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June 7 Green Energy News

Interview:

  • “The Energiewende – the Result of a Powerful Mass Movement from Below” Josef Goeppel, a German parliamentarian, was the first in his traditionally arch-conservative party to grasp the relevance of the Energiewende, or clean energy transition, for his constituents and party. [Heinrich Böll Stiftung]

Economics:

  • The Social Cost of Carbon (SCC) is used to estimate the damages from carbon emissions for the purposes of regulatory benefit-cost analyses. The central estimate for the SCC is now around $35 per ton of carbon dioxide pollution emitted today. Even that may be too low. [Energy Collective]
  • Three out of four small businesses responding to a recent survey reported that, unlike much of the economy, sales for green products and services actually increased over the course of the recent economic downturn. [InvestorIdeas.com]

World:

  • Irish Renewables developer Mainstream Renewable Power has announced the formation of a joint venture to deliver 600 MW of wind and solar energy in Chile by 2016. [pv magazine]
  • The renewable chemicals industry will grow at 7.7% annually from 2013 to 2018, mainly due to rise in oil prices, requirement for environmentally friendly feedstock, and low production cost of bio-based chemicals, according to a new report. [European Coatings]

US:

  • The DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) says that residential and commercial consumers are choosing to buy power from such renewable sources as wind and solar. [energybiz]
  • NREL is partnering with the U.S. Navy and others to showcase how renewable biomass sources, like switchgrass, can be used to make large volumes of biofuel more economically. [EP Magazine]
  • Ski areas from 24 states have signed the Climate Declaration, which calls on U.S. federal policymakers and legislators to seize the economic opportunity of addressing climate change. [Environment News Service]

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