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Concentration of CO2 in the Atmosphere

June 29 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Vermont officials, groups respond to Obama’s climate change address” vtdigger.org posted opinions of Vermont’s governor, senators, and others. [vtdigger.org]
  • Is it possible for a modern, industrialized metropolis to be run solely off renewable energy, at a realistic cost? The answer is yes, but the journey to get there would require decisive change – in effect, another Industrial Revolution. [Wagin Argus]

Science and Technology:

  • NDSU and Plant Sensory Systems, a Maryland-based agricultural biotechnology company, is researching the biological, economic and environmental benefits of the Nitrogen Use Efficient and Stress Tolerant Crops technology in energy beets. [Ravalli Republic]
  • New research from MIT is suggesting that the development of extremely thin, lightweight solar cells has the potential to completely revolutionize the industry. Per pound, ultra-thin solar cells are 1000 times more powerful than conventional PVs. [CleanTechnica]

World:

  • A completely unsubsidized 250 MW solar energy project is currently being developed in the north-western region of Cádiz, Spain — near the town of Trebujena. [CleanTechnica]
  • If Libya covered just 0.1% of its land mass with solar panels, it could generate around five times the amount of energy from solar power that it currently produces in crude oil according to research published in the journal Renewable Energy. [CleanTechnica]
  • Whitelee wind farm in Scotland was already the largest in Europe. Iberdrola, through its British subsidiary ScottishPower Renewables, has successfully completed the expansion of the wind farm, increasing its capacity from 322 MW to 539 MW. [Daily Fusion]

US:

  • The United States Department of Energy (DOE) is beginning to show strong support for the emerging field of ocean energy. Ocean energy is a category of renewable energy that includes tidal energy, wave energy and offshore wind energy. [Business Administration Information]
  • The Vermont Public Service Board is wrapping up two weeks of hearings on whether to allow Vermont Yankee a permit to continue operating. At the same time, owners of many old nuclear power plants are considering whether to pull the plug. [WCAX]

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