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October 18 Green Energy News

Science and Technology:

  • According to Jacques Amouroux, a chemical engineer at the Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris, carbon dioxide recaptured could be set to work again. It can be turned back into fuel, used in the manufacture of plastics, or otherwise reused. [Responding to Climate Change]

World:

  • China State Grid Corp., the nation’s largest power distributor, is boosting efforts to build more electricity networks to enhance the grid’s ability to handle power from new sources such as wind. [Businessweek]
  • An increasing number of Croatian Adriatic islands want to be independent in terms of energy and are turning towards renewable energy sources which, when owned by citizens, are becoming a strong lever for local sustainable development. [Dalje.com]
  • A 140 MW wind farm in Germany has come online with a 1 MW electrolysis system to make hydrogen. The hydrogen system stores up to 27 MWh of energy, and increases the efficiency of the wind park by using wind energy that otherwise would be wasted. [Renewable Energy Focus]

US:

  • Energy efficiency has contributed more to meeting US energy demand than all other resources combined over the past 40 years – more than coal, oil, or nuclear, concludes a report from the Natural Resources Defense Council. [SustainableBusiness.com]
  • In a decision unprecedented in the United States, on October 17, 2013 the California Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously to adopt an energy storage requirement for the state’s investor-owned utilities. [The National Law Review]
  • The Omaha Public Power District has approved a plan to buy 400 megawatts of wind power from a proposed wind farm near O’Neill, Nebraska. If all works out, the project would more than double OPPD’s portfolio of renewable energy sources. [Omaha World-Herald]
  • If you build transmission lines, wind projects will come. Pattern Energy Group announced it has broken ground on its Panhandle Wind project, one of the first wind farms in the region to use Texas’ new Competitive Renewable Energy Zone transmission lines. [FuelFix]
  • D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments and Bright Plain Renewable Energy have announced the completion of construction of two solar power arrays in Lake County, Indiana. Both are 2.7 MWdc projects. [PennEnergy]
  • The New York Public Service Commission approved several projects to keep the electricity flowing should the Indian Point nuclear plant shut down, including building and upgrading transmission and power lines between the region and areas farther upstate. [The Journal News | LoHud.com]
  • Two authors of a 2003 report that found densely packed spent fuel pools like the one at Vermont Yankee create an increased risk of catastrophic release of radioactivity are calling on the NRC to speed up transfer of the plant’s spent fuel back to dry casks. [The Recorder]
  • Florida State regulators have approved a controversial settlement over who pays for Duke Energy’s $5 billion in nuclear failures. Customers will pay up to $3.2 billion of the costs related to the shuttered Crystal River nuclear plant and the canceled Levy County project.  [Tampabay.com]

 

 

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