbo’s June 19 op-ed, “Germany has seen its renewable energy policy falter,” Stumbo needs to cite facts and not excerpts from one source as he did with Nancy Grant’s article. I ask him to have more courage and promote choices such as passing legislation that allows businessmen like myself the opportunity to build large-scale renewable projects and create jobs in Kentucky. >>View Article

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