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January 1 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “The #1 Reason Why Electric Cars Will Dominate The Car Market” Logic does not often prevail in the marketplace — love, enthusiasm, and emotional desires do. And that’s actually why I think electric cars will quickly come to dominate the market…. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

  • Climate change may be far worse than scientists thought, causing global temperatures to rise by at least 4 degrees Celsius by 2100, or about 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit, according to a new study, published in the journal Nature. [Huffington Post]

World:

  • The Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association national conference in London last month heard the UK cannot afford not to recycle nutrients and organic matter. Experts urged the Government to increase its focus on the wider benefits of AD. [Salisbury Journal]
  • The Indian state of Kerala can meet over 95% of its energy demand using renewable energy sources by the year 2050, according to a report  prepared by WWF-India and the World Institute of Sustainable Energy Pune. [The New Indian Express]
  • Nicaragua has logged a record 50.51% of power generation from renewable sources and voiced ambitions to hit 90% by the end of the decade. The new goal was set in a five-year expansion plan unveiled by Minister of Energy and Mines Emilio Rapacciolli. [reNews]
  • Irish developer Gaelectric is set to kick off a third round of consultation on a 268-MW energy storage facility in Larne, Northern Ireland. The intent is to build a combined storage and generation facility operated with compressed air. [reNews]
  • ReneSola Ltd announced its collaboration with Solar Power Systems of Mexico in implementing a 192-KW project for glass manufacturer Vidrio Formas in Lerma, Edo, Mexico. [CIOL]

US:

  • Rising natural gas prices and – to a lesser extent – California’s drive to use more renewable power will add $3.38 to the average homeowner’s monthly Pacific Gas and Electric Co. bill in the new year, the utility reported Tuesday. [San Francisco Chronicle]
  • The wind industry faces uncertainty again as a key federal incentive for wind farms expired, almost one year after getting a reprieve. Unlike last year, there’s no “fiscal cliff” deal to get Congress to act at the last minute to renew the wind production tax credit. [Tulsa World]
  • Network transmission lines from Dallas to San Antonio are now fully operational, running 3,000 miles. The power lines have the potential produce 18,500 MW of electricity and is designed to bring wind generated power to customers. [PennEnergy]
  • Minnesota soon could see at least a sevenfold expansion of solar power. In an unprecedented ruling, a judge reviewing whether Xcel Energy should invest in natural gas generators vs. large solar power arrays concluded that solar is a better deal. [Minneapolis Star Tribune]

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