Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Renewable Energy News, May 19, 2010

Local Vermont & Regional News:

Vermont Energy Partnership releases issue brief on renewable energy sources | Vermont Business Magazine

The Vermont Energy Partnership (VTEP) today released its latest issue brief, “Renewable Energy Sources in Vermont: A Status Report.” Authored by VTEP Communications Director Guy Page, the issue brief details Vermont’s current renewable power capacity and projects likely development in the near future. It also provides analysis about the benefits and challenges of renewable power and demand-side management in meeting Vermont’s 21st century energy needs.
The issue brief can also be found at or by clicking here.

Solar, wood pellet firms eye Pownal: Rutland Herald Online

POWNAL – The owners of the Southern Vermont Energy Park have announced that two businesses, a solar-power farm and a wood pellet manufacturer, were pursuing leases at the former Green Mountain Race Track. (Disclosure: SDRS represents the developer of the solar farm)

2 Vt. utilities agree to buy wind from NH firm -

MONTPELIER, Vt.—Vermont utility regulators are giving the go-ahead to a plan by the state's two largest electric utilities to buy wind power produced in northern New Hampshire. The Public Service Board approved the contracts Central Vermont Public Service Corp. and Green Mountain Power have with Granite Reliable Wind, a 99-megawatt project proposed for Coos County, N.H.

UMPI windmill ‘a great decision’ - Bangor Daily News

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — The process of installing a wind turbine at the University of Maine at Presque Isle was a lot like navigating a traffic jam. There were lots of starts and stops, periods where the process flowed continually, and times when officials did not think they were going to get anywhere at all. But they did get somewhere, and this month marks the first anniversary of the official commissioning of the university’s 600-kilowatt windmill. The university became the first university campus in the state — and one of only a handful in New England — to install a midsize wind turbine to generate power.

National News:

One Moos and One Hums, but They Could Help Power Google | The New York Times

America’s dairy farmers could soon find themselves in the computer business, with the manure from their cows possibly powering the vast data centers of companies like Google and Microsoft. While not immediately intuitive, the idea plays on two trends: the building of computing centers in more rural locales, and dairy farmers’ efforts to deal with cattle waste by turning it into fuel.

Green Car Congress: Abengoa Solar Awarded $10.6M Contract To Develop New Solar Power Tower System

Abengoa Solar, through a contract totaling US$10.6 million with the US Department of Energy (DOE), will launch a research project to develop a new solar power tower technology with innovative fluids featuring a receiver and storage system to enable electricity production even when solar energy is not available. The solar power tower system will be made up of a circular field of heliostats that will reflect solar radiation onto a central receiver where the heat will be concentrated. A portion of this heat will be used directly to generate steam, producing electricity inside the turbine, while the other portion will be stored to be utilized for producing electricity whenever it is needed.

EERE News: U.S. Solar Industry Reports Strong Growth in 2009

The U.S. solar industry reported strong growth in 2009, overcoming harsh economic conditions to post a 36% increase in revenues, which totaled $4 billion. The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) released its 2009 annual report on April 15, showing that overall U.S. solar electric capacity grew by 37%, doubling the size of the residential photovoltaic (PV) market and adding three new concentrating solar power (CSP) plants. Residential grid-tied PV installations showed the strongest growth, jumping from 78 megawatts (MW) to 156 MW.

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