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Concentration of CO2 in the Atmosphere

November 22 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Ranking the climate culprits” Groundbreaking, independent new research — eight years in the making — is shining fresh light on the biggest climate culprits in the world, and quantifying exactly how much of the climate change pie belongs to whom. [eco-business.com]

World:

  • The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan has set an ambitious target to replace all of the nation’s cars with electric vehicles as part of a government effort towards environmental sustainability as well as to reduce the cost of fossil fuel imports. [EconomyWatch.com]
  • The government of Zimbabwe is looking to renewable energy as part of a solution for its financial problems and increasing manufacturing output in the country, creating employment and decreasing poverty in the process. [BizDay Zimbabwe]
  • Alstom installed its first 6 MW Haliade 150 off the coast of Belgium. It is the largest offshore wind turbine ever installed in sea waters. The turbine has a 15% better yield than earlier models. [Renewable Energy Focus]
  • Coalition talks in Germany to form the next government between Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU and the social democratic SPD are considering a two-year extension to premium feed-in tariffs for offshore wind. [reNews]

US:

  • As House and Senate budget negotiators look for ways to lower deficits, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) today introduced legislation to eliminate tax loopholes and subsidies that support the oil, gas and coal industries. [vtdigger.org]
  • Wind and solar were the fastest growing technologies for electricity generation in 2012, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Wind capacity grew 28% to 60 GW in 2012 and PVs were up 83% to 7.3 GW compared to 2011. [Denver Post]
  • Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative has dedicated a new 49-megawatt biomass plant that turns wood waste into electricity. The $178 million plant will provide 6% of NOVEC’s power and help the Virginia’s 15% renewable energy standard. [Electric Co-op Today]
  • The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and a consortium of solar industry professionals have introduced standardized solar contract templates, which make it easier for everyone involved in the industry, from homeowners to financiers. [Clean Energy Authority]
  • Ohio’s renewable energy law of 2008 has saved the state 5 million MWh through mandated efficiency and reduced peak demand by 1,583 MW. Also, 313 MW of wind power and 25 MW of solar capacity were added statewide in 2012 alone. [HispanicBusiness.com]
  • EDF Renewable Energy and Santee Cooper today dedicated the Pinelands Biomass project which consists of two nominal 17.8 MW generating facilities located in Allendale and Dorchester counties in South Carolina. [The T and D.com]
  • According to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects, 694 MW of new renewable capacity was added in October, 99.3% of the total. Of new capacity, 72.1% was solar, 17.7% was biomass, and 9.4% was windpower. [Green Building Elements]
  • A Maryland county has passed a precedent-setting clean energy bill – it could be the first in the US to require all government buildings to run on renewable energy. Every building must have 1 kW of clean energy per 1,000 square feet.  [SustainableBusiness.com]

 

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