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November 9 Green Energy News


  • “Climate Science, Nuclear Power, and a Renewable Energy Future” The usefulness of nuclear power for avoiding the worst impacts of climate change is limited at best. Renewable energy technologies are cheaper, less risky, and ready for deployment today. [The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists]
  • “Clean energy in big business: How to make it happen” WWF’s Power Forward report showed 60% of Fortune 100 and Global 100 companies have climate goals, but buying and investing in renewable energy is challenging. [Christian Science Monitor]
  • “CNN Documentary Propagates 3 Nuclear Power Myths” The pro-nuclear power film “Pandora’s Promise” claims nuclear is less expensive than renewables, downplays nuclear waste issues, and blames anti-nuclear “scare-tactics” for lack of deployment.  [Media Matters for America]

Science and Technology:

  • According to David Olinger, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, tethered underwater kites could be used to generate large amounts of electricity by harnessing the power of ocean waves and currents. []


  • The UK’s largest offshore facility for wind farm testing has received planning consent. The National Renewable Energy Centre will construct 15 turbines with a total capacity of 99.9 MW off the coast of Blyth, Northumberland, at a cost of £350 million. [BBC News]
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the Social Democrats agreed to retain a moratorium on fracking for gas and cut incentives for wind power in areas where it is abundant, if they form a new coalition government. [Reuters]
  • Scottish Renewables has published a set of standards which will deliver numerous benefits for local communities including improved financial benefits and a more consistent approach to the development of community benefits packages. [Renewable Energy Magazine]
  • A floating experimental wind turbine set around 20 kilometers off the coast of the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is seen to be a huge step toward building the world’s largest offshore wind farm, and possibly replacing nuclear power. [The Japan Daily Press]


  • Farmers Electric Co-op, the oldest rural electric cooperative in Iowa, has plans to purchase about nine acres of land close to their headquarters near Kalona. The co-op manager says they are about to take solar power to a whole new level. []
  • A glitch in the wording of a state law has prevented solar power from being purchased for Illinois electric customers even though they are paying into a fund for that purpose. So far, they have paid $53 million. [Chicago Tribune]
  • Hoosier Energy and local guests celebrated official start-up of the Livingston Renewable Energy Station just north of Pontiac, Illinois. The newly refurbished adds a 15 MW generating to Hoosier Energy’s clean energy portfolio. []
  • California leads the nation in solar installations, with ambitious targets for the percentage of power generated through sustainable means. Examples include the Adobe Star, California Community College, and the San Luis Obispo County PV projects. []
  • Arizona announced that Apple is opening up a new manufacturing facility there. In announcing the new facility Governor Jan Brewer and the Arizona Commerce Authority also said that Apple would power the facility with solar and geothermal power. [Clean Energy Authority]
  • For the third time in 18 months, inspectors have uncovered missing flood seals at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, a problem that could compromise the plant’s ability to operate electrical safety systems. [Barre Montpelier Times Argus]


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