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December 13 Green Energy News

Science and Technology:

  • Giant offshore wind farms could do more than provide electricity for major cities. They could suck the life and the power out of hurricanes barreling toward those cities, too, according to Stanford University research. [EarthTechling]
  • Weather predictions may be inexact, but they can help make wind energy more powerful. IBM researchers are testing an approach using sensors, advanced imaging technologies and sophisticated analytics to make forecasts of wind conditions far more accurate, ahead of time. [Business Green]


  • China is looking to switch the emphasis of its booming domestic solar market towards the “distributed” market – essentially rooftop and small, local, plants – rather than large, utility-scale solar farms. [CleanTechnica]
  • The past few weeks have brought new wind generation records in Ireland, the United Kingdom, and Germany, with the last resulting from winter storm Xaver, which blasted northern Europe late last week. [RenewEconomy]
  • European energy ministers have blocked an attempt by the UK government to allow biofuels to count double towards the 2020 renewable energy target. The UK ranked 25 out of 27 of the EU member states in their progress towards meeting their individual targets. [Windpower Monthly]
  • NIB and UPM-Kymmene Corp. have signed a €50 million loan agreement to construct the world’s first industrial biorefinery producing wood-based renewable diesel in Lappeenranta, Finland. [4-traders]
  • A full-scale investigation is being launched into whether Britain’s deal with French nuclear giant EDF, backed with money from Chinese nuclear generators, to build new stations at Hinkley Point in the west of England, is illegal state aid. []


  • Wind energy is on the rise in Illinois and is providing huge environmental benefits for the state. Illinois’ wind energy is already avoiding more than 4.6 million metric tons of climate-altering carbon pollution – the equivalent of taking 971,000 cars off the road. [Saukvalley]
  • With critical federal tax incentives set to expire on December 31, Environment New York, the National Wildlife Federation, and over 230 other organizations and elected officials urged the Obama administration to take action to facilitate the development of offshore wind power.[Long Island Exchange]
  • The word is in from a year-long process to discuss Michigan’s energy future that included policy makers, a broad coalition of stakeholders, and thousands of state residents: Michigan should continue its commitment to renewable energy. [The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists]
  • A bipartisan group of senators including Dianne Feinstein and Tom Coburn have introduced legislation to eliminate the corn ethanol mandate in the EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard, citing impacts on the cost of food and animal feed. [Farm Futures]



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