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December 29 Green Energy News

World:

  • The second edition of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week will be on January 18-24. It will focus on the interconnected challenges and opportunities of sustainable growth, with particular focus on the energy-water nexus and sustainable waste management. [gulfnews.com]
  • The new German Minister of Economics and Energy, Sigmar Gabriel, says that Germany’s changeover to renewable energy sources needs revamping, as it is the biggest problem facing the new government. [Deutsche Welle]

US:

  • The Shumlin administration and a key lawmaker are pledging action to update Vermont’s net metering program next month. This will likely result in raising caps now in place that prevent new, small-scale renewable energy projects from going online. [Rutland Herald]
  • Renewable energy is a multi-billion dollar industry. Investment in technologies such as solar power, wind power and hydroelectricity, reached $257 billion in 2011 alone. This has created a niche market for executive search organizations. [The Suit Magazine]
  • Two new partnerships have been announced, in New York City, that will reduce the amount of organic waste sent to landfills, produce a reliable source of clean energy, and improve air quality, by turning food waste into gas, used to generate electricity. [4-traders]
  • Minnesota Gov. Dave Heineman is one of a group of Midwestern governors, all members of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition, who have sent letters to President Barack Obama expressing their support for the Renewable Fuel Standard. [Grand Island Independent]
  • Closing the San Onofre nuclear plant has created a series of energy and green-technology issues in southern California. They will likely continue to be key drivers, as the area works on replacing nuclear plants without resorting to fossil fuels. [The Desert Sun]
  • Chesapeake Energy is front and center in the nation’s natural gas fracking boom and it just got hit with one of the largest ever civil penalties for violating Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. The penalty was levied against a subsidiary, Chesapeake Appalachia. [CleanTechnica]
  • A new report was released by the EPA Inspector General regarding drinking water contamination in Parker County, Texas. The report says the EPA should be acting to protect citizens from pollution linked to natural gas operations. [Energy Collective]

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