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August 17 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “The Future of Electric Energy” The debate about using natural gas or coal for power is very old. But that’s all changing as the cost of traditional energy sources rises, and that of alternative energy falls, and on-site power generation becomes viable. [The Motley Fool]

World:

  • Scientists at the University of Auckland in New Zealand estimate that suburban rooftops can generate enough solar power to make commuting carbon-free with enough juice left over to power cities for brief periods, as well. [Environment & Energy Publishing]
  • Alberta could lead Canada toward replacing about half its necessary transportation fuel with non-petroleum products, says a global expert on biofuels, bioenergy and bioproducts. [Edmonton Journal]
  • Fossil fuel and nuclear plants around the UK will be closing over the next decade. While power companies are quick to blame the rise of government-supported renewables for plant closures, in reality the writing has been on the wall for a long time. [Carbon Brief]

US:

  • In California, three-fourths of rooftop photovoltaic solar systems are leased, not purchased outright, according to the research group Climate Policy Initiative. Solar City makes the process of going solar almost a no-brainer for property owners. [Green Building Elements]
  • MidAmerican Energy is intending to develop up to 1,050 MW of additional wind power generation in Iowa by the end of 2015 and has been granted permission to expand by the Iowa Utilities Board. [Renewable Energy Magazine]
  • Natural gas from organic waste is gaining momentum as a renewable energy source, and a local transit agency in Seattle is already on board. Methane is purified and put into gas lines, where it is five to seven times more profitable, fueling local buses. [KPLU News for Seattle and the Northwest]

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