January 16 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Northland has been developing a 400-MW pumped storage project that takes the form of an old flooded mine, sitting on a plateau just outside of Marmora, Ontario. The roughly $900-million project pumps water up into the mine pit when there is extra energy, and then lets it run out through a turbine when more energy is needed. [Huddle Today]
Pumped storage (Image: The Canadian Press)

Northland hydro (Image: The Canadian Press)

  • Ikea has said it won’t spend a single penny of its £524 million ($633 million) green fund in Britain until the government makes it easier to invest in renewable energy. In a rare attack on policies of a government, Ikea declared it would have to go elsewhere to finance projects, including wind farms, due to the UK’s “political context.” [Huffington Post UK]
  • King County Metro Transit, the public transit authority for King County, Washington, will be acquiring 120 new all-electric buses by the year 2020, going by a recent announcement from King County Executive Dow Constantine. Up to 73 of the buses will be made by the US-based firm Proterra at a cost of up to $55 million. [CleanTechnica]
  • The US EPA issued a notice of violation to auto manufacturer Fiat Chrysler Automobiles over alleged violations of the Clean Air Act pertaining to the installation, use, and failure to disclose of engine management software in a large number of vehicles sold in the US, according to a press release issued by the EPA. [CleanTechnica]
  • Florida Power & Light has completed three 74.5-MW solar parks in that state. FPL’s total solar installed capacity is now 335 MW. FPL plans to install four more 74.5-MW solar parks in Florida this year, at permitted sites in Alachua, Putnam and DeSoto counties. Construction is expected to start as early as
    the first quarter of 2017. [reNews]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

January 16 Green Energy News posted first on Green Energy Times


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