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November 21 Green Energy News

Science and Technology:

  • New research says there were errors in earlier measurements of global temperatures that indicated global warming had slowed, because data from Africa was omitted. It says global warming has continued in a way consistent with earlier computer models. [Energy Collective]
  • Researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have developed a process to convert carbon dioxide and hydrogen, two of the most common elements on earth, into a renewable alternative for crude oil. [Renewable Energy Magazine]


  • The potential for many thousands of battery systems to act as a grid stabilizer has been highlighted at a renewable energy storage conference underway this week in Berlin. The solution is cost-effective and be optimized for battery life. [RenewEconomy]
  • The UK’s National Grid said Thursday it expects to spend around £1 billion ($1.6 billion) on new connections and system reinforcements to the power network to connect up EDF Energy’s planned 3 GW new nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset. [Platts]


  • In January 2014, leftover pasta and other unfinished food from the dining commons will be put to use as the newly established UC Davis Renewable Energy Anaerobic Digester converts organic waste into campus electricity. [The Aggie]
  • New York State is falling behind on its goal of converting 30% of the state’s electric grid to renewable energy sources by 2015, according to a new report. The state currently generates about 22% of its energy from alternative energy sources. [Capital New York]
  • Construction of Du Pont’s cellulosic biorefineries is underway in Nevada, Iowa. The biorefinery will use agricultural waste from neighboring farms as a feedstock and annually supply 30 million gallons of cellulosic renewable fuel. []
  • According to a report released by the PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center, wind energy is providing more than 2.2 million MWh in Pennsylvania, and that number is expected to rise 97% in the next five years, reducing pollution and water use. [90.5 WESA]
  • Tisbury, Massachusetts, on Martha’s Vineyard, is seeing its large first solar array built. The 1.2 MW project is expected to save the town more than $78,000 over the first year, and an estimated cumulative total of $2.3 million over 20 years. [Martha’s Vineyard Times]
  • One of the largest solar projects in Vermont is up and running. The 15-acre solar farm near the Harbor View housing development will generate enough electricity annually to power more than 400 homes. [St. Albans Messenger]
  • According to the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 25% of a building’s energy performance is directly related to occupant behavior. This means software can improve efficiency by allowing occupants to become engaged in new ways. [Buildings]
  • Trinity Solar has completed a 12.3 MW residential solar installation at United Communities LLC, the private manager of the military multifamily community at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., that serves over 2,100 military families. [Solar Industry]
  • The TVA will retire more than 3 GW at eight coal units in Alabama and Kentucky to address “challenging trends” that point to lower power demand, a slow economy, uncertainty in commodity pricing, and tougher air pollution rules. [POWER magazine]



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