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Concentration of CO2 in the Atmosphere

October 24 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “The dark forces lined up against renewables in Australia” The Australian renewables industry is under no illusion about the extent of the forces lined up against it following the election of a highly conservative Coalition government in Canberra. [RenewEconomy]
  • “Divest From Fossil Fuel Stocks Before ‘Carbon Bubble’ Bursts” Al Gore has warned that individuals, investment funds, and institutions should divest from fossil fuel companies before the great “carbon bubble” bursts in world financial markets. [The9Billion]

World:

  • The UK’s Treasury announced on Monday that it would be looking at renewable energy as part of a series of infrastructure development projects worth £33 billion. Pre-qualified biomass, wind, and waste-to-energy projects are already on the list. [Blue & Green Tomorrow]
  • The Danish island of Samsø went from being fossil fuel dependent to operating 100% on renewables in eight years. Power producers include farmers and co-ops of residents. They export enough electricity from wind to compensate for their fuel for vehicles. [RenewEconomy]
  • UK Prime Minister Cameron’s pledge to roll back some green levies has already run into staunch opposition within the coalition. Deputy Prime Minister Clegg may not support cuts to environmental schemes that create green jobs, and reduce fuel bills. [Business Green]

US:

  • Western Massachusetts Electric Company has commenced construction on a new solar plant in Springfield, Massachusetts, on the site of a former landfill facility. The 3.9 MW PV plant will produce enough power for 600 local homes. [pv magazine]
  • Chicago-based New Generation Power has been awarded a Multiple Award Task Order Contract by the US Army to develop geothermal and solar power generation projects for Department of Defense installations. [IT Business Net]
  • NJR Clean Energy Ventures, a subsidiary of New Jersey Resources, has announced acquisition of its first onshore wind project. The Two Dot wind farm will be located in Montana and have a total capacity of 9.72 megawatts. [Your Industry News]
  • Businesses that use renewable natural gas, or RNG, created from food and yard waste can reduce greenhouse gas emissions as much as 90% by switching away from diesel, according to a guide produced by Energy Vision and funded by the US DOE. [Environmental Leader]
  • Duke Energy plans to increase how much it relies on renewable energy only modestly, from 1% next year to just 2% in 2028. The utility is concentrating on natural gas. [WFAE]
  • The US Army aims to replace old generators with hydrogen fuel cells. Army scientists have been working to cut down on the fuel consumption of forward operating bases in order to lower the costs associated with such bases. [Hydrogen Fuel News]
  • The Vermont State Nuclear Advisory Panel, which advises state government on nuclear issues, passed a resolution saying the Vermont Yankee plant should be dismantled promptly after it shuts down next year. [Vermont Public Radio]

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