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Concentration of CO2 in the Atmosphere

November 7 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Is the world’s fossil fuel ‘addiction’ an illusion?” To successfully address climate change, the first thing we need is a positive vision about the future and human ingenuity, and the second is recognition that it will take real effort. [eco-business.com]
  • “Fossil fuel subsidies equal $112 per adult in rich countries” The world’s richest countries are “shooting themselves in both feet” by providing high subsidies to the fossil fuel industry, according to a report from the Overseas Development Institute. [Responding to Climate Change]

World:

  • As Ontario is in the final stages of a decade-long plan to eliminate all coal facilities in the province by the end of 2014, Samsung Renewable Energy and partners expect to invest $5 billion to create a 1,369 MW green energy cluster of wind and solar resources. [POWER magazine]
  • An innovative project in the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island has been working on the task of matching renewable energy supply to demand on a smart grid by operating a virtual power plant, which can adjust both. [Greentech Media]
  • A leading German Social Democrat warned on Wednesday that the European Union planned to investigate German renewable energy discounts for industry, a move that could end up hitting a raft of companies operating in Europe’s biggest economy. [Reuters]

US:

  • Voters in three communities in Colorado succeeded in passing fracking moratoriums or outright bans on election night Tuesday. Anti-fracking measures passed handily in the Colorado cities of Lafayette, Boulder and Fort Collins, but may have failed in Broomfield. [Huffington Post]
  • Westar Energy reached agreement with Apex Clean Energy to purchase 200 megawatts of electricity from a wind farm Apex will build near Arkansas City. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2015, and the wind farm is expected to begin providing electricity in late 2016. [WIBW]
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded nearly $10 million to a consortium of academic, industry and government organizations led by Colorado State University to research using insect-killed trees in the Rockies as a sustainable feedstock for bioenergy. [EIN News]
  • Xcel Energy has filed a proposal filed with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to encourage rooftop solar generation by paying an incentive based on the amount of energy rooftop systems produce, rather than providing an upfront payment. [Fierce Energy]
  • U.S. motorists will spend $7 billion to $11 billion more on gasoline next year if the government scales back ethanol use requirements, according to the Renewable Fuels Association. [Bloomberg]
  • A new 1.4 MW utility-owned fuel cell is now in full operation at Cal State San Bernardino. Integrated into the campus’s central plant, the fuel cell is generating electricity to the utility grid with waste heat to the campus at no cost to the university. [InvestorIdeas.com]

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