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Concentration of CO2 in the Atmosphere

November 20 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Charging Ahead Towards Dollar-a-Gallon Clean Fuel” The average household spends $2,756 on gasoline and motor oil annually. Driving a car on electricity costs a third as much, and electricity prices are also much more stable. [Energy Collective]
  • “Invest, Divest: Renewable Investment To Hit $630 Billion A Year In 2030, Fossil Fuel Stocks At Risk Today” Struggle as it may to maintain profits, the fossil fuel industry is essentially doomed. Divesting from fossil fuels isn’t risky. Not divesting is. [ThinkProgress]

Science and Technology:

  • The world weather patterns are literally moving off the charts. With the global average temperature up over half a degree Celsius since the 1970s, we are starting to witness weather anomalies so severe we need to update our metrics and extend our graphs. [Grist]

World:

  • Renewable energy crowdfunding platform Abundance Generation has successfully reached its £500,000 target to fund the installation of solar panels on 20 community buildings in Nottingham. [Blue & Green Tomorrow]
  • There were 39 wind projects totaling 868 MW awarded in Brazil’s A-3 renewable energy auction on November 18th, 2013. No solar projects were awarded despite a large number of solar submissions, apparently because of higher prices. [solarserver.com]
  • Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. and the Rivière-du-Loup Regional County Municipality announce the commissioning of the 24.6 MW Viger-Denonville wind farm located in Quebec, Canada. [Wall Street Journal]
  • Hopes of harnessing the rise and fall of the Bay of Fundy’s waters to generate renewable energy are gaining momentum. Fundy Tidal Inc. has joined forces with local governments in Digby County to support development of tidal power in the region. [TheChronicleHerald.ca]
  • The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) will invest $530,000 through a partnership involving CSIRO and US company Boulder Ionics to help commercialize a unique ionic liquid production method for use as battery electrolyte. [Business Spectator]
  • Siemens Wind Power has received the Provisional Type Certificate from GL Renewables Certification for its 6 MW offshore wind turbine. They developed the turbine SWT-6.0 especially for the demanding conditions in offshore locations. [Renewable Energy Magazine]
  • Fossil fuel companies are being targeted by a growing group of investors concerned with greenhouse gases. Storebrand ASA, which manages $74 billion of assets from Norway, has sold out of 24 coal and oil-sands companies since July. [Businessweek]
  • TEPCO’s president said the lessons they learned from the 2011 meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi plant and its subsequent ongoing clean-up should serve as a warning to the world that nuclear energy is not fully safe. [The Japan Daily Press]

US:

  • Half Moon Ventures has begun installation of Wisconsin’s first stand-alone utility-scale solar energy project in Jefferson. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2013 and will generate more than 1.5 million kWh of clean energy annually. [PennEnergy]
  • Social media strategies may have been decisive when voters in Colorado and Ohio communities approved anti-fracking ballot initiatives in early November. The pro-fracking ads cost nearly $900,000, but lost to a $26,000 anti-fracking campaign. [theenergycollective.com]

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