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November 16 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Solar Power–The Future Energy Resource For Africa” The “second liberation” of Africa would be the use of solar energy to generate electricity to power our homes and industries, pulling Africa out of poverty. [spyghana.com]

World:

  • This year’s U.N. climate conference in Warsaw was expected to be a quiet international gathering. The horrific, still-unfolding tragedy wrought by Typhoon Haiyan half a world away has changed that. [Energy Collective]
  • Data from Energinet, the Danish grid operator, says wind power has produced 30% of gross power consumption so far in 2013. During 90 hours wind produced more than 100% of power needs, with the high at 122%. Looking ahead, these figures will probably grow. [Energy Collective]
  • Siemens Energy is planning to reduce the costs of offshore wind power in the coming years by increasing output, reducing weight, and improving the production and installation processes of wind power installation. [CleanTechnica]
  • The installed capacity of the UK’s offshore wind sector has risen by 79% in one year. In the period from July 2012 to June 2013, capacity increased from 1,858 MW to 3,321 MW, boosted by four huge wind farms becoming operational. [Treehugger]
  • Scientists at a German research institute have analysed costs of solar PV and windpower there. Power from PVs ranges from €0.08 to €0.14/kWh, and from onshore wind energy is from 0.05 to 0.11 €/kWh. Household power averages €0.29/kWh. [PennEnergy]
  • Japan’s decision to abandon its climate commitment, resulting from the Fukushima Disaster, has been greeted with dismay in Warsaw, Poland, where negotiators are meeting to discuss a new climate protocol — one that was supposed to go beyond Kyoto. [Public Radio International]

US:

  • In the year since California launched the nation’s largest greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program, the state has proven that climate change action can be led by states and can even spread across national borders. [Energy Collective]
  • Corn closed at its lowest price in more than a week after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed easing an annual requirement for corn-based ethanol in gasoline. Soybeans and wheat also declined. [Wall Street Journal]
  • Duke Energy filed its renewable energy proposal with the North Carolina state regulator, which will pave the way for the utility to legally work with companies that want to buy clean power from the utility. [GigaOM]
  • Leaders from UCLA, the White House and Los Angeles today unveiled a university plan to turn Los Angeles into a global model for urban sustainability. The goal is for the Los Angeles region to use exclusively renewable energy and local water by 2050. [UC Los Angeles]
  • Duke Energy’s efforts to include solar power in the generation mix for its regulated utilities will start in the Carolina. In particular, North Carolina has renewable energy requirements and a strong local solar industry. [The Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area]
  • The decommissioned Connecticut Yankee nuclear power plant received another $126 million in a dispute with the US DOE over the continued storage of nuclear waste in Connecticut, the plant’s owner announced Friday. [Hartford Business]

 

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