http://www.energyefficiencynews.comAfion Media Ltd US Government underwrites country’s largest wind farm<p>The US Department of Energy has agreed to a partial loan guarantee of $1.3 billion for the 845 MW Caithness Shepherds Flat wind energy project in Oregon on the west coast.</p>http://www.energyefficiencynews.com/renewables/i/3675/ 2010-12-20T00:00:00-00:00 Renewables, wind power, US policy, Department of Energy, Caithness Shepherds Flat, GE, Deepwater Wind, Deepwater Wind Energy Center, DWEC, Arise Windpower, Vestas, Scottish wind turbine start-up secures &pound;2 million investment<p>Scottish wind turbine start-up NGenTec has secured &pound;2 million investment from Dutch investors SET Venture Partners and Scottish Enterprise&rsquo;s Scottish Co-investment Fund.</p>http://www.energyefficiencynews.com/renewables/i/3671/ 2010-12-20T00:00:00-00:00 Renewables, wind power, NGenTec, C-GEN direct drive turbine, SET Venture Partners, Scottish Enterprise, Slew of solar projects get go ahead<p>A slew of solar projects have been given the go ahead in recent weeks in US and Spain.</p>http://www.energyefficiencynews.com/renewables/i/3672/ 2010-12-20T00:00:00-00:00 Renewables, solar power, US, Spain, SolarReserve, NRG Solar, SunPower, Iberdrola Renewables, Sempra Generation, Sempra Energy, Fidelis Energy, UK Government opens consultation on electricity market overhaul<p>UK Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne yesterday unveiled the Coalition Government&rsquo;s plans to transform the country&rsquo;s electricity market.</p>http://www.energyefficiencynews.com/renewables/i/3666/ 2010-12-17T00:00:00-00:00 UK policy, electricity market reform, Department of Energy and CLimate Change, Treasury, renewables, fossil fuels, transmission and distribution, infrastructure, grid, Mixed response to UK Government’s electricity market overhaul<p>The response to the UK Coalition Government&rsquo;s plans to overhaul the country&rsquo;s electricity market from the industry has been mixed.</p>http://www.energyefficiencynews.com/renewables/i/3667/ 2010-12-17T00:00:00-00:00 UK policy, electricity market reform, infrastructure, transmission and distribution, grid, renewables, fossil fuels, nuclear, US Government identify &lsquo;solar energy zones’ for development<p>US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu yesterday announced the identification of &lsquo;solar energy zones&rsquo; on public land in six western states.</p>http://www.energyefficiencynews.com/renewables/i/3669/ 2010-12-17T00:00:00-00:00 Renewables, solar power, US policy, Department of Energy, Department of Interior, solar energy zones,Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Abound Solar Manufacturing, UK Government to unveil plans to overhaul electricity market<p>The UK Government has a once-in-a-generation change to &lsquo;green&rsquo; the country&rsquo;s electricity supply, says environmental group Friends of the Earth, ahead of the unveiling of a consultation on the planned changes tomorrow.</p>http://www.energyefficiencynews.com/renewables/i/3658/ 2010-12-15T00:00:00-00:00 UK policy, electricity market reform, infrastructure and distribution, grid, network, renewables, emissions, transport, rail, road, Friends of the Earth, Ernst & Young, Renewables developers to get greater certainty, promises UK Government<p>Developers of large-scale renewable electricity projects will get greater and earlier certainly about the amount of support they will receive, the UK Government has promised.</p>http://www.energyefficiencynews.com/renewables/i/3636/ 2010-12-09T00:00:00-00:00 Renewables, wind, UK policy, Renewables Obligation, RO, Renewable Obligation Certificates, ROC, transmission and distribution, Germany’s grid could handle one million electric vehicle, says report<p>Germany&rsquo;s electricity grid could handle one million electric vehicles by 2020 without any problems, according to a report by the country&rsquo;s utility industry.</p>http://www.energyefficiencynews.com/renewables/i/3637/ 2010-12-09T00:00:00-00:00 EU policy, Germany, transport, road, electric vehicles, electricity grid, smart grid, transmission and distribution, E.ON, Siemens, Mitsubishi to invest &pound;100 million in Scottish offshore turbine research centre<p>Mitsubishi Power Systems Europe last week confirmed plans to invest up to &pound;100 million in a new research centre focusing on offshore wind turbine technologies.</p>http://www.energyefficiencynews.com/renewables/i/3634/ 2010-12-08T00:00:00-00:00 Renewables, offshore wind turbines, research and development, UK policy, Scotland, Mitsubishi Power Systems Europe, MPSE, Centre for Advanced Technology,