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November 15 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Renewable Energy Can Pave The Path To Peace – Analysis” One way or another, society has to pay the price of conflict over energy, more often than not perpetuating an endless cycle of poverty. Procuring energy does not need to be so brutal. [Eurasia Review]

World:

  • The newly projected 350% growth of Japan’s solar market from 2012 to 2013 dwarfs estimates made earlier this year. The latest forecast is almost a full gigawatt higher than the 5.3 gigawatts expected by analysts earlier this year. [EnergyCollective]
  • Swedish furniture giant IKEA announced Thursday it has purchased a 46-megawatt wind farm currently under construction in Pincher Creek, Alberta, about 200 km south of Calgary — the company’s first wind farm outside of Europe. [Calgary Sun]
  • On Nov. 12, Neste Oil committed itself  to a Dutch initiative aimed at the deployment of sustainable biofuel in the aviation sector. Neste Oil’s role in the initiative is to explore the production opportunities for aviation biofuel and scaling up production. [Biomass Magazine]
  • DuPont has begun construction of a 4.4 MW solar power plant in Cernay in northern France. Once completed, the facility will be the largest installation on company’s grounds to date. The solar farm is planned to cover about 15 acres, and will feature 17,952 PV panels. [Renewable Energy Magazine]
  • ClearSky Advisors (Toronto) says that South Korea’s shift away from its emphasis on nuclear power in the wake of a scandal over safety certificates could be positive for the continued development of renewable energy over the long run. [solarserver.com]
  • Japan took a major step back Friday from earlier pledges to slash its greenhouse gas emissions, saying a shutdown of its nuclear power plants in the wake of the Fukushima disaster had made its previous target unattainable. [New York Times]

US:

  • California is set to nearly double its wind and solar power generation over the next seven years as utility companies try to meet the state’s requirement to source 33% of energy from renewables by 2020, reliability regulators said. [Business Spectator]
  • Legislation is moving through both houses to tweak the tax code to let clean energy developers form master limited partnerships, publicly traded companies not subject to corporate taxes. Fossil fuel companies have used MLPs to raise hundreds of billions. [Kitsap Sun]
  • Iowa has 3,200 wind turbines producing 5,100 megawatts of wind energy, or 25% of the state’s electric needs. It also is home to 13 manufacturers producing wind turbine parts. Tom Wind, an expert on windpower in Iowa, says there is growth ahead. [Quad City Times]
  • Obama administration officials, under pressure from advanced-biofuel producers and farm-state lawmakers, have told industry representatives that they’re considering raising the quota for their product next year above what was contained in an August draft plan. [Bloomberg]
  • A rift has developed among New England states over who should pay for transmission lines needed to carry electricity from renewable energy projects. The issue is whether ratepayers across the region should foot the bill for power lines needed for southern NE. [MPBN News]

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