The Kentucky Public Service Commission in the USA has approved an electricity rate settlement that will result in a 17 per cent rate rise for typical residential electricity customers of Kentucky Power Company.
The UK Government has announced a drop of nearly 7 per cent in the share of electricity generated from renewable sources. Despite a year-on-year increase of nearly a third of onshore wind power generation, the total amount supplied in the first quarter of 2010 as part of all sources fell by 6.6 per cent.
Major UK wind energy producers will receive Government-backed incentives to shut down production at wind farms during strong wind gusts at periods of low power demand.
The solar-powered CalRENEW-1 has been connected to the California Independent System Operator’s (CAISO) transmission grid under the state’s Renewables Portfolio Standards programme.
Kenya has received a $330 million loan from the World Bank to boost power generation. The fund is aimed at deepening investment in green energy and expanding access to electricity across the country, as part of the Kenya Electricity Expansion Project.
The US Department of Energy (DoE), in its report International Energy Outlook 2010, predicts that the global installed capacity of green and renewable power will rise from 44 GW in 2007 to 62 GW by 2015, 70 GW by 2020, 91 GW by 2030, and 107 GW by 2035.
The New York Power Authority has begun reviewing bids for developing as much as 100 MW of solar PV capacity over the next four years, about five times the amount currently installed in the US state.
Google Inc has invested $38.8 million into two wind farms in North Dakota, USA. This is the Internet giant’s first direct investment in utility-scale renewable energy generation.
SolFocus has announced that the developer Ingenero will install a 235kW power station using SolFocus solar arrays to provide power at Alice Springs Airport in the Northern Territory of Australia.
The landmark of the first GW of installed offshore UK wind energy capacity has been reached as two wind farms off the coast of Britain began generating electricity: Robin Rigg, operated by EON; and Gunfleet Sands, operated by Dong Energy.